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Leah’s visit – Tobago Cays

Tobago Cays, Grenadines turtleTobago Cays, Grenadines Next we were off to the Tobago Cays. This is an amazing place, surrounded by the Horseshoe Reef and is a National Park. They charge 10 EC (about $4) per day per person to be here and it is well worth it. The water south of the island called Baradel is roped off as turtles like to eat the grass just off it. Swimming with the turtles is an amazing experience and we saw lots!! Because we anchor close to this island, turtles pop out of the water on a regular basis to look at us.
Scrawled filefish, Tobago CaysWe had several snorkels, on different parts of the reef and saw lots of the usual fishes. There was one that was new to us, the Scrawled Filefish, and Leah captured it on camera for us.
Tobago Cays, St Vicent We went to shore on Petit Bateau for a local barbeque of fresh lobster with all the trimmings. We didn’t think we could eat all the food they provided but we made short work of it!
We had to go back to Union Island to check out of St Vincent. Sailing to Grenada The next day we had a great sail back to Grenada, and we spotted a large leatherback turtle, the first we had seen at sea in over 13,000 miles.

Christmas in the Tobago Cays

Tobago Cays We headed over to the Tobago Cays to spend Christmas. We had planned on going to Petit St Vincent and visit Mopion. Richard wants to have a bottle of beer there. But when we got up the weather looked gloomy so it was off to the Cays instead. We wanted to make sure we had a few good snorkels before the waves affected the visiblity.
Beers in Tobago Cays We were lucky to get a mooring ball away from the turtle area. The water had amazing colour and we saw lots of fish, turtles, lobsters and even a nurse shark. And we had our Mopion beers on Snowaway…
Tobago Cays swimmimgChristmas tree decoratingErica and I were able to swim/snorkel from the boat to Jamesby Island. It seemed to have a beautiful long beach but once we got there it only took us 5 minutes to walk from end to end twice!
And it was Christmas eve so we decorated the tree and had a nice rum with the boat mascots, Douglas and Rusty.
Xmas drinks, Tobago CaysOn Christmas the winds started to pick up so Erica and I went over to Arctic Vixen for cocktails leaving Richard to watch the boat. When we returned Richard had dinner ready: turkey burgers with cranberry cookies and chocolate for dessert.
We hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!

The Grenadines

Wing-on-wing, BequiaBirds in BequiaWe left Bequia on March 28th heading for Grand Bay in Canouan, one of the Grenadine Islands. As we motored out of the mooring field we discovered where the birds spend their nights! I don’t think we have ever seen so many birds residing on one boat before. It was nice to see them as birds are not that prolific in the Caribbean. We had nice wind leaving the bay and were able to sail out wing-on-wing.
Squall on the horizonOnce we headed south, the winds started to pick up and we encountered several squalls. I actually got a good picture od one approaching before things had to be stowed for the higher winds.
We had a nice snorkel in Grand Bay on Canouan. We are pleased with the variety of fish that we are seeing. I am sorry to report that my underwater camera has died so no more shots this year below water!
Turtle, Tobago Cays The next day we sailed to the Tobago Cays and picked up a mooring ball. Turtles came to say hello almost immediately. I still can’t believe how beautiful the water is here! We had a great snorkel along the Horseshoe Reef and then over to Baradel (commonly referred to as Turtle Island). At Baradel we saw with many turtles, one had a shell at least four feet long. TOO close, Tobago CaysWe had paid for 2 nights in the marine park and on the mooring ball. Unfortuntately charter boats come in late in the afternoon and anchor way too close for comfort.
So we left on March 30th and sailed to Chatham Bay on Union Island. Our friends on Kardia met us there we had a nice visit with them before they headed north for Bequia race week and we sailed to Grenada. Richard in market, Union Island We had to go to Clifton, the main town on the island to check out of St Vincent. Instead of taking Snowaway over we hired a local to take us there in his motor boat. While there we checked out the veggie market. When we were here last year in May the town was very quiet and none of these stalls were open. Richard had fun stockin gup on local fruits.
We will be sailing down the windward side of Grenada to St David’s Harbour on the south east part of the island tomorrow.

St Vincent & The Grenadines

Wallilabou, St VincentOn May 8th we sailed to Wallilabou on the main island of St Vincent.  This is the bay where part of the first Pirates of the Caribbean was filmed.  We picked up a mooring ball and then explored the beach to see what remained from the set of the movie.

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Our next stop was Port Elizabeth on Bequia where we picked up a mooring ball.  We spent a few days here enjoying the lovely island.  Richard and Mike rented scooters and toured the island but neither took a camera with them.  I guess that is my excuse for going back next season!  It is an island that is known for its whaling; the islanders are still allowed to catch 1 or 2 whales each year, using the traditional methods involving a sailboat and a hand-thrown harpoon, taking the whales to the nearby uninhabited island of Petit Nevis for butchering and rendering.  It would be interesting to be there when they brought one in…

MustiqueWe had a great sail to Mustique, the home of the rich and famous.  We had drinks at Basil’s Bar where Mick Jagger is known to frequent.  We didn’t see anyone famous but we did see tortoises on our walk around the island.

Tobago CaysFrom Mustique we sailed to the Tobagos Cays, a national park with great reefs that are home to numerous fish and turtles.  We took our dinghy to Turtle Island where we snorkelled with the Hawksbill turtles.  I was surprised to see the turtles eating the grass off the ocean floor, I never knew what they ate before!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA We sailed to Union Island to check out of St Vincent.  We had a drink at Happy Island, an island built on conch shells by Janti, quite a unique place…