06 January 2008 | Tobago
We decided to take an overnight trip to Mount Irvine today. There are supposed to be some good dive sites there and a nice point break for surfing. A north swell is on the way also so it seemed like the place to be. Andromeda headed up earlier in the day and the Doris crew joined us for the trip aboard Swingin' on a Star.
Mount Irvine is a short straight shot from Pigeon Point. Unfortunately there is a rather large reef in the way. Once you sail out and around the cardinal marks the trek is about 5 or 6 miles. The cardinals, there are two, have correct markings on the chart but in real life the top marks are not quite right and the stripes are also funky. Any marker in the Caribbean is a good marker though I always say.
There are a lot of moorings for small boats in Mount Irvine and the northeast part of the bay is all a marked "no anchor" zone due to the reef there. If you can navigate all of this, and get in as close to the beach as possible in the northeast end of the bay, you should be pretty happy. Like all Tobago anchorages is can be a little rolly, but not too bad.
Around noon we took the dinghy out a couple miles off shore and tied up to the mooring for the Maverick wreck. Hideko, Michael, Stian and I dove on it. She lies in 100 to 80 feet of water and at the time we were there we had little current. It is a nice wreck with some fairly good growth and the expected troupes of fish teaming about.
In the afternoon we dove the reef near the boat. The reef begins inshore of the no anchor zone and heads north west out to the point. The viz was not too good but the coral heads were beautiful and healthy.
Everyone gathered aboard Swingin' on a Star at the end of the day. I refilled tanks and cleaned up the Scuba gear while Hideko served a nice meal with Churasco Steak and pasta for the kids. It was a nice day and we managed to get lots of activities in even though we had a bit of rain here and there.