27 April 2006 | Marina Cay, BVI
We are enjoying the British Virgin Islands. It is a beautiful cruising ground with crytal clear water and white sandy beaches. I am sitting under a Tiki Hut on the beach looking out at Virgin Gorda in the distance and can count 7 other islands in my view. There are 9 sailboats gliding by and the cool breeze is refreshing. Menno, Daniel and John are snorkling off the reef which surrounds the island. I am also doing laundry, so all is not perfectly tranquil!
We spent one night at Normans Island which is often referred to as "Treasure Island" based on the many tales of buried pirate treasure there. There were four caves we went snorkling in and it was amazing! There were large schools of fish that would swim all around us and many of my favorite fish were there, the rainbow colored Parrot Fish. We snorkled there our first afternoon then also went back in the morning before school for an early morning snorkle!
There is the William Thornton a floating reataurant located in the middle of the anchorage and it has quite a reputation for being one wild and crazy establishment! The drink that is served is called a Painkiller and when people would drink more than one of these they would begin diving off the upper platform, frequently with no clothes on, which would earn them a free t-shirt!
We left Normans and sailed over to Salt Island to have a look at the salt flats. It has rained recently so the flats were covered in water. The boys did jump off the boat and snorkle ashore and Bingo! found conch!! They brought up 3 nice conch for dinner! We continued onto Marina Cay and dropped the hook among 50 other sailboats! Marina Cay is a very little island surrounded by a coral reef and has a nice beach with tiki huts and Pussers has a restaurant on the island. When we were here 13 years ago there were 3 boats anchored here!! The charter fleet have put in numerous moorings at most anchorages for the charter boats to tie up to in the evenings so they don't have to worry about anchoring and dragging etc.. It does take away some of the fun, we used to enjoy watching the charter boats come in and do the "anchor dance" while enjoying a sundowner on Eira!
We have met up with Jill and Dean on Dalilah again!
Had Painkillers and Spaghetti on Eira the other night and caught up-a fun evening!