Swimming with Turtles
25 March 2010 | Tobago Cays, Grenadines
Lots of crusiers had told us we'd love the Tobago Cays, guess what..... they were right on the money. We left Canouan Island and sailed a very short 4 - 5 miles to the Cays. It was blowing quite hard and being unfamiliar with the anchorages we chose to play it safe, conservative, and stay just outside the cut between two of the Cays. Not a bad anchoraged but rollie. Cruisers understand what I mean when I say rollie, back and forth, back and forth. Swells somehow work their way around the reefs and islands and roll the boat. One night was all we could take so very early the next morning we pull the hook and went exploring in Lucky Bird. Around one of the Cays and wow, so this is where everyone is. There were boats of all sizes and shapes, some on moorings, some anchored. The water colors were amazing, just like the postcards and tourguides. So we picked up a mooring, it was still blowing really hard with a forecast for 20 - 25 in the evening. The anchorage is inside Horseshoe Reef but is completely open to the winds from the Atlantic. We looked windward, to the east and all that was there was ocean and huge waves breaking on the reef.
In the afternoon we went snorleling everywhere and finished up in the turtle sanctuary. There ere six to twelve hawksbill turtles calmly feeding on the grass in about ten to fifteen feet of water. We'd hover over a couple of them, watching them chew up the grass and then they'd head topside for air. We were face to face with a very calm, unimpressed turtle. These guys were wild animals living in the sea and I guess because the grass was particularily tasty here in the Cays, they tolerated us.
Back on board we could see turtles surfacing all around our boat, life in the ocean, plentifull.
From the Cays we sailed past Mayreau to Union Island and dropped the hook in Chatam Harbor. Yet another fabulous anchorage with the added benefit of several beach barbeque business to choose from. We dinghied ashore and visted them all looking to be sold in why we should eat at one place over another. We settled on the guy named Shark Attack. He was the original, having been doing these beach bargeques for some 18 years. Now this isn't your backyard by the pool with a Weber type barbegue. Shark Attack's business consisted of some corrigated metal sheets on top of several tree posts. No electricity, ice in a cooler he picked up in Ashton and brought by boat.
We had lobster, potatoes, salad and lots of rum punch all for 200 EC, sitting on a wooden pincic table with light from a kerosene lanterns you'd buy at a army surplus store. There were four other "Yachties" and the conversation, food and drinks were just what we had hoped for experiencing a Caribbean traditional barbeque.
So now we are in Carriacou, the last island before Grenada, the island then edns the Windwards, after that it could be Trinidad or who knows, for know we are enjoying this small Grenadine island and will start our planning during our stay in Grenada.