The Bubbly Pool
21 April 2014 | East End Harbour, Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands
We had a wonderful Easter Sunday breakfast at Pam’s Kitchen and Bakery at Neptune’s Treasure in Anegada. Pam is a former cruiser and she was very interesting to talk to. Breakfast got even better when we were joined by Susan who we had met twice before on the island. She was vacationing there after completing a swim from island to island elsewhere on BVI. Everyone travels their own way, right? She had helped make us relax the day before at the beach and she helped at breakfast too. Too bad we need help relaxing, but we really do!
The weather turned out to be much better on Sunday than was forecast. We decided to head to Jost Van Dyke. We had a very nice sail, but it wasn't as lively as the sail to Anegada was. When we got to our destination, next to Little Jost Van Dyke, we noticed that only catamarans were anchored there. We thought that maybe that meant it wasn't a very calm anchorage. Catamarans are a lot more stable in rolly conditions than a monohull is. We anchored there anyhow. It wasn't too bad but we had to put our mizzen sail up to help the boat stay a bit more stable.
This morning we decided we wanted to move over to East End Harbour where it was even more protected. We were there by ourselves for a while but then a couple of more boats came in. We lowered the dinghy and went in search of the Bubbly Pool. This would be the third “bubbling pool” we have encountered on this trip. It’s where you have a shallow area of water with a rock border that gets over spray from waves coming from the other side. You can see in the picture above, of me in the Bubbly Pool , what I am talking about. The first was on Compass Cay in the Bahamas, Rachel’s Bubble Bath, and it was definitely the best. We had a long hard hike to get to that one but we think there was a way to go by dinghy too. A very close second was the Jacuzzi in Culebrita. We had to work some to get there too, every step and rock climbed worth it. The Bubbly Pool on Jost Van Dyke definitely comes in third but we were very glad we went to find it. There is a relatively easy path to get there next to the Foxy’s Taboo restaurant. We were completely alone at the other two pools, this one had people coming and going the whole time. The people that were there when we were were all very interesting. We had as much fun talking to the people as we did sitting in the bubbly pool.
When we got back to the boat we decided to try snorkeling. The water was very rough though and it wasn't very pleasant. We decided to go try another spot and on our way there we saw a cruising boat, Changes. We had been at a couple of anchorages with them throughout the Bahamas and Puerto Rico but never had the opportunity to meet. We decided to stop and say hello. Of course we had a number of mutual acquaintances. It’s pretty hard to meet a cruiser and not know someone they know. It really is a small community!!
Tomorrow we are going to one more anchorage in Jost Van Dyke and probably check out Foxy’s restaurant. It’s apparently the place to go for BVI sailors. That will probably guarantee we won’t like it – but we have to try!