13 March 2015

Mostly Harmless in the The Tobago Cays

“Mostly Harmless” 

We took Dave’s wooden boat, “Mostly Harmless”, out to the Tobago Cays, along with 4 young Grenadian students, an Italian visitor, and an English family of 3. 

And several GALLONS of rum punch and a cooler FULL of local beer. Oh, the COLORS of that water!! I’ve never SEEN shades of aqua and turquoise like that!
The winds were high. The seas were rough. There were a few tense moments as the powerful motor coughed and failed for a spell. But we survived the huge waves and wound up snorkeling - in water a color I’ve never seen before. Fish and corals and turtles and rays. As we neared a pristine beach on a narrow island, a fellow in a small bright red boat asked if we wanted lobsters or fish for lunch.
Off on a lobster mission.
The local lobsters don't have big claws - they're spiny.

He took our order, and buzzed off to catch the lobsters. An hour later, we had the most delicious lunch on tables on the sand. Apart from us, the island was deserted, one of the many beautiful and deserted islands in the amazing Tobago Cays. 
The Tobago Cays belongs to St. Vincent and the Grenadines, but it's a short trip from Carriacou.
A bit rough, but - worth it.

"Scaramouche" from the film "Pirates of the Caribbean" sails by us.
While we are waiting for our lobster, our captain finds a few conch snacks. The water is so clear, he can reach down and pick them out.
Cleaning the conch.
The only downside is the incredibly strong wind, which we had both times we visited the Cays. Most of the islands are totally deserted. One has only one lone palapa umbrella. When we visited, there was a rasta-type couple under the umbrella. Just came over with their boat for a snorkel and a smoke. The snorkeling - among the turtles, too - is amazing.  It sounds so trite, but I’m always SO impressed with all the LIFE going on under water! Snorkeling is one of my all-time favorite pastimes.
Mostly Harmless Captain and First Mate chill on Happy Island

Lobster, rice and plantains. Delicious.
The lone palapa.