|The Tobago Cays|
Date(s): May 2006. Album by Gerard Coulson. Photos by Gerard Coulson. 1 - 33 of 33 Total. 5741 Visits.
|The Tobago Cays are without doubt the most beautiful part of the Caribbean – provided the trades are not blowing strongly. We were very lucky in this respect and enjoyed a memorable time amidst impossibly blue water, the best snorkelling and good walks ashore. The Cays (pronounced ‘keys’) are a group of very small islands protected by barrier coral reef, which protects the anchorages. The snorkelling, particularly on the seaward side of the reef is stunning. Visibility is 100ft + with marine life, on the wall of the reef, plentiful and varied. Here we first saw Eagle rays and Sting rays. Off the boat we watched turtles feeding, and they were happy enough to have us snorkelling above them, only a few feet away. Monica was doing just this when she suddenly shot back into the dinghy: she had had a close encounter with a 6ft nurse shark! I, of course, went into the water immediately, but the thing had swum off! Boat boys kept us in basic supplies and we spent a very happy time here.|
From the Cays we hopped south out of the path of potential hurricanes, stopping at Mayreau again then to Union island where I collected my dive gear – in the town called Clifton! - and helped a customs chap not charge me any duty…! Then we spent a a night or two at Petit Martinique and Petit St Vincent, both fairly unremarkable despite friendly locals before leaving the Genadines for Carriacou, officially part of Grenada.