Up fairly early because I needed to get some work done via Wifi. I have a USB Wifi extender ($40) that is hanging on the front of the mast. I was surprised that in Mayreau, which is the most remote place we have visited so far, I could actually get descent Wifi from the boat.
We are excited because today we are heading to Tobago Cays, which is something we have all looked forward to since we started planning this trip. It really is (literally) the picture perfect place we’ve seen in all the photos/videos. Turquoise water, reefs, white sand beaches, lots of fish, turtles, sun.
It’s quite close to Mayreau, so we motor over, through the cut and into the lagoon of Horseshoe reef. Horseshoe reef is a spectacular reef shaped like (guess what?) a horseshoe about 1.5 miles across. It kills all the swell/waves from the Atlantic, although there is nothing to stop the wind.
There are probably around 50+ vessels from all over the world anchored in this amazing place. We circle around, doing reconnaissance, then we swoop in and drop anchor only about 300 yards south of the turtle protection area on the tiny islet of Baradel.
We dingy to the beach by turtle area south of Baradel, and do a bunch of snorkeling. Lots of fish and it’s fun watching the turtles graze on the grass of the bottom. Probably 100s of turtles, from fairly small to quite large. An big Iguana (we think that’s what it was) grazed on some branches overhanging the water where we swam.
The beach on the the south of Baradel forms a little spit/peninsula of white sand and for a while we have this spit to ourselves. It’s like we are beamed into some kind of aquatic, nautical, sunny fantasy land. We will upload the photos when we get back to Wifi Land. We don’t feel like rushing back to that place, though.
The whole experience seems quite surreal. Perfect weather, perfect scenery, and there are scores of very nice cats and monos to ogle at as well.