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Published: July 25th 2019
Wednesday July 24 - The boat came at 9:30, but it was not the boat I expected, and we did not leave until 10:00. I always rely on someone else to book things, since that’s kind of the usual here, but I never get the details, also the usual. I thought Troy said he booked a water taxi to do the tour, and that a few other people would be there. But the boat that came was actually a taxi boat to take me to nearby Palm Island, which is a gorgeous island owned by the Palm Island Resort. The whole thing is just for this amazing all-inclusive, perhaps the only one I would consider staying at after seeing it (except it is mega expensive, like $600+ per night). The taxi boat was ferrying me and some resort employees over to the island, where I would catch the actual catamaran called Yannis.
I was escorted to the office, where I paid $100US for the day trip to the Tobago Cays (pronounced keys). It’s one of the cheapest places in the Grenadines to visit the Tobago Cays from, and it included breakfast, lunch, some snacks and drinks. The guy who worked
in the office was telling me about a leatherback that came to nest during dinner last night, and how they had hatchings the past two nights as well. So cool. Another employee walked me over to the boat, where I got on with the 6 couples I would spend the day with. They were all from the states, and all nice. Everyone talked to me at some point, and there a few I talked to a lot. Most of the guys were having a who can drink the most competition, and that’s not my thing at all, obviously. There was only one couple I could have been friends with, but the others were nice.
Everyone else was staying at the resort and had eaten breakfast, and I thought perhaps mine did not include breakfast. But once I was aboard, they brought me a plate of eggs, bacon, sausage, banana bread, a croissant so heavy I thought it had a filling (but did not) and… a brownie! This was the best breakfast of the whole trip. It does not get better (except the croissant, but hey, I live next to France and am spoiled for good bread and pastries). I
even skipped water and went straight to the fruit punch to go with it.
We sailed to Mayreau, another of the Grenadines, and had an hour to swim in Salt Whistle Bay. It was beautiful. But everything here is stunning. I first went for a walk to the water on the other side of the island (it took a minute) and had a look. It was rougher with seaweed. Then I swam a while with the others. Next we went to the Tobago Cays, which is a marine park that comprises several tiny islands. We stopped for a snorkel in a seagrass area with a lot of sea turtles. I think they were green sea turtles. Really cool. There were also some rays and some puffer fish. Lunch was on the boat, and there was salad, cole slaw, fish, chicken, rice and fruit. We then went to one of cays, I think it was Petit Rameau, and here one of the crew fed huge pieces of fish to huge puffer fish and stingrays. Then we had a little time to snorkel there. I had a look around, and then walked to the water on the other side of the
island (in a minute) and had a look there. I snorkeled a little, but there was not much there. I went back to the boat and floated with the others until it was time to leave. On the ride back we had some cake. I had two. This is a no real dinner day, since I’ve had plenty of other food. May as well take it, right?
When we got back to Palm Island, I was going to ask if I could see the baby turtles if they had collected any stragglers in the morning to release tonight. But when I was about to leave, the crew told me they were taking me back to Union. On the way back, we saw the boat leaving with the staff, and they made a switcheroo right there on the water, having me change to that boat. Very exciting stuff.
Back on land, I walked to my room, showered and washed my hair, which was pretty desperately needed. Who knew my hair could be this soft? And clean? I talked to Jeroen before he went to bed and then went outside to take a few more photos of Union. I also
bought a cheese stick for breakfast tomorrow and a coconut macaroon, because I obviously did not eat enough snacks today.
Tomorrow, another new country and a new adventure.
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