Atlantic Circuit,  Caribbean

Having paradise for ourselves (almost)

January 21-26, 2021

After our stop in Mayreau we motored a short bit out to the National Park Tobago Cays. This is a very popular place to visit and what we heard most years it is very crowded. Both with cruisers, charter boat and big cruise ships anchoring nearby. But as it is a very unusual year, it was not crowded at all! Not empty either, think it was around ten boats there when we arrived and in the time we were there it was between 20-30 at most. As it is a very big anchorage area this meant it was almost empty.

Already on the way out we were amazed of how turquoise the water was!

On the way out to Tobago Cays, amazing water color! You can also see the mangrove trees by the beach.

We passed through the strait next to Petit Rameau to see how it looked like there. It was a strait filled with turquoise water with a beautiful beach with palm trees at Petit Rameau and small beaches with mangrove trees around them at the island on the opposite side (don’t remember the name of that island).  We continued to the main anchorage, turquoise water protected from the ocean swell by the horseshoe reef. You pay a small fee to anchor here that is collected by the park rangers.

We anchored in the turquoise water. A lot of the boats were anchored on a line behind the reef and we sailed past them into a bit shallower water to really get the turquoise feeling. You can see the waves breaking at the horse shoe reef protecting the anchorage.
Anchored in paradise!

The first thing we had to do once we had anchored was to go snorkeling. There are a lot of turtles in the area and we didn’t get disappointed, we almost immediately saw them. And not only one, we saw several turtles around us! Super cool!

Snorkeling with turtles!

We had a chill night and played some games together with Sanuti.

Our second day out at Tobago Cays we continued snorkeling and explored one of the islands. On the island we saw some iguanas and our feet got sore by the warm soil and sharp rocks as we swam to the island and walked barefoot.

In the evening it was time for a lobster barbecue with Sanuti and Blue Beryl.

Dinghy anchored at the beach where we were supposed to have the lobster barbecue.
Watching lobsters getting prepared.

Predrinks before the lobsters.
Lobsters on the grill!
Everyone had to take a picture of the lobsters xD
Nom nom nom!

The lobsters were delicious! Really something we have to try to do back home. The following day we took our dinghies out to the island Petit Tabac outside the Horseshoe reef. This island was one of the filming locations for the first Pirates of the Caribbean – movies. You know the scene when Jack Sparrow and Elizabeth Turner gets stranded on an island and the “why is the rum gone?” scene is?

Petit Tabac!
Recognize this place from the movie?
Maybe now?

We had brought some stuff to be able to do some coconut hunting, so shortly after arriving to the island we got started.

Trying to take sown some coconuts.
Starting to get a big pile!
Pretty big coconut
Then it was time to get to work…

A lot of work getting into the nut!
Then it was time for a lunch break…
…and we found this amazing lunch spot.

We continued with a walk around the island (not so big so that went quite fast).

We jumped in the water and snorkeled on the outside of the reef protecting Petit Tabac. Saw some wildlife, on the picture is a barracuda we almost swam right into.
We also saw a stingray.

We stayed at Tobago Cays five nights in total and the rest of the time we spent snorkeling, having beach drinks, exploring the small islands and so on. Below follows some more snapshots from Tobago Cays.

Dinghy secured in a palm tree.
Rain incoming!
Beach drinks with Sanuti, Blue Beryl and Jollity.
A possum trying to find some scraps.
Walking around Petit Rameau.
Beautiful view over the anchorage in Tobago Cays, with Petit Tabac in the background.

Video below from our time in the Grenadines. English subtitles can be activated for all our videos.

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