Having paradise for ourselves (almost)

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!
Finished!
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. 

 

More photos from Bequia

We stayed in Bequia for more than a week and during the last days we explored some more, met more awesome people and drank one to many beers. Let the pictures talk for themselves…

We went on a “hike” with some other people. The picture above is from Lower Bay where we started the “hike”, which was actually more like a loca pub-crawl 😉
Dangerous tree on the beach.

Saw some turtoise 🙂
Our lunch stop, in the hills above Friednship Bay.
A local bar up in the hills.
Playing domino!

We bought a round and got our names on the wall!
And of course we did some boatwork as well. Some generator reapirs and…
And changed oil and filters on the engine.
We got invited to a Swedish-waffle lunch 🙂
Yum yum!
Waffle crew together with the other Swedish sailboat Divine and danish boat Lulu.
Really nice beach hangout with Divine, Lulu and Hvalodea.
Lunch barbecue.

And after some really nice time in Bequia we were ready to continue to the next island in the Grenadines.

 

Wonderful days in Bequia

After we got released from our short quarantine at Young Island Cut we sailed down to Bequia. It is a very short sail, which was quite nice after our long sail across the Atlantic. When we sailed down we thought we should try to have the dinghy on a rope after the boat (with no engine on it of course). Just when we hoisted the sails we heard the rope snap and saw our dinghy upside down behind us. Our dinghy is very small and light so when the wind caught us it got turned upside down and dove into the sea. Fortunately it was the rope attached to the dinghy that snapped and not one of the attachments on the dinghy. We took down the sails and motored back to save our dinghy and put it up on deck for the remainder of the sail down to Bequia.

Dingy rescue mission.

The rest of the sail went without any trouble, we sailed quite fast all the way down (between 6 and 7 knots). We anchored in the huge Admiral Bay outside Princess Margaret Beach. After we felt sure that the anchor was properly stuck (we dove and checked on it) we went ashore for some rum punch and ice cream.

We walked and checked the beach and then we took a walk into the town, Port Elizabeth, to check it out.

Princess Margaret beach

Epoxi in rum bottles in the boatshop in Bequia – welcome to the Caribbean!
A walk up to one of the hills on Bequia.
Cows up on the hill on Bequia.

The first days in Bequia we took a walk up to one of the hills, hang out with people, drank quite some rum and beers and just had a really good time. Both the locals and the other cruisers we met here have been really, really nice.

Waiting for test results at Young Island

After our Atlantic crossing we arrived to Young Island Cut on the southern tip of St Vincent. We arrived early afternoon and because of covid-19 we would need to take a PCR-test before we could do the check-in process. Before our crossing we contacted the authorities in Saint Vincent & the Grenadines with approximate dates of our arrival. When we were a couple of days from St Vincent we contacted them again and booked a time to take our PCR tests, which was the morning after our arrival. To make things easier for our arrival we took our temperature everyday during the crossing.

So, when we had anchored at our mooring buoy in the quarantine area we took a well deserved swim by the boat and drank some champagne. After that we launched our dinghy so we could take it ashore the following day to take the tests. We also got some fruit and vegetables delivered to us by the guy in charge of the mooring buoy, probably the most expensive fruit and vegetables one could ever buy… Still nice to have some fresh stuff again 🙂

Our quarantine view.

We went ashore to take our tests (with no sea-legs at all, must be a myth 😉 ) and had to wait for a while. That was not a big problem since there was Wi-Fi outside the test building. Felt nice to catch up with the world for a while. We also got confirmed that we wouldn’t need any further quarantine other than to wait for our test results, which would take around 72 hours.

Waking to the test area.
Anne-Mon moored in quarantine area.
Clear water in Young Island Cut.
Waiting to take our test results.

We spent three days on the boat, swimming, eating good food, cleaning the boat, practicing free-diving on the mooring buoy and just relaxing. We got our test results on a Saturday so we had to pay a small overtime fee to do the check-in.

And when we finally got our passports we took a walk around St Vincent, and had some dinner at a restaurant near Young Island Cut. The following day we went snorkeling around Young Island and took a hike up to Fort Duvernette, which was a really cool place. We ate picnic on the top with a nice view of Bequia.

A beach on St Vincent.
A hike up to Fort Duvernette, amazing water color.

After this small excursion we prepared for a sail down to Bequia.