The cruise ship docked at Barbados around 07:00. Once we got off the ship we went direct to our hotel. We were all anxious to go to the beach. I remembered bobbing in the waves at St. Maarten and I was looking forward to doing that again.
As soon as we got our swim suits on we all headed outside. In addition to my suit, I was wearing a t-shirt, my hat, and my prescription sunglasses. It is not unusual for me to wear my Colorado hat into the ocean. I did it at Cabo San Lucas, Palma de Mallorca, San Sebastian, and St. Maarten.
We arrived at the beach to see a combination of yellow and red warning flags. That meant the surf was a little rough at times. Hillary and I waded out into the surf. It was very shallow…until a wave hit. We were hit by several waves. It is amazing how much power the water actually has. Finally, I was hit by a wave that was between six and eight feet high. I had seen it coming, so I turned my back. As soon as it hit me I felt my sunglasses rip off of my face. I immediately dove to try to recover them; however, the surf was too strong and the water too murky. I will have to call Wal Mart to replace them.
That evening before dinner we stopped in the hotel bar for a beer, the Sand Bar. We tried 10 Saints. It is one of my favorites of the trip.
For dinner we decided on the Polynesian restaurant at the hotel, Wytukai. We had a sampler “feast” that allowed us to try several things. It was my first time ever to have this type of cuisine. I did not eat anything I did not like. We left the restaurant stuffed.
The next morning we were picked up by a driver from El Tigre Catamaran Cruises. We had made reservations for the cruise about a week ago on our first night in Barbados. We left the hotel at about 09:00 and did not return until about 15:30. On the way to the dock the driver acted as a tour guide, pointing out the interesting sites along our route.
There were about 25 people on the boat not counting the crew of five. Before getting on the boat everyone was asked to remove their shoes. Once on board the drinks started flowing. They did not stop until we returned to shore.
The boat was about 60 feet long. At the front of the boat were two webbed areas where people could sit or lay down. They were directly above the water. There was a covered area that could seat about 20 people. There was also a head below, so we had all the comforts of home.
Once we got into the open water, the captain turned off the motors and used the sails. We went north quite a ways.
When we stopped we were in an area that usually has turtles. Sure enough, the loggerhead turtles were there. We were all provided snorkel masks. We had our own snorkels to use that we had purchased on the Carnival ship for $5 each. Once everyone was ready, people started getting into the water. As soon as we were in the water we could see numerous turtles. One of the crew fed them as we all looked on. At one point he held one so we could touch the shell. That was a fun experience.
When we were in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, we stopped in a dive shop to look around. Inside I saw they had underwater cameras for sale. I inquired on a whim how much they were. The least expensive one was around $200, too much for me to consider. When I said that, the sales clerk said they did have disposable cameras for $20. The disposable cameras have film (remember when!) for 27 exposures.
Since one is so buoyant in salt water, I found it difficult to dive and take photos because I floated quickly back to the surface. Hopefully some of the underwater photos will come out good.
It was easy getting in and out of the boat. At the stern there was a set of stairs one could use. After 30 or 40 minutes we all boarded the boat and continued north. We stopped at a ship wreck and reef area. There were hundreds of fish there, what a sight!
Not too long after leaving that area we were served lunch. It consisted of rice, spicy macaroni and cheese, BBQ chicken, fried flying fish, garlic bread, salad, and some mixed vegetables. It really tasted good. Once lunch was finished we were able to swim or just sit and relax.
We all had a great time. I would highly recommend this activity to anyone going to Barbados.