Monday, 7 December 2009

Swimming with the Turtles of the Tobago Cays

The Tobago Cays are one special place and a favorite of ours.

On our way south to Trinidad we had a wonderful time here and wanted to share the experience with our sons, Owen and Elliot.

Sitting at anchor in Mayreau this morning, the weather is not cooperating; high winds and building seas. I have been thinking that our stop in the Cays may be a disappointment. After a short beat of about an hour from Saline Bay, past Saltwhistle Bay and around the northern tip of Mayreau to the mooring area of the Cays, we found the water looks as perfect as we remembered. The boys jumped into the dinghy to secure our lines to the mooring ball and once that was done, dived off Bristol Rose into the tourquoise water.

Within minutes they were swimming with the turtles. The turtles, large and small, graze peacefully on the turtle grass. This is a marine park and they seemed perfectly comfortable with their audience. Elliot and Owen were able to gently touch their backs as they grazed on the turtle grass.

We picked the boys up in the dinghy to snorkel further out on the reef. Despite the windy conditions the water is quite clear. Trish snorkeled with a nurse shark today, although she didn't know it until later!

To finish off a perfect day in the islands we cooked fresh fish we purchased earlier from one of the local vendors who come along side in their boats. Tomorrow morning we are off to Bequia, about 20 miles north (23 degrees).


  1. Looking forward to seeing those photos captured in the Tobago Cays.

  2. I have friends in the Tobago Cays and on Bequia I hope you catch up with them!

  3. Beautiful photography - I particularly like the Man O War jellyfish. I'm enjoying your blog and look forward to times you're experiencing. Thanks for the inspiration. I'm looking forward to following your adventures.
    - Jerr