One of the many reasons I love traveling to the Caribbean is my love of snorkeling. And on the trips that I've taken with DG, we have snorkeled up a storm--my estimate is that we swim/snorkel more than a mile each day on vacation together. Despite the heavy bleaching of the corals found in the Caribbean and elsewhere (thank you, Global Warming!), the snorkeling we did on this trip is the best we've encountered so far.
|Close up shot of anemones on wall in one of the caves|
|Inside one of the caves|
|The Indians, seen from the boat|
|One of the colorful areas of The Indians|
|Looking down into a smokestack (?) on the wreck of the RMS Rhone|
The snorkeling at Mahoe Bay was also pretty good in my opinion. While there was significant bleaching of the coral, the sea fans looked healthy and there were fish everywhere. There were also very interesting pinnacle-like coral formations, some of which came within a few inches of breaking the surface. We snorkeled there for a total of about 4 hours over different days and still didn’t feel like we exhausted everything to see.
|One of the pinnacles off of Mahoe Bay|
|Healthy sea fan at Mahoe|
Our favorite snorkeling was the coastline running south from Big Trunk Bay to the more southerly of the Spring Bay beaches. We also had the water and beaches mostly to ourselves, which was divine. We snorkeled with sea turtles and saw the largest fish I’ve ever been in the water with—a huge barracuda that was about four feet long (NB: I have, since the trip to VG, swum with larger fish, namely tarpon, but in 2007 that barracuda was a personal best). The water clarity was excellent and the colors of the sealife were vibrant—partly because we had less overcast weather on the days we were at Spring Bay.
|The coast of VG is dotted with these boulder-strewn grottoes.|
The sundappled effect on the snorkeling is magical.
|Brain coral near Spring Bay|
|A school of Blue Tang near Spring Bay|
|A barracuda --believe me--it looked bigger in person!|
|Some healthy sponges at Spring Bay|
|Elkhorn (staghorn?) coral at Spring Bay|
|Riding home on the Double D: DG (left) and me (right)|
(NB: photo credits belong to Emily Crowe, Emmaline Martin, or Barry Moser)