I’m going to start with a pretty bold claim. Tobago Cays is possibly the most beautiful place I’ve ever been! There I said it.
We visited Tobago Cays after Bequia and Canouan (there wasn’t really much in Canouan). The Cays are made up of a few tiny island with no permanent inhabitants, apart from the sea life obviously, but is a very busy place. The whole time we were there all of the moorings were taken, not only in the channel we were moored in but in the larger bay around the back of the biggest island.
The small beaches that lined the island closest to us had these massive piles of Conch shells along them, I assume they are from local fishermen
Like I said, we stayed in the main channel between the 2 bigger islands and it was a prime location for turtle spotting, yes turtle spotting. Tobago Cays is a marine park which means it is protected from over fishing and other activities that can spoil the reefs and islands, and is also the perfect location to see turtles, Green Sea Turtles to be specific.
From Ripples II we could see the turtles coming up for air and with my 100-400mm (superzoom) lens I could get amazing close ups of the turtles. We didn’t just watch the turtles from the boat though, we’re not stupid, so myself, mum Ann and Friso jumped in with dad as our spotter, and had a snorkel around in hopes of being able to swim with them as well.
All of this happened in the first afternoon we were there and we stayed for 3 nights. Over the next couple of days we did see, and swim with, more turtles and we even ventured over to the reef at the far end of the islands.
The sunsets in Tobago Cays are just outstanding, we were very lucky 2 out of 3 nights to have clear skies but the night with clouds gave the best results, and the boats and masts made perfect silhouettes agains the deep orange sky.
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Have you ever swam with a wild turtle?
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