Day 9 |
Apr 12, 2012

 Bequia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

By Hans-Peter Reinthaler, Botanist

Co-ordinates: 13° 00`N, 61° 14`W
Weather: sunny and windy
Air Temperature: 30°C

It was another beautiful morning in the Caribbean, with the sun rising above the blue sea.

An easy Zodiac ride brought our guests to the jetty of Port Elizabeth, the main town of Bequia. From there we began our excursion to the sea turtle sanctuary. After 15 minutes drive, we reached the sea turtle sanctuary and the owner explained the history of the station as well as biological and conservation aspects of the turtles’ rearing to our guests. Our guests obviously enjoyed these fascinating animals and after 30 minutes we left the station to visit a nearby restaurant to enjoy refreshing local fruit drinks and some snacks.

With great enthusiasm our guests followed our local guide back to the pier for a hike. We first passed by a typical white sandy Caribbean beach named Spring Bay and along the road with a lot of nice gardens with colorful flowers. Shortly after Spring Bay we passed the old ruins of a sugarmill and Christian told us some interesting information regarding slavery and slave trade in that region.

Reaching the top of the hill, the street went down towards into the village with its very colorful houses. In the meanwhile the thermometer showed already 30 degrees and it was time for the beach and the activities on offer.

After a short lunch break I started my duty driving the Zodiac shuttle for the afternoon, as we had put up on a nearby beach all our snorkel gear and the kayaks so that the guests could enjoy the beautiful scenery of a Caribbean beach. The site was a really good spot not only for swimming but also for snorkeling. Besides some of the wonderful corals, we could see a lot of fishes playing around as we swam over the water’s surface looking down into the beautiful underwater landscape of a Caribbean coral reef.

The sun was nearly setting as we left this amazing white beach on Bequia Island. In the evening the Silver Explorer was still at anchor near Port Elizabeth because our next destination in the Tobago Cays was only 30 nautical miles away. So our guests enjoyed a quiet and delicious dinner in The Restaurant.