The Crew Of The NiKA

 

The Crew: Left to right – Back Row: Ships Photographer & Bartender: Richie, Deckhand: Vincent, Bosun: Richard, Lead Deckhand & Tender Captain: Nat, Chief Stewardess: Mia, Purser and Head Chef: RoseAnn and Captain Ken. Front Row: 1st Mate:  Dominic, Deckhand: Chris, Deckhand: Olivia

Tortola

This is just a fraction of the views that the island of Tortola had to offer!

Centerpiece

 

We would like to cordially thank our captian for taking us on this fantastic trip! He ordered this centerpiece for our absolutely irreplacable purser, Roseann, which has brightened up the boat and added a lot of personality to it. Thanks again!

The Baths, Virgin Gorda

Yesterday we visited the world famous “The Baths” one of the most famous locations on the Virgin Islands!

 

Besides beautiful beaches, the baths also had mysterious caves to offer its visitors

Deep Sea Fishing aboard the Beluga II

North Sound, Virgin Gorda – July 15, 12:30 hours the boys went on a fishing excursion out in the deep sea off the east coast of Anegada. We were picked up by a 42 foot Tiara, the Beliga II with Captain Deadman and 1st Mate, Brad.
Despite the rough waters, the crew was able to push through them and get their hands on some fish! Nat was able to catch the family a Wahoo – a colorful tropical fish which we had for dinner that night!
Nice job Nat!
Dominic and Vinny tirelessly worked together to catch themselves a barracuda!
How exhausting
A photo together on the way out to the fishing grounds. (Taken by our Captain)

After a taxing day out to sea, the crew members of the fishing boat offered us a jug of their famous frozen drink around these parts, the “Painkiller.” Whist pouring it, they told us we were getting the “real deal.” (That stuff packs a punch!)

Exploring Anegada

Yesterday we were introduced to the remote island of Anegada, an island that our captain himself had yet to visit. The island itself is harder to get to than the others, due to the extremely shallow waters around it.
Our captain entered the mooring in just three feet of water! A nerve racking entrance indeed! Thankfully we have an experienced captain and excellent crew.

After our lunch, we began our expedition exploring the island!
What we found was a fantastic beach, with crystal waters and a relaxing breeze.
The family on the beach

We spent our night on Anegaga, with a delicious local restaurant right on the water.

Anegada Reef Hotel

The other night we spent the night on the island of Anegada, due to generator issues on our boat! Everything is all fixed now though, and we were able to have a comfortable night at the Anegada Reef Hotel.

We woke up to a humid pictureque morning on the beach just before going bone fishing, which will be continued in a later post.

Bone Fishing with Captains Kevin & Garfield Faulkner, Part 1

Yesterday we sailed the waters of Anegada with some locals to do some Bone Fishing !

The waters were flat and filled with all different types of unknown and adventure!
Our group was split in two – two groups of three.
Besides the fish, we saw some very interesting sights around the shallow waters of the island.
Around the waters of the island, there were piles upon piles of empty conch shells just sitting there – in the middle of the water!
We cruised past the original pile – and our captain of the fishing boat noted that these piles have been growing since he was a child. Over 40 years!
Locals dump their shells here after they use them – the fish industry sells a lot around here! (Conch is very delicious) The top of the piles remain sun bleached – while the bottom of the piles have begun to rot from the salt water!

Bone Fishing, Part 3 (Final)

While sailing the emerald waters, we encountered a flock of flamingos!
Our captain sailed us as close as we could to the flock so we could get some pictures of the bubblegum pink birds, but they flew away. So we have some shots of them mid flight!

At the end of the day, only two people caught any bone fish. Lead Deckhand Nathaniel, who lost his fish, and the only person to get their bone fish in the boat was our ship’s photographer himself, Richie! 😊 Bone fish fight unlike any fish we’ve seen in waters like this, so it was quite the experience reeling it in. (Which we have video of!)
First Mate Dominic was able to capture a Barracuda as well!
(Special shout out to our Bosun Richard for catching a Jack fish)

The Adventure to the Bubbly Pool, Jost Van Dyke

We started our last day in the Virgin Islands looking for a famous spot on Jost Van Dyke – the Bubbly Pool. We began to hike uphill, searching for it.
This was one of the most strenuous tasks for most of us in recent memory, and we made it so high above the island we saw the entire landscape of the mooring site.
We hiked for hours, and not all of us made it, and we were unable to find the Bubbly Pool by foot.
We did have one of the locals’ pets accompany us on our journey, and he was so glad to be with us! Too bad we couldn’t take him home 🙁
We eventually regrouped and took the zodiac over to a far better beginning location. So we stopped at Foxy’s Taboo for obligatory drinks prior to our 2nd try!

This was the restaurant’s pet, a Harry look alike.
We found the entrance to our location, and due to the terrain and location, it wasn’t without any adversity from the local environment! Click the photo to read more about this tree.
Poisonous Tree: The wording on the rock says “Poisonous Tree” Not just the apples are poisonous but the entire tree is. It is dangerous to stand under the tree while it is raining.

 

Following this, we were met with even more hiking…

This is what the surrounding area looked like, too
What an adventure! And this is all before lunch!

 

But then…
We finally found the incredibly shallow non-bubbly Bubbly Pool. What a big disappointment!
There weren’t any bubbles at all, and the tide was very low so there wasn’t much water, but we relaxed in the pool nonetheless.

What an adventure…all before lunch!

Last Night Onboard NiKA, Jost Van Dyke

For our final night at a restaurant we spent it at Sidney’s, a restaurant that had a self serve bar (uh-oh!)
Our Ships Photographer/Bartender, Richie and 1st Mate, Dominic spent most of the night behind the bar seeing what we could craft for our crew!
The food was simple and the view was nice too.

The Captain bought this very appropriate hat for the 1st Mate. It says Mooring Hooker!
We left a little piece of us at the restaurant, among the dozens of other shirts hanging! ❤️