Tortola

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

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 πŸ™
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!