'Gallinago' at anchor in Tobago Cays, the horseshoe reef in the distance
Well Tobago Cays have certainly lived up to their reputation. We've had crystal clear water, protected from the Atlantic swell by the Horseshoe Reef which surround them. The snorkelling has been fantastic – proper coral reefs that are teeming with brightly-coloured fish. It's a protected marine park so there's no fishing allowed which means that the wildlife is abundant and very tame. When we dived down to the reef (to maybe 3-4 metres depth) we could glide past shoals without them appearing in the slightest perturbed. Sadly there were no turtles in the prescribed spot this morning but this was more than made up for when a large turtle surfaced about 15 feet from the boat this afternoon.
Last night we had drinks aboard Gallinago with Matt and Charlotte and so, in recompense for drinking too much of their red wine, Graham climbed the mast today to take the photo of them at anchor.
We'll perhaps spend another day here before heading south to Union Island – a return to a bit more in the way of civilisation.