St. Thomas was our second island stop - and when we docked it was raining......hard. We actually had an excursion planned, so I personally was pretty bummed about it. We were supposed to meet our tour guides at 845am, but the cruise line changed our time (without notifying us......p.s. I am calling to complain) to 12:30 instead so we actually had to just kill some time around the port.,
We headed to meet our excursion anyway - we were snorkeling so we decided if we got rained on it wasn't a big deal - we were getting in the water anyway!
Our excursion was called "Captain Nautica" snorkel tours. We were on a little boat with two guides (Amber & Molly) who were absolutely amazing. Completely blew away any other snorkel tour we've ever done.
We zipped out of the harbor and to our first snorkel spot called "Turtle Cove" - leaving the rain behind us!
Turtle cove is true to its name - we saw sea turtles almost immediately! They actually anchored the boat right over the top of where they were hanging out and eating.
Most of Turtle Cove was pretty quiet in terms of fish life, but it was pretty cool to see turtles. We pretty much just swam around and attempted to get used to the GoPro.
Prepare yourselves.....here come tons of photos. SNORKELING IS AMAZING.
I can't even decide which photos to post - maybe I'm just in a bit of a GoPro-snorkeling-photo-obsession phase, but seriously....how awesome are these?!
The second dive site we went to was in a cove around the other side of the island from Turtle Cove, and there was a "shipwreck". Apparently back in the '70's the coast guard attempted to catch some people smuggling drugs - but the smugglers decided to burn/sink their barge rather than be caught.....so we got to dive around the site of the wreck. It was actually really cool.
On our way over to the second dive spot Amber and Molly fed us all some delicious snacks: pineapple, cantaloupe, and shrimp cocktail. They said if we wanted we could keep the fruit rinds and feed them to the fish at the next spot.
Dave put the rinds in his shorts pocket and then jumped into the water - and proceeded to be chased by and entire school of fish! They were crazy! He didn't even dare reach into his pocket and get rid of the fruit because they were so crazy about following him.
(It was hilarious to watch!) I'm pretty sure he's scarred for life, though. Never again will he swim with food of any kind.
This wreck is now part of a project attempting to encourage new reef growth in the area, and it's just now starting to actually take hold and grow.
And now for my very favorite photos from the entire snorkel trip!
We definitely had an amazing time in St. Thomas. Our excursion time getting changed threw our plans off, but overall it was so much fun!
If you go to St. Thomas, do yourself a favor and book a snorkel trip with Captain Nautica, and request Molly and Amber - you will have a fantastic time.
Until next time -
Dreamer, decorator, wife, business owner, personal fitness trainer. 20-something.