Tobago Cays

Tobago Cays is a small group of islands in the Grenadines, famous for its (mostly) untouched beauty and my favourite: turtles and manta rays! It is a protected marine park so there are no human residents. The cays are surrounded by beautiful reefs and the islands themselves are home to large tortoises and iguanas.

We stayed one night and swam with the turtles as soon as we arrived. It’s a special experience and I wouldn’t have thought it but those little guys have quite a lot of personality. Some of them are very relaxed and not phased by us weirdo looking humans, all googled and finned up. Others are more grumpy and don’t like to be disturbed while they’re having dinner (most of them were eating while we were there). The rest are kind of playful and you can swim with them as they cruise around their little bay.

Unfortunately the bay was quite rolley and it wasn’t comfortable to stay very long. We anchored in a protected channel for the night and were greeted by a family of manta rays, around the stern of the boat, as we prepared to motor on to Union Island the next morning. I’ve seen larger rays before, off Grand Cayman island, but never babies like the ones in this group. Too cute for words. Unfortunately I left the camera below so no shots of the rays. Next time!

 

entering the Cays

entering the Cays

the water really is this colour and this clear

the water really is this colour and this clear

the locals are always ready to

the locals are always ready to “help” and accept a cash “thank you” after

the Marine Park has strict rules about not getting too close to the turtles, even when they came towards us we moved away to maintain the right distance. can't say the same for the other disrespectful tourists. 

the Marine Park has strict rules about not getting too close to the turtles, even when they came towards us we moved away to maintain the right distance. can’t say the same for the other disrespectful tourists. 

every couple needs and under water selfie ;)

every couple needs and under water selfie 😉

unfortunately the focus of this dive was cut out of the shot (we dont have a screen on our go pro yet) but I was pointing a giant bright red starfish, the biggest we've ever seen. 

unfortunately the focus of this dive was cut out of the shot (we dont have a screen on our go pro yet) but I was pointing a giant bright red starfish, the biggest we’ve ever seen. 

view no 1, from our anchorage for the night

view no 1, from our anchorage for the night

anchorage view no 2

anchorage view no 2

and one of my favorite views ;)

and one of my favorite views 😉

2 Comments

  1. Karen
    June 23, 2014 / 7:50 pm

    Love the foto of you diving, it all looks stunning, including you. Beautiful place!

    • kate brand
      August 3, 2014 / 6:32 pm

      thanks Karen! It’s amazing, we are taking full advantage of all the opportunities!

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