Another morning dawns after a calm night of good sleep - it feels so natural to awake at 6:30 with the sunrise and not the alarm clock. We've had light winds the last few days so the nights have been stress-free and comfortable.
We decided that it has been a couple of years since we've snorkelled at The Caves on Norman Island so this morning, given that we were right next door we picked up a vacant day-mooring to take in the fishy wildlife. The Caves are carved into a cliff-wall on the western end of Norman Island and legend tells that pirate gold was buried in the most southerly cave within a treasure chest made most famous by Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island. We may no longer find a golden treasure, but the snorkeling is pretty darned good with a great variety of aquatic life. We found them to be the most bold little fishies we have encountered and later discovered that it is most likely due to the tour operators who feed them to bring them close for the paying customers. We were quite happy to have had our snorkel and were ready to pull out as the hordes arrived. Note for later - pick up a mooring in Privateer's Bay the night before and enjoy an early morning snorkel at The Caves as a great way to start the day.
|It looks dark in there.|
|You betcha - it's dark!|
|Atmosphere in abundance - imagine this as a Pirate Treasure Cove.|
|Mowzer in the Middle|
|Road Town - one cruise ship in today.|
|The sailing doesn't get much better than this!|
Ok, now that I have that out of my system, back to regular programming - here was our sunset view looking out over Tortola this evening.