As I mentioned in our last post, Antigua is quite unique with a massive barrier reef structure to the north and east of the island which provides all sorts of sheltered anchorages. Most other islands we visit are limited to the western or southern shores to stay out of the crashing waves of the Atlantic ocean.
In the company of Blue Moon we headed from our anchorage in Deep Bay, over the top into the Boon Channel behind the northern reef and made our way across the sound to Jumby Bay on Long Island.
|First, over the top to Jumby Bay, and then later down to Nonsuch Bay. All the while, carefully manoeuvring through the reefs with the sun overhead to show the colours and depths best.|
We arrived in beautiful Jumby Bay where the amazing colour of the turquoise waters surrounded us and we were treated to views of million dollar homes and exclusive resorts, all fringed with pink and white sand beaches. Unfortunately for us, the beach bars and restaurants are a bit above our "snack bracket" and the wake of the ferry to the main island and multiple water sports boats made the anchorage pretty uncomfortably rolly.
|Blue Moon and Mowzer sitting happily in Jumby Bay.|
|Exquisitely trimmed and colourful Bougainvillia at the Rosewood Jumby Bay resort.|
We were however very happy to have Dave & Janice on Livin' Life join us in the bay and our group that had so much fun in Grenada together was reunited!
|Livin' Life next to us in the anchorage.|
|Dave, Henry & Jason seemed pretty stoked to be heading out as our 'intrepid gatherers'.|
|No fun to be had on this excursion!|
|Heading out across the sound, they're just a little speck now.|
|Four lobsters (still wriggling), a hind fish, a grouper and a snapper - all swimming just a few hours before.|
|Caribbean lobster - all tail (no claws).|
|Henry cleans the grouper as Dave provides helpful tips and Jason supervises.|
|First lobster tails off the grill - perfectly cooked thanks to Dave!|
|This is an unusual sight for us - Being anchored on the east side of the island changes our sunset view to be over land.|
This wonderfully large, turquoise bay is open to the east but completely protected by an extensive barrier reef. As we look east into the trade winds, the next stop out there is Africa!
|Mowzer and Blue Moon, with Livin' Life (left front) and Slow Dancing (right front).|
Green Island has a lovely beach on West Bay that we have visited regularly for sundowners over the last few days. The spit at the north-west end is also home to a busy kite-boarding sailing school. We took a little hike round this end of the island to take in the views, but we are definitely back on dry scrubby islands here and the hiking is rather difficult due to the cactus, false pineapple, limestone rubble and complete lack of any trails.
|Watching the kites zip up and down the reef with Bird Island in the background.|
|There's a young guy flying this small trainer kite on the beach with a couple of the instructors. The winds were so strong he was almost lifted off the ground with just this little kite.|
|It's a happening place by day, but completely quiet and dark by night.|
|Pretty seedpods hanging on this tree had opened up and were providing a feast for some birds.|