Monday, December 10, 2012

The Caves off Norman Island & Peter Island

Sunday, December 2 & Monday, December 3

Sunday was a day filled with lots of snorkeling! We woke up and snorkeled around our anchorage in Spanish Town. Chris spotted a nurse shark, Gene saw an octopus, and there were tons of huge beautiful fish and coral.

After snorkeling, we set sail for The Caves off Normal island that are famous for the inspiration of Treasure Island. Everyone had a great time snorkeling through the caves. Gene pointed out a slipper lobster, and Christina spotted a number of spiny lobsters (too bad it's a protected area so we couldn't catch the lobsters).

That evening, we stayed at the marina on Peter Island which is a privately owned island. The only development on this island is the Peter Island Resort which is a luxurious property where many celebrities often visit. Lucky for us, we had access to all the resort amenities since we had a slip in the marina. We walked around the resort that evening, admiring the beautiful pool that overlooked the ocean and the spectacular beach. After dinner, we spent some time hanging out in the billiard room and watching some football / catching up on scores of recent games - it had been a couple weeks since we had seen a TV!

On Monday morning, we woke up early as Chris and Christina had to catch the 8 am ferry to Road Town to fly back to Connecticut. We had so much fun with them over the past week, we were really sad to see them leave.

After saying our goodbyes, we spent the rest of the morning enjoying the Peter Island resort. Kat ran the 5 mile Sunset loop that summits the highest peak on the island where there is a 360 degree view of all the surrounding islands. Tom explored the resort, taking pictures at the best view points along the Sunset loop trail. Gene and Betty went to the poolside restaurant for a tasty breakfast. Later that morning, we enjoyed swimming in the pool and hanging out at the beach before checking out of our slip at the marina.

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