The day had potential for disaster when we were picked up in a wreck of a car that couldn’t make it over the speed bumps, without leaving some of its transmission behind. We were then taken to a Mangrove swamp on the edge of Ban Accord Lagoon. We met our fellow passengers, a German Couple, a newly wed couple from UK and Australia, a couple from London and two blokes from Canada.
Setting off from the jetty we had a few security rules explained, I.E. No drinking alcohol until after 2 snorkel swims. So, off down the coast with a talk about many of the bays and beaches and where they got their name from. The first snorkel stop was at Arnos Vale bay. Loads of fish and coral. The second stop was at a beach only accessible from the sea – Cotton Bay. Here we could either snorkel or walk down the beach and just enjoy the view. Beer and rum punch was now flowing, and the music was playing some good local Soca music. We had our last swim and snorkel around the corner from the village of Castara.
From Castara we headed back down the coast to a beach called “No Mans Land” for a beach BBQ and more beer and rum punch. I have to say the chicken was the best tasting I have ever tasted, and one of the Dorrian-Clarks managed to eat 6 large pieces of chicken, a record for the tour…. Some time was spent relaxing (Liming) on the beach before we headed out to the Nylon pool. The nylon pool is about waist deep warm water where we spent about an hour and a half drinking beer and rum punch before the trip back to the jetty.
Verdict – A great day out.