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St Thomas Weekend

Turtle loving, parasailing and more

With so much to offer so close to Tortola, we thought it was definitely time for a proper visit to St Thomas. Being another long weekend, we decided to make the most of it and took the ferry to St Thomas on Saturday morning. Our friend GuyP joined us to escape “island fever” and he was the perfect addition as Tashley did not need to take too many self portrait shots anymore.
ST THOMAS

ST THOMAS

After finally getting through customs and picking up our rental car, we made our way for some lunch…yep, you guessed it, McDonalds it was.
MCDS

MCDS

After a few more stops, we made our way to the other side of the island where we were staying. We lounged by the pool and in the “hotter than a bath” hot tub and had some poor cocktails before deciding it was time to make our way out.TASHLEY IN HOTEL POOL

TASHLEY IN HOTEL POOL


TASHLEY IN THE TUB

TASHLEY IN THE TUB


HOT HOT HOT

HOT HOT HOT


We went to this awesome bar called "DUFFY'S LOVE SHACK". The Love Shack has a host of cocktails that come in customized glasses that you get to keep. We were in heaven!
DUFFY'S LOVE SHACK

DUFFY'S LOVE SHACK


FREE WILLY AND JAWS

FREE WILLY AND JAWS


GODZILLA AND ALLIGATOR

GODZILLA AND ALLIGATOR


We now have a range of glasses varying from a “Jaws” Great White glass to a Lab Assistant’s Testtube to hand out for future dinner parties. We also have some shark and alligator toys and lots of different coloured leis and feathered alicebands for future dress up parties – that place was too cool!
OUR GLASSES

OUR GLASSES


LOVE SHACK HEADGEAR

LOVE SHACK HEADGEAR

On Saturday morning, we made our way back into town for some turtle loving. After a relaxed sail ride with some bronzing in the sun, we arrived at Buck Island where juvenile turtles (6 months to a year) feed on the grassbeds at the bottom of the sea.
SAILING

SAILING


ON THE SAIL BOAT

ON THE SAIL BOAT


BEFORE THE SNORKEL

BEFORE THE SNORKEL


It was absolutely amazing to be so close to the turtles, with some swimming right in front of you. We also saw a sting-ray and some other fish by the reef but the turtles were definitely the best and we were very lucky to see so many. The sail ride back was great as rum punch was added to the menu which was much better than the fruit punch served on the way over!
TASHLEY IN TURTLE LAND

TASHLEY IN TURTLE LAND


STINGRAY UP CLOSE

STINGRAY UP CLOSE


TURTLE!!

TURTLE!!


TASHLEY UNDERWATER

TASHLEY UNDERWATER


TASH WITH A NEW UNDERWATER FRIEND

TASH WITH A NEW UNDERWATER FRIEND

If you ever want to get an awesome view of all the islands in the USVI, parasailing is definitely the way to do it! It’s much less scary then it looks and you can do it in Tandem so Tashley did not have to separate and could have a great chat 600 feet in the air.
PARASAILING

PARASAILING


Everything sort of feels like it’s in slow motion while you’re up in the air. Before take-off, they strap you onto the parachute while you are sitting on the boat, then as the boat gains momentum you get lifted off into the air really gently. Landing is just as easy, you simply lift your legs up and get deposited back into your starting position. It feels like you’re in the air for ages but in reality it’s about 10 minutes.
TASHLEY IN THE AIR

TASHLEY IN THE AIR

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Definitely something worth doing though, the view is spectacular. Tash got to go twice as Guyp needed a partner so she took the camera up with her and got some awesome shots while in the air.
THE PARACHUTE

THE PARACHUTE


VIEW FROM ABOVE

VIEW FROM ABOVE


TASH 600 FEET UP

TASH 600 FEET UP


TASH AND GUYP HIGH UP

TASH AND GUYP HIGH UP


After parasailing we headed off to the Coral World Ocean Park (Aquarium). We weren’t expecting much as it is an island aquarium but it was a bit (not much) bigger than anticipated. There were the usual tanks with fish and this really cool tunnel where they have kind of built into the sea so you go down and its like a big fish tank except the fish you see are in the open water (they all hover around because they get fed).
ANGEL FISH

ANGEL FISH


STARFISH AND SPINY SOMETHING

STARFISH AND SPINY SOMETHING


And they have an Avery with beautiful lorikeets which we fed nectar to.
TASH WITH LORIKEET

TASH WITH LORIKEET


GUYP WITH LORIKEET

GUYP WITH LORIKEET


That’s pretty much the whole aquarium but it was worth a quick visit to.

Posted by Tashley 06:42

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