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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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).
And they have an Avery with beautiful lorikeets which we fed nectar to.
That’s pretty much the whole aquarium but it was worth a quick visit to.