Bring on the diving!

Anse Chastanet Travel Blog

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Here we are with our wedding coordinator, Jean-Paul.
We woke up pretty early and hiked the thousand stairs to breakfast. Lovely place, Anse Chastenet! Lots of stairs though.

We first had to meet with our wedding coordinator, Jean-Paul. I had imagined (hoped for) a Caribbean version of Anthony, the wedding planner from Sex and the City, but Jean-Paul was decidely un-flamboyant. There was paperwork for us to review, and he instructed us that we could not set it on any surface or the lawyers would be after us. Lawyers...strange birds indeed.

We then sat in on a rather lengthy orientation meeting, where we learned there are MANY activities to partake in here at Anse Chastenet. There are history lessons, a plantation tour, volcano tours, and of course, diving. I had that feeling I have on every trip: we need more time here!

Very hungry by now, so we headed right for the restaurant, and wondered about the squirt guns on the breakfast tables.
We were prohibited from setting our wedding paperwork on any surface...lawyers, sheesh.
Then we saw someone blast a bird with one -  bird repellent! I kind of liked the idea of shooting pesky birds, and spent some time trying to chase them all off, but of course they weren't afraid of me and my poor excuse of a gun.

The buffet breakfast wasn't all that nice, so we ordered a hot breakfast of eggs, mushrooms, and tomatoes. Not bad. From our table we had a wonderful view of the mountain, Gros Piton - green and trees everywhere. Gorgeous!

Then, yet another meeting with Jean-Paul (already this wedding stuff is too much work!), and we told him to simply, simplify, simplfy...much to his bewilderment.  No photographer, no flowers?  That's right, we want to get married during a surface interval between dives, and I certainly don't want to have to worry about fixing my hair just before I am about to jump in for another dive! That would be silly.
Pots everywhere were smiling at us.


At 10:30 we did the orientation dive from the shore with guide Andy, and it so was pleasant, nice, and easy.  The people , the location...everything is perfect here.

Then a buffet lunch at the beach bar, which had some very nice salads and was vegetarian friendly. I was even able to order a tofu kebab! It doesn't get much better than that when you are a vegetarian.

Next, a nice afternoon dive (didn't catch the name of the site), where I saw a huge turtle and a wee eel.

Lots of activity, so we had a nap before dinner at the Tree House upstairs. It was good. We have the all-inclusive meal plan, but it's not like some resorts who serve all-inclusive guests like pigs at the trough. It was very good food, served by a friendly wait staff. After dinner, we went to the band for live music. We danced and danced like maniacs, and I am embarrassed to say I kind of threw out my hip! Really, I'm not THAT old! But, dang, it hurts...


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Here we are with our wedding coord…
Here we are with our wedding coor…
We were prohibited from setting ou…
We were prohibited from setting o…
Pots everywhere were smiling at us.
Pots everywhere were smiling at us.
Chilling on our balcony.
Chilling on our balcony.
Cooking up something delicious!
Cooking up something delicious!
We have a little visitor for lunch.
We have a little visitor for lunch.
Steve, prepare to get whooped in D…
Steve, prepare to get whooped in …
Steve and I at Anse Chastenet.
Steve and I at Anse Chastenet.
Anse Chastanet
photo by: cmgervais