Sunny day at Braamspunt; dolphin spotting and sightseeing

Braamspunt Travel Blog

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Almost there...

Together with some Dutch girls we (my brother and I) went on a boattrip to Braamspunt. We took a cab to a place just outside and north of Paramaribo and went on to the boat that was stationed there. Naturally there had to be a small discussion about the price. The girls had heard that the price included more than just Braamspunt. They also expected to go to some plantations, but that didn't happen for that price. As we didn't want to pay more, we agreed with the boatsman that he would also bring us to Nieuw Amsterdam which was on the way.

The trip is popular with us dutch people because you get to see dolphins swimming near the boat.

Yeah dolphin!
This was a first for me, and I had a great time. The dolphins swam near the boat and some even jumped out of the water, which was really fun to see. We had our videocam with us, but after my brother took some beautiful shots and we wanted to see how beautiful, we discovered that nothing was taped...... There goes our memory, but a nice excuse to take my family the next time:).

At Braamspunt you get to see the Atlantic Ocean and go for a swim or if we would have brought are fishing gear, we could go fishing. There are a few houses, a bar, fishermen and shrimp on the ground to dry. On a certain moment my brother went a bit further and he started calling my name and shouting to come over... So I hurried over to see a dead sea turtle (they are big!), so hurrying wasn't really necessary. We also wanted to go to Matapica to see those turtles laying eggs in the night, but the season was almost over, so we didn't want to take the chance.

Inscription on military device (Nieuw Amsterdam)
But after seeing the dead turtle I will definitely go there to see a live one the next time. That has to be a wonderful sight.

On the way back we stopped at Nieuw Amsterdam. I had been there before, but it was nice to see it again. At Nieuw Amsterdam there are the remainings of a fort, a prison (used till mid 20th century), canons from WOI or II and other sightseeingstuff of the 18th century and later. There are also some small Javanese restaurants where we had some eggrolls, baked banana's and drinks. The boatsmen had told us that the house of Bouterse was near or leaving/arrival point and he was nice enough to take a little detour and show us the house. You might think, "why? Why do u want to see that." I must say, you don't, but he is well-known in Surinam and the Netherlands for his political actions in the eighties (Decembermoorden) and now and later for his 'possible' involvement in drugs(smuggle). So it was just a little bit of curiosity in what house he lives. And he lives nice....Big property, so it was difficult to see his house.

The trip was an overall success, but because of the sun in combination with the wind on the boat I got a sunbrun on my nose, but it was worth it;-).

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Almost there...
Almost there...
Yeah dolphin!
Yeah dolphin!
Inscription on military device (Ni…
Inscription on military device (N…
Ship on his way to the big big Oce…
Ship on his way to the big big Oc…
Too late
Too late
Too late
Too late
Yeah dolphin!
Yeah dolphin!
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Arrival at Braamspunt
Arrival at Braamspunt
Beach at Braamspunt
Beach at Braamspunt
Atlantic Ocean; sea and river comi…
Atlantic Ocean; sea and river com…
:-)
:-)
The turtle
The turtle
Take the picture, pleazzzz
Take the picture, pleazzzz
Hurry, I dont want to get my feet…
Hurry, I don't want to get my fee…
Dead turtle
Dead turtle
Puppies at Braamspunt
Puppies at Braamspunt
Puppies at Braamspunt II
Puppies at Braamspunt II
More dolphins!!
More dolphins!!
Dolphin far far away
Dolphin far far away
A flipper
A flipper
Dolphin
Dolphin
Dolphins
Dolphins
Inscription on cannon (Nieuw Amste…
Inscription on cannon (Nieuw Amst…
Inscription on military device (Ni…
Inscription on military device (N…
Reptile close to the place where h…
Reptile close to the place where …
House at Nieuw Amsterdam
House at Nieuw Amsterdam
Prison at Nieuw Amsterdam
Prison at Nieuw Amsterdam
Coach at Nieuw Amsterdam
Coach at Nieuw Amsterdam
Tree at Nieuw Amsterdam
Tree at Nieuw Amsterdam
House near the river
House near the river
Streetdog
Streetdog
Looking at sky on the way home
Looking at sky on the way home
Braamspunt
photo by: Djenie