Day 13, all hands on deck, part IV

Bahia de Cajimaya Travel Blog

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This is what Columbus must have seen. He was the first 'great traveller' to set foot on the island.

A couple of hours of seafaring later we were in the secluded bay called Bahia de Cajimaya to do some snorkeling. The crew of the catamaran came along with us and brought some food for the fish, so you were surrounded by the most colourful creatures. The diversity under water is immense and we truly enjoyed bobbing around. After about an hour or so, most of the water rats were done snorkeling, so we cruised towards lunch. Earlier I had spotted a fabulous looking 'bounty hut' on a beach in the distance, thinking what a fabulous place that would be to live. Turns out, that's where we're having lunch.

The restaurant looked like it was a set picked straight from the movie 'Blue Lagoon'. Sturdy wooden beams, thatched roof, you know the type :) After our activities in the water I had developed an appetite, but first there was the optional Jeep safari in Parque Nacional Cayo Saetia.

You could go on the optional Safari...
It sounded like fun so I signed up and paid the additional fee. Only 5 occupants plus a driver fitted in the Jeeps (well, Toyota's to be precise) and they only had two Jeeps. Three people had opted out on this safari, and if you're as good on math as I am, you have now calculated that there was one seat short. Guess who's seat that was? So, after I received my money back, I went for a walk along the beach :)

Lunch was excellent, local delicacies, with an international touch as not to upset the tourists :) Lunch included one drink, and I chose a Cristal beer to quench my thirst. No excursion can be taken seriously without some form of live music, and we got a trio singing Latin American classics and a few Cuban 'originals' such as Guantanamera..
Luscious vegetation on the cliffs
, the girl from Guantánamo. Each singer did his best to play an instrument too.

As many of you know, evening sets early in the tropics, so before long it was time to head back. In the morning the captain chose to 'sail' on the engine only, because of lack wind. Fortunately, on our way back there was just enough wind to hoist the sails and use wind power only. What a magnificent sensation: only the noise of splattering water, the wind in your hair, sun on your skin and the smell of the salty sea… Hmm, maybe I should become a sailor when I grow up :D

Much to my regret, we reached the harbour fairly quickly. The bus ride back was just as bumpy, but this time I was wiser and didn't try to make photographs of our surroundings. After dropping every one else off (in reverse order) we were the last to reach our hotel. As a frugal (ok, call it cheap if you like) Dutchmen, this meant of course we had had the most value for our money: picked up first, dropped off last :)  In our resort dinner already awaited us. Darn, I think I can get used to this kind of life :) Much to our surprise, dinner was served by the pool. After yet another sumptuous meal, 'bed' was all we could think off and we both slept like a log.

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This is what Columbus must have se…
This is what Columbus must have s…
You could go on the optional Safar…
You could go on the optional Safa…
Luscious vegetation on the cliffs
Luscious vegetation on the cliffs
Snorkelling away. Equipment was pr…
Snorkelling away. Equipment was p…
Mario also explained how the diffe…
Mario also explained how the diff…
Where we came from
Where we came from
I would love to live there!
I would love to live there!
The other Lewis; the sailor man :)
The other Lewis; the sailor man :)
Oh look, we are headed towards it.
Oh look, we are headed towards it.
Yes indeed, that would make a grea…
Yes indeed, that would make a gre…
Before the catamaran docked, I alr…
Before the catamaran docked, I al…
My wife is still on the boat.
My wife is still on the boat.
Here it comes...
Here it comes...
What a magnificent view. I would m…
What a magnificent view. I would …
Preparations for lunch.
Preparations for lunch.
Down the little ladder, wade throu…
Down the little ladder, wade thro…
What a magnificent site.
What a magnificent site.
You could go on the safari, or enj…
You could go on the safari, or en…
Or do like I did and take a walk o…
Or do like I did and take a walk …
Mario trying out one of the instru…
Mario trying out one of the instr…
Its not cristal clear to me, wh…
It's not 'cristal' clear to me, w…
Oh yeah, I would love to live here.
Oh yeah, I would love to live here.
The (uh hum) magnificent trio.
The (uh hum) magnificent trio.
Evening setting early :(
Evening setting early :(
Now were flying :)
Now we're flying :)
Were getting near Antilla.
We're getting near Antilla.
One piggy went to market
One pigg…
One piggy went to market One pig…
Buffet by the pool
Buffet by the pool
Ill have a little bit of everythi…
I'll have a little bit of everyth…
Dinner was set by the pool, which …
Dinner was set by the pool, which…
Fantastic organisation, excellent …
Fantastic organisation, excellent…
Bahia de Cajimaya
photo by: Sweetski