Glass-bottom Boats, Snorkeling and Common Animals

Crown Point Travel Blog

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Dun contemplating something or other.

Last night we arranged for Tito to take all of us from the resort to Crown Point, Tobago for a glass bottom boat ride. It was another soca-filled journey, and when we arrived at Crown Point we purchased our tickets, then went off to get some breakfast at the food stands. I followed the bride to a stand and got some delicious smoked herring, which is a popular dish in Tobago. After those in our group saw my herring a few of them went to get some, but I had gotten the last of it. They groused a bit, but it was their own fault for randomly food stands instead of following the chef and native Trinidadian. :)

Everything was delicious, and as we ate it began to rain. Soon it was time for us to board our boat, and as we stood on the beach it began to downpour and thoroughly drenched us.

View from the ladder leading to the boat's upper deck.
We rarely get such rain at home, and it made me realize that I need to carry a dry bag in my backpack. Eventually our boat finished its preparations and we set off. Most of the passengers chose to sit on the bottom level of the boat, but one passenger and I chose to ride on top, where we had magnificent views. By the time we reached our first location it had stopped raining and the sun had emerged. We watched a few fish through the glass bottom as the captain told us the history of the coral and of Tobago’s efforts to preserve it. We then went to another part of the coral reef where we snorkeled. I had never been snorkeling before, and it was amazing. The undersea world looks far different when viewed from a snorkeler’s perspective than through a boat’s glass bottom.
The other passenger besides myself who sat atop the boat as we headed toward the reef.

We visited one final spot call the Nylon Pool. It was amazing because we were standing in the middle of the ocean perhaps 800 meters from land, but the water was no more than 1 to 1.5 meters deep. The bottom consisted of dead white, pulverized coral that was coarse, not fine like sand. After we frolicked for a bit we headed back to Crown Point. As we hung out and ate we saw quite a few common animals. The cats were particularly interesting, for they seemed half-wild. They seemd torn between their desire to avoid humans and their need to depend on them for food. I could have dedicated an entire album to the common animals of Tobago.

When we returned to the resort the groom discussed with the manager a multi-page list of grievances he had compiled from all of us. I must give him kudos for not letting the resort’s ineptitude ruin his honeymoon. Everyone went out later that night to a local bar, but I decided to stay in and pack; I like being able to wake up and head out immediately. I found out the next day the group went to a place owned by an American, and spent most of the evening drinking and singing karaoke – badly, I'm sure.  :)

 

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Dun contemplating something or oth…
Dun contemplating something or ot…
View from the ladder leading to th…
View from the ladder leading to t…
The other passenger besides myself…
The other passenger besides mysel…
She had a great hat.
She had a great hat.
Those are the breakers off in the …
Those are the breakers off in the…
First Mate Mice and Captain Desmon…
First Mate Mice and Captain Desmo…
Captain Desmond.
Captain Desmond.
One of the fish we saw during our …
One of the fish we saw during our…
Windsurfers. I might have to give …
Windsurfers. I might have to give…
Hanging in the Nylon Pool.
Hanging in the Nylon Pool.
The women are about to dunk Greg. …
The women are about to dunk Greg.…
Our boat was the one on the right.
Our boat was the one on the right.
Trinidadians are natural floaters.
Trinidadians are natural floaters.
Bobbing, floating and talking in t…
Bobbing, floating and talking in …
The sisters sitting atop the boat …
The sisters sitting atop the boat…
My attempt to take an artsy photo …
My attempt to take an artsy photo…
Pulling back into Crown Point.
Pulling back into Crown Point.
Debarking from our glass-boat.
Debarking from our glass-boat.
These are some of the strays or c…
These are some of the strays or '…
Yes, we have to beg for food. Doe…
"Yes, we have to beg for food. Do…
Im assuming these two cats were l…
I'm assuming these two cats were …
They had so many similar movements…
They had so many similar movement…
These were delicious, especially t…
These were delicious, especially …
More delicious Tobagonian desserts.
More delicious Tobagonian desserts.
Excuse me sir!  Yes, you skulking…
"Excuse me sir! Yes, you skulkin…
Fine. Ill believe you when you s…
"Fine. I'll believe you when you …
Momma cat going off and leaving he…
Momma cat going off and leaving h…
I can understand why so many peopl…
I can understand why so many peop…
Two cute kitties.
Two cute kitties.
There were three kittens, but the …
There were three kittens, but the…
One of the larger common dogs.
One of the larger common dogs.
Another large common dog.
Another large common dog.
A well-sculpted almond tree.
A well-sculpted almond tree.
Crown Point
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