Saturday, August 9, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Thanks to VI EcoTours for the disc of photos.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
It is a timeshare type place.
It was by no means fancy.
But it was clean, it was spacious, it had a kitchen. Which was nice, as it meant not having to go out for breakfast. One trip to the market and I was set for bagels.
The resort also was slightly past its prime, especially compared with some of the big shiny new resorts around the island.
But you know, it was kind of nice. Somehow it felt more authentic than being at yet another Marriott or Westin.
This place had some character.
And some characters.
There was the surly lady at check in and then again at check out.
There was the '80s throwback bartender at the pool bar and his collection of people who sat there from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the swim-up side. I never actually saw them swim.
There were various maintenance people with happy smiles.
There were crazy looking land crab things that jumped into holes as soon as you even looked their way.
And there were iguanas, lots and lots of iguanas.
Here are some shots of the resort and its scaly mascots. The crabs were interesting, but impossible to photograph since they would not come out of the holes if someone was standing there.
All in all, it was not a bad place to have as a base for the week.
that wander around the resort. Most are pretty skittish.
11 large iguanas on the lawn near the restaurant.
Monday, August 4, 2008
I will try to keep it somewhat organized, but no promises.
Since I already posted some photos from the first day of diving, I will post the rest here.
Then I will add separate posts for other, various aspects of the trip and other dives.
So, here we go...
These photos are various shots of coral, sponges and plant life from the dives near Buck Island, St. Thomas. The fish from the earlier post are all from these dives.
The first dive was on Rye Reef. max depth was 58 feet, bottomtime was 38 minutes.
sort of place that was home base for the week.
This is the view from the boat as we headed to Buck Island.
but I was able to get a shot of the creepy little thing.
Next up, pictures of the shipwreck near Buck Island, the Senora Cartanza or Senior Cartanser. Different dive shops use different versions of the name, English or Spanish.
The ship has an interesting history. If you care to find out more, just click on the link above.
This dive was a max depth of 45 feet and bottomtime of 40 minutes.
The shallow depth makes it a good beginner dive. Most times shipwrecks are in deeper water.
This is actually one of the dives I did on Discover Scuba while on my cruise all those years ago.
But this time we got to get a little closer, swim into parts of it and there was an easy swim-through. During Discover, we just swam around the part of it that was in the shallowest water.
middle segment that includes the engine room.