Tobago Cays

From Canouan, we took a short sail south to the Tobago Cays. Bye Canouan!

And we found ourselves in a gorgeous turquoise swimming pool. After some of our all-time most embarrassing failures to anchor acceptably, we gave up and grabbed a ball. The park rangers stopped by right as we got in, to collect our EC$10/person-day park fees and EC$45 marriage-saving-mooring-ball fee.

The story of this visit was unusual clouds. We’d dragged our heels getting down to the Cays because the forecast had called for two weeks of rain and squalls. But after sitting in Canouan watching this pattern materialize as the occasional shower, we decided that the forecast was garbage and we would take our chances. So our first night, we watched the sun go down through long ominous stripes of clouds and distant storm cells.

We woke up to good weather, and to a cat with a little too much interest in my breakfast bread pudding.

So of course we flew the drone. What a gorgeous place. Remember you can click the photos to see a bigger view, mom.

In the afternoon, we went to explore the little cays, pulling our dinghy up onto the beach and hiking up the little hills for a view of the harbor and back towards Canouan.

That night, Captain did his usual thing where he stares at us until we entertain him.

And then he found a moth, and there was a Wild Hunt. Captain and I have substantially different ideas about teamwork.

It’s not really travel-related, but it was too good not to share.

We’d moved the boat further forward to get off the mooring ball, so we flew the drone again. We weren’t actually alone, just up at the front of the crowd with our tiny draft.

The highlight of being here, at least for Jazz, was the water. The shallow water over sand creates a beautiful color, and the constant current flowing in over the reef keeps the water crystal clear. Since Villa is so shallow, seven feet of water is more than enough to be comfortable. And as the clouds came and went, the color shifted through different shades of green and blue; these are not camera or filter effects, this is just how it looks.

Captain does not like water. But he’ll come outside to see what’s going on.

We didn’t stay long this trip, as we’d been at it for a while and needed to resupply. But we would return. You don’t pass by a paradise like this without spending some time, if you can possibly help it.


  1. Andrew & Jazz,
    Once again, thank you for these amazing photos and excellent writing. In my mountain hiking days, I was always concerned about theft from our campsites when unattended. I appreciate your including the bit about the stolen dinghy gear, snap link, &c.

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