Off to the British Virgin Islands

Trip Start Feb 22, 2005
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Trip End Jun 22, 2005


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Tuesday, March 15, 2005

5am in the morning on 15th March we set sail from St Martin for Totola in the B.V.Is. We planned to set off at 9pm the night before. However Martin our Skipper had been busy putting our new stewardess Lacy through her paces back at her flat we suspect:-)!!
Whilst Alex and I slept and waited for our turn on watch, the rest of the gang where on deck, we woke to a banging on our port hole (and it wasn't Martin and Lacy). Murph had spotted dolphins swimming along at the front of the boat but by the time we got on deck they'd gone. Alex snuck off back to her pit I stayed on deck determined not to miss out. 5 mins later I was rewarded, they where back, I knocked Alex up and we were all treated to a synchronised swimming display by 4 adults and one young dolphin. Murph got some great footage on his camera which he's going to put on the travel pod for us when he gets home.
About half an hour later Murph spotted a whale blowing about 150 meters from the boat, we all had a good look through the binoculars and you could see it's humped fin. It is dangerous to get to close as you can crash into them.
12 hours later we arrived in Marina Cay Village, Tortola, the journey had involved a lot of sleeping as the wind had decided to have a day off.
As we had arrived in the Tortola later than expected we decided to get our flights sorted. So first thing on the 16th we went to a travel agent to book our flights to Ecuador. The travel agent was very excited Alex's last name was Bond, as in "James Bond", he later dropped into the conversation that his name was Dodi as in "Dodi Alfied", obviously we where were impressed! Unfortunately we were going to have to leave for Ecuador the next day. It turned out Murph and Jo had to do the same to make their flight back to the UK. We left the travel agents and hired a car to make the most of our remaining time.
Tortola turned out to be the most beautiful island we had been to yet. We headed straight to Smugglers Bay for a snorkel and on arrival Murphs underwater camera died, so predictably the water was amazing with fantastic coral and massive multi coloured fish. So you'll just have to use your imaginations.
We ttravelleddown the north coast from the west of the island, the roads were unfeasibly steep and bendy, but as we came around each corner, we where shocked by the incredible coves and beaches. We all agreed that Tortola was the most beautiful island we had managed to explore.
The next day after a "HOG SIZE" breakfast as it said on the sign. We said our good byes to Martin and Lacy and sadly headed for the airport. On arrival we got dumped to the next flight as ours was over booked, still we both got a $150 voucher for future travel. As we waited we waved Murph and Jo off to St. Lucia. Next Stop Puerto Rico
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