We celebrated the coming of the New Year anchored off Sandy Island, a small uninhabited island with extraordinary beauty. This island is east of Carriacou, one of the several islands that are part of Grenada. Some time ago, vegetation on Sandy Island was killed by seawater. Were it not for a hurricane (uncommon in Grenada) that threw coral up on the sand strip, the island would likely have vanished. Locals planted trees and undergrowth that, in combination with the more substantial coral base, stabilized this idyllic island surrounded by healthy coral reefs.
|Sandy Island (center) off coast of Paradise Beach (right), one of the most beautiful beaches on Carriacou.|
While we were snorkeling, a pelican feeding frenzy started up devouring some of the enormous schools of small fish on the reef. The pelicans are quieted down here, with full bellies.
|We have seen more pelicans in Grenada than any of the other islands we have visited|
|West end of Sandy Island – where we snorkeled|
This island is part of a marine preserve (Sandy Island / Oyster Bay Marine Protected Area – SIOBMPA). The waters are clear and shallow – a perfect snorkeling spot. We spent many hours on the reef and the photos below are just a small sample of the beauty and diversity of fish, invertebrates, and vegetation there.
Duhkxy sits in George’s lap on most dinghy rides, but does get adventuresome at times. When close to shore he will sometimes launch himself into the water unless we remember to tell him to stay. He likes parading around the sides of the dinghy, but is quick to get back in George’s lap if he slips.
Best of all, he has learned to sit patiently in the dinghy when we snorkel. Sometimes he needs one or two reminders.
We had a delicious New Year’s Eve dinner at Paradise Beach Club on Carriacou. This restaurant offers water rides from and to your boat (and you don’t need to jump off the dinghy in waist deep water). I had ribs and George had tuna. Both came with salad, potatoes, sweet plantains and caribbean rice; all very delicious.
|Paradise Beach Club, Carriacou|
We are currently anchored off a pretty fishing village on Petite Martinique. George just finished the laundry and I just finished the dishes from our decadent lunch of lobster and salad.
|Ahhh Fresh Sheets|
|Need a bigger pot|
We are hopping in the dinghy to take Duhkxy to shore – boy does he love the beach.
Happy New Year to all!!