June 29, 2004
Round the headland from Castara is the hidden beach at Englishman's Bay, then the picturesque village of Parlatuvier in a natural harbour. Then we headed out to a group of rocks known as the Sisters, where pelicans and boobies roost and magnificent frigatebirds glide like pterodactyls overhead. The fishermen from Castara head out here to fish for kingfish, jacks and dolphin (a fish, not the flipper kind!).
We stopped just off a small sandy cove in Man'o'War Bay to snorkel. One member of our group was not a confident swimmer, and utterly terrified of snorkelling so Conda took her in with a buoyancy aid and held her, pointing out all the corals and fish as they swam round. By the end she felt far more comfortable and relaxed in the water. Gaston also joined us in the water and pointed out fish, but he tells us his speciality is the rainforest and leading treks on the land.
In the shallows were thousands of tiny juvenile fish, in rainbows of bright colours. Further out these were being herded by menacing looking barracuda, which kept a respectful distance from us as we swam.
Visited Charlotteville for lunch (flying fish and chips- excellent!) followed by some relaxing on the boat and beach. We made a leisurely sunset cruise back to Castara for a BBQ of all the fish we caught and a few chilled Carib beers with Ali Baba, Conda and Gaston.
From journal Castara, The Unspoilt Caribbean