Written by JBSL on 06 Mar, 2003
This is a special place. The diving was specatular and the dive shop, Frontier Divers, is right at Sandy Point Beach. They were great and made us feel welcome and safe. All three of us, my two boys and myself, completed our PADI certification and…Read More
This is a special place. The diving was specatular and the dive shop, Frontier Divers, is right at Sandy Point Beach. They were great and made us feel welcome and safe. All three of us, my two boys and myself, completed our PADI certification and felt comfortable on all six dives. The colors and shapes of the fish as well as the rays, eels, and turtles that we saw were fantastic. There was so much more that you will have to go and see.
The food was sweet and spicy. BBQ chicken is a staple with fresh fish and BBQ sauce. If you catch your own you can cook them right at the club, and they will do everything for you! The dive shop was helpful answering questions about the island. The resort staff provides great ways to explore the island. If you feel like you need a challenge, rent a car and drive to Speyside, the sites are breathtaking in more ways than one, and visit Arglye Falls on the way!
Written by Patt711 on 25 Jan, 2003
Before going to Tobago, we spent five days in Trinidad. We usually rent a car wherever we go, but since they drive on the left and the roads can be narrow, we used the local bus as our means of transportation, and took it downtown…Read More
Before going to Tobago, we spent five days in Trinidad. We usually rent a car wherever we go, but since they drive on the left and the roads can be narrow, we used the local bus as our means of transportation, and took it downtown several times.
We ventured into the daily outdoor marketplace, mainly to look around. We did shop at some of the craft shops there, bringing home wonderful hand-carved pieces. One young entrepeneur found out we were getting married and insisted we buy champagne glasses from him, which he had etched with our names, date of our wedding, and doves. They're wonderful and we're so happy we have them now!
We were definitely tourists in a less-frequented tourist area, and the people couldn't have been nicer or more welcoming. I think we enjoyed Trinidad even more than Tobago because we weren't surrounded by other Americans.
Because I was the first person to ever use the National Tourism's website to book our stay, we were treated to our own bus and guide who took us to the Asa Wright Nature Preserve for lunch and a rainforest tour. What a gorgeous place! They have accommodations here as well.
After that, we were taken to the most beautiful beach called Maracos Bay. Across the street, we saw a grass-covered hut where they make shark-bake. We had to try this--first they deep-fry a ball of dough til it puffs up, then they fry fish, which fits into the hollowed fry-bread. We had a choice of condiments, some made with tamarind and other spices, which made the dish delicious. I think this ended up being our favorite meal for the whole trip!
Written by Kaye on 17 Aug, 2000
Tobago Cays was the site of Windjammer's Wacky Olympics. I learned a lesson during the Captain's morning storytime when I innocently raised my hand to the Activity Mate's question, "Who likes to have a good-time?" I didn't realize I was actually volunteering to…Read More
Tobago Cays was the site of Windjammer's Wacky Olympics. I learned a lesson during the Captain's morning storytime when I innocently raised my hand to the Activity Mate's question, "Who likes to have a good-time?" I didn't realize I was actually volunteering to be a team captain. I had to compile a team of somewhat willing ship mates to participate in the afternoon's activity, The Wacky Olympics. I enlisted several of our friends that were traveling with us. However, some of them, including my husband, were too bashful to participate in potentially embarassing activities. So I drafted a few new friends for our team as well. We had a strong team of 6 and we had a lot of fun. The Wacky Olympics were loosely based (emphasis on loosely) on the real Olympics. Jessica, the Mandalay's activities director came up with some very unique and crazy events for our "enjoyment" and the entertainment of the non-participating spectators. Our first event involved having to pass an orange held between the neck & chin and a cucumber held between the knees down the line of our team members. This was interesting but not nearly as interesting as having to hold a quarter between our butt cheeks and then try to drop it in a glass of water. The object was to accumulate the most points by having the most team members able to get the quarter in the glass of water in 3 trys. Another perfect event for the hot Caribbean sun was the egg toss. You can imagine how good a broken egg smells in the hot sun. Fortunately, the next event was a water event. The object of this event was to be the first team to complete a swimming contest. This was done relay style. Each team member took a running start from the beach and jumped on a raft, swam to and around a judge that was standing a short distance from the shore, and then return to the beach and run back to hand the raft to the next person in line. This event actually resembled a real athletic event and it was nice to rinse the egg off. Then we returned to very messy events. One of the messiest was a beer guzzling contest. We had to guzzle a beer, which I just let run out of my mouth and down the front of me(Yuk!)and then sit with the empty bottle upside down on our head while the rest of our team finished guzzling theirs. The last event was something called Black Velvet. Champagne and Guinness Stout were mixed in a big bowl and then poured into our mouths. The object was to be the first team to finish their bowl. These two ingredients foam -- a lot. A catamaran of French tourists pulled onto the beach just as we finished this event. Here we were, two teams, sitting in a line like we were on a train, all of us foaming at the mouth like mad dogs. I'd love to know the impression we made. Maybe it's better that I don't! By this time we really smelled good: sun baked egg, beer, guinness and champagne all mixed to gether. Our team, "The Salt Suckers" had a lot of fun but we came up short. The other team took away the prize and I learned an important lesson for future cruises: be very careful about answering innocent sounding questions from activities directors. Close