10 Jan #AtoZofBarbados Day Four
After packing in quite a lot of activites on days one, two and three, we decided to take it easy. Today the public had to choose an activity for the letter ‘T’ and we chose…Turtles!
T is for Turtle
Barbados is a great place to swim with sea turtles and there are lots of catamaran trips that include swimming with them. We had already seen some on our Jammin Catamaran trip, but there was one sea turtle surrounded by about 30 people, so we fancied getting a bit more up close and personal with the turtles. Elle’s sister recommended local legend MC Turtleman, who takes tourists out on fishing trips and trips to sea the turtles. He is the nicest guy ever!
We met him outside Cafe Sol at St. Lawrence Gap and hopped on his boat to cruise along the south coast past Accra Beach, Carlisle Bay and Pebble Beach. He let us take it in turns to drive the boat which was rather fun! Turtleman knows just the spot to find the turtles and he said “they’re my friends, they always come to the turtleman”. He cut up some squid to feed to them, and threw it in the water. Sure enough an enormous turtle swam up to the boat, followed by a smaller one. I had been feeling a little sea sick, so turtleman handed me a life jacket to put on and I jumped in with them. The big sea turtle loved swimming underneath me and he was so close I could hold on to him! I felt like Dory and Nemo in the movie Finding Nemo when they hitch a ride on the back of a sea turtle!
We swam with them for around half an hour, feeding them with our hands. After that we visited 3 shipwrecks, which have been sunk purposefully to provide a place for the tourists to snorkel. After all that time in the water I felt a bit chilly and had forgotten to bring a towel with me, so Turtleman even gave me the shirt off his own back!
When we made it back to shore, we had our photo taken with him and chatted some more. Since he loves showing people around, he said he will take us to his nephew’s place at Oistin’s Fish Fry on Friday night.
N is for National Dish
The rest of the afternoon was spent laying on the beach at Amyrillis Hotel, but in the evening we went to Brown Sugar- a restaurant in a traditional Barbadian home. The restaurant is a great place to try Bajan cuisine, and we had the country’s national dish- Cou Cou. The dish is made out of cornmeal and okra, and is topped with flying fish. For mains we had spiced fish filled with crab meat, and for dessert we tried their Bajan bread pudding.
It’s our final day of the challenge tomorrow and we have rather a lot of letters to do! Follow #AtoZofBarbados for photos and updates from paradise!