BVI: Session 1 - Rangitoto Too
Day 16 – A Day In Sandy Spit
Location: Sandy Spit, Green Cay
After a long night of fun at Sidney’s, none of us were all too eager to get out of bed early this morning, but we were definitely awoken by the great smell of the chefs making French toast. After a delicious breakfast we had a quick fun sail over to Sandy Spit, one of the most beautiful islands in the entire BVI’s. We all got in the dinghy to drive over to the entry of the “Playgrounds” dive and had our first “seal team 6” entry from the dinghy. The dive was very cool. In addition, we all had a great time. We had a very good lunch of ramen noodles and quickly moved our boat so we would be right over the dive site. The Divemasters hung out on our boat for a little bit and we all just chilled for a while. After this we were all given an option, to take another dive, or to have time on Sandy Spit. T went on the dive, and after seeing a squid, an eagle ray, and going through an awe-inspiring swim-through I can undoubtedly call it my personal favorite dive this summer. From what we were told, those who went to the beach had a great time as well. Those who went on the dive took the boat back to Sandy Spit and picked up the others who went to the beach. After we were all back on the boat, we took a quick shower then hung out while the chefs made franks and beans with cornbread. The dinner was very good. After we ate, we had to clean up so the staff could have a staff meeting in their salon. After we had cleaned up the boat we all headed over to Great White to have a Lifeworks Forum regarding goals. As soon as we got back we got ready for bed, eager to begin another day of fun.
Posted: Wed, Jun 29, 2016
Day 15 – Mount Sage
Location: Sidney’s, Jost van Dyke
Today was a jammed action packed day. At 6:30 we woke up and ate cereal with milk for breakfast. Next, we rode over to the bottom of Mount Sage, the highest point in the British Virgin Islands. Our goal was to hike up the strenuous 3 mile trail to the top. As we started the hike we were immediately faced with the hardest part, a steep uphill .5 mile section. After those first 10 minutes the hike was not so bad. I was proud of my shipmates because none of them ever gave up. All of us reached the summit. Brandon was the first to summit along with Merial at 21st and 22nd place. Then Michael and I finished right behind them at 26th and 27th. It was cool to be able to say that as a group we did it! Following the hike we ate some delicious ice cream and burgers. While at port I walked down to the beach and listened to a local musician. Then I joined Reese for some conch fritters. Next we boarded the boat and headed to Sandy Cay. At Sandy Cay we had a sand castle contest. Most of the boats wanted to make an “inverted sand castle” AKA a giant hole, however, some of us thought that digging a huge hole was a waste of our artistic abilities. Therefore, Reese, Michael, and I made a giant sea turtle. It was awesome and so much fun! At the moment we are about to leave the boat to go to Sidney’s Peace and Love, a locally famous BBQ restaurant, for some BBQ chicken and fun. Today was a very intense day with all the activity and I feel like I am going to fall asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow.
Posted: Tue, Jun 28, 2016
Day 14 – Double Dip And 20 Questions
Location: Cane Garden Bay, Tortola
We woke up to the VHF and music this morning at 7:30 we had a yummy breakfast of oatmeal in the anchorage, then did a speed cleanup. We sailed over to Brewer’s Bay at 9 and splashed in the water at 10:30. After briefing, we were informed by Rachael that the whole shop could only ask the staff 20 questions the whole day! By 12 we had already asked 10! The first dive was at Shark Point, and there were no sharks! It was our second and last fish ID dive for the trip. The visibility started out great, but got a whole lot worse during the dive. Will and Paul from the media team joined my group. We were underway for about 20 minutes before we reached the Pinnacles. Michael and Meriel made some delicious chicken and cheese quesadillas! We did another speedy cleanup and set up our dive gear for a second dive of the day. We split up into 2 groups, the 6 girls with Alisa and the 6 boys with Rachael. The dive was 20 minutes long. Our group saw a pregnant lobster and a giant puffer fish! Afterwords, we disassembled our gear and had a good half hour tanning session on the roof. Alisa called us to the cockpit and we were all informed that we were all to take freshwater showers! I was the second to shower in my cabin and it was soooo refreshing! When the boys were done showering, we were underway once again. Soon the compressor turned off and the entire boat rejoiced. We sailed into Cane Garden Bay for dinner and to get fuel and water. I read and wrote my journal. Once we reached Cane Garden Bay, Matt was informed that we would have to get more fuel and freshwater in the morning. For dinner, we had Thai peanut chicken. Danielle from the media team joined us for dinner. During cleanup, the whole boat jammed out to Alisa’s music. The first song on was “Tropics. After Matt dropped off Danielle, he joined the party. “Tropics” is dive sides signature song. Our boats signature song is “Sunday Candy” or any song from any musical or movie. We had a movie night with the other Neptunes. All in all it was a great day on Rangitoto Too.
Posted: Mon, Jun 27, 2016
Day 13 – Beach Day
Location: Sommer’s Beach, Tortola
Today we lifted up our anchor very early and headed over to Sommer’s Beach. On our way, the chefs Bruce and Kealy made us a delicious breakfast of scrambled eggs. After we arrived, we went over to Shazam and had a lesson about our scuba gear. We got to take our regulator apart and we had competitions about who could assemble their gear faster while being blindfolded and guided by a buddy. Then we headed back to our boat and had sandwiches for lunch. After lunch, we hopped in our dinghy and rode over to the beach. We played a fame with the rescue divers to get a sense of their program. Rachel taught Gabbie, Alina, Carmella and I how to drive the dinghy and do man overboard drills on it. Then we got back to the boat and got ready for our second BBQ tonight. We are currently hopping in the dinghy to head over to the beech to have burgers and watch an amazing sunset.