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She even managed to get close to a trumpet fish. Are these fish crazy? Don't they know she wants to touch everything?

 

 

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Now I want you to take a look at this trumpet fish. Look at the face. His snout was bluish/purple/greenish. I have never seen one like this before. They are always all the brownish color. Is this a different type? He even let me get close to him.

 

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I ended up taking both Sakari and B out and down the wall. They wanted to snorkel out further and explore. Even though they were both in areas that I would rather them not be in alone, they were still in an area fairly close by. They push the limit, but not that much. So, I figured why not. I will not bore you with all the pictures I took that time around (I have combined a lot in with my others already posted). There's just way too many pictures from this day.

 

I did manage to find one lonely purple coral or sponge and it would be the only purple one I found all day. I love the purple ones.

 

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Snorkeling went well and the kids did great. B is improving, but still a little sketchy for my taste. He seems to wear out easily. I had to keep telling him to swim over to the side to rest or he'd grab on to me for awhile.

 

We headed back to our chairs and I demanded that they both get out and rest for awhile. That was a lot of swimming and even though Sakari is half mermaid, she still needed to rest.

 

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This must have been the rest of our crew finally showing up after their volcano tour.

 

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Our spot

 

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It was around 12:30 when everyone else started to arrive and since it had been raining earlier, they said they wasn't setting up the buffet for everyone to eat and instead, they would be bringing us our meals in containers and ask if that was ok. No problem with us. I was getting hungry though.

 

So, I'm trying to remember what all they told us we had on our plates.

 

Jerk chicken, tara root, banana salad, plankton, rice, noodles with cod, some kind of beans, salad with italian dressing but tasted a little different. I can't remember anything else.

 

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For the most part, it was ok. There was a lot of things we didn't like and it was still fun tasting it.

 

 

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Another big group arrived and it looked like they were doing some snuba. I have always wanted to try this. I did ask the Spencer guy about it and he said it's really cheap, like probably around $25 cheap. I knew there's no way it's that cheap, but I would still like to do it some time.

 

Sakari has been begging to learn to scuba dive. I'm honestly thinking about seeing how much it cost for her to have lessons. We do have a dive shop here and they give lessons in the pool there. I think it would be pretty cool. I'm not sure if I would do it or not though. I have issues with my ears feeling like they are going to explode when I just dive under more than 8 feet. So, I can't imagine how that would go over. I'm also honestly scared of going under the water into the deep. I don't know what it is about it. When the water starts to get colder, and you know that means it's getting deeper, I just start to freak a little. The hubby would love to scuba dive and he has been talking about it for years. Although I'm not sure how he would do either because of his ears and having a busted ear drum.

 

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Then there was a huge crowd that showed up to snorkel as well.

 

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It wasn't too much longer that I hear a "Mamaw" and here come B and Sakari. They can't miss out on the fun either.

 

We decided to get in the water just to see if there was any chance of seeing anything interesting. There was some sea grass in the area, so I knew there was a possibility.

 

The water got deep (as in over our heads) fairly quickly and then there was a drop off. See this is what makes me nervous.

 

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Of course, Sakari doesn't care.

 

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She spotted something...of course

 

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Then I spotted a sea cucumber. Before I could say anything, Sakari was already going down to get it.

 

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Now I have to admit, I have never seen one like this either.

 

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Most are pretty "solid" I guess for a lack of better words. This thing was mushy and felt like a rubber sponge or something. Super weird...like holding a glob of snot in your hands. I really don't know how else to describe it.

 

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Thank you so much for the website to buy the mermaid tails from! :)

 

On a different note, I was browsing cakes for ideas for one I have to make this week and came across this one:

 

http://cakesdecor.com/cakes/59827

 

All I could think of was your daughter! Maybe for her next birthday? :)

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Tons of these guys up at the top of the water (which I believe are a needlenose gar). They are just so hard to get a picture of.

 

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I got out and was walking in the sand. Kendra and the kids stayed in the water. She pops up and says "Oh my gosh, you should see this crab. I have never seen anything like this before. At least I think it's a crab"

 

So obviously in I went to check it out.

 

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When I look this up, it says that it is a flame box crab (shame face crab) and that they are common, BUT yet rarely seen.

 

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We were told that we would be leaving this gorgeous place at 2pm. Well, it was about 5 minutes 'til 2 and I was busy trying to talk all the kids into getting out of the water. We drug ourselves back over to our chairs and starting packing things up quickly and heading to the boat that was waiting on us at the dock. I went over and bought my baby blue St Lucia tee and caught up with the fam.

 

The Spencer guy told us that we would be heading back to the dock by ourselves. I'm not sure why or what happened to the rest of the people that were on our boat with us that didn't arrive to the beach until 12:30pm, but that was ok with us.

 

Once we got on the boat, another couple arrived and said they were coming too. So then we pulled away and just sat there for a moment. I think they were trying to figure out if anyone else was going too and was on the phone talking back and forth with the guy on the deck.

 

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The roped off area for snorkeling.

 

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I guess there wasn't anyone else that wanted on...so off we went.

 

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Wow, wow, and wow!!! I am really enjoying you St. Lucia portion, your pictures are awesome, and can't wait until the end to tell you. I know you mentioned you kind of wished you were going on the land tour with the rest of the group, but you made the right decision (or your hubby did) to just go on to the beach. I would just love to have that whole snorkeling section to ourselves as you did. Both times we were there, there were others there so at times it's hard to get into certain areas and get pictures. Later in the day when the rest of the tours start showing up is when the visibility can get low with the sand getting kicked up from everyone snorkeling. And I never even thought to try snorkeling over in the swimming area...next time. I have already begun to do some arm twisting of my DH for another cruise to the southern Caribbean out of San Juan and when we do, we will be doing Spencer's Beach Break again. Really looking forward to more.

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They pumped us with more rum punch, beer and carbonated drinks. Then they started a "tour" and showed us around.

 

This is the place they filmed several of the Bachelors episodes. For those of you that watch the Bachelor: Juan Pablo stayed here at Cap Maison (and actually was at Jalousie Beach too) and also Jake Pavela as well. He said that Rihanna has also stayed there (and they don't like her), and Kendra Wilkinson's hubby has stayed there, and also some athlete (can't remember the name since I'm not really into sports) that came there after he lost in the Olympics.

 

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Then we came to the "Fish on Rock"

 

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Can you still see it?

 

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Now we stopped here for awhile to talk too. But for the life of me, I can't remember what he said this area was...other than a little village.

 

 

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We were getting to know the other couple that was on the boat with us. They were funny and the guy was drinking ALL of anything he could get his hands on. In the end, they just handed him the entire jug of rum punch to down. LOL

 

We were talking with them about jet skis and my hubby was telling him about his. They were laughing about some of the "water rules" and the hubby told him he can't even get out onto the water without getting pulled over for something.

 

Then...as they continued to laugh about some of the crazy things the hubby gets pulled over for...THIS HAPPENS...

 

 

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The hubby turns around and says...they find me every where I go. Even when I'm not driving.

 

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We sat there for awhile. They ask questions, they ask for paperwork, they ask for insurance. There was a lady on there too that couldn't speak their language and she was asking our driver information and he was answering in another language. She said "In ENGLISH!!" She got highly agitated. She ask his birthday and he said Jan 1989. She ask again...1989? (This would make him younger than Kendra). He kept changing it up and she was getting a little pissed. Finally he changed it to 1966. I have no idea what that was all about.

 

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They finally let us go and we were on our way.

 

The Pirate ship. He said they had filmed Pirates of the Caribbean here and we would get to see where part of the movie was filmed later. I have never seen the movie, so he could tell me anything and I wouldn't know the difference.

 

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More houses that represented something that I have no idea what they were for. Maybe it was just hotels because he did tell us about staying at a lot of hotels and the prices. For awhile there, it almost felt like he had a contract with some of them.

 

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Then we were taken to Marigot Bay and resort area. We were told this is the area that they take the boats to during a hurricane because it stays pretty protected.

 

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Like always, there's a lot of famous people with houses here. The person who owns this small 1 story (can't remember the name), but he said he owns all the stores and most of everything there. He said he was offered $1.5 million for that small house and he turned it down saying that it was "chump change" to him.

 

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Up at the top of the hill you have Mick Jaggers house and his neighbor is Sophia Loren.

 

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The only way you can get to these houses and this area is by boat. No motor traffic.

 

 

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They did offer to stop here and let us off to use the restrooms if we needed. Everyone said they were good, so we didn't stop.

 

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This hotel you see in the back...he said while it might have a good view, there is no beach here in this area. So, if you want to go to the beach, you had to do so by boat. He said they call it the check-in, check-out hotel because no one stays long.

 

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Thank you SO much for taking the time to share all your experiences with us. I love all your reviews, but this one is so timely for us as we will be in many of these ports in about six weeks.

 

I've read mixed reviews of Boatyard - primarily that it can be too crowded. From your pictures it didn't look like that was the case. How many ships were in port that day? We are also considering Lobster Alive, which I understand is next door.

 

We are doing the Land, Sea and Beach tour with Spencer so loving reading that review as well. We are still deciding on St. Kitts so looking forward to your thoughts.

 

Again, thank you so much for sharing your pictures, experience and cruise life with us!

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