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Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: Tobago Cays

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Tobago Cays | Saint Vincent and the Grenadines | Americas

[Visited: October 2011]

It had been on our wish-list since we had read about them: the Tobago Cays, so we were excited when our captain - called the real Jack Sparrow by our guide - steered his boat towards tiny spots on the horizon from Morpion islet. We had seen this archipelago from a distance, from Mayreau and Union Island, and now we were about to actually walk on the islands. When we got closer to Petit Tabac, the southernmost island of the Tobago Cays, we were overwhelmed by the bright colours: the white of the sand, the intense blue, green, and all shades between those colours you can imagine, and when we finally set foot on the little island, I literally ran to one extreme where the sand rises out of the sea, and the palm trees grow right on top of it. Standing in the sea and feeling the waves gently lap against my legs, the view of Petit Tabac was the best beach views the Caribbean has to offer.

Picture of Tobago Cays (Saint Vincent and the Grenadines): Sand and palm trees rising out of the sea: Petit Tabac island

The northern side of the island is one long beach, with palm trees on the highest part of the island. On the other extreme of the island, another strip of sand in the sea, with waves crashing into each other, and a view of the other islands of the Tobago Cays. Petit Tabac was used in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, and on this very stretch of sand, Johnny Depp kissed Keira Kneightley. It was easy to see why the directors chose this incredibly romantic, uninhabited island for their movie. We walked the other side of the island, full of coral washed ashore, before we realized that dark clouds were moving in from a distance. They contrasted dramatically with the colours of the sea, as we moved to Baradal, another island of the Tobago Cays. There, we first walked on the island, in search of iguanas and an aloe vera treatment, after which we snorkelled in the bay, with an abundance of turtles.

Picture of Tobago Cays (Saint Vincent and the Grenadines): Iguana on a plant on Baradal Island

It was raining when we sailed to Petit Bateau, yet another island of the Tobago Cays group, and here, we took shelter and finally took the time to eat some of the stuff we had bought in Petit Martinique that morning. The rain and wind eventually made us feel cold, and we ended up taking a dip in the sea just to get warm. Even though we had planned to see more of the Tobago Cays, the skies to the east looked so threatening that there was really only one option left: return to Union Island. A race against the clouds, and just as we docked at the end of the afternoon after hitting some serious waves on the way, the sky opened and released a serious downpour. Nevertheless, we were all smiles with the precious memories of having seen awesome islands amidst the most amazingly coloured sea imaginable.

Picture of Tobago Cays (Saint Vincent and the Grenadines): Threatening sky over the beautiful waters of the Tobago Cays
Picture of Tobago Cays (Saint Vincent and the Grenadines): Romantic Petit Tabac rises from the sea
Picture of Tobago Cays (Saint Vincent and the Grenadines): White sand beach on Petit Tabac island
Picture of Tobago Cays (Saint Vincent and the Grenadines): Dark clouds over a green sea at the Tobago Cays
Picture of Tobago Cays (Saint Vincent and the Grenadines): Turquoise sea and Petit Rameau island seen from Petit Bateau
Picture of Tobago Cays (Saint Vincent and the Grenadines): Strip of sand with clashing waves on Petit Tabac island
Picture of Tobago Cays (Saint Vincent and the Grenadines): White sand and palm trees on Petit Tabac island
Picture of Tobago Cays (Saint Vincent and the Grenadines): Translucent sea off Petit Bateau island
Picture of Tobago Cays (Saint Vincent and the Grenadines): Beach on the northern side of Petit Tabac
Picture of Tobago Cays (Saint Vincent and the Grenadines): Beach on Petit Bateau island under a cloudy sky
Picture of Tobago Cays (Saint Vincent and the Grenadines): Small Jamesby island is one of the islands of the Tobago Cays archipelago
Picture of Tobago Cays (Saint Vincent and the Grenadines): Brain coral at the surface of the sea on Petit Tabac island
Picture of Tobago Cays (Saint Vincent and the Grenadines): Group of aloe vera plants on Baradal island

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