We fished but only caught a small barracuda so we raced two boats ahead and one behind - plotting our distance against them every hour..... Then we spotted a huge yacht sailing our way on the AIS so I pulled out my camera to take a photo of her sailing the other way and as I snapped her I saw a huge whale breach through the lens (you can sea the splash in the photo) - then we had whales all around us for the next hour - very special.....
|P2 with whale splash behind|
As we approached St Barts we spotted another boat on the AIS - ah ha Spirit of Lusitania... big waves from Augusto and Dai followed by drinks aboard Askari that night.
|Stunning Waterfront in Gustavia|
|Designer Shops and Bars in St Barths|
|It's a bit fancy here in St Barth|
Not liking the swell we decided to head back to Gustavia and clear out the next morning, however when we got there we found a spot on on the town side of the bay that actually didn't have much swell and we really liked so we relaxed into St Barts and spent a couple more days. We read up on some dive spots and decided to give it a go. We ended up doing three amazing dives in Gustavia itself; the first spot we saw nurse sharks and turtles, then we went out to a hump just outside the entrance where we met a huge school of barracuda plus heaps of other big fish! Our final day in St Barths was at the private island of Ile Fourche - where we joined Spirit again and did another fabulous dive before having a reading afternoon snorkelling and drying off our dive gear. Independent diving on Askari was declared a success. Oh apart from when the retaining screw from our dive compressor rolled in the sea; anchored in 12 metres on went the dive gear and 56 minutes later he managed to find it!!
|Sunset from Columbiere|