One of the most unforgettable days during our recent escape to Antigua was the day we spent on the catamaran. After a few days of doing little else other than basking in the sun, sipping tropical cocktails and eating our way through the evening buffet, it was great to get out of the resort and see the island from a totally different perspective. The adventure started at 1pm, avoiding the majority of the mid-day scorching heat, and we set sail to explore Green Island with a cold rum and coke in hand. Located about forty minutes from the St James’ Club resort, this privately owned island provides the perfect location for a picnic amongst the white sandy shores – and an opportunity to spot a turtle or two.
I’ve always been a bit of a water baby and continually long to be beside
the sea, but until recently I didn’t know how much I would also adore
snorkeling. I first experienced it in Florida at Discovery Cove and the
Disney waterparks, but it was a controlled environment that simply can’t
compare to the open ocean. After we’d arrived at Green Island we popped
on our flippers and masks, jumped off the edge of the catamaran and
looked down in the depths to see some of the most beautiful tropical
fish you can imagine. My Go-Pro can’t do them justice (and the water was
quite dark so didn’t pick up the small fish as well as I would have
liked,) but they didn’t seem bothered at all by humans invading their
space: they just carried on swimming around in their schools. Our captain and guide got in on the action too, diving deep down to show us everything from a lobster to coral and point out fish as they swam on by.
Although we didn’t see any turtles in the ocean, we did spot a couple of tiny ones on the beach when we disembarked after lunch to explore the local area. To experience an Antiguan island that’s been untouched by resorts or tourists was something special, and I spent the longest time searching for shells and trinkets while taking in the local wildlife. (We found a few odd looking things in shells that apparently bite, so we backed away slowly and let them get on with their days!) The day passed far too quickly and before we knew it we were back on the catamaran and heading back to the resort; the view was vast, but it was amazing to see the sun set and the ocean change colour from bright blue to the most sensual of navy. We were even lucky enough to spot a rainbow on the horizon, which was the perfect end to a perfect day.
I’ll let the photos do the talking, but suffice to say it’s a day I won’t be forgetting in a hurry.
I was a guest on behalf of St James Club Antigua and Virgin Atlantic. Find out more about the resort via their website, or book via Virgin Holidays;
seven nights all inclusive (flying from London Gatwick in May 2017)
starts from around £1181 per person, based on two sharing.