Anse Chastenet

We arrived here straight from Capella Marina and stayed for 3 nights. We had been told that the snorkelling was outstanding as the black sand made the fish jump out visually. We were a bit underwhelmed though. Been completely spoiled by the Whitsundays, Barrier Reef, Cocos keelingand Lombok I think! Lots of soft coral and some fish – easy to get to though just off the back of the boat. There is a nice resort here but no village or private housing. We were on an Marine Park buoy but the guy only comes round to get the fee on weekdays so we had 2 night no charge – good thing to remember!

Motored against the wind and tide to Laborie, an authentic little non touristy fishing village. Lots of little hole in the wall eating and drinking places that we didn’t really want to go into. Can’t get enough of the local tomatoes – not the supermarket ones but the street market ones. So juicy and real tasting, they are even real funny shapes! The other thing we have discovered is banana ketchup – MM mmm – sounds weird but is delicious. We will try to bring some little bottles home for everyone if it doesn’t get to weigh too much. We are finding that once we get a bit off the beaten track, that unless they follow the cricket (which most do naturally – the Windies) no one really has any idea of where or what Australia is. Some of these little places don’t have TV or satellite. So far in the whole trip we have seen one other Australian flagged boat and it was full of Poms! I suppose we are rather a long way away!

Thursday 5 May

Anchored right in town in Castries. Very good market here – rated by National Geographic as one of the best in the world. I can see why – apart from being very extensive food and merchandise it is CLEAN AND SAFE AND FRIENDLY! But still very local and colourful. Not always a combination that we have experienced. We heard today that the generator is arriving on the 10th and will be installed shortly after that.  Then we will move on to some of the other islands.