Steve & Carol
Sun 17 Jun 2018 17:20
11:50.55N 066:55.75W
Today we have moved on from Dos Mosquises, we took a look at Cayo de Agua but the anchorages weren't at all protected from the sea, it looked beautiful and hopefully we can go back there on Tuesday morning, when less wind is forecast for a day anchorage before we head to Bonaire. We negotiated the poorly charted passage round to Becqueve - which isn't very protected either with sea rolling in from the SE and have anchored.
We went ashore on dos Mosquises and met the 3 inhabitants, Chico – who has lived there for 20 years showed us around the turtles which are kept in much better conditions than the ones on Bequia, pictures and more detail will follow when we have got to Bonaire. I was wrong when I said there was a marine research centre there – there was once an archaeological site where they uncovered artefacts and remains from the pre-Hispanic settlers, people first landed and lived there 3-4000 years ago, the Ocumaroid settlers lived in family groups and brought with them ceramics, stone tools, grains and tubers as well as the islands figurines of standing men and women made from pottery, in about 1300AD the Ocumaroid camp site was abandoned and Valencoids from the mainland settled in their place. Now all you can see of the archaeological site are pictures and writing, We assume all the artefacts have been removed from the island..
Chico is obviously very proud of his island which is kept clean and tidy, he introduced us to his colleagues, Ellio and Lorenzo – who's birthday it was, Chico didn't want anything for our tour but did ask if we had any rum on board, we returned a few hours later for a drink with them bringing some cans of beer and a bottle of rum we had got in Martinique, they were delighted with our gifts but insisted we had some fish in return (Rik and Sanne took the fish
to be polite, Sanne had caught a barracuda on the way there so they didn't really want the fish either), we spent an hour or so with them, Lorenzo spoke a little English and we managed to learn a fair but from him, petrol costs nothing they said – 500 bolivar/litre that's somewhere between 2000 and 4000lt / 1US$ depending on the correct exchange rate, no wonder the wealthy Venezuelans all have big fuel hungry motor boats! After a couple of beers we left them with the rum.