Thursday 15th December

Sat 17 Dec 2005 03:42
Title: Message
Des Haises - Guadeloupe
We were up early this morning and left Iles Des Saintes at first light. Our first destination was a small island off the coast of Guadeloupe called Jacques Cousteau Island. We arrived at about 10.30am and after a few hairy moments trying to hook up to a mooring boy we settled down and got into some swimming and snorkelling.
This was clearly a very popular destination for diving as boats soon surrounded us full of people from the main land out for a diving experience. We managed just as well with the mask and snorkel and Ian, Tom, Andy and Tommy all spent 40 minutes exploring the underwater life of the area. There was lots of colourful fish and coral to be seen in the crystal clear waters.
It was then back to the boat and a big salad for lunch served up by Tom and Maureen. We all lounged on deck after lunch until about 15.00 when we set sail again for Des Haises at the north end of Guadeloupe.
On arrival Andy and Ian were surprised to see the Club Med 2 Yacht anchored up in Des Haises Bay. This brought back some very happy memories of the week we had spent together on this cruising yacht in 1998 off the south coast of France.
We dropped anchor and then went ashore to explore the town of Des Haises. At local steel band was playing on the key side, put on to welcome the Club Med passengers who had come ashore. All the local women were dressed in very colourful national dress and sang along to the band for hours. It was then on to the local bar for a few bottles of Provaince Rose for sundowners.
We dined ashore this evening in a delightful beech restaurant. the waves lapped up against the terrace of the restaurant and we enjoyed a great meal of local specialities.
As has become the norm now we were all back aboard the boat by 10.00pm and tucked up for an early nights sleep.
Nowcrew out.