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A dip in the Indian Ocean

Written on: Thursday November 23rd, 2006

A journal entry from: The Winter of 2006/2007

  • We got up at a much more civilized time this morning, strolled to the hotel restaurant for a leisurely breakfast on the patio and made plans for our day. Ricard, the hotel manager came over for a chat and we told him we were planning on visiting the St, Lucia World Heritage Site and what did he recommend. He told us it was only a half hour drive to a beach where you can snorkel safely, then another area has rock pools where small fish get trapped when the tide is out. The hotel had snorkelling gear that we could rent for $2 each he told us and the drive to the beach took us through an area where we may see rhinos, elephants, zebras and deer - sounded good to us.

  • We did see a rhino very shortly after entering the park but he quickly disappeared behind bushes. We think he may have been a black rhino ? only saw white rhino yesterday ? as he was smaller, darker and also appeared to be eating shrubs. Black rhino eat grass, aren?t we getting knowledgeable!! Saw lots of deer, zebras and some monkeys.

  • The snorkelling area was gorgeous, the fish weren?t as colourful as those in
    Australia or Hawaii but there were huge shoals of them. At one time we were surrounded by a shoal, I was hoping they weren?t piranha. The water was very warm but as the tide began to come in it cooled off ? time to move on. Because of the incoming tide we didn?t see the rock pools at their best but there were still loads of crabs around and some small fish in the rock pools. They were already thinking ocean though as they jumped from one pool to another as the tide brought the ocean closer to them.

  • On the way back to St. Lucia we stopped at the Crocodile Tea Room, had some milk shakes and muffins for a late lunch overlooking the crocodile pen. We saw four crocodiles, initially in the water but eventually they came out into the sun. We were glad there was a fence between them and us.

  • Now down to St. Lucia Main Street to do a bit of shopping. There?s an area where the locals sell carvings and beadwork at an extremely good price. So good we didn?t feel we could haggle with them, even though they expect you to. Whilst on Main Street we saw a restaurant, Ocean Basket, where we thought we might eat that night and Ricard confirmed that it was a good one. Roger and I shared a super fish plate served by a delightful young lady named Xoli, the X is pronounced as a click. The young girls around here are very quietly spoken, very smiley and have beautiful high cheek bones; they seem to glide when they walk, we figured that?s because they?d been brought up to carry items on their heads. Xoli told us she is a Zulu so we presume that all the girls we?ve seen here are of the same ethnic background.
  • On to Dundee and some Zulu history.