With about 30 people aboard the large catamaran we sailed out through green bushy headlands and onto a completely flat ocean. After each claiming a spot aboard we lay back to relax, chat, enjoy our surroundings and listen to the piped, toe tapping Cuban music. This was the Caribbean and it was as perfect as I could have imagined.
|Our catamaran at Cayo Blanco. The beaches there aren't great but the snorkeling and wild life are fantastic. (photo: Lynelle House)|
|What a perfect way to spend a day|
After around two hours we arrived at Cayo Blanco. Some people opted to land on the island but most stayed aboard to travel to a good snorkeling spot. I love snorkeling, I love being immersed in that dreamy other world under water and here the quality of the coral and tropical fish was thrilling to say the least. After a good half hour in the water we headed back to the island for a lavish seafood, buffet lunch, served by the boat crew.
|Snorkeling in a pristine sea. Me in the middle, back to the camera (photo: Lynelle House)|
|There were thousands of hermit crabs, all climbing over each other|
|It was thrilling to spend some time with the tame iguanas on the island|
Then it was time for the return trip. It had been glorious hot, sunny weather all day so the crew set up sunshades over the decks for people to rest under and before long everybody was relaxed and sleepy, some snoozing quietly.
|Lovely end to a brilliant day (photo: Lynelle House)|
The large resort hotel on the beach looks impressive at first glance but take a closer look and it is run down with broken toilets, cracked and weedy walkways and a general air of neglect. Cuba is so short of money that keeping infrastructure in a good state of repair and maintaining assets is not seen as a pressing priority. It is just as well the island's beauty makes up for it. We had had a marvelous day, felt completely relaxed and content and were well pleased with our choice to cruise the Caribbean.
Right: Thumbs up from our guide, Omar. I asked him if it was OK to put his photo on this blog. He said it was, as long as it made him look good!