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(Fish underwater.)

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JOLLY ROGER SNORKEL CRUISE

Story and Photos by

LEE A. WOOD

2002 May 12. Saturday was sunny and bright. The bus picked us up at our hotels and took us to the Delphinario for the first part of our day's outing.

(Statue of dolphin.)

DELPHINARIO
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(People boarding bus.)


AFTER WATCHING THE DOLPHIN SHOW,
WE CLIMBED BACK ABOARD THE BUS FOR A SHORT TRIP
TO THE QUAY WHERE THEY DOCK ALL THE TOUR BOATS

(People boarding bus.)

DINNER CRUISE
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Whereas the previous afternoon I had been on the larger of the two cats., for the dinner cruise, I was directed to the smaller of the two cats for the snorkel cruise. Here I met some of the people I had been with the previous day and some people who had been on the smaller cat the previous day.

They told us of their encounter with the buoy and you could see where the front brace had broken away from the main cross member. (It hadn't as yet been repaired.)

They also told us that one of their party had been sitting with his back against the brace but when someone yelled at the pilot, `Look outí, the passenger had rolled away to see what his shipmates were looking at and thusly, barely, avoided being injured.

(People lying on forward, web, deck of cat.)
FELLOW SNORKELLERS (MOSTLY CANADIANS IN OUR AREA): A COUPLE FROM WINNIPEG;
(People lying on deck of cat.)
YOUNG LADIES FROM; EDMONTON, NORTH OF N. BATTLEFORD,
LANGLEY, & RED DEER AND A LADY DOCTOR FROM GERMANY
(Pic from water of people in water and cat. Above and behind them.)
OUR FIRST STOP FOR SNORKELLING WAS AT
(Birds above island from camera in water)
A SMALL ISLAND WHICH WAS HOME TO MANY BIRDS
(Coral & fish, underwater.) (Coral & fish, underwater with people up above.)

One discouraging comment, the boat does not carry sufficient diving equipment for all aboard. Their fins, masks, and snorkels are mismatched, worn out, and poorly fitting. Take your own, if you have it. Or wait your turn until others tire out.

(Coral & fish, underwater with Craig from Langley up above.) (Coral & fish, underwater.)
(Coral & fish, underwater.) (Coral & fish, underwater.)

After a pleasant dive we boarded the cat for a short trip to a second reef where the more energetic of us went for a second dive.

(Coral & fish, underwater.) (Coral & fish, underwater.)
(Coral & fish, underwater.)

As on the dinner cruise, one should carry money, to pay for the `meal' and/or refreshments.

From the reef we sailed to a small island where there was a lovely beach.

(Pic from cat of people in water and on beach.)
UNDER THE THATCH ROOF IN THE CENTER OF THE ISLAND IS A BAR AND DANCE FLOOR
(Pic from cat of people in water and on beach.)
RELAX UNDER A SHADY THATCH ROOF OR LAY ON A LOUNGE CHAIR IN THE WATER

Some people went ashore and joined the dancing in the lounge while others swam or snorkelled along the shore.

(Crew member behind cabin of boat.)
ONE OF THE, MORE COLOURFUL, CREW MEMBERS. HE WOULD LEAD US IN GAMES, ON THE RETURN HOME

See if I can describe this. One person, preferably male, holds a bottle between his knees. With hands tied behind his back he must jerk the bottle forward to make it squirt water.

Standing in front of the bottle person are two or three people, preferably female, who hold glasses between their knees, while their hands are tied behind their backs.

If the bottle person can successfully squirt some water into one of the glasses, those two people win a prize.

At the end of the voyage, all the crew members will be on the dock to help you ashore, shake your hand, thank you for coming, and one of them will be holding a container for you to deposit a tip.

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ENTRANCE TO THE DELPHINARIO

(2 dolphins.) (Dolphin on its side.)
(dolphin jumping through hoop.) (3 dolphins jumping through hoops.)
(3 dolphins jumping over a bar, held by a trainer.) (3 dolphins jumping over a bar, held by a trainer.)
(2 dolphins jumping at a ball.) (A dolphin and a trainer sharing a hug.)


A MUTUAL, FAREWELL, HUG

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JOLLY ROGER DINNER CRUISE

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Story and Photos by

LEE A. WOOD

Calling it a `Dinner Cruise' is a misnomer. They do not serve dinner. They will sell you lobster, if there is sufficient supply, without anything else. Mind you for $10 you get a plate filled with two complete lobsters.

There is a punch that is served for free but beer is extra.

The dinner cruise and the snorkel cruise leave at different times. The snorkel tour goes out in the morning and the dinner curies goes out on the same boats when they return from the snorkel cruise.

If you opt for the full cruise then you go out on two separate days.

I took the full cruise and left on a Friday afternoon.

(Pic. of bus.)


BY THE TIME THE BUS STOPS
AT ALL THE HOTELS THE FIRST PEOPLE ON
ARE ON FOR AN HOUR.

(Sign inside bus.)


IN B.C. IT IS AGAINST THE LAW
TO CONVERSE WITH THE DRIVER
THE SIGN IN THIS BUS SAYS THE SAME THING.
HOWEVER THERE IS A CANADIAN FLAG ON THE SIGN,
MAYBE IT ONLY APPLIES TO CANADIANS.

As we arrived on the dock we were separated into groups, I think it had to do with which hotel you came from.

As I was the only one from my hotel I was put with a group of young couples from the most Westerly hotel on the island. I didn't get all their names but there was: Darren & ? from Surrey; Craig & ? from Langley; and Scott & Amanda from Edmonton. I also met people from Ireland, and England.

There were two catamarans, one slightly smaller than the other. I was put on the larger of the two.

(Pic. of Cat.) (Cat full of people..)

Our boat left the dock first. Shortly after, the smaller cat. passed us as we went out the channel.

(Pic. of cat. ahead of us in the canal.) (Island with buildings.)


I BELIEVE THIS ISLAND IS
OFF THE EASTERN END OF VARADERO.

I thought I heard someone say that it was going ahead to prepare dinner. I somehow got it in my head that we would all meet on an island and have dinner.

Later, we passed the other boat, it was anchored at an island. I assumed it was preparing our meal.

We went further, to a island and tried to get in close to an old fort.

(Island with part of an old fort.) (Another cat. behind ours, hooked up with a rope.)


THE COMPETITION GAVE US A TOW.

Our boat got stuck on a sand bar. The captain tried to get everyone to the back of the boat but few of the passengers were paying attention and the captain couldn't get the boat loose.

A boat from a competition company was in at the old fort and eventually it circled out around and came up behind us.

Using a stout rope they managed to pull us off the sand bar.

After that the captain didn't try to get closer to the fort but sailed for home.

Our other boat was still tied up at the little island.

I was to learn later, the next day, that the little boat had run into a piling.

(Lobster fishing boat.)


THE SMALLER CAT. STOPPED TO
BUY SOME LOBSTER FROM THE FISHING BOAT.

(Sunset.)

As we were getting closer to home and the sun was still high we tied up to a piling in the middle of the ocean and they began to cook lobster while we waited for the sun to set.

(Sunset.) (Sunset)

Eventually the little boat passed us as we were heading home, into the sunset.

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