And now for your regularly scheduled post…. Part 3 of our Honeymoon to Palm Island! (Don’t worry, I promise to wrap this up quickly!)
The next night we went down to the bar at our regular time and found it PACKED with people….and by packed, I mean, like 30 people. That was a lot for this place! It was so cool to see people from all over the world visiting and laughing over drinks! We had never seen the bar this busy, so Donovan and I sat outside the “hut” and just people watched.
We eventually found out that it was the Manager’s Night, and they were hosting special drinks and appetizers for all the resort guests. They even made coconut drinks! It was so cool watching them chop off the top of the coconut and then fill it with whatever liquor you wanted. Donovan and I both agreed that we preferred our coconut drinks in a blender and frozen, as the “real” coconut milk was really warm. Warm alcoholic drinks do not taste that good.
The next morning we woke up itching to do something fun and adventurous. Neither Donovan and I are very lazy and we like to be active. We found out the resort rented bicycles for free (!!) so we decided to take a little day trip.
If we would have biked around the island without stopping, it would have taken us less than an hour – it’s a small island! …but we decided to take our time and stop along the way for photo opps and fun.
We really wanted to swim along the Atlantic side of the island, but the waves were just too big and strong. We heard from other resort staff that they don’t encourage you to snorkel or swim in those areas because of the strong undercurrent. We biked around for a little while longer, admiring the few HUGE homes that were on the island and trying to dodge iguanas.
Later that night we were asked to be the witnesses for a wedding that was happening. We met the couple in the restaurant a few days before, and we became pretty good friends right off the bat. They were older than us – in their late 30’s – and were SO.MUCH.FUN! Dono and I didn’t know what to expect when we agreed to be witnesses, but we ended up being the Matron of Honor and Best Man. We were literally in every one of their wedding pics!
We got to tag along for their premarital counseling, and that was pretty interesting. Did you know that in The Grenadines, it is culture to take a bite of wedding cake and then pass it to your partner’s mouth without your hands? EW!
The next day we were up and at ’em early for our trip on the Pink Lady sailboat to the Tobago Cays.
Now if you know me at all, you know that I’m NOT a fan of boats as I get EXTREMELY motion sick. If I can sit outside, see the horizon, and get fresh wind on my face, I typically do pretty good. Riding a sailboat in the middle of the Atlantic…. no bueno. I knew I would be sick on this ride, but I REALLY wanted to go to the Tobago Cays. Apparently this is where they filmed Pirates of the Caribbean, and you can only access the islands by boat. I decided to tough it out and attempt the trip.
Unfortunately I left my camera on the boat the entire time we were at the Tabago Cays as I didn’t want it to get wet or ruined so I only took a few pictures. The water out in the cays was SO clear and beautiful. Our captains took us off the sailboat and let us do some snorkeling at one of the islands. Apparently there is a huge sea turtle group there, so we got to snorkel and see the sea turtles. I’m not a huge fan of snorkeling, so as soon as I saw one turtle, I hightailed it back to the beach to lay in the sun.
Our boat crewmembers then cooked us a DELICIOUS picnic on the beach – jerk chicken, steak, spaghetti (yeah, that was weird), and these DELICIOUS brownies! After lunch, Donovan and I took a little hike around to the other side of the island where the water was even clearer than where we were standing previously…if that is possible. We swam a little …peed a little … and swam some more 🙂
After lunch, we BEGGED our boat captain to take us to the island in the picture above. They weren’t supposed to, but they did anyway! It took us about an hour to get there since there was a natural reef in the way, but it was totally worth it. The sand was REALLY soft and the water was perfect. We all dove in and swam to shore…and then we were done, we swam back to the boat. It was awesome!
By the time we got back to our resort, ALL of us were sunburned and exhausted. We laid out on the beach for a little bit longer before taking showers and heading to our last night at the bar. We had a great time with our new friends and were really sad to leave! Now we have to save up our pennies so we can go back on a special anniversary!