(no photos, unfortunately)
We arrived on Sandy Spit the other day only to find the east side covered with baby turtle tracks. Seems a couple of nests had hatched very recently and the little ones had already made it to the water. All but one, that is, which we found “Turned-Turtle” on its back and not able to right itself. My guest gently dug her hands into the sand under the little turtle and created a slow moving sand tsunami which rolled baby right-side-up. Baby, about the size of a silver dollar, then flippered off into the sea and was seen making progress and taking breaths of air before we lost sight of him. (About one of every thousand sea turtles makes if from hatchling to adulthood.)
We wish him well.
St Thomas Snorkeling at its best!
For more turtles check out our page [sea turtles commonly seen while snorkeling the virgin islands]
Tanks on Jost Van Dyke
For everyone who came out with us in 2012 / 2013 and made our first year back so enjoyable, just wanted to say tanks!
I was going to make a big long list here of everyone’s name who was on Deja Blue this past season as a way of saying thanks, but let’s face it, I’m just not that ambitious. Also it has come to my attention that some of you told your companies one thing while you skipped off to play hooky in the Virgin Islands. We know who you are. Others of you just don’t want to be associated with IWE. Ya, we get it.
Then I thought maybe a list of everyone’s initials, keep it semi-anonimous but still get some recognition. That idea was scrapped for the sheer ambiguity of the exercise. There were 56 people with the initials J.S. on Deja Blue this season. 56.
So, there are no lists. Whether you want to own up to it or not, you know who you are. Thanks. Thanks for booking. Thanks for showing up (most of you.) Thanks for being great guests. For those of you who took the time to write those fantastic reviews on TA, thanks so much for that contribution to our growth. Unfortunately, those reviews are very very important.
It was great seeing all of you repeat offenders again and catching up. Thanks for finding us. For all of you that went out with us for the first time this season, hope you enjoyed your time and hope to see you again on your next visit.
Capt Wilson & Deja Blue
So, the other afternoon we’re over at Peter Island and my crew (average age of 40) starts jumping up & down and shouting “ICE CLEAM MAN !!! OOO! OOO!!! ICE CLEAM MAN!!” I’d thought they’d lost it. Wait. Let me rephrase because they’d already lost it a lot earlier in the day. I thought I was going to have to put them down.
They were pointing and shouting and running in circles. What had stirred them into the frenzy was that Deliverance had just entered the bay.
Deliverance: BVI Supply Boat
Deliverance is a supply boat that runs out of Tortola. It cruises the popular anchorages of Cooper, Peter and Norman selling ice, alcohol, fruit, baked goods, etc boat to boat. They also collect garbage if you’re starting to get over run. And yes they do sell ice cream.
Now, for those of you who cruise the BVIs regularly, you know Deliverance is a welcome sight. Ice never lasts as long as you think it will and once tucked snuggly into the perfect cove, who wants to hoist anchor and sail across the channel just for more limes? Of course in my case, buying ice cream from Deliverance was the equivalent of shooting my crew with a tranq gun. (which was another option I was considering)
Deliverance monitors VHF channel 16
Deliverance: BVI Supply Boat
Ok. This is totally ripped off. I didn’t take this and the boat isn’t Deja Blue (Of course Blue isn’t a sail boat.) It was taken by Capt Greg a good friend of mine who was down here for a few days visiting and sailing and he took this footage north of Tortola, BVI. But it is very cool stuff, so I wanted to share it with you.
Spinner dolphins, also known as long-snouted dolphins, are smallish dolphins which can be found all over the world in off shore tropical waters. They are famous for their acrobatic displays. Huh? Watch the video and all will become clear.
Capt Greg owns and operates Sailsuperior, a charter company in Thunder Bay, Ontario. (An affiliation of Island Wilson Excursions)
-More great [videos]
-Photos of sea turtles, common fish seen snorkeling and other reef stuff.
Andrew & Reagan were back on board to crew this year. To mark the 3 year anniversary of their first time on Deja Blue we tried to copy a photo from the other trip. This is what we got. On the top is 2010 and the bottom is 2013. As you can see I am aging gracefully (if at all.)
Hope we can continue this series with more shots in the future.