Monday, March 21, 2011

Wallilabou Bay, St. Vincent

This bay is where some of the scenes of Pirates of the Caribbean were filmed, and it's one of the anchorages on the west of the island where you can stop over on the way to St. Lucia. We were met here, as warned, by a welcoming committee of boat boys (some men, but all call themselves boat boys) to help us tie to shore and sell us things. We'd heard of the Caribbean boat boys, who can be something of a nuisance, but this was our first experience with them.

On the way here, I discovered that it would take longer to get to St. Lucia than I had thought, so we decided to spend the day here at Wallilabou and go ashore with our boat boy in the morning to see the waterfall. Except our boat boy didn't show up. We didn't mind not going ashore because we were a little nervous about how close we were to the beach.

At sunset we dropped the line to shore and sailed slowly overnight to Marigot Bay, St. Lucia. When we arrived around noon, we discovered that the anchorage in the bay was filled with mooring buoys. After one attempt at anchoring across the channel, without getting the anchor to set, we decided to go on to Rodney Bay. That's where we are now.

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