Monday, June 22, 2009

Honeymoon - St. Thomas

The US Virgin Islands are absolutely majestic and the harbor was filled with more yachts than you could count. We started our morning by taking a tram ride to Paradise Point and soaked in the panoramic views of the island.

Afterwords we got the idea to rent a scooter and explore the island but most places only rented by the day and we were scheduled for our BOSS adventure later in the afternoon, so instead, we just walked around and enjoyed port town.

It was finally time for our BOSS adventure and we were both really excited. BOSS stands for Breathing Observation Submersible Scooter. It was one of the coolest experiences we have ever had and St. Thomas is only one of eight places in the world where you can do this. Ironically, one of the other eight is Hawai`i Kai...

While on the boat headed out, we met another couple on their honeymoon who were also married on June 13th! By the time we were finished trading stories from our adventures on the cruise and all about each other's wedding, we were at the bay where we would be riding the BOSS.

The BOSS experience was incredible, we can't rave enough about it. It was made even more special because Mahina's BOSS was #007 and Lucas' was #777, all leading back to Seventh Heaven. Being underwater in the BOSS gave us an incredible up close view at the life under the water.

When we weren't underwater in the BOSS we were swimming around Turtle Island's bay and watching in awe at all the turtles feeding on the grass and trying to get as close as possible when they would come up for air. Everywhere we looked there was a turtle either coming up for air or feeding on the grass. The beach that our tour guide had taken us to is actually where all of these turtles come to mate once a year and is a very protected area and the turtles had actually laid their eggs about a month before so the beach was littered with eggs. Our captain sternly warned us that the only way we would ever end up on the beach is if we were dying and we better be dying! He was funny and really passionate about protecting the turtles so we all took him very seriously. Our excursion barely made it back in time to the boat and as soon as we were back on board the ship we set sail for Dominica.

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