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... species, iguanas and the endless array of flora unique to this amazing UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Lindrena was particularly taken by the parade of leaf-cutter ants, known locally as "bachacks" that marched considerable distances along well worn paths, carrying their green burdens like huge parasols back to their nests.
Just by-the-way, the serendipitous choice of guide was one of the great success stories of our trip. ...
... we had taken, while beautiful, had taken years, decades, even millennia to create. Multiply the damage we had inflicted by tens of thousands of visitors over the years and an entire eco-system was virtually wiped out. A ban was placed on traffic on the reef in 1970.
Today, larger, enclosed boats, seating 30 or more people visit the reef, sailing out of Store Bay. The boat we were on had three large glass windows in the bottom, through which we could look at the marine ...
... beaches and walking trails, shading trees and cabanas, fast food and full service restaurants, and plenty of touristy boutiques. Beach chairs are available for rent as are all the paraphernalia required for water sports. Glass-bottomed boats depart from the trademark, thatched roof, wooden jetty for excursions out to the reef. The entrance fee also gets you a sense of supervised security, not a small benefit in today's Caribbean.
As an aside, I ...
... hospital much or really did anything too intellectual, but we definitely had a good time. Started off the week showing the Manchester kids around pigeon island and the stunning views up the hills. Napped on the beach to recover from the not so strenuous hike before heading to the bar for more beers and the Super Bowl. One of the local pubs was throwing a Super Bowl party so we hung around for some chicken and popcorn. The game seemed to go down hill in the opening ...
... small things under rocks, in crevasses in other places you would never imagine. He usually finds it too and as he says “If you know where things live -> you will find them”. I have picked up plenty of starfish in my time but this one was small and black and was actually crawling all over my hand like a centipede – very cool! After a successful morning it was then time to quickly pack, jump in a 50p shared taxi and make my way to the ferry!
The ferry ...