Tobago has been a tropical paradise! After arriving early in Man O’War Bay, students enjoyed their time at anchor with multiple swim calls and beautiful views. On New Years Eve we brought in the new year with a student lead coffee house on the foredeck followed by some tasty treats. At midnight, we continued an old maritime tradition by having the oldest person on board ring out the old year and the youngest ring in the new. We were able to see the fireworks on the shore and sent some lanterns into the night sky courtesy of Diego. On January 2nd, students had a full day to explore the island with many students taking the local bus to Scarborough, the nearest sizable city, while many others stayed in Charlotteville near the ship and enjoyed liming (relaxing) with the locals. On Jan 3rd, we went deep into the oldest Primary Rainforest in the Western Hemisphere in search of some of the rare and exotic birds that are unique to the island of Tobago. Students saw many birds, including humming birds and parrots, learned about forest ecology, swung from some vines and even ate some tasty termites! After getting muddy and sweaty on the hike, we finished the afternoon with a dip at Argyle Falls. January 4th allowed the students to reunite with local friends they had met and go on recommended adventures. Some went to local houses for lunches while others went Scuba Diving in Speyside. Overall, the beauty of the island coupled with the kindness of the people has ensured that Tobago will always have a place in the students hearts.
During our day and a half in Trinidad, students had time to explore Port of Spain. Students quickly realized it was not the nicest of towns to explore and so many took cabs to nearby villages and attractions. Others chose to relax and enjoy reliable internet at a hotel near the ship. Many students hope to return to Trinidad when they will have more time to explore all the island has to offer.