August 2, 2016
This morning, our crew awoke in Ladder Bay, off Saba. Excited to see more of the island, we quickly grabbed breakfast and awaited the return of the dive boat to shuttle us to our land taxi. Meeting up with the taxi, we then headed back up into Windward Side, where we grabbed some treats at a local bakery and began our walk up to the day’s first activity: a visit to the incredible Jo Bean glass studio.
Meeting up with our fourth staff member who had just flown in for our long passage back to the BVI, we got our crew together for the excursion. Once inside, our group was introduced to Jo Bean herself as she showed us how to make the gorgeous glass beads that could be seen around the shop and studio. We then each had an opportunity to make a bead ourselves, some even creating a few, while others shopped around the gorgeous store.
All done, we packed up our purchases and creations and said goodbye to the lovely Jo. Back down in Windward Side, the crew scattered to find lunch in town. Fed and ready to do some more exploring, the crew split up for the afternoon, some going diving, some hiking the famous Mt Scenery, and others just hanging out in town. On the dive, our group saw a nurse shark, nudibranchs and even moray eels!
Meanwhile, the hikers enjoyed fantastic views and made it to the top of Mt Scenery, the highest point in The Netherlands. Those in town chilled on the beautiful grounds of the Johnson Museum and other cool spots in the Windward Side. As the divers were being dropped directly back at the boat, the others taxied down to Fort Bay and were shuttled out to meet them. Right away, the whole crew jumped into a massive boat clean, prepping for our voyage back up island. Dinner made and cleaned, our night concluded with a boat meeting and marine bio lesson on bioluminescence, after which we all headed to bed.
The greatest challenge during the program was staying entertained during the quarantine period. Not being able to leave your boat and not having a phone, which was a crutch against boredom, it was difficult at first to stay entertained.