Friday, April 30, 2010

Tortola

Our third Caribbean port was the island of Tortola, the capital of the British Virgin Islands. Did you know that the U.S. and British Virgin Islands were first spotted by Christopher Columbus in 1493? The Spanish tried to settle on the islands, but famous pirates (such as Blackbeard and Captain Kidd) were the islands' first true inhabitants. The Dutch later took control of Tortola until the 17th century, when the British usurped their control and established sugar plantations on Tortola and the surrounding islands. The sugar industry thrived until the mid-1800's when slavery was abolished. This impacted the economic climate of Tortola, leading many of the white plantation owners to return Britain. Despite the change in Tortola's economic climate, Britain maintained control of the island and does so to this day.

Here are the views we had as we pulled into the port.
We docked in Road Town, the capital of Tortola.
Tortola is well known for its snorkeling sites, one of them being Norman's Island with its three caves. You can see one of the caves in this photo.
These two shots were taken near Norman's Island. The snorkeling was a bit better here.
We were actually disappointed in the snorkeling. It was a cloudy day, which meant that the visibility wasn't great and not many fish were out and about. Still, the water was warm and calm. We didn't take many photos, mostly because we were in the ocean all day!

Tomorrow I will post photos of Bermuda~they are my favorite!

Wishing you a fabulous Friday!

1 comment:

arlene said...

All of your pictures from the cruise have been gorgeous. I've never been to Tortola, but they say the diving is supposed to be fantastic.

So glad you had such a wonderful time and got a chance to get away. Looks like you brought the good weather back with you too.

We need to catch up soon.