This morning began with the sound of tree frogs and cicada singing away to the starry sky. Before the light of the sun brightened the sky, there was a perfect view of the Southern Cross just above the horizon. Being at just above 18 degrees north we are lucky to be able to see it, a few months ago, it would have been full daylight by the time it rose above the horizon.
A beautiful sunrise over the hills of St. John and a delicious breakfast from our amazing Steward team got the day rolling. We had two snorkel missions today, one in the morning and another in the afternoon. It was fantastic to see all the lit up faces and big smiles as folks shared stories of what they saw on this beautiful reef off the southern coast of St. John.
Gwynne was particularly stoked to have seen a Queen Angel Fish.
Onboard the ship, we made sure that the folks not out snorkeling had ample opportunity to get in the water. We opened the pool 4 times. The pool is a 50ft/30ft area of water just off the science deck. We rig up a swim ladder that allows folks swim and float around for a bit to escape the heat of the tropical sun. Thankfully it is December and the temperatures here are reasonable. They tend to be somewhere between 25-27o C/77-80oF
Nathan Bears, Chief Mate, A Watch