Our friend Dan Boyd has a larger boat and operates Lovango Charters. He agreed to play ringmaster for this trip. After getting our passports stamped in Tortola, we proceeded to wander around the shopping area. I always try and get a bottle or 3 of Pussers from their store, and pick up one of the tin cups. There are recipe's on the cups, including the famous Painkiller.
Pirates Bight restaurant has been rebuilt after a terrible fire and is now better then ever. We stopped in from the strenuous shopping at Tortola grabbed a rum punch and waited for the Willy T to open. This is our favorite parts of the BVI rum tour, the Willy T. To those who don't know, the Willy T is a famous floating restaurant. they call it a schooner, we call it the best place to have lunch in the Virgin Islands.
Looking up, you see a body hurtling past you into the water!
From the picture, you can see a second level of diving, er dining. Be careful not to put anything in the aisle up top that you don't want to get wet or trampled. People jump off the back of the boat. I am guessing it is about a 25 foot drop to the water. I am also guessing the water is between 30 to 50 foot deep. You can usually see fish swimming below you, which is where our title comes from.
So I jumped and landed on a large Tarpon. He took umbrage at me landing on him and proceeded to slap my shoulder with his tail. Not to be picky, but Tarpon appear to have no sense of humor. After he was done beating me he swam off. I swam back to the dock and was intercepted by Dan who was laughing, apparently he saw the whole thing....he then told me that I now had a Tarpon Tatoo....Of course I simply nodded to him and proceeded to go jump off again.....no stupid fish was going to ruin my lunch!
Later that week, upon walking through the super scanning Xray machine at the airport, I was pulled aside and asked what I had under my shirt. I told them that I landed on a fish and have a bruise. They didn't believe me. So I got a pat down then had to take off my shirt to show my injury. The TSA agent was amused by the Tarpon Tatoo...