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Sailing on the Ocean's Floor

Updated on March 26, 2015
Port Authority of Trinidad & Tobago
Port Authority of Trinidad & Tobago | Source

Our Sister Isle Tobago

Tobago /təˈbɡ/ is the smaller of the two main islands that make up the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. It is located in the southern Caribbean, northeast of the island of Trinidad and southeast of Grenada. The island lies outside the hurricane belt. According to the earliest English-language source cited in the Oxford English Dictionary, Tobago bore a name that has become the English word tobacco. The national bird of Tobago is the cocrico.

My Trip to Tobago

I was greatly in need of a vacation, seeing that I haven't had one since July 2013 from work. I was and still is awfully tired due to being unwell for the past two years and more. It has taken toll on my physical abilities to do much as I use to before feeling weary or dehydrated.

Anyways I switched jobs in 2013 December and only made a year last December so I got ten days vacation "which really sucks" I am accustom to having 21-28 days even as a contract worker. But I guess you can't have your cake and eat it in this instance. I decided that I will take just five days to give my body a break, Heaven and I knows that my body really needs 365 days rest at the moment. Five days was just a teaser and I left the other five days for later on, perhaps when the government sees it fit to pay me my monies owed to me to go on another adventure away from home or the sister isle.

T & T Express

One of our two main inter Island Boats
One of our two main inter Island Boats | Source

Trinidad (Spanish: "Trinity") is the larger and more populous of the two major islands and numerous landforms which make up the island nation of Trinidad and Tobago. The island lies just 11 km (6.8 mi) off the northeastern coast of Venezuela and sits on the continental shelf of South America. Though part of the South American continent, from a socio-economic standpoint it is often referred to as the southernmost island in theCaribbean. With an area of 4,768 km2 (1,841 sq mi) it is also the fifth largest in the West Indies.

Many believe[who?] the original name for the island in the Arawaks' language was "Iëre" which meant "Land of the Humming Bird". Some believe that "Iere" was actually a mispronunciation or corruption by early colonists of the Arawak word "Kairi" which simply means "Island". Christopher Columbus renamed it "La Isla de la Trinidad" ("The Island of the Trinity"), fulfilling a vow he had made before setting out on his third voyage of

Trinidad and Tobago


Continuation of my trip

I live in Trinidad and to get to our sister Isle Tobago it's either by boat or by airplane. The boat takes like 2 1/2 hours - 3 hours and let's hope and pray that it's running on all it's engines else that ride can take twice as much time. Ugh!

The last time I went on an airplane to Tobago it left me traumatized and I am still wondering if I'd ever fly again, with a plane it takes like fifteen minutes. Okay okay let me tell you all what happened that scared the hell out of me and left an everlasting impression. I am a very cluster phobic person and while we were seated in the airplane the AC was very low we tried adjusting it but little or no breeze/air was coming out. I started to panic because a plane is not like a car where you can wind down the glass it's concealed and bolted.

I asked the airhostess if the AC wasn't working well she said it's giving a little trouble and when the plane starts to fly it will build up. I am like are you nuts woman? this shouldn't even be leaving the airport if it isn't working good. People's life are at stake and we can't stop in the air if I am dying. So another person asked her and she said the same thing....

The plane started moving on the run way and eventually it really did build up a little tiny winy bit. Of all days the weather was bad so instead of taking fifteen minutes we took thirty five. The turbulence was scary I literally though the plane was about to fall from the sky the way it was dipping down and rocking at times. Anyways when we arrived at Trinidad and landed, rain was pouring and the pilot shut off the plane so we was stocked inside a concealed no AC piece of iron , dying for fresh air . The airhostess was like normal waiting for the rain to stop while I am like dying , just as I was about to scream out open the darn door and let me out, they did and give us rain coats. My night mare was kind of over , lol.


A Video I took at Sea

My Nephew Jaquan

My nephew was picking up cheese sticks he spilled all over the floor on the boat
My nephew was picking up cheese sticks he spilled all over the floor on the boat | Source

Pigeon Point Beach Tobago

Pigeon Point is one of the most popular beaches in Tobago and close to the airport
Pigeon Point is one of the most popular beaches in Tobago and close to the airport | Source

Parlatuvier Bay Tobago


My First Trip & More

My first time to Tobago was back in 1997 when I was just 9 years old, back in those days we had two snail boats called the NV and the Panorama that took citizens from one island to the next along with cargo etc. That boat took 6-8 hours the WORST ever!! Thank God we upgraded, after we upgraded I went about 8-9 times. I had to take the boat this time for two reasons I was taking my car and I did not want to encounter another no AC plane episode " I can breathe at Sea"

It cost $100 per adult to go back and fort, I do not sit inside for the sail to go or come I stand outside on the deck watching and admiring God's wonderful creation , also it's safer outside where vomiting and feeling upset is concerned you feel the ride a lot more inside "See Saw movements". In this way being outside I get to see the different ships we pass by, the islands, part of Venezuela , the different colors of the waters, fishermen and the sun setting etc......

What Tobago is Like

Tobago has wonderful beaches and the place is very clean and well kept thus the reason for its tourist attraction. There's also a reef there and a nylon pool, Nylon pool is like in the middle of the ocean where you cannot see any land around but yet you're able to come off the boat and stand in the water, such a miracle. I did it once and will never again :) I don't trust the ocean.

I went for about six days to unwind from work and relax etc. My trip was okay, due to not feeling well I did not enjoy myself as I thought I would have. All in all I did enjoy my boat ride going and coming , going to Tobago the sea was a bit rough.....


Store Bay Beach Tobago
Store Bay Beach Tobago | Source

A Poem about my sail

This poem is dedicated to my country Trinidad and Tobago

I am a proud citizen of our paradise.


A ship sets sail on ocean's tide

it drifts and shifts as we pass

under the sky. The atmosphere

is peaceful as we cut through the

raging waters, making white ripples

as we go by.

An island here and island

there cargo ships on there way to the port.

Rigs and oil ships anchored as they drill,

after a while all we see is the ocean perhaps

a fisherman or two but now there's nothing

near by, everything is just out of sight.

When we pass our other boat , Captain

honks horn in acknowledgement the pride and

joy to see other civilians going back home.

I pray them a safe return as well as I.

There are people vomiting all around but

my stomach is strong I won't let it down.

I capture every moment while I can, if she's

moving up too much, seated I must be or overboard

I would be. O' we are almost there, there's an

announcement that we are about to dock, wow

didn't those hours flew by. I am here , we are here

standing on the earth of our sister Isle.

~ Joanna Chandler copyright © 2015

Thanks for reading and if you've missed the videos please view.


© 2015 Joanna Chandler


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    • LadyFiddler profile imageAUTHOR

      Joanna Chandler 

      3 years ago from On planet Earth

      Hi Shan dear, I am happy you liked it .... Thank U

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      Shannon Henry 

      3 years ago from Texas

      I especially like the poem, but your adventures were interesting too.

    • LadyFiddler profile imageAUTHOR

      Joanna Chandler 

      3 years ago from On planet Earth

      Hi dear Audrey you won't believe my mind now ran on you, saying I was to re-visit Audrey's hub i last commented on then i saw your name in the notification..... Thanks so much for your kind words ;)

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      Audrey Howitt 

      3 years ago from California

      This sounds like so much fun! And one of my favorite hymn tunes!!

    • LadyFiddler profile imageAUTHOR

      Joanna Chandler 

      3 years ago from On planet Earth

      Hello just a messenger well its our dry season here and the sun is blazing hot it runs up to 95 degrees , feel like your self baking.

      The caribbean is wonderful maybe someday you can go on a cruise and island hop.

    • justthemessenger profile image

      James C Moore 

      3 years ago from The Great Midwest

      Hi! It's 37 degrees Fahrenheit here, just outside of Chicago, as I write this. I'm tempted to try and walk to where you're at:) Great hub, I hope to make it to a Carribean locale one day.

    • LadyFiddler profile imageAUTHOR

      Joanna Chandler 

      3 years ago from On planet Earth

      Hi flourish you said it right once i feel like i am trapped i really do not like it. I am very afraid of the ocean but rather a ship than an airplane any day.

      Good to see you and thanks alot.

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      3 years ago from USA

      I loved hearing about your adventuress. You sound about as sea and airworthy as I am. I do not like to be uncomfortable or feel like I am trapped. Makes me feel a little freaked out. Sometimes a staycation can be pretty relaxing, too. Hope you had a good time.

    • LadyFiddler profile imageAUTHOR

      Joanna Chandler 

      3 years ago from On planet Earth

      Thank you so much Dana i am delighted to read your wonderful comment.

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      Dana Tate 

      3 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      The pic's and video were so beautiful. I felt a tranquility, almost as if I had been there. We must all take time to give our bodies and minds rest. I love to go camping when I need to get away. I call it my time for spiritual healing.

    • LadyFiddler profile imageAUTHOR

      Joanna Chandler 

      3 years ago from On planet Earth

      Hi Nell thanks for dropping in and leaving a comment.

      have a great day

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      Nell Rose 

      3 years ago from England

      Hiya Jo, that sounds like a wonderful holiday for you. I know how much you have been ill this year so you definitely needed it. I love your videos and the poems too, and you always make me smile when you mention that you stood outside in case of feeling icky! lol! looks wonderful!

    • LadyFiddler profile imageAUTHOR

      Joanna Chandler 

      3 years ago from On planet Earth

      LOL Frank you are always positive and leaves a nice comment to cheer any hubber soul up. Thanks U & God bless!

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      Frank Atanacio 

      3 years ago from Shelton

      the pics and video w ere awesome.. but I bet you had the time of your life.. lady.. Im soglad you took a vacation and shared your joy with us all bless you dear one :)

    • LadyFiddler profile imageAUTHOR

      Joanna Chandler 

      3 years ago from On planet Earth

      Hello Pstraubie thanks for coming by so soon I appreciate your visit . I am happy you enjoyed it.

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      Patricia Scott 

      3 years ago from sunny Florida

      So glad you got to have a little vaca...hopefully you may feel better soon. I chuckled in some parts (the airplane adventures).

      Thanks for sounds so beautiful.

      Angels are on the way to you this afternoon ps


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