Tuesday May 30, 2006 – We are four days into our relaxing Caribbean vacation on Providenciales, one of the main islands of the Turks and Caicos chain. We are staying in the lovely Grace Bay Club, a gorgeous luxury resort perfectly situated on Grace Bay beach. We booked a snorkeling excursion through them for a day trip to one of the uninhabited islands.
Today Dwight and I got up early and took a plane over to Grand Turk, and then a small boat on a 45-minute ride through the Caribbean until we reached Gibb’s Cay, a tiny spit of sand off the other side of the island. There our guide threw some food scraps into the water and a couple of rubbery, ghostlike stingrays glided up to feast and play in the water with us for a while. They were so much fun! Incredible creatures, smooth and slippery, not quite slimy, and stealthily graceful in the water. They swam right up to us, unafraid, and let us swim around them and pet them. Dwight even held his hand up to one and it sort of sucked on his fingers with its toothless mouth. Dwight has underwater housing for his camera, and he got some great photos of these gentle marine apparitions. They were truly beautiful, and so much fun. The guide, after he lured the stingrays in, went on the beach and fell asleep while we cavorted in the shallows with our new friends. What a job he has. Floating there with these creatures was such a wonderful experience! I wish I could’ve kissed one, but my snorkel made it awkward. I think they really liked Dwight, because when he was trying to get out of the water and back into the boat, they swarmed around and kept rubbing against him, as if enticing him back under the waves . . . .
Eventually we had to leave our funny new friends and we reversed our steps on the boat and the plane to get back to the hotel. All in all it was an incredible experience and I hope the stingray remembers it as fondly as I do.
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Grace Bay Club:
Grace Bay Circle Road
P.O. Box 128 Grace Bay
Turks & Caicos Islands
Telephone (+1) 649 946 5050