In Montserrat we found a beautiful anchorage with visibility to the bottom and only two other boats around us, a rarity in the Caribbean. We promptly organised to go on a tour in the south of the island, home to the Soufriere Hills volcano and the Exclusion Zone that is closed to the general public. The volcano has been active since 1995 and in 1997 Plymouth, the old capital, was abandoned. Seeing the devastation that has been caused by the many eruptions was an eerie experience and yet another glimpse into natures power. We spent our remaining time snorkelling in the incredible reef in the bay and managed to catch a couple of fish for dinner. Having spent a few days taking it easy on the peaceful island we packed up and took on the final stretch North.
We knew we had arrived in St Maarten when we were suddenly surrounded by numerous super yachts while we waited our turn to go through the Simpson Bay bridge. It was a great feeling finally going through and being cheered on by the patrons of the yacht club. Settling in on our anchorage in the lagoon we celebrated our arrival with a couple of beers and a steak braai...mmm...meat. We spent the rest of the week investigating the various Marinas for possible slips for the two boats we would be working on, inspecting the super markets in the area and enjoying the last couple of days of relaxing. What a hard life.