Blue Turtle Cruising

South Seas Island Resort, Captiva

Last Saturday, Randy and I departed Snook Bight Marina and headed toward Captiva Island. We anchored right off of Tween Waters Inn and dinghy’ed ashore to have dinner and a Rogerita or two at The Green Flash restaurant. We only stayed one night there and the next morning we headed to South Seas Island Resort.  Randy was attending a conference for work being held at South Seas from Sunday through Wednesday.

Blu Turtle anchored near Tween Waters Inn
Randy and I dinghy’ing to The Green Flash (Blue Turtle and Tween Waters in background)
The Green Flash
The dock at The Green Flash
A selfie on our way to South Seas

We arrived at the South Seas Yacht Harbour & Marina on Sunday around 11:30am. We checked in at the marina office and were given wrist bands and resort key cards which would give us full access to all of the resort’s amenities. With rooms at South Seas beginning at $250/night (at the time were there), staying in the marina was a bargain at $135/night inclusive of tax ($3 per foot) and we had all the same privileges as their land guests. Randy’s company paid for our stay since he was working and it was great for us to be able to bring Blue Turtle there and save the company some money.

Approaching South Seas Resort & Marina
South Seas Harbour & Marina
View of the marina from the Harbourmaster office
View of the marina from the Harbourmaster office
Corey and Randy on the docks
A mama and baby manatee hanging out in the marina
The mother sticks her nose out of the water

On Monday, Johnny (Randy’s father) and April brought Corey with them out to the resort after they had taken Corey to his golf tournament that morning. They stayed a while and went for a bike ride and then met us at the pool later that day after Randy was finished with the conference. That evening, we had dinner at the Harbourside Bar & Grill at the marina.

Blue Turtle situated at B dock
Beautiful resort and marina
The Kalisik boys at the resort pool
Johnny and April on the bridge of Blue Turtle
Randy, Corey, Johnny and April

On Tuesday, I had some work to catch up on in the morning, so I took Corey to the Sanibel Sea School for their early half-day session. Sanibel Sea School is a program for kids where they have a hands-on educational curriculum, teaching them about marine life and the ecosystems of Captiva Island. Inside their building are aquariums and touch tanks, labelled shells and skeletons of various sea life, etc. The day I took Corey, they took the group snorkeling and ended the session with an art project. Corey seemed to have a great time and it gave me the morning to catch up on some work. That afternoon I took Corey to one of the pools that has 2 huge slides, one that shoots you straight down a vertical angle and another that corkscrews and winds around. We stayed there a few hours until Randy joined us at the end of his day. That evening, we enjoyed dinner at Doc Ford’s.

Sanibel Sea School at South Seas
Corey at the Sanibel Sea School
Corey painting his fish
Corey getting shot out of the vertical slide
Hands up and all smiles

On Wednesday, it was time to head out. Randy’s conference ended around 10:30am and we dropped the lines and headed toward home. On the way home, Randy and Corey decided to give some surfing a try. Corey got in the water with his surf board and a line attached to Blue Turtle and Randy pushed the throttle forward dragging Corey on his surf board like he was skiing. He fell a couple times at first getting the hang of it, and afterwards lasted as long as his legs would allow. It looked like a lot of fun and I can see them doing this again in the future. I even shot a video of it (below).

Corey paddles out with his surf board and rope
And he’s up! Trawler surfing!

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