Spending the past year and a half doing travel photography in the Caribbean islands allows one to spend time on Cays. A cay is a small typically uninhabited offshore island, many of the cays near St. John are perfect for a picnic day trip via kayak. Cays are formed when when ocean currents transport lose sediment across the surface of a reef. One of my favorite Cays in the Virgin Islands is Whistling Cay, home to many pelicans and a Colonial-era guardhouse. Whistling Cay resembles the islet above.
Big game fishing is popular sport in the Virgin Islands and a day’s catch makes for some great cooking, with Mahi-Mahi and Yellowfin Tuna being perennial favorites. Though more difficult than shooting fish in a barrel, visitors often come to the Virgin Islands for the likelihood that they will catch the elusive Blue Marlin. As a food photographer, I feel lucky to have great access to clients with chefs who use fresh ingredients such as seafood that is caught the same day it is cooked.
Often, offshore big game fishing in the Caribbean begins with the tool pictured above, a cast net. This net is typically four to twelve feet in diameter and similar counterparts have been used for thousands of years. Cast nets are used in a skilled fashion (such as seen below) to catch the bait needed for a day out on the water.
This shipwreck can be seen when taking the ferry from St. John to West End Tortola. Shipwrecks are often left in place to eventually serve as artificial reefs and the British Virgin Islands has a history of shipwrecks the most famous being the RMS Rhone which serves up spectacular scuba dives for visitors.