The winds remained very light and I sailed from Île Tintamarre to Île Fourchue with full sails at a comfortable 4-5 knots in near-perfect conditions. The anchorage at Île Fourchue had all the mooring balls taken and I was thinking of anchoring (which other boats were doing, but which I thought was not allowed) when one of the moored charter boats dropped lines and departed. I set up my diving gear and dinghied over to one little mooring ball and was very pleasantly surprised that the conditions were just about perfect for diving - 30-50 feet of depth with steep rock drop-offs to a sandy bottom where I could photograph all sorts of flora and fauna.
I did two dives, the second one with the wetsuit on so I could lay in the sand and take pictures. I saw turtles and eagle rays, but both were moving away from me and there was no chance at getting a picture (I do have two pictures to prove I saw them, but the quality was so poor that I won't post them). After the dives I cleaned up and made dinner aboard, intending on doing some tasks and chores but somehow I ran out of both time and energy and ended up doing nothing at all.

Ile Tintamarre anchorage Taken while departing the anchorage in the morning and heading off to St. Barths
(2012-02-17 11:12:59 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/4.0, 1/400s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
[18°6'57"N 62°59'39.54"W (facing E)]
Ile Tintamarre anchorage
Saba Island in the distance Saba seen while passing some of the rocks close to Ile Fourchue in St. Barths.
(2012-02-17 13:00:59 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.0, 1/800s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
[17°58'30.65"N 62°55'23.08"W (facing SW)]
Saba Island in the distance
Rocky outcropping at Ile Fourchue The little rocky island outside of the anchorage in Ile Fourchue. The steep drop-off underwater made for excellent diving pictures.
(2012-02-17 13:13:22 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/8.0, 1/100s] ISO 100 Focus 21.10m)
[17°57'26.5"N 62°54'45.19"W (facing E)]
Rocky outcropping at Ile Fourchue
Ile Fourchue anchorage Calm waters and no wind made this a wonderful stop this day, normally the wind is funneled through the rocks and makes it great for wind-generators, even at night.
(2012-02-17 13:39:11 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/8.0, 1/50s] ISO 100 Focus 21.10m)
[17°57'24.59"N 62°54'18.27"W (facing S)]
Ile Fourchue anchorage
Coral at Ile Fourchue Coral at Ile Fourchue
(2012-02-17 14:04:39 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/10.0, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 0.45m)
[17°57'23.04"N 62°54'36.61"W ]
Coral at Ile Fourchue
Bicolor Damselfish and sponges Bicolor Damselfish and sponges
(2012-02-17 14:09:01 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/10.0, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 0.53m)
[17°57'23.04"N 62°54'36.61"W ]
Bicolor Damselfish and sponges
Feather anemone and gobies Feather anemone and gobies
(2012-02-17 14:11:54 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/10.0, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 0.47m)
[17°57'23.04"N 62°54'36.61"W ]
Feather anemone and gobies
Corals growing at Ile Fourchue Corals growing at Ile Fourchue
(2012-02-17 14:15:52 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/10.0, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 0.42m)
[17°57'23.04"N 62°54'36.61"W ]
Corals growing at Ile Fourchue
Great Barracuda being cleaned I didn't understand why this Great Barracuda was just hovering next to the reef until I looked at the picture and saw the cleaning Goby doing its job.
(2012-02-17 14:20:30 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/3.5, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 1.00m)
[17°57'23.04"N 62°54'36.61"W ]
Great Barracuda being cleaned
Colorful reef at Ile Fourchue Colorful reef at Ile Fourchue
(2012-02-17 14:32:18 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/3.5, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 0.53m)
[17°57'23.04"N 62°54'36.61"W ]
Colorful reef at Ile Fourchue
Spindly coral growing from the rocks Spindly coral growing from the rocks
(2012-02-17 14:34:11 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/3.5, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 0.63m)
[17°57'23.04"N 62°54'36.61"W ]
Spindly coral growing from the rocks
Cleaning Goby hiding Cleaning Goby hiding
(2012-02-17 16:12:32 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/4.0, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 0.38m)
[17°57'23.04"N 62°54'36.61"W ]
Cleaning Goby hiding
Wrasse by the fan coral Wrasse by the fan coral
(2012-02-17 16:47:06 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/4.5, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 0.60m)
[17°57'23.04"N 62°54'36.61"W ]
Wrasse by the fan coral
Great Barracuda checking me out This big Great Barracuda swum around me twice then went off into the distance, later I notice him hovering in the water far above me. Perhaps it was just curious... or hungry.
(2012-02-17 16:14:18 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/4.0, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 1.19m)
[17°57'23.04"N 62°54'36.61"W ]
Great Barracuda checking me out
French Angelfish and Grunt French Angelfish and Grunt
(2012-02-17 16:18:07 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/4.0, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 0.89m)
[17°57'23.04"N 62°54'36.61"W ]
French Angelfish and Grunt
Green Moray eel in the rocks This green moray eel at first just had part of its snout out of the hole, but I layed down outside and waited for a couple of minutes and then it finally got curious and came outside.
(2012-02-17 16:27:54 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/4.5, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 0.63m)
[17°57'23.04"N 62°54'36.61"W ]
Green Moray eel in the rocks
Pair of Banded Butterflyfish Pair of Banded Butterflyfish
(2012-02-17 16:30:59 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/4.5, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 0.45m)
[17°57'23.04"N 62°54'36.61"W ]
Pair of Banded Butterflyfish
Spotted Moray Eel foraging This was the first time that I'd see a Moray eel completely out of its hole and it was moving around the rocks quite a bit.
(2012-02-17 16:44:18 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/4.5, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 0.53m)
[17°57'23.04"N 62°54'36.61"W ]
Spotted Moray Eel foraging
Ile Fourchue sunset A beautiful sunset seen from the anchorage at Ile Fourchue, St. Barths
(2012-02-17 18:11:59 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/4.8, 1/320s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
[17°57'23.41"N 62°54'20.12"W (facing SW)]
Ile Fourchue sunset
Panorama taken from Ile Tintamarre Composite panorama from 3 photos taken from the anchorage in Ile Tintamarre, St. Martin.
(2012-02-16 18:16:04 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/4.0, 1/80s] ISO 200 Focus 10.60m)
[18°6'58.17"N 62°59'20.38"W (facing W)]
Panorama taken from Ile Tintamarre
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