Brooding clouds and a troubled ocean!

Andrey wanted to visit the beach in St. Lucia today to swim and take photos. (It was his second visit to South Africa). Today was not a good day to visit the beach. The wind was blowing and clouds were gathering. We knew it would be best to stay far away as possible from the beach and the ocean.

We told him that the sand grains become razor sharp and the ocean would not be embracing him today. Men can be very stubborn and he decided to go anyway. In bypass he mentioned that he is Russian and not scared of cold water or a little wind. Sceptically we dropped him off at the beach and promised to pick him up later.

The girls and I went to a coffee shop spend most of the day under cover. A wise choice.

Later in the afternoon we went back to pick him up. The weather was terrible and sand was blowing everywhere. The beach was desolated and not even the fishermen went close to it. I did not have a 4×4 vehicle so I stopped in a place which I thought was safe. I was getting worried because the sand almost covered the road and I didn´t want to be stuck in the sand.

We started to walk to the beach. This was a very weird experience because I have never seen such a long stretch of sand to the ocean. The sea pulled back completely and I couldn´t see water. It was almost like the water was upset with the land and wanted to run away. I wanted to run away! We also couldn´t see Andrey. Maybe he ran away too! We called his name and were getting worried. Secluded beaches can be dangerous places and we were worried that maybe he got mugged.

The girls were scouting the area but quickly came running back. The sand were blowing against their bare legs and they were jumping up and down. They were not jumping with joy.

Eventually Andrey came out from underneath bushes nearby. Cautiously we asked how his day was. He told us that the weather worsened as the day progressed and a sand storm made him run for cover. He had to hide underneath the trees because the sand really hurt. He didn´t take any photos and didn´t swim.

The girls and I looked at each other and smiled…we made our point!

Date visited: 17 December 2007
Where: St. Lucia, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa

I have been fortunate to have done quite a bit of travelling over the last 10 years. By heart I am an adventurer and I love exploring new places, cultures and food. Travelling can become stressful and expensive. Over the years I have learnt to travel as cost effective as possible, simply by travelling more clever. Nelmitravel.com is a Adventure and Budget Travel site where I review Airlines, Accommodation, Transport, Restaurants and give helpful travel information.

15 Comments

  1. Hi Alfandi, yes the great white sharks love the water especially in this area. In St. Lucia the river mounts into the ocean and they often hang around here. But they do put up shark nets at the beaches where the people swim. Here however they did not have shark nets..Andrey was too stubborn to even notice 🙂

  2. What a place! That beach is like a desert.But I suppose the most memorable moment of this experience was making your point to that guy. Haha!

  3. What an awesome story. Sand and wind just don't go – especially fine sand which can sand blast a car, shave legs and even file teeth down if the mouth is open. Next time I am sure he will believe you!

  4. Not just white sharks to worry about- there's hippos and crocodiles in the estaury to watch out for. Thanks for this Nelieta, fond memories of the place.

  5. Hi Alfandi, yes the great white sharks love the water especially in this area. In St. Lucia the river mounts into the ocean and they often hang around here. But they do put up shark nets at the beaches where the people swim. Here however they did not have shark nets..Andrey was too stubborn to even notice 🙂

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