By Nadia Ali. Do you have the need for speed but lost for a place where you can experience the exhilaration of driving fast and furious legally on the roads of Trinbago? Well, head out onto the water, either in Chaguaramas or at key locations in Tobago where you can rent a jet ski.
Pigeon Point was where we rented two jet skis for four of us. Just looking across the sun-kissed aqua water was enough to lure us to the crystal clear warm waters. We were given a brief safety talk and told not to go fast until we passed a specific buoy in the water to ensure the safety of beach bathers. The rental guy told us how to operate the jet ski and lastly said the ones we were about to use were older models and didn’t have brakes. Yup! No brakes! But releasing the accelerator would bring the motor-craft to a stop.
We raced through the water
Once buckled into our life-vest, we walked waist-high out into the shallow water where we were helped up onto the jet ski that bobbed in the water. I chose not to drive and happily sat behind my husband who was clipped to the jet ski as a safety precaution.
Then with a flick of his wrist and a rev of the engine we glided out to the buoy. Then it was a case of holding on for dear life! The engine rumbled like a Harley, scenery started flying past and a force threw me backwards as we raced through the water. This is where the old adage of “the more the merrier” comes into play as we raced our friends on the other jet ski. It was definitely thrilling with the wind in my hair, the spray on my face and the flex of muscles I never knew I had as I held on tightly.
The vastness of the unobtrusive open sea has an allure all of its own. No roadways to follow, no traffic… simply no boundaries!
On our return to Trinidad, the lure of jet ski’s eventually beckoned.
Located in Williams Bay, Chaguaramas, near the Kayak Centre is the jet ski rental area. The bay itself covers about 1.1 kilometres and has a mixture of sand and pebbles. Its warm waters are generally calm with minimal waves – making it ideal to rev up your engine!
There are at least 6 Yamaha Waverunner VX 4 Stroke jet skis ready and waiting to whisk us out on a fast and furious experience at sea. Walking out to the jet ski is a little bit tricky as the water is not clear and the bottom is somewhat pebbly. The jet ski rocked more as we got on which we tried to stabilise by using our body weight. We only rented the jet ski for 15 minutes and managed to get out to the first islands but the water was choppy so we didn’t go too far.
Having jet-skied both in Chaguaramas and in Tobago, the aquamarine water, the ride and the scenery in Tobago definitely enhanced our riding pleasure. It is an exhilarating experience that is as simple as driving a bumper car. It satisfies the thrill of speeding on the open sea and can be experienced by everyone, so hold on let’s go!
April 2014 – Issue 9 www.sweettntmagazine.com
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