Location: Norman Island

Today started like any other day here on Ocean Star. We had a fabulous breakfast of French Toasted and even had Travis, the director of Sea|Mester, grace us with his presence. After breakfast, we had our Oceanography research project presentations. My group did our project about the pesky fire coral that is all over the islands. One group observed the fish that hung around our boat, and the other group worked on the boat’s remotely operated vehicle (ROV). Needless to say, we were all relieved to be done with our school work. Before lunch, we motored from Peter Island to Norman Island. It is said that this is the island where Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island is based. We even have Skull Rock off our starboard bow. With the hope of finding buried treasure, we all eagerly jumped in Irv and Exy and headed towards the island. Snorkel gear on, we swam through the caves keeping our eyes out for something shiny. Unfortunately, we were not so lucky, but I bet if we brought a few shovels and dug a few holes, we might have found something. I mean, who doesn’t get excited at the thought of finding the treasure of pirates who inhabited these islands so long ago. The BVI was a favorite hangout of theirs. After coming up empty-handed, we begrudgingly headed back to the boat to clean dive gear and pack up our suitcases. It’s hard to believe that our trip is almost over. With only one day left on our beloved Ocean Star, I reminisce about all the good times she’s given us and how she has kept us safe on our journey. This is trip is something I’ll never forget, and I think I speak for the rest of the crew when I say that. I don’t know what I’m going to do when I get home and don’t have to fight current or jellyfish to take a shower or scoop up seawater to wash my dishes. Ocean Star and her crew have found a special place in my heart; I’m surely going to miss my sea family.