Ethan's and my 5th wedding anniversary was July 11, 4 days after my egg retrieval. We went out for dinner that night, to a delicious restaurant called "Tapas" that was right at the end of the alley our cottage was on - just a stone's throw, since I wasn't up to much that day. Dinner was great, and the ambience was stellar - sheltered, but kind of outdoors, right on the boardwalk, so we could watch the waves crash in and people strolling and jogging by. It was exactly the change of pace we needed from the several days we spent more-or-less confined to the cottage. :-)
But our big anniversary date was the night before we flew home, and it was EPIC!!
We went on a night-time submarine tour of some of the reefs off the coast of Barbados, with Atlantis Submarines. Coolest. Date. EVER!!
A shuttle picked us up from right in front of our hotel, and took us to the dock. We gathered in the gift shop/reception area, then Ethan and I got to go to the transfer boat ahead of the crowd, since we had paid for a VIP upgrade. I am NOT a big fan of water, typically, so the boat ride was a tiny bit nerve-wracking for me. :-) Because of our VIP status, we got to be the first to board the submarine, too. So we walked across a little bridge between two rocking watercraft, and I was TERRIFIED! Once across, we had to fight some pretty strong breezes to make it to the hatch with the ladder down into the sub... may I recommend, if you ever take an excursion like this, that you do NOT wear a breezy skirt? Your modesty will thank you.
The inside of the sub was smaller than I expected, and there was one long plastic bench down the middle, with molded seats on either side, facing porthole on each side of the sub. Ethan and I had the front seats, so we could see out both sides, as well as the captain's viewport. Best seats in the house!
We saw several kinds of coral and sponges, some cool fish (including one that wears snot pajamas!), a couple of sea turtles (I spotted the first one!), and even a (purposely) sunken ship! :-) Our lowest depth was 152 feet... it was surreal and incredible! On our way back to the surface, the captain turned off all of the lights, and we experienced how dark the ocean is, even at that relatively shallow depth... then we saw the bioluminescent plankton glowing all around us... they looked like a billion tiny stars, but almost close enough to touch, streaking past our porthole. Kind of like jumping to hyperspace in Star Wars. ;-) On the ride back to the dock on the transfer boat, we were both awed and peaceful... very romantic! The sub followed us back in, so we got some neat pictures of it.
We both would highly recommend taking the night cruise with Atlantis Submarines. Someday, when we're back on the island, we'd love to take the day cruise and see more of the critters that weren't out at night. It was an amazing date - despite the few terrifying moments - that I am so glad we had the opportunity to take!