Guest Blog: Laura and Doren

What more could you ask for? Blue water, swimming pigs, conch fritters, snorkeling, relaxation, great company, and a few “Dark and Stormy” drinks. Not a bad list and MV Heartbeat, no doubt, delivered.

From our arrival in Georgetown we traveled all day north to Staniel Cay. First thing in the next morning, we woke the [swimming] pigs up with the sound of the dingy and the expectation of breakfast. A little cabbage and carrots helped us make friends right away. They are by no means shy and by all means willing to eat.

Come and get it piggy piggy!

After a few snacks with the piggies, we headed out to Thunderball Grotto for snorkeling at low tide. We were, again, first to arrive. We found the entrance and ventured in to find a kaleidoscope for marine life contrasted with the light from above. Just as impressive inside the grotto was the coral and fish surrounding the area.

We then headed into Staniel Cay for a walk of the island and grabbed lunch where conch fritters of course were ordered.

When in the Bahamas one should eat conch – preferably lightly fried conch.

We left Staniel Cay in the afternoon and went north to spend a couple nights at Cambridge Cay. Out of the entire trip Cambridge Cay was a highlight for us. We were met with the calmest water and everything that followed seemed to appear out of a nature show.

No filter needed, this is just nature’s natural water color here.

From our base in Cambridge Cay we snorkeled the Rocky Dundas, which has a couple of caves at low tide. These caves allowed you to swim in and even walk around them. Besides the caves themselves, the diversity of coral was just as varied as the fish here – brain coral, elk horn, purple sea fan.

We then headed one more place to snorkel and see the brain coral before heading back to the boat for lunch and a mid-day hike that provided spectacular views.

Stretching our legs on Cambridge. Heartbeat is somewhere in the background behind the mega yacht.

Can not forget snorkeling at a place called “The Aquarium”. The smallest of small inconspicuous rock where, below we were greeted with a swarm of “Sergeant Major” fish. Some of the most social things. The Aquarium was a small area but delivered plenty of marine life. Again, we had the place to ourselves among the fish.

We also enjoyed some down time and the calm water temped the most novice person to try out the SUP boards. Perfect conditions where confidence was gained.

Paddling ashore to explore.

It only seemed appropriate to end the days on the boat with a sunset walk on the beach for happy hour. Penny stretched her legs and we had a solid “Dark and Stormy” courtesy of Heather’s underestimated bartending skills. Also, underestimated was the sunset that morphed into the most vibrant sun setting on a most vibrant day. An added bonus was watching a stingray cruise the shoreline at a most calming pace.

Best sunset ever.

As if this was not enough, throughout our stay at Cambridge Cay we saw turtles, starfish and not to forget – a shark cruising under Kent’s floatie.

Do not look down Kent!

Our final night on the boat was spent at Rudder Cut Cay, fortunately our travel back south on the ocean side was as calm as the one up north. Snorkeling again, this time a sunken statue of a mermaid playing a piano and some SUPing before another sunset beach walk.
Kent playing the piano alongside the mermaid.

Thanks for introducing us to sunset happy hours on the beach. Most times we walked the beach, except for apparently not this time!

A big thank you to Kent and Heather who filled the roles of captain, bartender, chef, host, tour guide, water taxi, but most importantly, family.

Cheers everyone!