We have spent the last couple of weeks bouncing around the central portion of the Exuma chain. We decided this year not to go as far south as Georgetown as we liked the central and northern islands better.
Below is where we have been as of late –
Highborne to Hawksbill (Land & Sea Park) 20 miles 2 nights
Hawksbill to Wardrick Wells (Land & Sea Park) 17 miles 3 nights
Wardrick Wells to Big Majors/Staniel Cay 23 miles 1 night
Big Majors to Blackpoint 9 miles 2 nights
Blackpoint to Cambridge Cay (Land & Sea Park) 23 miles 4 nights
One of the primary reasons for moving around so much and going to places we have already been is weather related. Hide from the wind is the goal. Another reason is that we know what we like and while there are a lot of places to anchor they get narrowed down to just a handful when we add in wind direction + our criteria of good swimming, long beach for walking, nearby snorkeling and the option for hiking. Guess we are pretty high maintenance.
A few highlights –
Video – We had been seeing these large rays (4-5’ from wing to wing) each day near our boat. On our last day at Wardrick Wells I stayed in the dingy but put my hand with the GoPro in the water and was surprised to capture some good footage.
Video – We’ve seen a lot more sharks this year. Some fairly aggressive species like bull and reef sharks have kept us out of the water in a few anchorages. This video from Meghan (Hemisphere) is of a nurse shark (which tend not to be aggressive) coming by their boat to investigate.
Video – The Aquarium snorkel site. We have visited a couple of times this season and it is never a disappointment.
On more of the domestic side of things we are constantly trying to get the salt off the boat, keep the sand out of the boat, keep up with laundry and cook some great meals with all the food we brought down here with us.
For those dog lovers out there know that Penny continues to get spoiled when we travel with Leslie on Scaliwag. Last dog cookie delivery was 80 or so homemade treats. Not a typo – 80 dog treats makes for a very happy dog.
Our time in the Bahamas is starting to dwindle. We parted ways with Hemisphere when at Cambridge knowing we would see all four of them again. Good cruising friends will always figure out a way to meet up with each other either on water or on land.
We have several more weeks down here but we have shifted from talking as if we have a ton of time to see everything to what can we squeeze in. We know weather will always win on dictating where we can go but we have a few more places in mind we would like to explore before we need to start set up for a crossing back to Florida. Until then we are trying to just enjoy each day here, even if sometimes it is windier than we would like and we are a bit "stuck" in a spot until the weather offers a reprieve. Such are the trade offs when exploring the Bahamas so early in the season.