Thursday, January 10, 2008

Swimming Pigs & Bond Sets

Big Majors Cay, Exumas
24 11.0N 76 27.6W

Well now I've seen it all! The Cay here has four pigs on it and as you approach in the dinghy they swim out to meet you in anticipation of being fed you food scraps, the big brown hog has on occassion swum out 50m plus to meet us, and will try and get in your dinghy if you let him.

We also got to snorkel Thunderball Cave, scene of the famous underwater fight in James Bond - strangely we found a snorkel there, how do you lose one without noticing, other than by being attacked by one of Blofeld's henchmen?

A beautiful place to snorkel, no fishing allowed so lots of big fish, and you swim right into the cave so see deep blue holes everywhere where it opens to the sea, you can snorkel down and swim out popping up in the ocean again and then back in for hours on end, the current got too strong before we got bored, so heading back for a second go today!

Friday, January 4, 2008

The Exumas - Paradise Found

Warderick Wells, Exumas
24 23.0N 76 38.0 W

Happy New Year!

We are currently sheltering from some very strong winds, which is hard for us here as our keel is too deep for all the good anchorages, but we have found a comfortable spot and are catching up on reading as we can't get in the dinghy!

So the last few weeks have basically been paradise, cruising slowly down the Exumas chain, snorkeling, lazing on the beach, swimming in clear water and catching a few lobster to eat - we aren't joking that has been life!

We had one engine problem but found a man with a welder and got that sorted out, so all well.

Allan's Cay just north of here was interesting, it has a large population of iguanas living there that run out to meet you expecting feeding, as well as excellent snorkeling and lobster hunting.

The next few weeks hold more of the same, it is about 100 miles to Georgetown which will for us mark the end of the Bahamas as we will leave from there for our trip to Puerto Rico, island hopping but also making the most of every weather window.