Left Hamburger Beach (Georgetown) at 7:10 am ( Iguess the reason it's called that is because you can buy a hamburger at a little restaurant on the beach) and headed out in the Sound (Atlantic) which was a bit rough but not uncomfortable minus a few rollers… the waves were about 2-4 ft and were from E of SE. We went by Rat Cay Cut, then by some rocks named the 3 sisters. We decided to come onto the Exuma Banks via Galliott Cut between Galliott Cay and Cave Cay, instead of Little Farmers Cut as previously planned. It kind of looks like a lower version of the White cliffs of Dover, so we’ve nicknamed them the White Cliffs of Galliott. Once onto the Banks, I saw a long sand bore from far away, off in the distance with nothing else around for miles
. The Banks are quite shallow and shoals appear often, which is why it’s very important to have charts and that you read them… We then went to White Point where we saw the huge Osprey nest and then had a quick swim off the boat. Dad decided to continue onto Black Point where we will stay overnight and then head towards Staniel Cay Friday around supper time. Staniel Cay is only 7 nm so it should only take an hour or an hour and a half…. This is where the gratto is…(James Bond-Thunderball was filmed here and we can go into the cave at slack tide and snorkel around….That will be awesome… )
Friday March 26, 2010
Today we are going ashore to do laundry, go to Lorraine’s café and get a phone card, pick up groceries and do some internet so will update my blog and check email today. Mum ordered coconut bread from the café… We have been receiving texts from Scotty regularly… He is trying to fix up the old RX 7 so Gramps expertise comes in handy…Nice to hear from him and it’s funny that you can text from the boat but can’t pick up internet nor can you make an actual phone call unless you are ashore on an island that has internet and phone connections. I will try and post some pictures from Staniel Cay tomorrow or again when we reach Nassau… no internet now until Nassau once we get past Staniel Cay
. Update from Black Point. I managed to get onto the internet but it was really slow so I couldn’t upload any pics today. We left Black Point around 4:00 ish heading up to Piggy Beach which is in behind Big Majors, close to Staniel Cay. So when you see the pictures of the swimming pigs, you’ll understand why the beach is named Piggy Beach. We saw 3 huge pigs, two brown and one pink, and two pink piglets. We took our vegetables in and dad had to fight one off from trying to get into the tender. I was snapping pictures and trying to feed them and one put one of her hooves on the tender right beside me. I couldn’t snap a picture but you’ll know the one because it’s the picture of the brown pig who is closest to the boat. Too funny. I didn’t know pigs could swim but when you come into the beach, they swim out to meet you to get your food. (must be the salt water that helps them stay byouant. My favorite picture is the one with the big ears swimming.) We didn’t go ashore because of the piglets but I guess they like to be scratched. Came back to the boat, had supper and had an early night.
Saturday March 27, 2010
This morning we took Beltane around to Staniel Cay and anchored off the yacht club, went in and had breakfast
. Good breakfast and not too costly for an outer island. Then we walked around the island, up to the airport and over to Isles General Store and then back to the boat. Dad and I got our snorkels and fins out and we headed over to the Grotto, which is a small cave which you can snorkel into at low water. This area was made famous by the James Bond film Thunderball, filmed here in 1964. You go in at low tide and because I don’t have a water camera, I couldn’t take any pictures as you go in but I did zoom in on the caves from the boat. I’m sure if you goggle the grotto you’ll see really interesting pictures. There is a wide huge cathedral ceiling in the middle of the grotto and there a few holes that let the sun in. It is awesome. There are 100’s of Seargent Major fish that swim around to meet you and another snorkeller was feeding them bread. You just swim through them and they don’t bother you. It was an interesting spot to snorkel, definitely a highlight of my trip so far. Then after the grotto, we went back to the boat and took Beltane back around to Piggy Beach, where we anchored out so we could head North to Norman’s Cay in the morning.