Saturday 24 Jun 2006
Mike: 24 Jun
Today's adventure started at 10am. Ya, I know, it was later than previous days. This was because we were only travelling 12nm today, up to the Allans Cay group. There was no wind, so we motored. Didn't even bother to hoist the main which we've done on other motoring days. This isn't to say that there were no adventures though.
As we entered the anchorage area, we managed to ground the boat. No sweat though, we only put the keel into a sand mound. We dug into it with the surrounding water being 6' or more and the charted depth showing the same. Anyway, since we came in on the low tide, all we did was wait for the tide to rise. We floated off and moved the boat a few hundred feet.
The Allans Cay group are the only islands in the Bahamas that have humongous iguanas still inhabiting it. And they're big. The biggest we saw (from nose to tail tip) was about 3 feet. That was on Leaf Cay. Alison and I took about 2 dozen pics. When we went ashore, the beaches were barren. However, the bushes were rustling. Not knowing what to expect, we stood at the edge of the water, snorkel gear in hand ready to beat a hasty retreat. Can iguanas swim? Then they appeared. First one, then more. They were inquisitive and approached, en mass. And can they move fast when they want, although none actually came up to us within reach. Amazing creatures for our day and age.
While snorkeling, a sunken vessel was discovered on the bottom a few hundred feet from the beach. It appears to have been there for some time. We also saw a magnificent spotted eagle ray lolligagging beneath the surface. He was a big one.
Tomorrow, with an early start, we're off to Nassau, where we have a slip reserved at the Nassau Yacht Haven, thanks to satellite communications technology. Then it'll be off taking in the nightlife and the casinos and checking out the aquarium at the Atlantis Resort, although nothing can compare with seeing marine life in its natural habitat, right under our boat. In following days, we head for Chubb Cay, Bimini and then Ft Lauderdale. The end of our adventure is drawing nearer.