After our stay in Green Turtle we headed over to New Guana Cay through the Whale Cay Passage. This means we had to leave to protection of the Sea of Abaco and head into the Atlantic for a stretch of our 12 mile journey. I can hear you now, “Its only 12 miles, what are you worried about?” Well, Whale Cay Passage is known for the rages its seas create and the wrecks that can accompany it if you attempt to pass on a bad day. But, we were glued to the weather, Barometer Bob and unsuccessfully tried to listen in on the cruisers net recap of the passage (side note: our VHF is now fully working and we can eavesdrop on all the cruiser convos). With winds out of the East/North East we picked up anchor and headed out.
After my less than stellar success with the seasickness patch during our crossing I popped a Dramamine and warned Jason that there was a strong chance that I would be knocked out and he may have to single-hand. Lucky for him I didn’t get drowsy and lucky for me I didn’t get seasick. Seas were 3-4 feet but I handled them like a champ!
The next morning we headed out to explore the island a bit. Man is this place pretty! It is made up of mostly rental homes (my guess is about 98%) so everything is very well kept. On the Atlantic side there is what I am told the “Third Largest Barrier Reef” and some really beautiful beaches. The problem with a lot of reefs in the Bahamas is that you need to take your dinghy out to them and sometimes even a guide to show you where the good spots are. On New Guana Cay you can swim to part of the reef right from the shore. So, when I get tired from swimming with the parrotfish I can just head to shore for a breather and watch Jason catch us dinner. You know, hypothetically. When you are on shore head left of the rocks in front of Nippers Bar & Grill. Swim out about 75 feet past the sand bars to the first dark band of water. That’s where the reef starts. We saw a bunch of beautiful parrotfish, some triggerfish and a bunch of other colorful small fish.
After Jason successfully caught us our dinner (ps. parrotfish is a pain to clean) we headed back to the boat and enjoyed a few sundowners and an early bed time. It is amazing how tired snorkeling, spearfishing and the Bahamian sun makes you.