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Posted by on Sunday, February 11, 2018 in Bahamas Anchorages, Exuma Islands, Snorkeling, YouTube Videos | 2 comments

A Relaxing Bubblebath At Racheal’s

Watch Video 48 Here!

Racheal’s Bubblebath is a hidden gem in the Bahamas. It’s located at the NE end of Compass Cay in the Exumas.

Racheal’s Bubblebath is a somewhat hidden treasure on Compass Cay – the same island where we swam with the nurse sharks. The Bubblebath is located on the North East tip of the island, and is accessible by hiking about 1/2 mile up a very shallow creek that lets out on the North West corner of the island.

It’s an amazing place. Beautiful, raw, enchanting. If you’re in the area, this is one of the places that you can’t pass by without seeing for yourself.

While in the area, we stay a night at Fowl Cay, just South of Rocky Dundas, so of course, we have to stop by the Dundi one more time as well.

This area of the Exumas is one of our favorite. There are plenty of areas to hide if the weather turns, there are plenty of interesting things to see, and of course, the water clarity is simply breathtaking.

4.3.17 Moved to Fowl Cay today, by the North end of Compass Cay.

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Molly swam out and checked the anchor set. We took boat showers and Ben and I watched  the next Star Wars.

4.4.17 Today Bali Ha’i, Kracken, and Cereulum got here. We went over to Rocky Dundas again. It was a lot of fun. When we got back to the boat, Molly and I showered off and Ben went out to spearfish. He came back with a HUGE yellow tail snapper. Bali Ha’i invited us over for dinner. We took the fish and some yellow rice. Katina made yummy tacos.

4.5.17 Today, we moved the boats over to Compass Cay to go to Rachels Bubble Bath.

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We went to Rachels Bubble Bath, it was so cool. This place has got to be in the top 5 places in the Bahamas for me. We really loved it. Molly was learning to swim without floaties in the pool of water.

We didn’t want to stay here at this anchorage long since it’s kinda exposed. So, we decided to move over to Bell Island. But that’s in the next post. 😉

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Posted by on Friday, February 9, 2018 in Bahamas Anchorages, Exuma Islands, Snorkeling, YouTube Videos | 0 comments

Snorkeling the Mermaid Piano

Watch Video 46 Here!

We anchor our sailboat at Rudder Cut Cay so that we can go snorkeling at the famous mermaid piano. It’s AWESOME! Lovely place! (I bet you’ve heard that before). The primary and ONLY attractions are “The Mermaid Piano OR Copperfield’s Piano”, and also an interesting water-side cave.

Now, the islands around Rudder Cut and Musha are private. You can’t go exploring at all on land. In fact, we’ve heard that other cruisers report that they have seen guard dogs roaming the islands, so it might be best to just stick to the water around here.

Some people call the piano “Copperfield’s Piano” because it was put there by David Copperfield… possibly the undesirable result of a magic trick gone wrong – perhaps even caused by an event as simple as a inadvertent flick of the wrist. The world will never really know, but I can only imagine how he intended for the instrument to appear in his living room, when it instead appeared 100ft above sea level just off of Rudder Cut Cay causing the 15,000 lb mass to come crashing down with a terrific splash, forever to be adorned and cherished by all manner of sea-people who believe it was placed there intentionally.

Wow, I got carried away on that one. I digress…

The piano itself is stainless steel, and extremely heavy. The mermaid was added at a later date, and she is often adorned with beads, sunglasses, and other paraphernalia from passing cruisers.

I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

-Ben

3.21.17 Today we got up and had breakfast, then we cleaned out the composting toilet. Yep, it’s that time again. Really it’s not so bad. It’s just dirt. Anyways, moving on….

After that, we left for Rudder Cut Cay to see the Mermaid Piano. I am SO excited about this stop. In fact it was number one on my list. Can you guess why? Because I’m a mermaid of course, I like to swim with my people.

Claudie and her family are joining us, they are coming from Georgetown.

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It was a pretty short sail, and we decided to swim the piano today. After Claudie and her family got there we all got ready to go. The mermaid piano was amazing! I am so glad we got to go see it! I only wish I could have held my breath long enough to spend more time down there with her!

After we the swim we went over to dorenavent for dinner. We had a great time visiting with friends, we haven’t seen them since we were in Highborn Cay.

3.22.17 We’ve decided that we don’t need to go to Georgetown, so we’re going back to Black Point today. This morning, I enjoyed my coffee out in the cockpit. It was lovely. Molly did some school, today’s journal assignment was to write about her Grandfather Rick. My dad, who passed away in 2006. Then before we left, we wanted to go explore the little cave along the waters edge.

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Posted by on Thursday, February 8, 2018 in Bahamas Anchorages, Beach, Exuma Islands, Food, Snorkeling, YouTube Videos | 0 comments

Black Point is our Bahamian Home

Watch Video 43 Here AND Video 44 Here

We love Black Point, Exumas so much of all the places we’ve see so far that we’ve dubbed it our official Bahamian “Home Away From Home”.

The people are wonderful, there is a grocery store, restaurants, laundry facility, and showers. Everything is laid back, and things move a bit more slowly here… even slower than most parts of the Bahamas, if you can believe it.

The anchorage is well protected from every direction except West, and the holding is as good as it gets.

Then, if all that isn’t enough, Black Point is situated between Staniel Cay and Little Farmers… 2 other settlements that likely have any resources you might need that aren’t available in Black Point.

Also – Tambi spends her birthday stuck aboard the boat with the 2 people she loves the most. Wow, lucky her! We do our best to make her birthday special despite being confined to a floating jail cell. Maybe it wasn’t all that bad… we did make her some birthday coupons!

-Ben

2.28.17 Moved to Black Point today, we anchored right next to the Government dock.

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As soon as we got settled in we went ashore and walked around town. It’s a lovely island, as we were walking the school children got out of class and crowded around us. They were in love with Ben and the camera. We explored the different restaurants and bars, we checked out the little grocery store and the laundromat and the showers. After we walked around the island a bit, we found Will at Scorpios, and had dinner and rum punches. It was a great evening. Will bought Molly her very first non-“rum punch”.

Black Point’s bay at low tide.

3.1.17 We went snorkeling today with Will. Then we went ashore to do laundry and take showers. It feels so good to have clean sheets and clothes! Ben took Molly while I showered, so I had a shower all to myself! First shower since January! They give you 8 minutes for $4.00. That was the best 8 minutes of my life! Ben and I watched Captain Ron tonight.

3.2.17 Today we hung out on the boat. Ben went ashore and filled up some water cans. They have a free water spigot here. They ask that you don’t take more than you need and give a small donation to the little box on the trash trailer. It’s the same with garbage. We met Ian from a boat named Stormy Weather. Our friends from Cream Puff got here today. They have an extra computer cord, so maybe it will work since the new one didn’t. We went to shore for Happy Hour at Scorpios again. We got drinks and burgers. Yummy!

3.3.17 Today we did school and went to shore. We went to Loraines Cafe. I brought the new computer cord from Cream Puff hoping that it would work, unfortunately, it didn’t. I’m guessing that my computer hard drive has given out. <Major SAD face!>

We got some chicken wings, french fries, and some Sands Pink Grapefruit beer. That beer, it’s not anything like you would think a beer would taste. It’s so good, I wish I could pack the whole boat with it to bring it home. After lunch we got some ice cream then went back to the boat. There is a very strong cold front coming in tonight so we’ll probably be stuck on the boat for a few days.

3.4.17 Today’s MY Birthday! For breakfast, I made pancakes, YUM! Ben and Molly gave me presents. They made me some fun coupons. I love them, they’re so cute! Also, Ben did dishes for me ALL day!

The wind came in last night, so we had to stay on the boat. We had a very lazy boat day. It’s a very persistent 35+ knot wind. For dinner I made cheesy broccoli soup with rice. Then I made an apple cobbler for dessert. We watched a family movie, Monsters Inc. tonight too.

I had such a great birthday, considering we were stuck on the boat all day.

3.5.17 Day two on the boat and another lazy boat day with persistent 35+ knot winds. Ben edited video, Molly played on the iPad and with her legos, I read my book, and organized the can cabinet. Ben and I watched the first half of the 3rd Lord of the Rings tonight.

3.6.17 Day three of persistent winds. Hopefully we can work our way off the boat today. We’re going to do some school and Ben is going to edit some more video.

I was going crazy on the boat, so I talked Ben into going to shore. We went to the East side of the island and went to see the blow hole. It was amazing! The wind was blowing the waves against the rock with such force that they were splashing high over our heads. After seeing the blow hole, we went to get pizza and beers at Deshamons. That pizza is out of this world!

3.7.17 Today we went ashore and walked to the castle. It was a very long and hot walk, but it was totally worth it! At first, we were sad when we got up to the driveway, because it said private property, and we couldn’t go up to see it. Just as we were about to walk away, the owners rode up on a golf cart. They said we could take a walk around and look at the grounds! It was so impressive. They live in this castle that they built here on the island because, well they like castles!

After our walk, we met Kim and Mack on a boat named Peace and Quite. They are a wonderful couple from Canada. We look forward to spending more time with them. They invited us over to their boat tomorrow afternoon.

3.8.17 Today we went to town and had lunch. We also got some homemade bread from one of the ladies on the island. We were told that this is some of the best coconut bread around, and I have to agree. I don’t normally like coconut, and this bread was amazing! We also go a cinnamon and raisin bread, which was also fantastic!

After that we went over to Peace and Quiet to visit with Kim and Mack. They have a TON of digital movies on a hard drive, so we swapped movies with them. We hung out on the boat chatting with them for a while. We had a great time getting to know them and really we enjoy their company! Kim and Molly played Dominos and took funny photos with her phone. She made the most delicious coffee cake as well.

3.9.17 Nothing worth noting happened today, we just hung out on the boat and did lazy boat stuff.

I.e: Ben edited video, I read, and Molly played Legos. We may have done some school too.

3.10.17 Today is Ben’s BIRTHDAY!!

This morning Molly and I got up and made Ben coffee and birthday cards. Then, we went to town to do a load of laundry and we took showers. I am absolutely in love with the showers here at Black Point. You put the little tokens into this machine and the water turns on. It gives you 8 minutes, after that, the water shuts off. That 8 minutes goes by really fast. I like to hurry through my washing so I can just stand there and enjoy the hot water for the rest of my time.I have really missed taking a real shower since we left the states. We also got 3 more loaves of bread. Man, that stuff is good. We went back to the boat for a while then went back to town for dinner and happy hour at Scorpios. We had a great time and chatted with all the other cruisers hanging out. Molly orchestrated a singing of Happy Birthday while Ben was inside getting drinks. Ben and I watched a movie before bed.

These are the showers at the laundromat.

3.11.17 Ben went spear fishing today with some guys we met last night at Happy Hour. He caught lobsters and a fish. He gave the lobsters to the guys. Somehow he lost his pole spear, it just vanished into thin air. We looked all under the boat, and went back to where they were fishing trying to see if we could find it on the bottom of the bay. No luck. He’s so sad.

Molly shows us how adorable she is.

Beautiful sunset over the water.

3.12.17 Ben went spear fishing again with the guys today, they let him borrow one of their extra spears. They went fishing on the east side of the island today on the big rocks off shore. He caught a good size fish. Molly and I hung out on the beach while they went fishing. Ben found me this beautiful shell while he was fishing. He put it in his wetsuit so he wouldn’t lose it. He said that while fishing he thought he felt something tickle his leg, but thought it was just water swishing around him. Come to find out that was not the case, there was something actually living inside of it and it came out of its shell to find itself pressed against a human leg. When Ben got it back to the boat, we left it on deck to dry and it had moved when we went back out to get it. I had no idea there was something in it. I was so sad, because it was such a beautiful shell. I didn’t want to kill the poor creature, so we threw it back.

3.13.17 Baila got here today! We were so excited to see them! Molly and Avery were so happy to see each other, we haven’t seen them since Lake Boca on the ICW. We hung out with them and the family on SV Robin. We had a great dinner and enjoyed spending time together. The kids watched a movie and played, while the adults chatted in the cockpit.

Tomorrow we will be moving South again.

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Posted by on Monday, February 5, 2018 in Bahamas Anchorages, Beach, Exuma Islands, Snorkeling, YouTube Videos | 2 comments

Staniel Cay, Thunderball Grotto, and Swimming Pigs

Watch Video 41 here! 

In this vlog, we’ll swim at Thunderball Grotto then sail to Big Major’s Spot to see the famous swimming pigs.

I feel like this could be one of our best videos yet. I feel that way, I suppose, because it took be days to edit this thing. We had so much footage from the Big Majors / Staniel Cay area, and we also had a ton of fun while we were there, so I hope that results in a a great video.

Staniel Cay is just great. The cell service is good, they have food, fuel, water, groceries, and just about anything else you could need. It’s a neat island, and the people are just wonderful. Plus, they have Thunderball Grotto – that’s the cool cave that was used in one of the James Bond films… but I can’t recall which film. Oh well…

Right next to Staniel, you have Big Major’s Spot. I like to call that one Pork Island, that’s where you can find the “Swimming Pigs” – although, none of them were actually swimming while we were there – they’ve lost their desire to swim since everyone hand-delivers grub directly to their waiting and overflowing slop tub.

It’s a pretty sterile tourist stop at this point, with 50+ boats anchored off shore while even MORE tour boats ferry in hundreds of paying tourists from Nassau and Georgetown… STILL it’s worth the stop of you’re in the area just for the novelty of the situation, and we did have fun while we were there.

-Ben

2.18.17 Today we cleaned out the composting toilet. Yuck. Then we left Compass Cay for Staniel Cay.

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We will stay here in Staniel for a few days. We’re going to see Thunderball Grotto, Pig Beach, and explore the town. We need to do some grocery shopping, and to get some fuel and water as well.

After we got anchored and settled in, we went over to Staniel. They have an awesome dinghy landing. We walked to the blue grocery store and then to the pink store to see what they had. We got some things at both stores. We were walking back to town and were looking for the scuba shop to find that it’s been closed. We found Canadian Paul, his friend Leanne, and Jerome from Gamma Gamma in the the Staniel Cay Yacht Club Restaurant. We sat down and chatted for a while. We saw some nurse sharks and sting rays by the marina then went back to the boat.

2.19.17 This morning we got up and went to Thunderball Grotto. It was super cool! We had lunch onboard then we went to town to get the propane tank filled and they were closed. We’ll go back later. We went back to the pink store and got some more groceries. Ben and I watched the first Lord of the Rings.

2.20.17 Today we moved over to Big Majors Spot to hide from some wind coming in. We anchored right next to pig beach!

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We went to see the cute little pigs. It was fun, but they were not quite what we expected. There we so many power boats loaded with people wanting to see the pigs. They barely got in the water because they were being fed from a giant slop bucket. In fact, just weeks before we got there, several of the pigs had died because they got sick somehow. After we hung out with the pigs, we went snorkeling. Ben speared two fish for dinner.

2.21.17 Today we moved over to the other side of Big Majors spot for the switching winds. We didn’t like it over there, so we moved back to Thunderball Grotto.

2.22.17 We had a lazy day and night on the boat today. We did some school and Ben did some video editing. There is a lot of wind coming in tonight.

2.23.17 We had some CRAZY wind last night! We didn’t sleep much at all. We stayed on the boat today and did some school.

2.24.17 Today we woke up and did some school. Then we went to lunch at the Staniel Yacht Club. It was very good! We took my computer hoping that it would work, but sadly it didn’t. We started the second Lord of the Rings tonight, Ben was falling asleep so we couldn’t finish it.

2.25.17 This morning we dropped off the propane tank to be filled, we have to pick it up later this afternoon. We came back to the boat, Ben got fuel and water in the jerry cans. We went swimming and snorkeling at Thunderball Grotto again, after lunch. We came back to the boat and showered off. Then we went back to the general store to get our tank and some fresh produce. We got some Bananas, cheese, limes, cantaloupe and tomato.  It was all very fresh and wonderful! After the general store, we went to the blue store and got some other groceries. And Ice Cream! Delicious! Ben and I made some Bahama Mama’s and finished the second Lord of the Rings.

2.26.17 Today we went snorkeling around the islands near Thunderball Grotto. Tomorrow we will be moving to Bitter Guana.

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Posted by on Sunday, February 4, 2018 in Bahamas Anchorages, Beach, Exuma Islands, Snorkeling, YouTube Videos | 1 comment

Lovely Beaches and Swimming with Sharks

Watch Video 40 here!

Our little Endeavour 32 sailboat has brought us to the island of Compass Cay where we’ll swim with sharks.

…blood-thirsty Great White sharks.

Kidding. We swim with Nurse Sharks at the Compass Cay Marina. Lots of fun. There are so many of them! In fact I didn’t realize how large nurse sharks get… many of them are HUGE!

Now, here’s a little thing that I learned. Nurse sharks can bite you. Initially, I thought they were just like big catfish that ate stuff off the bottom. While this is true, many of the things they eat are, fish and crustaceans, so these sharks do have a mouthful of teeth. While very rare, they have been known to bite people.

Of course, I learned all this immediately before jumping in the water with them. We’re all happy to report that we were no bit by sharks while swimming amongst them.

While on Compass Cay, we also go for a bit of a hike, and check out this cool little place called Hester’s Gym. It’s a bit run down, and has really been roughed-up from passing hurricanes, but it’s still a neat little place to check out.

-Ben

2.15.17 We caught up on school work today. Then we went over to Cambrige Cay and hiked to Bell Rock.

Molly made us all beautiful necklaces from shells she’s found on the beach.

2.16.17 There was a lot of wind and rain today. We caught up on this weeks school work. Bill and Susan came by for a chat before we head in different directions tomorrow. We’re really going to miss those two. I wish I could find some photos of them.

Molly’s Photo from inside a rainy boat.

2.17.17 We moved to Compass Cay today.

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We went ashore to have a look around. It’s a very cool island! We swam with the sharks, took a little hike and had a $16 frozen burger. The burger was good, but not anything special. We checked out Hesters Gym and met the owner of the Island, his name is Tucker.

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Posted by on Friday, October 27, 2017 in Bahamas Anchorages, Exuma Islands, Snorkeling, YouTube Videos | 4 comments

Coral Gardens, Rocky Dundas & Ed Scissorhand’s Island

Watch Video 39 here!

What do Jack Sparrow, Edward Scissorhands, and Sweeney Todd all have in common?

Well, they were all victims to Tambi’s trespassing.

But first, let me tell you about Rocky Dundas…

We knew about Rocky Dundas long before we moved out of our house and began our search for the sailboat. (Thank you Wicked Salty!)

It’s really cool for things to have come full circle, and we are now experiencing things that we were dreaming about not all that long ago. Wow, time does fly by – and I know I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again… it’s amazing the thing you can accomplish if you make a commitment to reaching your dream and putting consistent effort towards that dream.

Rocky Dundas are 2 little islands, one of which, is mostly hollow on the inside. You access the inside by swimming into small openings on the North side of the Eastern-most island. It’s actually really cool when you get inside there. Both caves have large holes in the roof, so it’s lit up inside. There weren’t a whole lot of fish in there, but it was still quite amazing. Oh – there is quite a coral garden just outside the entrance, so that’s really nice.

Now, I should tell you about the OTHER part… the part where Tambi blatantly trespasses on an island that is owned by non other than Edward Scissorhands HIMSELF! Yes, you read that right. Tambi’s not as innocent as you thought, now is she? Well, she really wanted to have her picture taken on that island, so we did what we could to accommodate.

-Ben

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Corret got here shortly after we did. We (Ben, Molly and I) went over to Johnny’s island and Molly and I got our pictures taken on the island! I almost chickened out and Ben had to practically force me to get out of the diggy. He literally drove it up onto the beach. After that I snorkeled around the airplane and then we all snorkeled at the Coral Gardens, Sea Aquarium. It was beautiful snorkeling! It’s so beautiful, it’s probably my favorite place to snorkel here in the Bahamas! After that, we didn’t like the anchorage because of the wind and strong current moving through the cut so we moved to Cambrige Cay. We invited Bill and Susan from Corret over for dinner. We had a great time and really enjoyed spending time with them!

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Johnny Depp’s island!!

2.14.17 Anchored at Rocky Dundas today and went snorkeling and we explored the caves. So cool!! Bill and Susan came too.

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After Rocky Dundas we moved back to Cambrige Cay behind Bell Island- a private island owned by some rich Arabian Sheikh- to hide from the SW wind coming in on Thursday. We’ll stay here until Friday depending on the weather. We’re going to catch up on school and video editing. Molly and I made cookies for dessert tonight for a Valentine’s Day treat.

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