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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

2.13.17 We left for Little Halls Pond this morning! That is Johnny Depps private island! We can see his beach from where we anchored. N 24*19.193 W 76*33.388

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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