A Step Forward and a Step Back

The weather rules. If you’re a cruising sailor it’s all about the weather. We left Warderick Wells southbound with a good long range forecast with moderate easterly winds. East winds are important here in the Exumas because it can be hard to find an anchorage that is protected from other directions. After a couple of days at Big Majors Spot near Staniel Cay we got the news that a weather front with strong west winds was expected. Not knowing where else to go to find protection, we retreated 20 miles to the north back to Cambridge Cay in the Exuma Land and Sea Park. We were able to get a mooring there and found good protection from the weather. 

Rainbow at Cambridge Cay

We were boat bound much of our stay but did manage to do some snorkeling a couple of days. 

The Sea Aquarium at Cambridge Cay

One site was called the Sea Aquarium. Many people feed the fish here and they come looking for handouts. Pretty strange to have a Sergeant Major swimming inches from your mask. 

Another site that we went to was the caves at the Rocky Dundas. These caves must be visited at low slack tide so you can find the entrances and then not get battered by the current once inside. 

Elkhorn Coral at the Rocky Dundas

Rocky Dundas Cave Entrance

Inside One of the Caves

Phebe had wanted to see the Iguanas at Allens Cay but we missed them due to our chosen route from Eleuthera. Thank goodness for Bitter Guana Cay. Bitter Guana is protected habitat for these endangered Iguanas and is lesser known than Allens Cay. We had the anchorage and the beach to ourselves and it was wonderful. There was a single Iguana on the beach when we got ashore but slowly more and more came out of the brush until there were 15 of them around us. Thankfully, they were only assertive and not aggressive. The larger ones were about 4 feet long including the tail. 

White Cliffs on Bitter Guana

A Handsome Iguana

We made our way next to the settlement of Black Point. Black Point is known to be cruiser friendly and to have one of the few laundromats in the Exumas. Not your typical laundry day when you arrive and depart by dinghy. 

A Laundromat with a View

Resident Lizard

The people of Black Point were welcoming and we enjoyed our stay there. 

Looking Down the Street in Black Point

Typical Black Point House

Dinghy docks can be a bit of a challenge sometimes. They’re usually high to begin with and a low tide will make it more of a challenge. Add wind and current and things get even more interesting. The dinghy dock at Black Point was also where the fisherman clean their catch, bringing in a fun group of scavengers. A harmless enough group but you still want to pay attention going down the ladder. 

Rays and Nurse Sharks Under the Dinghy Dock

Ladder at the Dinghy Dock

We met James at the regatta site. He saw us wandering around and came to greet us. We didn’t buy any of his shells but he still wanted to have his picture taken with us. 

Our New Friend James