Long Island, Bahamas
20 March 2017 | Salt Pond, Long Island, Bahamas
Sunny, winds 15-18 Gusts 20 NE
We are now in Long Island, Bahamas. The Island is 80 miles long and four miles wide. To get a full blow feel for the island and to see the sites, one needs to rent a car. So, that is exactly what we did on Friday, March 17. Since our friends, Donna and Jerry from Blue Jacket have been here many times, they offered to be our tour guides. MaryBeth and Joe from Sapphire came along as well. We started our tour in Salt Pond. This is where we have our sailboats anchored, which is the prettiest harbour on the island. Next we drove to Clarence Town on the southeastern side of the island. We saw many beautiful and historical sites starting with the beautiful twin churches located on the top of a hill. The twin 40 foot towers are well-known landmarks on the island for helping boaters find their way into the islands harbour. Then we moved along to see “Deans Blue Hole” which is the world’s deepest known salt water blue hole. It is 663 feet deep and enclosed on three sides by a natural rock amphitheater and on the fourth side by a turquoise lagoon and powder white beach. We just happened to be there the same timed as William Trubridge from New Zealand who broke his own free diving world record in that very hole. He and four other divers came to practice for an upcoming competition this April. He is a very nice guy that lived on a yacht for ten years and the sea was his playground.
We saw many other sites that day, such the Columbus Monument. It was the third island Christopher Columbus and his crew landed on in the Bahamas in 1492 prior to reaching America. We also visited several marinas and resorts. We had lunch at Anita’s take away and met more fellow cruisers. It was a fun packed day.
The following morning, we went to the farmer’s market where we bought fresh homemade breads, fruits and vegetables. In the afternoon, we went exploring in a cave located on the shore line just up from where our boat was anchored. It was really cool with bats hanging from the ceilings, and stalactites and stalagmites forming on the ceiling and floor of the cave. I should also mention that it was very dark in there as well. My nice friend Joe made sure he scared me by throwing some small pebbles over my head. Others have placed small plastic skeletons around the cave as well. I must admit it was just a little eerie even without the theatrics.
Last night we took our dinghy to “Tiny’s Hurricane Hole” where we did some laundry and had drinks with other cruisers and local folks. It is a new beach bar and grill with a thatched roof patio. We had a great time.
This evening we are going to a happy hour bonfire with other cruisers anchored in the harbour. The plan is to leave in the morning and move to Calabash Bay which is on the northern end of the island. From there we will go further north to Cat Island. I am looking forward to more adventures that I can share with my friends and family.