Bahamas - Exuma Land and Sea Park
23 April 2018 | Exuma Land and Sea Park
Exuma Land and Sea Park – In our opinion, these islands are the HIGHLIGHT of the Exumas.
Thanks to advice from other cruisers, we arranged to stay 3 nights at Warderick Wells, the headquarters of the Exuma Land and Sea Park.
This Park covers a large area in the Central Exumas and includes many islands. The Park headquarters are at Warderick Wells, where 22 moorings are available on a first come basis. Every morning Sherry from the Park Headquarters operates a VHF radio call in for boats wanting a mooring. She graciously and skillfully handles departures and new arrivals, giving boats numbered moorings. We were very happy to receive mooring #11 and carefully made our way into the Warderick Wells mooring field which is so narrow and so shallow that boats could not anchor here without the moorings to limit a boat’s swing room. The moorings of course also protect the ocean bottom from anchor damage.
Check out this location on Google Earth and you will be amazed at the water color here. The snorkeling was fantastic, and the David, the Park Warden, led a group of us cruisers to some far flung snorkel sites where he free dove for Lion Fish. Taking fish or shells is of course strickly forbidden in the park, except for lion fish which have become an invasive species throughout the Caribbean. He speared about 5 lion fish and later provided yummy ceviche for the happy hour pot luck on the beach.