Thunderball Cave & Ice Cream
24 March 2009 | Staniel Cay, Exuma Cays, Bahamas
Staniel Cay is one of the spots featured in the James Bond movie "Thunderball". There is a large rock, with an underwater cave extending all the way through it from one side to the other. During low tide, there is a good sized gap over the water at the entrances so it's easy to snorkel in one side and out the other. There is an opening in the roof, to allow sunlight in & the cave is filled with colourful tropical fish. We saw many colourful fish; Sergeant Majors, Parrot Fish, Nassau Grouper and many others I couldn't identify. A very cool place to snorkel with the kids. We tied our dingy to a mooring ball on the west side and snorkelled back and forth through the cave, diving to the bottom and exploring some of the little side passages. Looking forward to going back again another time.
Ice cream! One thing about voyaging on a sailing boat; ice cream is a rather scarce commodity. Freezer space is extremely limited so ice cream is virtually non-existent..also hard to find in the out-islands. We were able to buy a tiny little bit of ice cream on Staniel Cay..and even, a little later, able to find a place that sells ice cream cones..what a treat!
Of all the things we did find on Staniel Cay, the one thing we did NOT find was propane. They do sell propane here, but we were informed that the tank hadn't come from Nassau by mailboat. Apparently they'd sold-out the previous Friday & were waiting for re-supply. It seems that running out of common commodities is common to life in the out-islands.