We originally were heading to White Cay. We tried anchoring there (twice) but it was too shallow, so we backtracked to Black Cay. White Cay has swimming pigs too! These pigs are not listed on our tourist information about the area. Sonjare soon anchored there as well. We are now more comfortable anchoring with the current swings with other boats in the anchorage. They have a beautiful boxer named Brida.
Craig on Sonjare enjoys looking for snorkeling and diving sites, so we decided to take a look around. In the cut south of Black Cay our 10 foot dinghy took on an 8-10 ft roller wave coming in from the Atlantic. Thank goodness we did not get sideways. It was an interesting ride, to say the least. We eventually found some good snorkeling and diving. (Noteable fish include BiColor Coney, Mahogany snapper, barracuda, lobster, porcupine fish and a large barracuda.
We ate out twice over on Great Exuma at Rolleville. The Shoreline had some good fish tacos ($5 each!) The Exuma Point Restaurant Bar and Grill though was amazing! The owners Elvis and Mary Ann were so gracious and made us a Bahamian feast.
We also met Lucky. She was a dog that fell off a boat many years ago and ended up swimming up to their beach. She greets every boat coming to the dock, looking for her boat from years ago.
So, we found out the story about the pigs on White Cay. Elvis owns that island. Sandals Resort at Emerald Bay was supposed to send their tourists there and then have lunch at their restaurant across the way. However, they decided to only let the tourists interact with the pigs and did not bring them over to their restaurants. At some point, I think the pigs will be relocated (ie: turned into BBQ). We also found out that Elvis’ cousin is building a house on Black Cay. We saw the construction workers hauling cinder blocks up a steep hillside. Building in the Bahamas is not an easy task, at every level of construction.
Elvis also told us about a blue hole snorkel site off of Sugar Cay, just north of the Exuma Point. So, of course we had to check THAT out. Well, we found two blue holes on the south side with good coral heads around them. Angie and Joy snorkeled while Craig and Mark used Craig’s air compressor that has 100 ft hoses off of them. The compressor stays in the dinghy with the divers using only weight belts to get below. The first blue hole had a sandy bottom, but the ledge surrounding it, was the actual blue hole. You could feel the cold water pouring out of it. While snorkeling around, Angie found the real blue hole that was bottomless for the guys to check out. Notable fish include grey and queen angelfish, porcupine fish, rock hind, red hind, stoplight and red parrotfish, grunts, tangs, and a queen trigger fish. Joy spotted a southern stingray that had buried itself in the sand, waiting for dinner. We were supposed to go back to Elvis and Mary Ann’s restaurant for dessert, but it started raining and we didn’t feel like a wet dinghy ride. However, we did post their restaurant on Active Captain. Hopefully, more people will be drawn to their establishment. They are only open on the weekends.
The no-see-um bugs are nasty and like Angie very much, unfortunately. Time to move on.