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Nassau to the Exumas

March 11, 2015

We left Nassau the next day at 0730 soon after the sun had rose. It’s another 7-8 hours to the Exuma Islands the 'jewel necklace' of the Bahamas and our first island stop was Highbourne Cay. Nothing to report on our stay there but it was nice to be in the Islands, the goal of our first leg. We spent a few days at Highbourne swimming and relaxing. It was our first taste of the Exumas and we just sat back and took it all in. We were here...

We had heard of an endangered species of Iguanas living in the Exumas on a small cay called Allen’s Cay. They were said to come scurrying out of the brush and onto the beach expecting a hand out of food at the approach of boaters. Allan’s Cay has a tiny anchorage of amazing blues and powdery sand in a tiny cove that is off limits to deep keeled boats. There was just 2 other Catamarans in the cove and the water was amazing with sand bars all around calling keels to come get stuck, we maneouvered with care. We were planning on staying only for a few hours, our final destination was 3 hours south and this cove was almost an hour north of where we just were at Highbourne. What a gorgeous place. Wish we were staying...




We dropped the anchor in 4 feet of water and dove in for a swim. Soon after, we were dinghying for shore and true to rumor as we approached out came the Iguanas! 

The beach was perfect, not a foot print on it, we had it all to ourselves. We had brought some Romaine lettuce with us to feed them and they loved it! Soon after the crew of the other Catamaran, a chartered boat, arrived in their dinghy ready to feed the Iguanas too, except their food of choice to feed the endangered reptiles was the sugary cereal "Corn Pops” We rarely feed that to our son! 

We spent another hour there swimming and exploring the beach where these creatures live and then just as we were about to leave, a huge speed boat full of tourists came roaring into the little cove bringing a huge wake with it. Then another one, then another larger one arrived! All of these tour boats were full of at least a dozen tourists each all ready to see the Iguanas. Time to leave and let them enjoy it as much as we did...



The rare Bahamian Iguanas of Alen's cay, Exumas



Brad and Krista at Allen's Cay, Exumas, Bahamas. Gorgeous anchorage but tiny, get there early if you want a spot

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