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Snorkelling Cave Cay – Exumas Bahamas

Snorkelling around the cut at Cave Cay was the best underwater experience we had in the Bahamas. I am sure there are many more and even more amazing places to snorkel and scuba in the Bahamas. This particular spot we just happen to stumble upon. Within about an hour or so, we saw hundreds of tropical fish, a 3-4 foot large sea turtle and a school of about half a dozen Eagel Rays all pictured below. We also had an encounter with a Baracuda who followed us for about half an hour. I tried to stay between the Baracuda and Thomas, and instructed him to swim on. As we swam the fish just kept on following us around. He would pop up here and there all around us, but would keep a distance from us of about 15 feet. It was a little spookey, they can take a large junk of meat out of you if they wanted too. I have my diving knife ready to go if he came at us.

Alexander standing right by the Cave Cay Cut and light water snorkelling site. (C) Copyright 2008

While Roxane and Alexander explored the rocks around the cut, Thomas and I explored the underwater habitats. Alexander is pictured here right by the Cut in the Cays that forms an access to the Atlantic Ocean. The darker water is the safe passage out to the ocean. The dark water can also have a strong current during the ebb and flow of the tides. You want to stay away from the lighter stuff in a large boat, and away from the dark stuff in your dinghy or you could be taken out to sea. Our electric motor on the dinghy was not the best option for this sort of thing. We actually ran out of batteries and I had row all the way back to the mother ship. You might be able to spot her in the picture above, just under Alex’s left hand near the point.

This is the leeshore on the Atlantic Side of the Cave Cay Cut. (C) Copyright 2008

A lovely natural wadding pool for Alexander. (C) Copyright 2008

Roxane and Alexander had a great time exploring this whole area. (C) Copyright 2008

Not sure what these formations are made of, hardened sand crystals or something. (C) Copyright 2008

A school of Eagle Rays about 25 feet below us! (C) Copyright 2008

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Thomas commented. “Snorkelling here is just like the Aquariums at Atlantis but you get to actually swim with the creatures!”,

We saw Sea Turtles, Eagle Rays, Baracudas and hundreds of tropical fish with the span of half an hour!



 

A 3-4 foot large Sea Turtle keeping an eye on us. (C) Copyright 2008

A blue underwater plant or some kind of Coral. Notice the small pink fish! (C) Copyright 2008

Some interesting Coral. (C) Copyright 2008

Can you spot a sponge on the right? Brown and yellowish. Looks like Sponge Bob at Bikini Bottom with some imagination! (C) Copyright 2008

Look how Crystal clear this water is. (C) Copyright 2008

Just loving the warm waters of the Exumas. (C) Copyright 2008

s/v Black Diamond

I have been boating for over 25 years, at the age of 43, this is more than half of my life time. Starting out with a number of smaller power boats, then switching to sail about 8 years ago. I have sailed various boats from wind surfers, dinghies (lasers), keel boats from 26 to 45 foot yachts. I live in the area of Toronto Canada and sail mostly on Lake Ontario. I have been racing yachts for the past 7 years. I have also entered many long distance races such as the Fort Lauderdale to Charleston, completed in 2 days 8 hours, we received 4th place in division, 8 minutes in PHRF behind a 3rd place trophy. Then 4 times finishing the Susan Hood, a 75 mile over night race, 4 times entered in the Lake Ontario 300 the worlds longest fresh water race, a 308 knotical mile race around the perimeter of Lake Ontario. My crew and I on Black Diamond finished in 2 days 12 hours in 2009. In 2009, delivering the boat back up to Canada from the Bahamas we entered in a couple of interesting races, one from Fort Lauderdale to Charleston described as a sled ride up the gulf stream, the Charleston race week regatta series and the New Year's Day Staniel Cay Regatta in the Exumas, Bahamas. This race we came in 2nd over entire fleet, only lost by 3 minutes in a 2 hour race to a 47 footer. This was a boat for boat race, no PHRF scoring. "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do, than by the ones you did do. So cast off the bowline, Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." Mark Twain Blue water experience include yacht deliveries from the Abacos, Bahamas to Charleston South Carolina 2006. This delivery was a non-stop, 3 and half days, total of 500 miles. We crossed parts of the Bermuda Triangle, and during most of the delivery were over 200 miles offshore. The delivery of Black Diamond a 40 foot Jeanneau racer/cruiser has been delivered to New York City and then offshore to Florida and the Bahamas from Toronto, Canada. This delivery from NYC to Florida was completed 100 miles offshore, for a distance of over a 1000 miles non-stop to Jacksonville, Florida. Completed in what might be a cruisers record of 5 days 3 hours non-stop offshore. This fall my family and I added another 500 miles of sailing throughout much of the Bahamas. Spending 6 weeks aboard Black Diamond sailing the Abacos, Nassau and the Exumas. I then sailed the boat back to New York, completely offshore, entered a few races along the way, and back to Toronto through the Hudson River and Erie Canal. During the 2009 season, we sailed Black Diamond off the dock 148 different days out of 365, winning the Vacant Dock award the second year in a row. Most recently, 2011, completed the delivery of friends boat Tracey & Nilson Ruiz, from Tortoal, BVI to New York. Tortola to Georgetown Bahamas in 5 days non-stop. Last leg from Charleston to New York over the momorial day long week-end non-stop Friday to Monday in 4 days. All completed safe and sound without incedent. Need any deliveries let me know. I am also an Open Water Certified diver and an active member of the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron, certifications included Power/Sail boat handling, Seamanship Sail, Piloting/charting, GPS Navigation, Extended Offshore Cruising and a VHF Radio operation license. I hope to further my education, qualifications and experience in long distance cruising and racing. One of my goals is to obtain a commercial Captains License. Feel free to contact me at er@radonicrodgers.com

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