Bitter Guana Cay, Exumas, Bahamas


Bitter Guana Cay in the Exumas, Near Staniel Cay and Black Point Settlement.

Bitter Guana Cay a must stop at least for the afternoon to explore this amazing island. Home to a few iguanas, and nothing more. Amazing Coral Rock Formations hand over a picture perfect little lagoon. On the inside the view is endless into the horizon of crystal cyan waters with average depths of 10 feet as far as the eye can see. On the ocean side, very interesting coral formations continue to amaze, great place for exploring and enjoying the afternoon. After a busy day of building sandcastles with the Iguanas that hung around like puppy dogs we spent the evening at anchor  by a beautiful moon lite sky. Anchoring in the Bahamas for the most part is pretty simple. Sand bottom, that most anchors have no trouble in, hardly any coral, once in awhile you might see the odd coral head. As long as you are on the lee shore, you have nothing to worry about, even if your anchor drags there is usually miles of sand behind you. The only tricky anchoring, would be the odd time we had to anchor between cuts, with ocean and tidal surges, plan ahead and look for a good anchorage. Not difficult in the Bahamas.

Rock Iguanas

The iguanas are very tame, and friendly, they love hanging out with the kids, waiting for a little snack. They love fruits and veggies, grapes are one of their favourites. They go many months without drinking water, and get their hydration from the food they eat. We poured some fresh water on a near by stone, and the iguana loved lapping up all the fresh water. The other island in the Exumas that have iguanas is Allan’s Cay. There are dozens of rock iguana on this island, and are thriving. Rock Iguana are extinct in most of the world. The Exumas is one of the few places left in the world that you can find these beautiful creatures.

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s/v Black Diamond

With almost 30,000 Nautical miles of experience and 1,800+ sea days and nights on the water. (1,800 sea days is like 5 years on the water, 365 days a year!) I am an RYA Skipper and ICC International Competent Captain, currently working on my RYA Yacht Master with a Commercial endorsement for a 200 ton vessel. My qualifications include; MED A2 Emergency Safety at Sea, Helicopter Rescue, Life raft deployment and use, Offshore Rescue and Fire Fighting at Sea, etc, STCW Code A-VI/1-3, Canadian Equivalent Marine First Aid and CPR/AED. I am an Open Water Certified diver and completed various CYA & Canadian Power and Sail Squadron certifications which include Power/Sailboat handling, Seamanship Sail, Piloting/charting, CYA Coastal Navigation, GPS Navigation, Extended Offshore Cruising, VHF Radio operation license and a Toronto Harbour License. I am now providing skippered charters and yacht deliveries globally, including crew positions for offshore passages. However, my specialities are the Bahamas, US East Coast, The Great Lakes, Welland Canal, Erie Canal and the Adriatic Sea, Croatia, looking to add Greece. Feel free to contact me at [email protected]

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