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Highborn Cay to Warderick Wells

Left Andros at 7:00am.
Motored all the way.
Got to Highborn Cay at 3:00pm.

The beach at Highborn Cay

The beach at Highborn Cay

Snorkled – cold.
Dinghy'd out to fish. Caught Queen Trigger for dinner.
Penny had a real good hit then when she started to real it up she said it was just a small one. It turned out to be a really nice sized red hind, (a type of grouper), but just the head. Got snapped in two, probably by a big barracuda. Too bad. Would have made a nice supper.

Stores here are expensive. 6 pack of coke = $10.00

Nice neighborhood though.
Here are some of our neighbors in the anchorage.

Highborn Cay anchorage.

Highborn Cay anchorage.


Highborn Cay anchorage.

Highborn Cay anchorage.

Highborn Cay to Warderick Wells. (Park headquarters for the “Land and Sea Park”.)

Spotted a huge sea Turtle on the way.
I was looking through the binoculars, at a boat passing in the distance, when I saw what looked to be either a pod of large dolphins or maybe whales. We changed course to get a closer look.

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Highborn to Warderick 016

It was a pod of maybe 20 Pilot Whales resting on the surface.

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Highborn to Warderick 015


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Highborn to Warderick 014


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Highborn to Warderick 013


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Highborn to Warderick 012

A few minutes later we were investigated by 3 White Tip sharks.
They seemed curious about the dinghy.

White tip currious about our dinghy.

White tip currious about our dinghy.


White Tipped shark

White Tipped shark


White tipped shark

White tipped shark

Wednesday
Got to Warderick Wells about 4:00pm.

Warderick Wells Cay

Warderick Wells Cay

View from park office.
View from park headquarters

View from park headquarters


View 2

View 2

Thursday morning this Bannaquit flew into the boat, looking for handouts.
They like sugar.

Banannaquit

Banannaquit


Bannaquit 2

Bannaquit 2

Snorkeled a bit. Few fish but saw a huge lobster.
Landed on a small beach at the north end of the island and hiked over to the other end.
Was a real moonscape with sharp, jagged coral rock. In a couple of the small holes we spotted some nesting white tailed tropic birds.

Moonscape

Moonscape


Tropicbird 1

Tropicbird 1


Tropicbird 2

Tropicbird 2

Boo Boo Hill
This is the only place in the park where you may leave a memento.
Cruisers are allowed to leave their boat and crew names but it has to be on a piece of driftwood.
Named Boo Boo Hill from the sounds the ghosts of doomed maritime victims.
Listen real carefully and you can hear them. Kinda spooky.

Boo Boo Hill, WW

Boo Boo Hill, WW

Met some other cruisers at the happy hour on the beach Saturday night.
A couple in their 20”s are headed to Panama then across the pacific.
Also another couple are heading back to New Zealand.
Many others from Florida & the East coast.

Made our way down to O'Briens Cay and snorkled “The Aquarium”. Little cove full of beautiful coral and loads of fish. I took a baggy with oatmeal with me to feed them. They saw that bag as soon as I hit the water. I was literally engulfed in a ball of fish. It was like being in the middle of a heard of puppies. Then I let the oatmeal out and it was nuts. I think I was laughing underwater. Wish we'd had brought the dive camera for that one. Our best snorkel yet.

Out of booze, beer, soda, juice & snacks we headed down to Sampson's Cay to stock up. It's a small “upscale” resort on the end of a rock. Beer $69 - $95 per case. Got 7 soda's, a bottle of rum and some cold medicine for Penny and got out of there. Oh, but not until we got a couple of drinks at the bar. For $12 each. Back to the boat. We'll shop at Staniels Cay, our next stop tomorrow.

Every place we've been has been absolutely beautiful though.

Posted by Heart of Gold 11:43

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Maybe you should have filled every empty space with rum. Did you know you were going to have to rough it? I am gladd to hear things are good. If you need anything that I can do from up here, just ask. :-)

by Marty

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