So I start off Part 2 still in New Providence but now we have moved to Nassau. I never thought we would go to Nassau but we have lots of time and know we can anchor there in the heart of the city (about 200,00 people. ) The anchorage we chose is next door to the cruise ship dock and daily 3-5 ships land at our doorstep. It is entertaining to have some of the largest cruise ships in the world so near by.
We are also at the entrance to Atlantis, a huge family entertainment and gaming resort with marina and hotels themed on the Lost Continent of Atlantis. This is actually located on Paradise Island across from Nassau. We managed to wander around much of the resort including a aquarium with shark, reef, all sorts of fish swimming with plate glass windows the size of huge rooms.
John also found his next boaT!
We did do some of the tourist things like walking up the Queens Staircase- 54 hand carved steps
and wandering Fort Charlotte overlooking the harbor from the 1700’s.
After being in the city for a few days, we longed for the pristine waters and beaches. Luckily Nassau has several small islands not far away, Rose Island is only about 7 miles east and out we headed for snorkeling, beach combing and peace. Did i mention the currents running through Nassau harbor? Wind against current has become my least favorite combination and Nassau had it coming on.
Northward we sailed toward Northern Eleuthera and Royal Island. Royal Island today has only a few ruins from the 11970 era and one new exclusive small resort that runs about $15,000/night for 4 guests. Obviously for the rich and famous not us! We were told we were allowed on the island but only east of the dock. We did enjoy our peaceful walks amongst ruins.
We also killed our first lionfish here and found it to be delicious white, mild meat. These fish are an invasive species and should be killed. They are venomous as well so care is needed to cut off 18 spines without getting stung. The remaining meat is excellent.
The island of Eleuthera is 90 miles long and only 2-3 miles in most places. It is a more pastoral place seeming to have more water than many other island groups. In the past century, the island grew lots of vegetables and fruits primarily pineapples. it also had dairy and beef cattle as well as chickens. We are not sure what happened to this industry. Now they are trying to bring back this farming and advertise it as “organic”. We appreciated this effort as we needed the produce. More on Eleuthera to come as we return here with our son Jim so he could surf. It is also known for its surf areas.
We were able to dinghy the 4 miles from Royal to the town of Spanish Wells which is a neat and orderly little fishing and mariners community of white Bahamians. Here you could buy most everything we needed in a small area. The area is shallow and beautiful and we picked up a mooring because there is no swinging room for anchoring. We rode our bikes all around the island enjoying their color schemes on the houses and colorful flower gardens.
Next we sailed through Current Cut and into Eleuthera Bight. We wanted to check out some spots we thought Jim would like to visit when he arrived.We had heard that Hatchet Bay was a good place to surf so we headed there. Hatchet Bay was a salt pond until the limestone cliffs were cut back in 1940s.
The cut is said to be 90 feet wide(looks more like 60) and offers all around protection from any weather. It is deep enough for lots of boats and has moorings put there by the government. The little town of Alice Town with maybe 200 people was very friendly and welcoming. So we stayed just long enough to know that we needed to return with Jim and headed back to Nassau to pick him up.
We leave off again with just a few fishing pictures which substantiates our fish stories. This is a barracuda that we did not eat because of concerns regarding ciguetera. Just needed to get him off our hook.
John had to fight for this Jack that almost got eaten by another fish, likely a shark. What a fisherman!!!!