Saturday, June 18, 2016

June 4, 2016 Blue Hole on Hoffman's Cay, Berry Islands

We planned to go exploring by dinghy this morning and leave for another anchorage by early afternoon.   After listening to the weather, we decided we didn’t need to leave this anchorage for a few days.  Dave didn't sleep well last night, so he went back to bed for a nap.  I decided to make banana bread. 

After Dave’s nap and sampling the banana bread, we loaded up the dinghy for hiking and spearfishing.  First we went about 5 miles south of our anchorage to Hoffman’s Cay to hike to the blue hole on that island.  We explored a few beaches until we found the one with the trail to the blue hole.  Dave was in the lead on the narrow trail.  After about 20 feet he said he needed to find a spiderweb stick to clear the path.  On one of the side paths, we saw one of the largest spiders I have seen besides a tarantula. 
beautiful water!

a cave beyond this fire pit on a uninhabited island

no one else around
so pretty

The blue hole was really beautiful.  The pictures don’t really do it justice.  We didn’t find any information on how deep it was.  But we decided we didn’t need to swim in it.  There are several blue holes through out the Bahamas. 


blue hole

getting closer to the surface

crazy large spider at least 6 feet in length


branch less traveled
yeah, we found our beach and our dinghy

We were in our dinghy on the west side of the islands.  There was shallow water as far as the eye could see to the west.  The water is different colors depending on the depth and just beautiful.  We saw turtles and stingrays and even a shark.  We checked out the shoreline of some neighboring islands looking for good places to snorkel and spear fish, but didn’t see much.  The cuts between the islands looked too deep and there was a strong current there. 
small cut between islands
we have the anchorage to ourselves again
nice water

I had a great happy hour back at the boat.  I filled a sealable bottle with gin and tonic and lime and got out my floatie to use off the back of the boat.  I didn’t even have to leave my seat to pee. 

While I was relaxing, Dave started making homemade pizza.  I joined him in time to assemble the pizza.  He tried a different dough, which we liked better. 
the difference between day and night

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