Day 17 - Bahamas Cruising (Eleuthera - Hatchet Bay)
Up early and into town for a pre-arranged rental car (or actually a van) - or so we hoped. Yes the mechanic was there, but the van not exactly ready - first we had to follow him to Gregory Town to have one of the tyres changed. The tyre wasn't at the garage - more wait whilst someone went to fetch one. Not much to do in Gregory Town whilst we waited - the bay, the closed gift shop (Sundays and hurricanes) and to admire several churches.
Then at last we were on our way alone, heading north to "The Glass Window" (where the Atlantic reaches through the island and onto the Bahama bank - originally a rock hole but the last hurricane having destroyed the rock - it is now a bridge across the gap. The contrast of water colours were truly amazing.
Further on to Bluff - a small town - according to a local - the oldest town on the island as settlers fled from the American civil war and were eventually promised land in the Bahamas - they settled in Bluff. The gentlemen we spoke with still has family in Florida. Once again, there was not a lot to see, apart from a concrete causeway and a small beach.
Next was the northern tip of Eleuthera island - a series of lock-up garages and a small ferry jetty - presumably taking islanders to work in Spanish Wells. A little further on was "The Preachers Cave" where early settlers had come to seek shelter, next to a pristine (and deserted) beach, overlooking "The Devils Backbone" (a series of offshore reefs). A cooling swim in the bay was definitely needed.
En-route back we found one of the few open restaurants serving local Bahamian fusion food - just what we wanted.
A trip further down the island to Rainbow Bay and then back to Alice Town to return the van - an interesting days excursion!
Phil and Di