Princes Islands - Heybeh
Princes Islands – Heybeh
Monday May 21
Motor from Atakoy to the Princes Islands. The filthy water as we pass through the moored tanker fleet starts to clean as we get past the conservation buoy. Anchor in Cam Bay which is a beautiful protected bay with great holding. Forested hills surround the North and East sides. A Naval College and Youth Camp is on the south side. The water is almost clean – some seaweed and heavy algae but only a few jelly fish and no swage slicks – James ventures a swim – about 45 seconds worth as the water is still quite cold.
In contrast to this beautiful setting, the beaches are just littered with trash. As we walk by a swimming beach, there are soda cans and crsip packets left strewn among the lounge chairs – the people are obviously just oblivious to the mess they are making. The whole place could be cleaned up in a morning if the kids at the camp had a mind to do it. It reminded me of Orchard beach in the Bronx – a place overwhelmed by the population and poor municipal services.
There is a lovely road through the woods along the hill to the west which we hike along. Aside from a few support services, vehicles are banned from the island and people get about on bikes and horse carriages. Heybeh is a lovely setting and I guess the mess is consistant with how close it is to a huge city.