Up to the Abaco's
Lynn & Mike ..around the world
Mike Drinkrow & Lynn v/d Hoven
Sun 2 Jul 2017 22:34
26:28.46N 76:59.60W Up to the Abaco’s
We did the 60nm crossing up to the Abaco’s on a perfect calm day. We had been a little concerned how Maretjie would copy in the open ocean – but she was fine – and we found a good anchorage inside the southern cut at Lynard Cay. We dinghied over Pete’s Pub at Little Harbour for sundowners. Mike insisted we had been here before – but I could not recall it – luckily we have this blog, so I could look back, and there is was, same pub visited on Indigo. It has grown somewhat – with lots of T-shirt and signage memorabilia from visitors. They have also very cleverly added old spinnakers to use for shade.
Maretjie and Steve getting into island time with a rum punch at Pete’s pub
Next morning we moving a little further north Channel Cay, so that we could dive at Sandy Cay – a small marine reserve. We went to the area twice, both times enjoying a huge array of sea life – small shark, rays, good coral and the hugest groupers imaginable. A good example of a successful marine park.
Sadly no picture of the grouper – but managed to get one of a baby turtle and the huge elkhorn coral
We then moved further north to Tilloo Cay, which positioned us to get to Hope Town, which is on Elbow Cay. Again Mike and I were visiting a place we had been to before, but were keen to share this with our visitors. The town and lighthouse are a major tourist attraction in the Abaco’s. Once again we were thankful for our big dinghy (now called “Half Time”) to take us all they way up to Hope Town at speed, in great comfort.
Great views from the top of this old lighthouse – built in 1864, and still fired with kerosene
Like so many of the other islands in the Bahamas, this one too, is filled with brightly coloured quaint little houses & streets – that are very hard not to photograph repeatedly.