Stunning. Magnificent. Breathtaking. Jaw-dropping gorgeous.
Superlatives fall short in describing the awe we’ve felt exploring The Exuma Cays Land & Sea Park at Warderick Wells:
Nurse sharks swimming through periodically, likely hoping for a handout.
Sea turtles floating by, popping their heads out of the water every so often.
Rays and schools of colorful fish gliding around us.
Scenic hiking trails.
Plenty of space to paddle board.
And the ever incredibly beautiful hues of turquoise and blue in the water.
The mooring field at Warderick Wells works on an honors reservation system, up to one day in advance.
If you’re close enough, you can request a ball for the next day over channel 9 on the VHF radio after the daily 9 am park announcements on channel 16.
If you’re too far away to pick up the VHF signal, you can email and/or call the park office’s VOIP line, which is what we did Sunday morning.
We were “waitlisted,” so we left Rock Sound early Monday hoping for a mooring ball, and a “plan b” to anchor west of Emerald Rock, if necessary.
When we checked in with the park office along our route, we were delighted to learn we’d scored a ball.
We still had internet data at that point in our route, so we prepaid online for several days. We could have waited and settled up at the park office after our arrival.
We’d heard so much praise for the Exumas, that I wondered as we crossed from Rock Sound, might we be disappointed?
Ha! Our expectations were exceeded, and it brought home why we’ve invested so much effort and expense into getting Vinyasa ready to roam.
It was also great to be moored next to Denita and Paul of SV Dreamer. I had previously “met” Denita on Facebook via Carolyn Shearlock’s Get Ready to Cruise the Bahamas course, and we hope to see SV Dreamer in another Bahamanian anchorage soon.
Alas, the idyllic remoteness comes with a dearth of cell or internet data service and no place to dispose of trash or resupply food.
On a boat, something is always about to need some attention. Vinyasa’s Panda 8 Mini generator conked out on Thursday, and we will likely need phone support to troubleshoot.
If this post gets uploaded on Friday, Feb. 7th, it will be on the faintest wisp of a data signal by propping the cell phone against a light atop a red fire station box next to the park’s office – and thanks to a tip from Paul on SV Dreamer!