Photo Essay: Allen Cay, Bahamas

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After anchoring for a night off Highborne Cay in The Exumas, we decided to head 5 miles north to Allen Cay where an unusual species of iguanas are the islands’ main inhabitants.

We’ve been known to get stuck in places to do boat repairs, but in the case of Allen Cay, we decided to stick around for one more night so we could do some more of the snorkeling, swimming to shore, feeding iguanas and barbecuing under the stars that we did on our first day here.

There’s a nasty cold front moving our way, though, which will make this calm-looking anchorage rather uncomfortable by Saturday night, so we’ll need to duck into Highborne Cay Marina for protection before then.

But before we go, we’ll swim to shore to feed the iguanas just one more time…

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Hideaway, happily anchored by the beach.

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The welcoming committee of Leaf Cay.

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Feeding lettuce to the eager iguanas.

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The natives were very curious about us.

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“Oy! Did you get me in the picture?!”

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This guy trailed behind me all morning like a puppy dog.

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The iguanas’ beach-front property.

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The water’s a little chilly, but too pretty not to go in.

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Spying on Hideaway from an island hilltop

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Live, pink conch were scattered all along the beach.

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Pulling right up alongside happiness…

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  • Ryan February 10, 2013, 9:29 am

    For the record…Tasha’s ‘a little chilly’ wasn’t too bad at all. Wetsuits are handy, but unless you’re planning on spending a long time in the water, you can survive without one in the Bahamas for the winter.

    • Tasha February 10, 2013, 10:50 am

      Also for the record…if you’re at all like me and will not go in remotely chilly water, a wet suit means you can swim anywhere. I can’t be the only one who hates cold water! xx

      • Jackie February 10, 2013, 3:18 pm

        You’re not alone Tasha! I use a full 3mm wetsuit for diving in warm water and I’ve had a couple times where I wished I would have used it for swimming/snorkeling.

        • Tasha February 10, 2013, 11:18 pm

          I LOVE MY NEW WETSUIT!!! I can’t believe I didn’t buy one earlier!

      • Lorraine February 11, 2013, 9:29 pm

        I also have a shorty wetsuit and wouldn’t go in the water without one. For it makes the difference between swimming with Phil or not at all. Phil realized this a got me one for Christmas in Nassau.

        • Tasha February 11, 2013, 9:43 pm

          EXACTLY, Lorraine! I may be a wimp, but if you want me to go swimming with you, let me have my wetsuit! 🙂

  • Grace February 10, 2013, 8:47 pm

    Your pictures are stunning tash. So proud of you two!! (/jealous lol). I love that you are cuddling these iguanas!! Awesome!! I bet you wish you could take one home with you haha

    • Tasha February 10, 2013, 11:17 pm

      Lol. You know me too well, Grace! I totally asked Ryan if we could bring one back to the boat. Can’t wait to get you guys out here cruising in March!

  • FatCatAnna and Mike February 23, 2013, 11:23 am

    Bonjour!!! It was great meeting up with you two (we were the chartered boat group of folks from cold Canada that chatted you up on the beach after we overfeed the iguanas ). We lucked in on getting a snap shot of your boat – and website – so thought we’d check you’re scribbles here. Awesome to know that a Catalina 34 (we have a ’74 Catalina 30 we hope to soon bring down south like yourselves – slowly getting goodies to aid in that endeavour) – can handle the waters.

    BTW, as a diabetic (T1D since I was a wee little thing), loved taking a peak at your work out – since that’s a big issue with me (us) – as it helps promote good control of my disease.

    We only noticed later, one of your \^,,^// ‘s watching around the deck – so will continue to follow both yours and there blog on how they are finding life on the high seas.

    • Tasha February 23, 2013, 4:56 pm

      Hey guys! Thanks so much for reading! It was so great to run into you at Allens Cay. You’ll love your Catalina in the islands… she’s a great boat for island hopping!

      As for the work out, we bought a TRX to use on board so we could stay in shape and we’ve really enjoyed doing workouts at sunset in a beautiful anchorage on our foredeck! I would highly recommend it – it’s been our sanity when we can’t get off the boat for a run (or the island doesn’t have trails).

      I hope we’ll see you in these blue waters next year!


  • March 7, 2013, 10:15 am

    Loving reading you’re adventures. (pro sailblog lurker)
    The caption of your last photo is similar to a phrase I’m know to use.
    “Money won’t buy you happiness, but it can buy a boat and you can tie up next to it!”

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