Photo Essay: Warderick Wells Cay, Bahamas

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I was all set to write about Warderick Wells Cay being the dullest island in the Exumas chain and how we would have moved on more quickly if it weren’t for the gale-force winds that kept us tied securely to a park mooring ball.

But then I downloaded our photos and had to laugh out loud. Who would ever believe my ambivalence towards an island so ridiculously photogenic that it belonged on the glossy pages of National Geographic?

So, rather than mention the unwalkable “trails,” the mediocre snorkeling, the park headquarters shop which sells nothing useful, or the island’s famous pirate landmark, which is really just a circle drawn in the sand next to a brackish well with a sign labeling it “Pirate’s Lair,” I’ll just leave you with this photo essay and the knowledge that even the most boring islands in the Exumas are laughably beautiful.

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Hideaway in the south mooring field.

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The island’s sharp, craggy rocks make for difficult and slow walking.

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A friendly island native.


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The north mooring field – the most popular of the island’s three mooring fields.

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Moorings in front of Park Headquarters.

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Boo Boo Hill, the main “attraction” on the north end of the island.

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“Hideaway was here February 2013.”

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  • Michel Guay February 23, 2013, 8:17 am

    You’ve made my day, love the photos and the comments

    • Tasha February 23, 2013, 4:52 pm

      Thanks, Michel. Thanks so much for reading!

  • Michelle February 23, 2013, 10:25 am

    LOVE your pictures! so pretty.

    • Tasha February 23, 2013, 4:53 pm

      Thanks Michelle! We can only take half the credit really…our Canon camera should take the rest of the credit 🙂

      • Greg March 31, 2013, 5:18 pm

        I traded in my G10 for a 43 Olympus to get the bigger sensor. I regret the decision because I rarely have it on me vs. my G10 could fit in the pocket of my shell.

        The best picture is the one you never shot because you did not have your camera with you.

        • Tasha March 31, 2013, 7:17 pm

          So true. I love my little g15 because the picture quality is awesome and the camera small. I live my Canon Rebel more, but it’s not a great camera to take hiking or swimming 🙂

  • Lorraine Dolsen February 23, 2013, 3:22 pm

    It IS beautiful, and about the ONLY place in the Bahamas that you can trust the mooring balls to hold in a blow. You can trust Cambridge Cay moorings also. You are getting close to the reef “the sea aquarium” which is worth a side trip to see if you have the time.

    • Tasha February 23, 2013, 4:57 pm

      Hey Lorraine! The south mooring field was absolutely perfect for the blow that came through. And we just went to the sea aquarium yesterday – it was beautiful! AND it was the first time we had the entire anchorage to ourselves! Nothing like taking a sun shower on the foredeck with no one else around 🙂

      • Greg March 31, 2013, 5:15 pm

        “Nothing like taking a sun shower on the foredeck with no one else around ”

        Basic law of sailing physics #237>>>Without pics it didn’t happen.

  • Katerina February 26, 2013, 7:46 am

    Hi ,
    I’m Katerina 🙂 I’m writing to you to see if you’d like to collaborate with me!
    I would love to publish a guest post (with one link) on your great blog
    Could you please give me the price for it’s placement?
    Thank you and I look forward to your reply.
    Have a wonderful day!

  • David Forestier March 3, 2013, 4:14 am

    Thanks Tasha & Ryan
    I shall live vicariously via my virtual reality cyber stow-a-way status on your sail journey until I can amass the resources to live my own such dream of sailing the Caribbean. Great pics. Safe travels

    • Tasha March 3, 2013, 10:06 am

      David, thanks so much for stowing away…I’ll make sure to keep you well-fed with photos 🙂

  • Rum Trouble April 17, 2013, 1:41 pm

    If you find these beautiful Islands so BORING, perhaps you should have stayed in NYC! I have been cruising this chain of Islands in The Bahamas for 15+ years and have never been bored. I would hardly consider you a seasoned sailor & your “Blog” gives no information worth while, since you know nothing of this area! Fair Winds…

    • Tasha April 17, 2013, 3:03 pm

      Dear Mr. Rum Trouble,
      I’m glad you liked Warderick Wells so much. I personally found it dull compared to the rest of the amazing islands of the Bahamas. Of which there are many. And I’m entitled to that opinion. If you want to say otherwise about it, write your own blog.

      I’m not sure about the relevance of your comment about my not being a seasoned sailor…I’ve only ever blogged about my experiences learning to sail…hence the blog name “Turf to Surf.”

      But if you think only “seasoned sailors” can be permitted to leave home on a boat, your feedback will fit in well with the many old grumps on the cruising forums. Go wild.

    • Tasha April 17, 2013, 3:36 pm

      P.S. I’ve noticed that you’ve used both a fake name and a fake email address. If you’re so proud of your opinions and oodles of experience, why hide your identity?

      • Andy April 17, 2013, 3:51 pm

        You tell em. I personally love your blog, especially with the New York edge.

        • Tasha April 17, 2013, 9:40 pm

          Hi Andy,
          Thanks so much for the support! I appreciate it. It’s good to take note that the positive feedback outweighs the negative. And in life, I believe there are more positive people out there than negative. Thank goodness!

      • Kelly April 17, 2013, 3:57 pm

        Tasha and Ryan,

        Don’t pay attention to this jerk. He obviously has nothing better to do than write comments such as this to make him feel better about himself. As a “Seasoned Sailor” I think your blog has loads to offer. I am always entertained by your little adventures (and misadventures)and how you convey them in a self-deprecating way. It has been a treat to watch you both grow as sailors through your stories. Don’t let haters like this one keep you down!

        • Tasha April 17, 2013, 9:37 pm

          Hey Kelly!
          Thanks for the props and for letting us “newbies” hang out here in the ocean with you “seasoned sailors.” 🙂 I pay no mind to grumpy people because, well, what’s that line from that song…? “You can’t please everyone, so you’ve got to please yourself…” I’m sure he’s got enough on his plate from all the backlash he gets from the negativity he exudes…I’ll leave him to his misery.

          Where are you guys now, btw?!

  • Mid-Life Cruising! April 17, 2013, 3:45 pm

    Love the pics … beautiful indeed!

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