Warning, this journal has spoilers, don't view it if you are going to do it!
Exhausted from the previous night, we reluctantly woke up the next morning to go to the powerboat adventure. The bus was a bit late coming to the hotel to pick us up. It picked up people from other hotels then dropped us off to a shop near Nassau Harbor. Here, we were given a disclaimer to sign. Basically, if you get hurt, they are not responsible. My friend Jessie read the part about a possibility that a shark could bite and was apprehensive about signing the papers.
Getting on board some groups were given a pink ticket and some were given a yellow tickets. We were then split to go into two boats. On board we were given a brief safety talk and told where to find the life vests. The crew did not pass them around so Jessie screamed for one of her own.
Once you leave the dock the boat speeds even faster.
The destination is the Exuma’s Cay about 38 miles away. You feel the wind and salty air hitting your face. It was exhilarating. The journey to the first stop took us about 45 minutes so we were doing about 40 miles an hour on average. When the boat finally stops you feel your face tingling for several minutes due to the air and salty hitting your face. It feels funny.
The first stop is Allan’s Cay here you see an island of Iguana Dragon lizards. These prehistoric looking creatures actually come out to see you from the bushes to be fed.
We were warned that the Iguanas bite and to only feed them with a long branch so they won’ have you as a snack as well.
Watch out, the Iguana will try to nibble on your toes if you get too close. The beach and water here were crystal clear you could see fish in the waters close to the beach.
After a while we headed to the boat to continue on to our second destination, Ship Channel Cay, a private island. Along the way we did several racing maneuvers with the second boat. We were having fun being bounced around a bit.
A short time later we reached Ship Channel Cay. When the boat stopped we could see stingrays and sharks close by.
We headed to the base with a renovated fishing cottage. Here, we had access to unlimited drinks, beer, cocktails and snacks. We tried a couple of drink but we kept coming back for a drink called ‘that thang’. The guy at the bar joked about how much we loved that thang in his island accent.
A few drinks we headed to relax on the beach with drink in hand. The sand was a whitish pink powder and the water was a crystal clear blue green.
You could see small colorful fish swim right by you.
About an hour later the guide called us to fed the sting rays.
We were warned not to step on their tail or we could get stung. The creature are not aggressive unless they feel threatened or hurt. Those that wanted to feed the stingrays were given small pieces of fish. We held our hands under water and the stingrays sucked up the fish. Jessie was scared to feed them so I held her hand under water so she could feed them. She was terrified but she feed them.
Liz was somewhere far from the stingrays.
Next, the guide started to lure the sharks close to the shore with a big bloody piece of fish.
Many sharks headed towards the beach, we were told it was a very good day.
There were not usually this many. You have to see how close they got to believe it.
The guides had to scared the sharks off with a stick if they got to close to them or us. This was exciting and scary at the same time. Jesse and I stayed up close.
Liz the wiser of our trio stayed further behind. Little children were trying to go up closer to the sharks than their parents.
After this the guides invited everyone to scuba with them. Not being able to swim Jessie, Liz and I stayed behind to drink and relax on the beach. We everyone came back it was time to eat. A buffet of salad, rice, grouper, bread and meat were served. The food all tasted very good as we continued sipping on That Thang.
Jessie after having a lot of liquid courage amazingly went with the guide when he asked if anyone wanted to scuba dive. Liz and I still having our senses partially intact stayed on the beach and relaxed. When Jessie finally came back we got to hear what an amazing time she had how she saw a shark in the water. Then, she started to convince us to go scuba diving the final time they were going. She said she was the most terrified member of our group and a hypochondriac and if she could do it we could as well. After awhile of hearing this and drinking some more Liz and I decided to go. I was afraid of drowning since I could not swim and Liz was afraid of the sharks. We headed to the water with the group I had a life vest and inner tube on as well as the scuba gear. Liz went back to the boat as soon as she went in. Jessie and I continued. I had always wanted to try this but I could not swim. Everyone was getting further away from Jessie and I since the current was strong. Then Jessie was closer to the group than I was. I was floating above the water scared the inner tube and the vest might somehow fail at the same time and I would be pulled underwater. Anyway, I did manage to dip my head underwater with my scuba gear and was amazed by the fish and the clean water that I saw. It was looking at a topical fish tank there were colorful fish swimming in different places and different plant. At one point I saw the fin on a shark but that didn’t bother me. Panic was setting in because the group was far away and I was not going towards them since the current was so strong. I was trying to paddle as hard as I could but I would only move a few inches. Visions of open water shot through my head at the same time, since yes these were shark infested waters. But I kept looking at the water and was calmed by the sea life around.
I knew the boat was nearby and was watching us. Everyone else was headed to shore. Since the current was strong the boat picked Jessie up and then came for me. For some reason the ship line had become tangled with me and it was pulling me and I had problems getting on. Boy, was I scared that I would go under. When I finally did manage to get on board I plopped on board like a dead fish. The rope was still tangled with me, it took awhile to get it off. It was a terrifying experience towards the end but I am glad I got to experience some of the beauty of the Caribbean sea. However, I don’t think I will be trying to scuba again anytime soon.
It was about time to leave the guide showed us a video of our adventure which was pretty good. I brought a copy. After another that thang it was time to leave and we had to say good bye to the crew.
We sped back the way we came. It had been a great day it was well worth the $200 each we spent to go on the trip. If I go back I would have to do this trip again!