Exumas? Exemplary!

Exumas? Exemplary!


DSC_0237Our last Ariose Note left off with a photo teaser. Let’s end that suspense right now. That distinctive foot? If you guessed it belongs to an endangered Bahamian Rock Iguana, you’re correct! For those who guessed it was a public health warning about the dangers of UV exposure, you were close. Admittedly, with all the wind / sun / salt of the last few months, our skin is beginning to look quite lizard-like. Being able to commune with these amazing reptiles – the iguanas, not each other, I mean – has been one of many exemplary experiences for us as we explore the Exumas. You could even say, for the most part, that we’re exhalting in the Exumas. THIS is what we dreamed of! So rather than tell what we’ve been up to lately, in this Ariose Note, we’ll let our camera do the showing.

(If you’re interested in the wheres & whens of our cruising, just check out our Whereabouts Page.)

Help yourself to your favourite cold beverage, settle into a comfy hammock or closest approximation thereof, click on the 1st image to enlarge it and then the arrows to scroll through the Bahamas’ Exuma Cays with us. Enjoy!


Before we get too far into sharing our Exuma experience, there is one not so exemplary aspect that we need to get out of the way.  We had heard from so many other fellow cruisers about this area of the Bahamas: their remoteness, seclusion, beauty above and beneath the waters. We were warned that we would need to be self-sufficient, since there are few places to provision, or people around to rescue us, for that matter. That sounded perfect. We were seduced. We knew we had to go.

There’s not much elevation in the low-lying limestone shelves between Exuma Sound and Exuma Bank that make up the Cays, but exploring them has been a definite high point for us. Here’s a selection from a few of our excursions:

The wildlife of the Exumas – land, sky & sea – has also been a highlight for us.


Most of our time here has been away from the inhabited areas, but the need to provision, and a bit of curiosity, brought us to 2 towns: Staniel Cay and Black Point Settlement. Here’s a brief tour:


So, that’s a taste of our first few weeks in the Exumas. We’ll share more, especially about its underwater delights, in our next Ariose Note.  The Exuma Cays haven’t been exactly what we expected, but wow, we get why so many others are here. The Exumas have been extraordinarily exceptional… yes, exemplary!

P.S. If I were stranded here,  and no parade of catamarans nor mega-yachts came to the rescue, here’s the guy I would want to be stranded with, demonstrating one of his many survival skills.



  • kc

    April 30, 2017 at 17:53 Reply

    Great pictures. Liked the tropicbirds and the bananaquit ones.

    • admin

      May 1, 2017 at 09:10 Reply

      HI Kevan. We really enjoyed the tropic birds mating in flight over our boat. They make pleasing sounds and look so graceful. I was going to go for a walk along the jagged shoreline until I realized that all of the crevases in the rock were being used by the birds for nesting. We’ve also really enjoyed being endlessly seranaded by the Bahamas mockingbird on several occassions. We’re VERY busy snorkeling right now at Cambridge Cay. Mostly just Laughing Gulls aound now. Yesterday, we spotted another Green Heron at close range.

  • JOhn Parry

    May 2, 2017 at 10:04 Reply

    HI Shirl and Tim, We sure are enjoying your trip and pictures are absolutely terrific, Lways look forward to R diving hour next episode., safe sailing John and Cathy

    • admin

      May 2, 2017 at 11:40 Reply

      Hi Cathy & John. We’re having a fabulous time, and being able to share with others does add to the pleasure. Glad you are enjoying coming along with us. We spent the morning downloading underwater photos — the snorkelling in the Exumas has been a highlight for us! We look forward to posting those next time.
      Hope spring has hit Englehart and that you are enjoying some warmer temperatures. >S

  • Erin Little

    May 2, 2017 at 18:12 Reply

    Wow! It’s so beautiful and interesting. Wanderlust is growing in me…. can’t wait to see more.

    • admin

      May 2, 2017 at 19:39 Reply

      I guess it’s coming up to a year since you returned from your adventure, Erin. It is contagious, isn’t it? Wouldn’t it be perfect to be able to alternate home-based years with wandering years?
      We’ve pointed Ariose’s bow northward, although we’re moving at a snail’s pace while savouring these lovely islands … lots of ambivalent feelings associated with heading home.

  • Shelley Harrison

    May 6, 2017 at 10:56 Reply

    I love reading of your adventures. Beautiful pics peppered with interesting adventures!

    • admin

      May 6, 2017 at 19:58 Reply

      Hey there Shelley – We’re enjoying ourselves, most of the time that is, not counting a couple more minor groundings, vicious thunderstorm, etc. … and being able to share with everyone really enriches it all.
      Nice to hear from you – hope all’s well with you. Pass on a hi to CMHA folks from me.

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