We gawked at the stunning beauty as we dropped sail and motored into the anchorage at Big Majors Spot (N24°10.962 W076°27.618). The cove is huge and can accommodate LOTS of boats. It offers protection from all but westerly winds and offers flat waters in the 9-11 ft. range. We spent three days here with very brisk winds ESE in the mid 20 knots and never felt it.
I couldn’t wait to get to the beach where the famous swimming pigs were said to live. Seeing pigs - normally residents of muddy sties - trot down the white sandy beach sort of upset my sense of order. I guess I should be used to it by now… Cruising will do that.
They gathered ‘round my legs like kindergarteners seeking gold stars as I danced to keep their gritty hooves from finding my bare feet! I was not always successful but it didn’t hurt (much). Again, counting on my PSB to protect me… I wondered if feeding pigs was similar to feeding horses. I remembered from my distant past as a horse owner that you could hold the food on a flattened palm and not get sucked into the lips or teeth as the horse gobbled up the grain.
|Bruce watched from a safe distance...|
|Sweet little baby|
|You can just see the ray in the background|
But wait! Things got better when a stingray showed up! He weaved around through the prancing pig hooves in his attempt to get some of the food action. I stood in knee deep water transfixed as I watched the ray swim right up to my feet. A lady in the boat asked me if I was scared… I was sort of committed at this point. Nowhere to go… so I just stood there and the ray never seemed to care.
Later in the evening we joined friends aboard Oh My for sundowners. Phyllis and Bill are long time Bahamas Veterans and Big Majors/Staniel Cay are among their favorite stops. We arranged to meet up with them in the morning at low tide to snorkel Thunderball Grotto.
The best time to visit Thunderball Grotto is during slack tide, high or low. Low tide was our preference as it allows entry to the grotto without swimming underwater through a hole. We arrived there at just after low tide, but soon learned that the current was still running swiftly through the cave. Bruce followed me in as I kicked madly to override the current. He follows to make sure that I don’t get into trouble. He is a much stronger swimmer than me and could have easily blasted his way in… Finally I made it into the cave and was able to move to the side where the current was much less.
|Would YOU have known this was a "thing"?|
|Looking up from the center of the grotto at the ceiling skylight.|
|Curious fish looking for a snack|
|It looks like a Mermaid's Livingroom...|
|Schools of fish lazily swimming in place as the current swooshes by|
|Hey lady... you gonna eat that pickle?|
I reached out my hand as they peered into my swim mask but they remained just out of reach. They’ve done this before… I began to get cold and joined Phyllis in a shallow spot that was as warm as a spa. We chatted while the guys did some more exploring.
|Docking in search of the dump. Next time just pay the money...|
|A nice couple picked up our boys and our garbage|
|Getting into the Dinghy Beach|
|Random sharks cruising the marina|
|The famous SCYC pricey but the BEST Pina Colada EVER!!!|
|The Pink Store|
|The Blue Store|
It didn’t take us long to pretty much cover it all… we placed orders for cracked conch at a new restaurant called Big Dogs, then we backtracked to do a bit of grocery shopping. There are two stores here, the pink store… and the blue store. There was no fresh bread at Rhonda’s house, so we got some at one of the stores. Each place had the bare essentials, still the prices weren’t too bad. But we still had plenty of provisions aboard and didn’t really NEED anything so it was still just another “event” on our list of things to do.
|Our first Cracked Conch dinner.|
|Back at the dinghy... the tide went out leaving us on the sand|
|We dinked around the point to see what the other store had...|
|Dinghy docks and low tide are a challenge.|
|The other store|
|Laundry the Cruiser Way!|
|Loaded with donations|
We enjoyed our four days here, but were feeling the need to move on… Next stop, Black Point!