A Morning on Conception Island (December 16)

Good morning from Conception Island!

Good morning from Conception Island!

Beatitude at anchor with threatening clouds in distance.

Beatitude at anchor with threatening clouds in distance.

Because we have to cruise on a schedule of sorts, returning to the States to work every few weeks, our time on Conception would be short. We could easily spend a week of relaxing here and enjoying the spectacular scenery. And, I would love to! Perhaps it can happen if our future travels lead us back up through the Bahamas. Making the best of our one morning here, we hopped in the dinghy a little after 8 a.m., and motored a couple of hundred yards to a nearby coral head. We anchored Dalí close by and splashed into the water for a morning snorkel. The coral itself did not look all that healthy, but there was still plenty of marine life to enjoy. We saw several rays, grunts, squirrelfish, blue tangs, porcupine fish, and a variety of parrot fish and other small reef creatures. The water was great — and best of all for Cindy — there were no sharks! Lots of photos to follow:

We were greeted by this beautiful rainbow as we were making our way into the dinghy to snorkel.

We were greeted by this beautiful rainbow as we were making our way into the dinghy to snorkel.

About to take the plunge from Dalí!

About to take the plunge from Dalí!

Small group of Bar Jack

Small group of Bar Jack

Stoplight Parrotfish

Stoplight Parrotfish

Small group of French Grunt with small Squirrelfish in upper right

Small group of French Grunt with small Squirrelfish in upper right

A rare marine water species known by its scientific name: Lovelyificus Cindyicus.

A rare marine water species known by its scientific name: Lovelyificus Cindyicus.

A variety of reef fish, including the Stoplight Parrotfish, grunts, jacks, and beautiful Blue Hamlets

A variety of reef fish, including the Stoplight Parrotfish, grunts, jacks, and beautiful Blue Hamlets

Stoplight Parrotfish

Stoplight Parrotfish

Coral

Coral

Believe it or not, this is also a Stoplight Parrotfish.  This is the mature phase, in contrast with the juvenile phase in the previous pictures.

Believe it or not, this is also a Stoplight Parrotfish. This is the mature phase, in contrast with the juvenile phase in the previous pictures.

A couple of Blue Tangs with a Damselfish

A couple of Blue Tangs with a Damselfish

A shy Porcupinefish about to enter into a hole in the reef for protection

A shy Porcupinefish about to enter into a hole in the reef for protection

A Ray fleeing our presence

A Ray fleeing our presence

Another shot of the reef

Another shot of the reef

Do you see the ray in this picture?  Just as I approached he attempted to make himself less visible.

Do you see the ray in this picture? Just as I approached he attempted to make himself less visible.

Another mature Stoplight Parrotfish

Another mature Stoplight Parrotfish

Snorkeling (and life) Partners

Snorkeling (and life) Partners

We then decided to dinghy to the south side of the island in order to go up a creek which is supposed to host some sea turtles, but a squall arose making us turn back to our anchorage instead. When we had returned, the squall had passed, so we anchored Dalí just off the beach and spent a little while walking up and down the beautiful sanded crescent, which for this day at least, belonged only to us. The sand was powdery and soft. It was almost like walking on memory-foam. Our feet sank several inches as the sand gently gave way.

Paradise, anyone?

Paradise, anyone?

Beauty on Beauty

Beauty on Beauty

The gorgeous west beach on the Island

The gorgeous west beach on the Island

Someone had too much tequila! (If you're a country music fan, you'll get the connection).  We found this outfit perfectly laid out on the beach.  Hmmmm?

Someone had too much tequila! (If you’re a country music fan, you’ll get the connection). We found this outfit perfectly laid out on the beach. Hmmmm?

More paradise!

More paradise!

The sand is amazing

The sand is amazing

Our anchorage!  Never mind... our Island, since we were the only ones there!

Our anchorage! Never mind… our Island, since we were the only ones there!

Cindy on the beach

Cindy on the beach

If I were stranded on a deserted island, I'd choose this partner.

If I were stranded on a deserted island, I’d choose this partner.

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Alas, our brief adventures on Conception Island were brought to an all-too-soon conclusion as we weighed anchor at 11:30 to leave for our next adventure: An overnight passage to Acklins Island, much further south.

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