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 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.
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.