The last of the Berry Islands: Soldier Cay and Bird Cay

March 8th & 9th, 2017
We had a great 10 days at Hoffman's Cay, but decided to take advantage of a few days of good weather to start making the trek to the Exumas. Thankfully our first day on the move was a short one; we made the 3 miles trip from Hoffman's to Soldier's on the afternoon high tide. We walked Hastings on the beach and then settled in for the night. I had forgotten the ocean surge at Soldier's. You'd think being rocked by the ocean would be like being a baby in a crib. It's actually quite horrible. 
Soldier's Cay, Berry Islands
Tiny Soldier's Cay: Providence Channel on the left, the Banks on the right 
Soldier's Cay Beach, Berry Islands, Bahamas
Hastings gets to explore new beaches every day!
Soldier's Cay beach, Berry Islands, Bahamas
Gorgeous water at Soldier's
We got up at a decent time, fixed the toilet plumbing for the 967th time (I tell you this just to make you feel less jealous) and headed out into Providence Channel, a large, deep body of water. We sailed for 25 miles to the anchorage between Whale Cay and Bird Cay. The water depths went from 2000 to 9 feet within minutes and all the colors were just spectacular! 
Our route from Hoffman's Cay to Soldier Cay to Whale Cay

Whale Cay, Berry Islands, Bahamas
Another beautiful anchorage!
Bird and Whale Cay anchorage, Berry Islands, Bahamas
The water is so clear it feels like we are floating

We have a looking glass bucket for underwater viewing which allowed us to "snorkel" a boat wreck from the warm and dry dinghy. 
Wreck at Whale Cay, Berry Islands, Bahamas
Boat wreck in the anchorage (not sure why it wrecked, it's all sand) 
Underwater wreck, Bahamas
Fishes enjoying the wreck
Photography through our looking bucket
 Once again, Hastings got to check out a few new beaches and then we watched the sunset and the moon rise. We had this anchorage all to ourselves - our last secluded spot; our last stop in the Berry Islands. We are going to miss it.
Sunset over Bird Cay, Berry Islands, Bahamas

What temperature water do you find too cold to swim in? 

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  1. When I was a kid, we used to swim in 55 degree water until our lips turned blue. Now I like things warmer . . . a lot warmer!

    Stephanie @ SV CAMBRIA

    1. Wow! We used to swim in the ocean in England in the autumn, but I don't think it was below 60. I think kids have different comfort level requirements. I remember telling my mom things like " I don't need a coat, it's not cold!"


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