Shroud Cay

This is probably the most beautiful sandbar and swimming spot we have ever seen. We left Norman’s Cay at about 9:40am to head to the western bay of Shroud Cay. The difference between a cay and an island is that a cay has no fresh water source. This cay has tons of mangroves and waterways that criss-cross back and forth. It is the beginning of the Exumas National Park, which is a wildlife preserve – no fishing, spearing or collecting shells. We arrived at 11:15am and picked up the mooring buoy, which we discovered this is much easier than anchoring and better protects the park – a win-win!

After a few more boat chores (yes, there is a trend here), we headed off in the dinghy to a special sandbar Captain Ted told us about. We went to the north bay of Shroud Cay and entered the mangrove waterway. The waterway is a windy, saltwater-filled body that meanders through the island and exits on the other side. The trip took about an hour in total. We only got stuck on one sandbar – but don’t worry, Gail and Lindsay were there to tow us across the shallows to safety. We saw a baby nurse shark, a turtle and a baby black tip reef shark on our way over.

Once we arrived at the entrance to the sandbar, we understood what Captain Ted had been talking about. The narrows has a small entrance with a light current that brings you out to a beautiful beach with an amazing sandbar. You can jump off a cluster of rocks beside the entrance and have the current float you out to the sandbar. It was pristine with stereotypically turquoise water with white sand – the most beautiful sandbar we have ever seen.

Lindsay jumped off the rocks and floated into the sandbar and Gail went for a short swim too. The water was nice and warm, as it was relatively shallow. Price decided to swim a-la-mode to avoid getting salt in his shorts and quickly ran back to the boat after his swimming adventure was over. Thankfully, the people nearby were none the wiser.

After our swim, we decided to head back and met three turtles, a baby nurse shark and a sting ray along the way. The waves had become quite choppy in the main bay so our venture back to Panache gave us a salty shower.

As the seas were choppy, we rocked a bit during the evening; however this certainly didn’t stop us from enjoying a nice rum on the aft deck and watching the sunset.

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