Saturday, May 28, 2005

The Bahamas: Day 3- Snorkeling

Our last day in the Bahamas was the most memorable because we escaped the ordinary tourist routine and whetted our appetites for adventure by snorkeling in the Northern Exumas, about 50 miles from Nassau.

We whizzed off in a state-of-the-art, high speed power boat at about 9 am from Paradise Island Ferry. We glided over crystal blue waters for about an hour before we reached Saddleback Cay, one of the uninhabited beaches in the Bahamas. We cooled off in the water and relaxed on the beach for a few hours before we went snorkeling.

We snorkeled about five minutes away from Saddleback where there was a shallow coral reef teeming with colourful fish and other exotic sea creatures. This was my first experience snorkeling and I totally loved it. There was something so mesmeriziing about slowly meandering my way underwater while seeing the bed of the ocean and all its glorious flora and fauna.

We encountered lots of beautiful fishies:

And were also lucky to see a stunningly coloured starfish:

We spent the rest of the day back at Saddleback. After experiencing such a virgin beach, I'm not sure the Hamptons is going to match up this summer.

Overall, the quick 3 day escape to the Bahamas was such a battery-charging trip. Even though Manhattan is really growing on me, I can see myself needing to get away the city every now and then. Luckily, many of the islands in the Caribbean are only a 3 hour flight away. jetBlue also flies to the Dominican Republic from JFK so that's definitely going to be our next escape.


Blogger gs said...

i read and reread the 4 episodes several times to soak into the feeling of a bahama holiday myself given the beautiful pictures and writeup.i liked the fisshie and the still sea shots.and can't imagine little lulu snorkelling.
ok,chill now and start doing some work!

8:23 PM  
Blogger Nish said...

hey lulu,
glad you had sucha nice holiday. Next time, i would say take a little more time and learn scuba diving - it will change your life and snorkelling will seem so inadequate after that.
hope we can do a holiday some day like this one you just had.

2:24 AM  
Blogger Lulu said...

well, nish, i would love to scuba dive but i would never try it given how claustrophobic i am. i know i'll want to shoot back up to the surface the minute i'm 20 feet under and from what harsha tells me, i'd be dead if i did that from nitrogen poisoning or something like that! so unfortunately, snorkeling is the only way i can at least check out what's down under.

8:47 AM  
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wow,what pictures are this!

6:15 PM  

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