We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch-we are going back from whence we came John F. Kennedy
The Hatchet Bay Cave is the most extensive cave system discovered on Eleuthera to date.
It was first described in the November 1874 edition of Harper's Monthly magazine as "a cave extending 1100 feet under-ground. The cave spans at least three levels and at least two exits separated by 1/5 mile on the surface. With over a mile of twisting passages, this cave system has yet to be fully explored. However, a direct walk between the two entrances is fairly straightforward, with limited opportunities for an adult-sized person to get lost. My tip was don’t lose sight of the rope and be sure that everyone has their own flashlight!.
Across from the cave entrance is a trail and if you follow this trail you will arrive at Sweetings Pond. Sweetings Pond is a landlocked lagoon in Eleuthera and is known for its globally important population of seahorses, those quirky creatures in which only the males get pregnant. Did we see and swim with the seahorses? Yes the water was rough, but we are glad we ventured in. The seahorses are so small but we both were able to see a few and the little octopuses were even more fun watch. We did not get any video underwater here but here are some examples of what we saw.
Our last stop for the day was a breathtaking view of the Cliffs located along the Atlantic side of Eleuthera.
Apparently some people cliff jump from here. It was a short walk and a little climb up to see the view but definitely worth the stop. We enjoyed traveling along the ocean and the all the unique communities we were able to see and experience. Seeing a side of the Bahamas most tourist might miss. We caught a glimpse of Alabaster Bay where we anchored earlier and one of our favorite Eleuthera anchorages.
We saw the Governor’s Harbor airport before passing back through Governor’s harbor before ending our Eleuthera adventure back in Rock Sound. Next up we are crossing over to the Exuma Islands… But …..
We are still learning about our boat, and didn’t even know this part existed. How important could it be? We are about to find out.
The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever. Jacques Yves Cousteau
Exploring Eleuthera island began early in Rock Sound as We grabbed our rental car and headed north toward the Glass Window Bridge. We made a quick stop in Governor’s Harbor to eat breakfast before finally arriving at the bridge where we began exploring at the marker which provides some information about the bridge:
This man made bridge took the place of what was once an impressive rock arch, destroyed by a raging hurricane. The concrete replacement bridge has been battered by turbulent storms, as well. Glass Window is a prime spot for viewing the striking contrast of the deep blue Atlantic Ocean on one side and the gentle turquoise waters of Exuma Sound on the other.
Two large boulders lie about a mile south of the bridge. Known as the Cow and the Bull, they are a testament to the power of the sea that lifted them atop the ridge. Also look for the blowhole just southwest of here.
We did not catch a glimpse of the Cow and Bull but did hear the blowhole. The day was not sunny so our pictures will not do the area justice as websites describes the bridge this way…..
One of nature's true wonders, The Glass Window Bridge will certainly leave you breathless as you drink in the magnificent panoramic view. It is one of the few places on earth where you can compare the rich blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean on one side of the road and the calm Bight of Eleuthera or Exuma Sound (often incorrectly called the Caribbean Sea) on the other side, separated by a strip of rock just 30 feet wide.
The 'Bridge' is about two miles east of Upper Bogue and connects the Northern and Southern points of Eleuthera by a paved road. The land here is high on both sides, falling away abruptly to nearly sea level, and is the narrowest point on the island.
Of course, we had to have our famous selfie before heading just about a half mile south to the Queen’s Bath.
The Queen’s Bath are natural pools are located on the Atlantic side of Eleuthera. We were told to enjoy a dip during low to medium tide. Although, we thought about it and the tide seemed right we did not take a dip even though tempted, but can see how people have been swept over the side into the Atlantic during high tide. We did enjoyed exploring the cliffs, playing on the rocks and exploring the cave by the pools. And Of course another selfie.
Across the street from the Queen’s Bath is Twin Sisters Beach which is found by locating the path down through the trees to a pristine beach area.
Twin Sisters Beach is a small stretch of beach located near the Glass Window Bridge. It's name is derived from the two boulders in the water, on the Exuma Sound side
Just north from where we entered the beach you can see the boulders.
A quick stop near Gregory town to take this picture of an anchorage we considered. We read it was tight but the waters were deep. The actual anchorage was bigger than it looked on the map. Next stop the Hatchett Bay Caves. Check out our next blog and video!
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