Cape Eleuthera and Cat Island

Abundant in Cape Eleuthera, Nurse Sharks are slow-moving bottom-dwellers and are, for the most part, harmless to humans. 

In the early 1970s the very tip of the Cape Eleuthera peninsula was a favoured playground of the Kennedys, boasting its own 6,500 ft-long airstrip that could facilitate them flying directly to and from New York. 

Vivid in color, Royal Poinciana trees line the rural roadways.

Ocean Hole

This world-renowned blue hole, an inland ocean/swimming hole, is located on the southern edge of Rock Sound.

A seemingly bottomless natural limestone formation, it is said to have been explored by Jacques Cousteau. 

Rock Sound

Rock sound international airport. That’s it. The whole airport.

Hello Ann and Dale!

Maddie. Sleeping with Dale. When he wasn’t feeling well she never left his side.

New Bight – Cat Island

Were you pondering, “What’s a bight?” Wikipedia says it’s a gentle curve in the coastline, with water more shallow than a sound.

Exhale anchored out with Tonto’s Reward and Rejoice at Cat Island.

Tonto’s Reward

Rejoice anchored at New Bight.

The Hermitage on Mt. Alvernia

Monsignor John Hawes, known to Cat Islanders as Father Jerome, was a skilled architect and sculptor. Using local stone, he built The Hermitage on the peak of Mt. Alvernia in 1939, a small medieval monastery where he could get away from the world.

Technically it should not be a “mount” since it is only 206 feet above sea level; the official sign reads Como Hill, the highest point in the Bahamas.

The way up the hill to the monastery is via a winding trail, terminating with a hand cut stone staircase on a steep rocky incline.

Thanks Gail B for introducing us to The Hermitage! Bucket list item checked. Well worth the walk in the sun, with Tonto’s Reward and Rejoice, all 10 of us survived the historic trek.

Ann and Dale

Capt Rick staying cool in the shade.

Conch Salad time – it’s doesn’t get any fresher. This Local vendor caught and prepared the Local delicacy.

Capt Rick is fishing for dinner. Life is good!

Happy Birthday Ann Hughes (June 22). You are our Star. Wondering, What’s for breakfast? Bahamian Coconut French Toast. 😎

Next Stop – Emerald Bay

Author: Exhale49

North Pacific Trawler

10 thoughts on “Cape Eleuthera and Cat Island”

  1. Got all caught up reading about your journey today while I am seated and getting a pedicure. We leave next week for a family wedding in Texas and getting my toes painted pretty and ready for sandals.
    Anyway, love your blog and the photos are awesome! Love to you and Rick. Safe travels!

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    1. The hills were beautiful. Numerous little plots of land where small farmers were growing watermelons, corn, peas, grapes, mangoes, papayas and more!!


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