It was a smooth sail with a light wind taking us to our next destination. After a full day gliding along the water we arrived in front of Cistern Cay and set anchor just before nightfall. It was peaceful being the only boat at the anchorage. We took Sophia to shore in the tender and explored the beaches for just a bit before getting ready for bed. The next morning after a quick run to the beach for Sophia, we packed up our snorkel gear for a little adventuring around. There is an old plane wreck just around the corner from Cistern Cay, and we wanted to check it out. It is easy enough to see underwater when you are approaching and you can even see it on Google maps if you zoom in. This was the best snorkeling we had so far in the Bahamas. There were fish everywhere and the plane has been taken over by all sorts of sea creatures. It makes for a large reef in an otherwise sandy expanse of seafloor, so a lot of fish collect near the wreck.
Of course this isn’t the only thing to see near Cistern Cay. A little further East lays a blue hole. This too can be seen from Google maps. We anchored the tender just on the edge of the blue hole so we could float above its unknown depths. We donned our gear and dove in to explore all around. There appears to be a resident turtle, plenty of starfish lining the edge and schools of fish passing just beyond the shadows. This was our first trip to a blue hole in the Bahamas and it was pretty cool going from 5’ of water to water so deep you can’t see the bottom It becomes inky black with no sunlight getting down to the depths.
After all that running around on the tender and swimming through the water we took a couple days off. We had some more walks on the beach with Sophia, enjoyed the relaxing sunsets and gently rocking to sleep. Our next stop would be the Abaco Islands for more sailing, exploring, and beach walks with Sophia.