The Bight of Acklins


Today was a slow cruise on the Bight of Acklins, a shallow area enclosed by this group of islands. In contrast to the open transits we made a couple of days ago, this was completely smooth, with calm water and almost no wind. Our first destination was a rumored flock of flamingos down Long Cay. They were there, sitting on a flat surrounded by very shallow water. Charlie and I took the dinghy in to the beach and approached them on foot. I’d never seen a flock of flamingos in the wild before, and it was indeed quite a sight. Check out the pictures I’ve got of them.

After that, we cruised slowly across the south edge of the Bight, the water alternating between still and slightly rippled. You could easily see to the bottom. I just sat in some shade and watched it go by. There were supposed to be some reefs along the route, but they were not at all what we were expecting. Just some rocks, sponges, and soft coral. The water was so still that the wake went on forever. I’m not exaggerating when I say it looked like crystal. The gradations of color were so subtle that I despair of capturing them with the camera, but you should get the idea.

We haven’t seen another vessel since we started across the Bight, and there are certainly none where we are anchored, on the west side of Acklins Island. It feels perfectly isolated. I went for a swim, and it’s the first time in many years that I’ve been in comfortably warm salt water.

I like it.

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