January 31, 2013 by Last Star blog
Highbourne Cay is a high-brow stop!!
We pulled in here yesterday evening and enjoyed some nice drinks with the barman Samuel. The view was spectacular and position such that we hoped for a “Green Flash” but it did not happen. When we left the bar we decided we would stay another day and check out this private island. Samuel had given us the skinny on the place and indicated that we were welcome to walk around and check it out; even if we were not guests or staying at the marina. This is rather unusual for the area as generally the exclusive places will show you the door if you are not a guest. None are to partial to live-aboard riff-raff.
We came ashore this morning and took a few snaps of the marina and the boats within. The large one belongs to the man who owns the island.
Samuel says he’s a former Bahamian Olympian and iron-man athlete among other things…like being very rich. The smaller boat was populated with some recent college grads on a celebration holiday courtesy of “Grand-Pa”. The boat came with a chef and Captain of course as none of the grads could pilot a boat like that. We met the college grads at the bar the previous night.
After checking out the marina store and buying some veg and fruit (awesome produce) and also finally a spear for lobster fishing we started our walk. Here’s the view from some of the high-ground.
Even though this place was unoccupied except for the marina the place was immaculately maintained. Samuel says that the workers live on the island, commute back to Nassau on days off. The prices for the villas were high but not exorbitantly high. The place was really beautiful and well run.
We saw a large hermit crab on the beach, no banana for scale but he was grapefruit size with the shell. The sharks are nurse sharks I think and live off the end of the pier near the fish cleaning station; guesstimating at 5-ish feet.
We had hoped to lunch there but the restaurant and staff are off on Mondays; dang! After our lunch back on board it was time to run the engine and heat some water for showers and dishes. Rather than just run the engine at idle in place we lifted the anchor and went to the nearby channel for some fishing. Here’s a small one that did not get away–tonight’s dinner.