Compass Cay

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February 25, 2013 by Last Star blog

The ever present curly tail lizard!

The ever present curly tail lizard!

Now this little Cay is something of a jewel, it is privately owned but allows you to walk about for a small landing fee, or if you stay at their marina.  We had anchored in the harbor outside the marina basin one night for some good snorkeling spots on coral heads, teaming with fish but no lobster–damn those illusive bastards!  We decided to dinghy in, pay our fee, pack a picnic and see what we could see.  It is an absolute lovely spot!  Cruisers paint signs and hang them at the marina office (which doubles for a grill spot with BEER at lunch) and up along the path away from the marina and towards to island itself.  I am just going to post some pictures here, pretty self explanatory.

Swimming the shark disclaimer, lol

Swimming

 

SHADE, yeah!

SHADE, yeah!

 

Cruisers leaving their mark in a graphic way...

Cruisers leaving their mark in a graphic way…

Really, a baseball bat?

Really, a baseball bat?

Please don't let this be the closest we get? Dead on the beach!

Please don’t let this be the closest we get? Dead on the beach!

One thing this place is famous for is for swimming with the sharks, well honey, I HAVE been swimming with some sharks and each time it makes my heart jump.  So–to tell me that these are ‘safe’ to swim with and feed in the basin, well, do I want to swim with sharks that have been feed hot dogs the exact size of my fingers?  What if they want seconds? Hello, am I the only one not seeing the logic here?  There are no photos of the sharks here–I have posted some from other places–but the real reason there are no photos is that I couldn’t bear to take the pictures.  There were 3 gals standing on a small low dock at high tide feeding about 6 sharks bits of hot dogs and other treats.  The sharks had managed to wedge themselves up on the dock and were inching their way forward like begging dogs, it was disgusting!  I was embarrassed for them and I couldn’t bring myself to humiliate them further by taking their pictures.  If you want to see them, you can go to youtube and search for them:  Compass Cay Sharks.  They have some videos of ‘feeding frenzy’ but what we saw was NOT natural. One of the hikes here is to walk across a exposed beach called the ‘runway’ out to some cliffs to see the bat cave, well, it is a cave with a baseball bat! Other than that, Compass was beautiful and the hike was exhausting! 

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