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  • Katharine Hesmer

DAY 82 | March 25, 2022

Staniel Cay to Warderick Wells, Exuma Cays, Bahamas


I'm continuing to play "catch up" on my blog from KORKZcrew's adventures in the Exuma Cays last spring. Please bear with me as there'll continue to be posts "from the past" that chronicle our journeys through early May 2022. Ron began "Round 2" of KORKZcrew's Bahamian adventures on 11.5.22. He's guest posting until I join him in the Abacos in December. You can find his blog posts beginning here. For more "real time" updates, follow me on Instagram here. I typically post current news about KORKZcrew in my Stories.


KORKZcrew is the blue dot on the map

KORKZcrew has begun its journey back to the north as we'd like to be back in Wilmington by early May, and are allowing ourselves plenty of time between now and then to explore. Today the first item of business after pulling up anchor was to top off our fuel and water tanks at the Staniel Cay Yacht Club Marina. Here's the view from KORKZcrew's galley (kitchen) window while we filled our tanks.

The water was so incredibly clear that I could see all kinds of sealife swimming around beneath the boat. I decided to take my GoPro for a plunge to look around and here's what I found:

I also noticed two rather large shadows off the stern, took another "dip" with my camera, and found a nurse shark and its pup swimming together. Nurse sharks are known to hang out at docks, as they've learned it's where people throw scraps from their various fishing expeditions. We had nothing to share but it was still fun to observe them for a bit.

Now we're retracing our steps a bit, heading back to Warderick Wells, the heaven-on-earth home of the Exuma Cays Land & Sea Park that I've already talked about far too much. This time, I'll let the videos and photos do the talking. I apologize in advance for the wind noise in a few of these videos — be sure your volume isn't turned up too high.

Approaching the Exuma Cays Land & Sea Park, and grabbing a mooring ball with the boat hook. Or trying to at least. 😜

Entering the northernmost mooring ball field. It's a very popular spot as it's the most picturesque.

A look around the anchorage at Exuma Cays Land & Sea Park

Look at Steve on the dinghy. 😂 I think he does that to be sure he doesn't get left, but I also think he really enjoys that particular perch.

It's even spectacular at the Land & Sea Park when it rains

View from the stern of our anchorage. You are required to use the existing mooring balls as they have strict rules in the park to protect its beautiful natural environment.

I have a shameless crush on this animal. But alas, he also has one . . . on his dad. 😂🙄

Sooo happy to be back at this idyllic location for a night or two. It's hard to get enough of this place — I honestly don't think it's possible. I have to constantly remind myself that it's real, because the whole experience feels like I'm an imposter in an absolute fairy tale. It's pinch-yourself perfect.

4.75 hours underway; 29.6 nautical miles traveled

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