Our first stop, after cruising overnight, was Half Moon Cay, Bahamas. It is a Cay (pronounced key, but your probably already knew that. I didn’t) because it is too small to be an island we were told. The dictionary defines it as a low-lying island. Our first sight of Half Moon Cay
The ship anchored aways out, so the tenders had to be lowered
to transport us to shore
We’ve arrived! Excitement! A new place to explore, a beach for relaxing.
The typical “you are here” map
Greeting us, a lovely sight, but very commercial
it is, after all, strictly a tourist area. The island is owned (or leased?) by Holland America. There are 45 staff members that live there year-round, primarily maintenance people. The guides and other staff travel in each day from their home island one and one-half hours away.
In the entry area, a fountain circled by Conch shells
a not-well-centered closeup of a shell – blame it on the fact that the sun was incredibly bright and I could not see what I was capturing. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
Then, on with our nature walk. I will share photos, some of which may get a bit of explanation, some of which may just leave it to your imagination.
Our nature walk was over, so we headed to the beach where we had reserved a half clamshell shelter – for shade, because the sun was intense.
We did get into the beautiful clear, aqua waters. Partly in, at least. It was chilly and my tender tummy parts stopped me from diving in all the way. Basic chicken. Wimpy. But it was heaven!
And then, it was time to head back to the dock to board the tender and go back to the ship. Although we stayed in the shade, or at least partial shade, most of the time, I left the beach with a bit more red than I had arrived with. In some places, maybe more than a “bit”. Souvenir of the day!
One of the chickens, which the guide said were prolific. They are now trying to reduce the numbers as they are with the cats that were brought in to get rid of rodents and promptly multiplied. Like locusts. We did not see the cats because apparently they are wise enough to only come out at night.
Bougainvillea was plentiful on Half Moon Cay, vivid and beautiful!
But we could not.