By J.S. Fletcher and Kathy M. Newbern ©2013
(5th in a series)
Our first story in this series set the stage for our getaway to the Exumas – Great and Little, two idyllic Caribbean islands the Bahamas, a chain of more than 700 islands and cays, (pronounced keys) that run for about 750 miles from a point off the east coast of Florida almost to the island of Hispaniola at the edge of the West Indies.
If you’ve read our last couple of articles, you know we chose one full-day excursion aboard Four C’s Adventures run by Exuma Water Tours, and you know we went swimming with pigs at Major Spot Cay and snorkeled in Thunderball Grotto a few miles away.
After spending more than half the day on the beautiful blue water, where at times the bottoms of clouds look turquoise because of the sun’s rays reflecting off of the water below, we figured we’d just sit back and enjoy the ride home.
Yet once again, Captain Andrew had one more treat for us on the way home: land iguanas at Bitter Guana Cay. Like the pigs, when these reptiles hear boat motors along the shore, they scramble from the bushes for a handout. We scurry over the bow of the beached boat and approach the creatures, some of which that were three-feet long, and dutifully feed them vegetables: our leftover salads from lunch, and OK, it might not have been all that healthy when our group fed the animals our leftover French fries as well. But Captain Andy and his second-in-command assured us this was typical fare given by boaters to these ravenous reptiles.
We agreed these creatures are cute-ish, in a Jurassic Park kind of way, and relatively harmless. Some have learned to jump for food, but no people in our group are brave, or stupid enough, to hold the food within easy reach of their teeth-lined jaws. Check out our video to see Fletcher’s cautious way of delivering treats to the eager diners. A fellow tourist may have put it best, saying, “They act like dogs,” which includes snipping at each other to scare their rivals away.
We have to admit that the iguana here are no way as plentiful or resplendent as they are in the Galapagos where the ship goes to the island of Fernandina, which the naturalist guides laughingly call “Iguana World” (you can read that story series starting with Galapagos: Adventure cruising goes luxury), but this was a very entertaining last stop before we headed back to the dock.
For More Info: For a full day of on-the-water fun, which includes swimming with pigs, contact Four C’s Adventures run by Exuma Water Tours. For more info on the Exumas, visit: www.bahamas.com/islands/exumas.
This is the fifth in a series of stories about the Exumas - Great Exuma and Little Exuma, two islands connected by history, culture, location, and a little one-lane bridge. Be on the lookout for the others to follow, which in total will reveal why so many people are discovering this little piece of paradise.
And if you can’t get there soon, you can go on an armchair adventure called Great Exuma, a personalized ebook by YourNovel.com that lets you be the star in a romantic story about this friendly, romantic water wonderland.
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International Travel Examiners J.S. Fletcher and spouse, Kathy M. Newbern, report on luxury destinations, spas and cruising around the globe. They are award-winning members of the Society of American Travel Writers and created YourSpaReport.com and YourNovel.com, their personalized romance novel business.