As I write this, we are stowing things away to head to the Eastern Berry Islands and anchor out for the next week or so. First stop is Soldier Cay, then after a time, we will work our way south before heading off towards the Exumas.
Here is a terrific map of the Berry Islands, though it is small. We will leave Great Harbour Cay, and head to the top of the map to swing around Little and Great Stirrup Cays in order to anchor at Soldier Cay.
Little and Great Stirrup Cays are owned by Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Lines, respectively. When we have been out snorkeling, you can easily see the huge cruise ships at their islands.
You have to head north, east and south to get to Soldier Cay due to the shallow depths shown on the map as a light blue color. Even using a dinghy, you can only carefully access the areas shown in light blue at high tide.
What does this area look like? Here is a picture I took of Bruce and Shani, from M/Y Carry On, looking towards Soldier Cay from the vantage point of Ambergris and Money Cay:
We are looking forward to some snorkel and beachcombing time over the next week. We will not have internet, so will be out of touch until we locate wifi. There is a cold front moving in about mid week, so will be able to test our Rocna primary anchor in stronger wind conditions to build confidence that we do not drag (our anchor). This will be important to know because once we hit the Exumas, we will be relying on our anchor and ground tackle to keep us safe. Our backup anchor is a large Fortress.
Here is a dinghy picture of the S/V Mahi crew, along with MaryLou from S/V Dalmation, a photo taken by Shani of M/Y Carry On.