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Ready to go snorkeling?  The Bahamas has the third most extensive coral reef system in the world.  Here in the northern Bahamas, the Sandy Cays, a Bahamian Government Preserve, is a favorite.  It’s located near the south end of the Sea of Abaco, but is often hard to snorkel because it’s open to strong ocean surge.   A day with wind from the south is perfect.  We’re going on the Froggies’ boat, from a dive shop in HopeTown, to get us there and back in one long day.

Lots of coral.

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The Sandies are known for their Elkhorn coral:

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Tiny neon blue fish.

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Parrot fish:

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Blue parrotfish:

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Yellowfin goatfish:

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Jack:

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And fans:

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Then it’s off to Little Harbor at the bottom of the Sea of Abaco.    A beautiful little spot, where we often see turtles at the harbor entrance.

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We enjoy a fruity rum Blaster and a grouper sandwich with corn n’ rice and pineapple/walnut coleslaw.  Yum, yum.  What an iconic beach bar.

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Time to head back.  Oh, no, someone lost their red ball cap.  But the Froggie’s boat turns around to retrieve it.

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Success.

One more stop.  We anchor on Tilloo Bank for a late afternoon swim.  Some folks snorkel for sand dollars and sea biscuits – so fragile they break when you pick them up.   Apply a coating of PVC cement to ensure that they will last.

Soon we are back in HopeTown – there’s Motu Iti on her mooring

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A beautiful day.  Feeling sun-kissed and relaxed.

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