George Town Beaches and Blue Holes
For the last week we have been anchored off Stocking Island in Elizabeth Harbour at George Town getting caught up on writing, editing and boat maintenance projects. George Town is a good base for cruising the Exuma Island group of the Bahamas and is the main town with grocery stores, chandlery, banks, restaurants and marine facilities.
Despite it being a cruising centre there is a lot of natural beauty and getting off the boat to stretch our legs we have enjoyed beach walking and running as well as interesting snorkelling right in the harbour.
Here are some images from our outings...
The beach on Stocking Island is 3 km of white sand and you hardly see a soul here.
There are lots of walking trails on Stocking Island as well which are maintained by volunteers from the cruising community.
There are numerous colourful reefs in water shallow enough for snorkelling as well as deeper reefs for Scuba diving.
There are also shallow caves and blue holes like the Mystery Cave on Stocking Island where you can snorkel as well as scuba dive. Exuma Divers in George Town can supply all the gear you need for scuba diving and lead interesting dives to the blue holes and fantastic reefs in the area.
It’s crucial to watch the current when you’re diving around blue holes. Go at slack water so you don’t get sucked in!
You’ll find many schools of fish around blue holes such as these Spade Fish which are the size of dinner plates at the Mystery Cave on Stocking Island.