Everyone's Travel Club here, day two of our quick trip to the Bahamas. We kayaked from our resort (a resort review coming soon) to the smallest National Park in the Bahamas - Peterson Cay.
Peterson Cay is a very small island, surrounded by a coral reef, about a mile offshore. You have to take some kind of watercraft to get there (I guess you could swim, probably not a great idea though). We made a about a 5 hour trip out of it, coming from our resort (Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach). If you zoom in on the map above the resort is listed (it's between the two waterways to the West).
OK, so we weren't the first to get there...guided kayak tours leave from the mainland (check them out here) and boats from the other side of the island frequent the park (bringing visitors) too.
Dark and coral-y. In the distance - dark and stormy...time to paddle back!
All and all, a great day trip. It is always great to paddle to a specific destination, rather than just along the shore like a lot of our trips. I'm not sure if we would pay to go with a huge group (like the one pictured before), it felt nice to paddle up, enjoy, and leave when we wanted!
~Paul & Amber Everyone's Travel Club
When my wife emailed me that she had found an online coupon to stay at an all-inclusive resort on Grand Bahama island, I was totally stoked. The only thing was, I needed a new suitcase to take our double kayak with us.
I had carried on our Innova Safari on our last trip to North Carolina, and I had borrowed luggage to take our Innova Helios II and one of our Innova Safaris to Key West last year.
Since the flight was international they allowed us to check one free bag each. We ended up fitting the double kayak (Helios II) and all of the extra gear (pumps, oars, PFDs, our clothes, etc.) into two bags - one large, one carry-on size. The airline let us slide a little, the big suitcase was 2.5 lbs over the 50 lb limit, but we were off.
Seattle to Chicago. Chicago to Miami. Miami to Freeport.
After a quick $25 cab ride to the resort(no need to exchange money in the Bahamas, the Bahamian dollar is the same as US and they accept both), we sat for a second, and then went to scope out the beach. The next morning we set off on our fist kayak adventure (next blog post). The kayak and gear made it fine, customs didn't even ask me to open the bags (even after I had told them I had a kayak in there!). They laughed at the fact that I brought my own boat and waived us through.
~Paul & Amber ETC
Everyone's Travel Club here, just back from 5 days on Grand Bahama Island. Over the next few posts we'll be sharing our adventure - some kayaking trips, some attractions on land, a hotel review, a few stories, and lots of pictures...enjoy!
Dear Washington state Coast Guard,
Good idea! Stickers to add to your kayak, canoe, or whatever so if it (the kayak that is) blows off your deck, boat, or whatever you can just give the owner a ring instead of starting a full-blown, search and rescue operation because you found an empty kayak. We here at the club have added them to the Innova fleet.
Read more about the Washington Paddle Smart stickers for your boat...
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