Friday, May 16, 2014

The Lobster Capital of the Bahamas

Spanish Wells is a small island just beside Eleuthera (though considered part of it), and is a major fishing port. It is the lobster capital of the Bahamas, 70% of the lobster comes from them, there is even a reality TV called "Lobster Pirates" featuring fishing boats from Spanish Wells. They also have a huge crawfish industry, which apparently is just what they call lobster when it's out of season!
Spanish Wells' many fishing boats

Unfortunately all of the 9 mooring balls were taken so we anchored in Meeks Patch which was a nice anchorage with a beach (Dexter finally got his haircut finished and looks normal again!), but was over 2 miles away from the island, and a long, bumpy and wet dinghy ride away. So when we finally reached the island and I realized I forgot my shoes, we decided not to go back, and instead explore the island by golf cart for $10/hr. 

We enjoyed a delicious meal from the Buddha Buddha Shack (which was a very colourful bus, think "street food" except it's not on a street, it isn't someone's yard, where there is also a liquor store, hair dressers, and the house that the family lives in). A little girl (who I believe lives there) took a liking to me and Dexter and played with us the whole time. While eating, I thought I heard someone rudely mocking me, and turns out they were, but it was a parrot so I wasn't that offended. The little girl offered to show me how to feed the parrot, and proceeded to dump and throw food at the poor bird who seemed to feel like he was under attack, and certainly was no longer interested in food.

Can we go?

We visited the old ladies at the quilt shop who said that it takes them about 300 hours to complete a quilt! They were very sweet and told us about the quilting process. I'm not sure I have that much patience. 

We drove around, admiring the very colourful houses and the cemetery, whose grave stones are covered in bright fake flowers. It is definitely less run down and more populated than most of the islands. There also seem to be a bigger mix of cultures. 

We decided to move the boat a couple miles over to a different anchorage called The Bluff, since it was pretty rocky where we were, and we wanted to go spear fishing one last time. We were exploring under water, and saw many beautiful fish (but the more colourful they are, they less likely they're good to eat), when John thought he saw a nice grouper and shot at it and was quite surprised to pull out a fish the size of a basketball (and shape too!). Turns out it was a puffer fish, and was the funniest looking thing ever. Unfortunately they are quite poisonous so we couldn't eat it. Luckily I had bought some fish from the fishermen, so we had a nice dinner nonetheless.

What the?!
Poor lil guy deflated
We had Jordan and Erica, a young couple from the boat Nami anchored next to us over for drinks. It's always fun meeting young people who are doing the same thing as us, finding out what made them want to do it, and most importantly, how they managed to afford it! For the record, it's also nice meeting people older than us, it's just less common that we meet people our age! 

We had a great time with them before heading out to Freeport, our last stop in the Bahamas!

And we're off again

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