On February 15th we left West Plana Cay in the Bahamas for an overnight passage to the Turks and Caicos Islands. We were still buddy boating with Broad Reaching, Goin’ South and Beach House which made the night seem so much shorter when one can call other boaters to chat. We had to motor all the way but we were treated to a very special sunrise just as we neared Providenciales Island. Boats need to go between the reefs in early morning to easily see the coral heads.
Because we have a fairly shallow draft (just over 5 feet) we were able to go into a small marina, South Side Marina (on the south side of Provo and hence its name), where we spent several days . The water colour here is just incredible!
We decided to be tourists and took a snorkelling tour that also taught us how to dive for and clean conch. They made conch salad for all the guests with the freshly cleaned RAW conch (it is marinated in lime juice to “cook” it)
On February 23rd, it was another overnight sail to get us to Ocean World Marina near Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic..again we were doused by rain squalls cascading down the slopes of the island.