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Swimming with Sharks in Compass Cay, Exuma, Bahamas

A great experience Swimming with Sharks in Compass Cay:

The marina is yet another reason to love Compass Cay. Even though it has fixed docks, we made it work for taking our dogs on and off with a ramp that we’d brought along for them. The docks look almost new and were in great shape. The marina is a favourite for large power yachts and everyone on staff was helpful. It was our first time here, but the folks we chatted with on other big yachts say they come here frequently.

There is no bar or restaurant just a little store where they sell soft drinks, hats, T-shirt’s etc. It seems you can get a hot dog or burger and fries if you talk to the right person at the right time. Without a restaurant, it makes for a very quiet and laid back marina most of the time. While the island is very sparsely populated, less than 100, the exception is the frequent visits from excursion boats and dinghies to see and swim with the sharks.

The Compass Cay Nurse Sharks are the stars of the marina, but the friendly staff here is a close second. In the evening, it’s just the folks from the few docked boats and the staff left at the marina. Everyone gathers on the dock by the office to talk, tell fish stories, and have a drink and a laugh together (BYOB). Some nights residents, staff, or visitors will organize hermit crab races from hermit crabs you can find as you trek about the small island. Yet another reason to love Compass Cay!

If you plan to stay in a rental home here, there aren’t many (which is a BONUS as the beaches always seem to be empty), but the ones we saw looked to be new and in great condition. We also saw a few being built and they looked to be sound and well made too.

We came in at low tide and our 44 ft catamaran was by far the smallest boat in the marina. The water looked about 3 feet deep by dock ‘A’, the depth was never less than seven feet. We had to break out the ramp we brought along for the dogs and use it here because of the fixed dock & tides. They did very well with it, no fear on their part and we got to practice the WAIT command a lot! The harbour itself offers a lot of protection if you are looking to get out of some bad weather. Bonefish, nurse sharks, jacks, etc., are everywhere around the docks. At dusk the fish get really active and more fish come in from surrounding areas. It makes for quite a show if you just want to enjoy a drink and observe the fish ‘nightlife’ that’s all around.

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