We’ve been in the Manjack Cay anchorage for a few days now. The winds have shifted to the East calming the water on the leeward side to near perfection. What a picturesque place. There are nearly 20 cruising boats bobbing with us. There was a bonfire get together on the beach last night – paradise doesn’t get much better. There is no commercial infrastructure here – it is peaceful.
Manjack or Nunjack Cay is privately owned but with a very different flare…it has a “YES TRESPASSING” sign! We met Bill (the owner) who bought and has lived on the island for 26 years. He is a gratuitous host; a former cruiser himself; a sailboat collector and just a down right nice man. If you respect his island and “take nothing but photos – leave nothing but footprints”… he welcomes cruisers to enjoy and explore this beautiful place. There are well kept trails with guide signs to keep walkers oriented. The beaches are kept clear of sea trash. You are welcome to help yourself to a coconut (Bill planted the trees) and he even provides an anvil and hammer to open them on his inviting little beach where you can tie up your dinghy to the in-water tiki hut and enjoy lounge chairs and nature.
The mangrove flats and creeks are alive with turtles, rays and other island wild life. Starfish dot the anchorage shallows and the sunrises and sunsets are breath-taking. We tried some snorkel fishing while we are here – since we saw some young cruisers nab a few lobster and grunt yesterday for dinner. We spent a few hours each day walking the trails and visiting the unspoiled Atlantic beach side of the island. Gus certainly enjoys the walks … and digging holes on the beach. Brandon and Steve did a snorkeling recon looking for a lobster honey hole but came up with nothing but Go Pro footage of some rays and a nurse shark.
The North end of the island is just as picturesque in high sun with bright sandy shallows and large sea grass beds. Perhaps a perfect place for bonefish or barracuda to hang out and wait for your lure?…although we tried and got nothing.
We are glad to feel the warmth of the full Bahamas sun now after watching the last front slowly meander by. We expect good weather for the next few days to blanket our adventure … and catch up on our tans.
Next stop…No Name Island (south of Manjack) and then through the Whale Cut toward Guana Cay.