Georgetown is like the cruisers mecca of the Bahamas. I’d say there were over 300 other liveaboard cruisers in the harbor when we were there. The amount of mast headlights beneath the stars was like it’s own skyline. Pretty cool to see! We caught the tail end of the Cruisers Regatta when we got there, so there was a lot going on. We decided to attend the closing dance party at the Chat N’Chill beach bar with a couple of other young cruisers we met. It was a lot of fun and we even ended up hanging out on an 85 foot yacht before calling it a night. It was nice to “get out” since it’s usually just Jordan and me. No complaints though…somehow we manage not to get sick of each other : )
One of the days we were anchored in the middle of the harbor Jordan jumped off the boat into the water for some exercise since we’d been cooped up the day before with bad weather. The water was extra inviting that day so I jumped in too. Plus, I needed to work on my diving…which I’m getting better at! Anyways, we were swimming around the boat and decided to dive on the anchor (Note: for some reason, the visibility was pretty poor). After checking out the anchor, I was on my way back up for air and a big dark shape passed in my peripheral. My first thought was “OMG it’s a huge shark and it’s in between us and the boat”. Still holding my breath and keeping my eyes on the dark shape, I realized it was the much friendlier shape of a dolphin. I came up for air with Jordan still thinking it was a shark because he just saw the dark mass from above the water line. He was happily relived with my confirmation that it was a dolphin. Next thing we know, there are three dolphins swimming in and around us at near arms reach. Basically, we jumped in the water for a quick dip, but ended swimming with dolphins for an hour. There was a baby and two adults, and they did not want to stop playing with us. It was totally unreal. We thought about one of us going aboard to grab the GoPro, but decided it was too beautiful an experience for either to leave. I’m pretty sure play time would have lasted longer, but a powerboat full of people spotted the dolphins and came over. I don’t blame them because I would have wanted a closer look too, but I do blame them for scaring them away : (
Georgetown was wonderful. The people were friendly, the cruising community was awesome, we found delicious burgers at the Chat N’ Chill for $5 and they even offer free water at the dinghy dock. Oh, and if you’re lucky you can swim with dolphins!