Saturday December 1, 2012
Wow! It has been over a year since we took our cruise to the Bahamas and I am so slack because I am just now finishing my posts about the last two days. So no more procrastinating here it goes.
Well it is our second port of call and I must say this was by far the best day of the trip for me. According to our Carnival Fun Times, Sunrise was at 6:44am and Sunset was at 5:17pm. After learning there wasn’t as much to do in Freeport as there was in Nassau we decided we would sign up for a tour. We looked at the Fun Ashore guide to select which one we would enjoy the most. We picked three, and the Western Heritage Tour won out. This 5 hour tour was described in the Fun Ashore guide as “Discover Grand Bahama island’s natural wonders, history and culture as you visit 5 heritage sites. You’ll travel through the western part of the island aboard an island bus. Visit Mermaid Pond and the historic Pinder’s Point Lighthouse that served as a guide for mariners during the 17th century. Continue on to Hawksbill Creek and the famous Boiling Hole to learn about the island’s geology. At Holmes Rock, an inviting nature trail will lead you to Josey’s Cave. Walk along a boardwalk into the cool environment of Fern Gully, the perfect place to admire ferns and other wetland vegetation. Your final destination is a beautiful beach and one of the top snorkel sites on the island. Directly from the beach, your guide will lead you on a snorkel adventure around a pristine reef teeming with fish and other marine organisms. Relax in your comfortable lounge chair and enjoy lunch at the beach, prepared fresh from the grill.” How amazing does that sound? Now you know why that tour won out. Believe me it was just as perfect in person as it was on paper.
So we met our tour guide Dwaine and we all boarded the island bus. As soon as he opened his mouth I knew I was going to like him. He was so entertaining and he kept you interested in all the island history. He was such a great tour guide and if he is still a guide I would HIGHLY recommend him for any tour.
There were so many beautiful and colorful fish and vegetation. I just couldn’t get enough of what I was seeing. Dwaine stayed by my side the entire time pointing out different things. Well before I knew it we were at the destination. I brought my head up out of the water and looked at Dwaine with my eyes opened as wide as I could open them and a huge smile on my face and asked where the other point was that we were supposed to go to. He pointed to the spot and I said “Let’s go”. Everyone else was now gathering around and they were asking what we were doing. I told them we were going on further and with my bossiness that I try to suppress reared its head when I let everyone know to basically let’s get the show on the road by yelling Ok People let’s go! So this time we make it to the point and then we were swimming on the other side of the rock barrier, i.e. deeper ocean. As we were making our way around the rock barrier Dwaine starts pointing at something. As I look I see huge gray manta ray fish. Again with the screams. S is still behind me, which I later find out it was because he was looking at all the underwater surroundings and if he did happen to see a shark he was going to try to steer me in the opposite direction or be there to slap some sense into me so to speak if I saw one. Any who back to the manta rays, I was in awe, and they were beautiful. I didn’t want to move. I just wanted to hover above them and watch them for as long as they would stay in that area.
As we move on Dwaine said once we get around the rocks back on the beach side there are usually sea turtles hanging around. Unfortunately we didn’t get to see any but, we did see a huge barracuda. I have been told time and again they are what you need to watch out for but for me I am still more scared of running into a shark. Who knows it could be a different story if Jaws (the movie) had a barracuda as the star instead of a Great White Shark. There were more beautiful fish and vegetation and as we made our way closer to the shore. I didn’t want to leave this underwater oasis.
Once we got out of the water we sat outside and ate our lunch. The weather was perfect and this was an amazing way to spend the day. I am glad that in my mind there were no sharks out there. I would hate to think that my fear would have kept me from experiencing something so beautiful and amazing.
The tour was over and we were now at the dock. There were some shops and booths selling food and trinkets. We saw a booth where they were making drinks using local rum and they were putting the drink in a coconut. What? How much fun, a drink in a coconut and there was a lady right outside the booth preparing the fresh coconuts. I just had to try this. I got one with coconut and I think banana. Let me just say they do not skimp on the rum. It was strong.
We walked around a little and just had to take our pictures with the Senor Frog. From what we were told there were, and I’m sure to this day, many drunk people leaving this place trying to make their way back to the boat. We actually got a picture of Senor Frogs before they opened when we were waiting to leave for our tour. It was packed that afternoon.
Freeport was by far my favorite part of the trip. I’m not saying Nassau wasn’t a nice place to visit and I may have felt different if we had signed up for a tour there as well, or if we had never signed up for the tour in Freeport. I am so glad we did though. I didn’t want to get back on the ship I really loved being in Freeport.
Once we got back to our room we had a surprise waiting for us and when I walked in it scared the shit out of me at first. Once my eyes focused and I realized what it was I laughed my ass off.
I hope you enjoyed my trip down memory lane. I would have been so much more informative if I had finished this blog shortly after the trip as I intended to. Next up, the last day on the boat.