Rum Cay, lying northeast of Long Island is known as a great fishing and
diving area. We arrived from Clarence Town, Long Island at the end of a
period of northern sea swell and had a fairly rough passage for the 35
miles. As we pulled into the anchorage in St. George's Harbour off the main
town of Port Nelson on the southern coast, we noticed Otra Mundo at anchor.
We had assumed that Paul, Leanne and Otra Mundo would be well south by this
time on their way to Puerto Rico.
We met up with Paul & Leanne again the following day in Kay's, the well
known local bar and eatery on the waterfront.
Rum Cay has very little development and the settlement of Port Nelson is the
only settlement on the island. All development is concentrated around Port
Nelson on the south and southeast corner of the island. Sumner Point Marina
and resort is the only major development on the island so far. However, they
have a new, long airstrip, so further tourist growth is assured.
We knew that we had to visit the Last Chance grocery on Rum as it was
reported that they still has some of the old table mats from the defunct Rum
Cay Club. These table mats showed a map of Rum Cay with all the diving
sites. We found the Last Chance and eventually their one an only surviving
copy of the mat which we could not buy. We were offered a photo copy, but
that could have been available the following day or week. Although we spent
some time studying the map at the grocery store, the diving locations were
vague and we had to memorise these to compare with our own charts.
Without accurate GPS waypoints, It was difficult to locate the diving sites
marked on the table mat. Also the sea was still too rough to risk mooring or
anchoring the dinghy offshore. So on two occasions we took Dream On out and
re-anchored in deeper water over areas we thought may be those on the table
mat. They were all interesting dives, but we did not find the actual
topography as described for the site. Visibility was not too good and the
coral was very deep.
When we left Rum Cay two days later on our way to Conception, we went via
Flamingo Bay on the northwest corner of Rum Cay. This is well known as a
very intricate, reef strewn anchorage, where good visibility and weather are
essential. The bay is bordered by a 2 mile long reef running north with a
visible Haitian wreck as a reminder of the reef.
Flamingo Bay offered one on of greatest eyeball navigational challenges so
far as we literally had to steer between reefs to find an anchorage. Iza
then snorkeled around to make sure we had enough room to swing on the anchor
without touching coral.
We went out in the dinghy to try to find a tall coral pinnacle close to the
old wreck, but could not locate it. Being aware of the intricate route in
and our fear that any change in weather could trap us there, we decided to
leave and head for Conception, a distance of 24 miles.