Tom and Aynsley packed and prepared for their departure from “ Island Hopper”. After breakfast and heartfelt good-byes, Tom, Aynsley and Ella got in the taxi heading to the airport in Marsh Harbour. It has been an unforgettable 10 days aboard “Island Hopper” exploring the island and watching the three of them experience new adventures as a family and to watch Ella experience living on a boat and relishing in island life. She is definitely a water child, a little adventurer and a great traveler. Papa and Mimi see many travels in her future; Hopefully With Them!!!!!
After sending off Tom, Aynsley and Ella, “Island Hopper” departed Marsh Harbour, Boat Harbour at 10:00AM heading to Spanish Cay. Winds were NE 5 -10, Seas a light chop and a 45 mile cruise to the destination for the day.
Spanish Cay is a 3 mile long private island. ( www.spanishcay.com ) This island is very safe and a great and beautiful place for adult and kids alike. There are three beautiful beaches to relax and play. This tropical paradise is 186 acres in size and has more than 7 ½ miles of water frontage. On Spanish Cay you will find Coconut Palm trees, Royal Poinciannas, Frangipani, wild orchids, Bouganvilla and Hibiscus There are several rare albino white owls nesting on the island and are often seen at dusk. There are also Ring Necked Pheasants, Dove, Quail, several species of Hummingbirds and thousands of hermit crabs. Great shelling is found on the five beaches that rake daily to keep it clear of sea weeds. The 3rd largest barrier reef is located a quarter mile SE of the island. There is a sunken airplane in about 15 feet of water on the north end of the island by the airport.
Spanish Cays Airport is a 5,000 foot paved runway with Customs and Immigration service available 7 days a week. The airport is private and available to the island’s homeowners, marina guests and hotel guests. Many quests leave their boats at the marina and use the island’s charter service or their own planes to fly back to the United States.
The Wrecker’s Raw Bar is open May – July and is a short walk to the marina. The bar is built directly over the water. The view of the ocean and the sunset is just astounding.
The island has two tennis courts for the guest’s enjoyment. Golf carts are available for rental. The Bar and Game Room has pool tables, shuffleboard, ping-pong and darts. Karaoke is run selected nights of the week with a selection of over 28,000 songs. (Did you read this Tom??? Karaoke Heaven!!!
The island has 9 generators that supply power to the entire island, including the marina. All of the water is from Reverse Osmosis; they make over 26,000 gallons per day and store over 150,000 gallons in tanks. The marina asks that guests be mindful of power during the hours of 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM, since this is when the most power is used.
Island Hopper arrived at the dock around 2:30 PM. After getting the boat tied up and ready to hook up the electricity, the dock master, Merrel, informed the crew he had put “Island Hopper” in the wrong slip. The slip he put Island Hopper in was reserved. With approximately 70 open slips Kevin and Debbie had a few questions for Merrel. After his apologies “Island Hopper” was moved one slip over. Go figure! After checking in at the office, the owner told Kevin and Debbie the first round of drinks were on him. Kevin and Debbie walked the entire island to see the sights and get some exercise. It is small and very private. There are only 5 private homes on the entire island. Don Davis bought Treasure Cay 13 years ago from the owner at the time, for the Dallas Cowboys. Don is quite the entrepreneur. He is from Dallas, Texas, but has his main residence in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. He owns the yacht MV Status Quo that is on Yacht World for 27.9 million dollars. The boat was not completed by the time of the scheduled delivery, so he bought the shipyard. He renamed the company Richmond Yachts, for the city it resides in Canada. Mr. Davis also owns numerous restaurants throughout the US. He was very interesting to talk with and is quite the character. You can find him singing karaoke in the bar.
In the slip nest to “Island Hopper” ( The Reserved One) were a boat with three sport fishermen. They caught some fish and chopped it up to entice the sharks to feed. Kevin and Debbie saw a 6 foot lemon shark take the fish from the fisherman’s hand near the water. The shark swam right up and put his head out of the water to grab the fish. There were other smaller lemon sharks in the area also. A huge ray swam under the sharks to catch and eat the scraps. It was quite the sight to see.
Kevin and Debbie ate dinner at the Point House Restaurant and Bar. Conch Chowder for Debbie and SHE Crab soup for Kevin. Both were delicious. For entrées both Kevin and Debbie had The Spanish Key Grouper. While Kevin and Debbie were eating dinner, the owner’s dog Molly sat by their table and eyed every bite.
Finally, the waitress took her into the kitchen to be fed. One word to describe the meal, Outstanding!!!!!! But that was not enough, they were easily enticed by Don’s brother-in-law into ordering a piece of banana bread pudding. Again, a dessert to be remembered for a long time.
Small Island, Big Personalities And An Evening To Remember!!!