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Sundays on St. Croix may be made for Sandy Point, but if there’s a very close second, it must be setting sail for Buck Island with Captain Carl and settling in for a sensational day on the sands of this other pristine National Park. Wish you were here?
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Anyone who has ever been to Magens Bay, the sinfully sweet seaside playground on St. Thomas’ north shore, has surely laid eyes on this islet, though you’d be forgiven if it may not have made much of an impression. There’s so much to see and enjoy on the sand and in the shallows at Magens that it’s easy to ignore everything else.
Not for me, though.
On my first visit here just a few weeks ago, I found myself transfixed by the islet. What was her name? Could I go there? If so, what would I find there?
From the shore, she appears to sit dead-center at the mouth of the bay; a glorious green mound rising from the sea tempting exploration.
Even more mysterious, the handful of people I asked about her during my early-morning hours on Magens Bay didn’t know anything about her either. Not even her name…and they live on St. Thomas!
Eventually, my childhood friend Roy Pemberton, who worked for several years as Director of the Division of Fish and Wildlife at the USVI Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR), gave me some answers.
Turns out the islet object of my affection is called Outer Brass Island. It’s owned by the Government of the U.S. Virgin Islands and is designated as a wildlife sanctuary mainly benefiting a wide variety of sea birds.
It’s not totally off-limits to adventurous travelers, though…
You can camp, but you need to get a permit from DPNR. The Division of Fish and Wildlife also gives instructions on how to avoid disturbing the wildlife.
The wildlife here isn’t the only thing you have to watch out for either…
You also have to watch the tides. You can run out of beach real quick in the middle of the night and wake up floating!
Definitely sounds like our type of adventure, especially since fishing, lobstering, and harvesting conch is also allowed around Outer Brass!
If you want to check out Outer Brass but don’t want to rough it overnight, St. Thomas Scuba and Snorkel Adventures offers excursions to and through a number of underwater caves around the island. See what that experience is like here.
Ever been over to Outer Brass Island and have more tips for us? Please let us know!
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That Pigeon Island is not the prime natural attraction in St. Lucia really speaks volumes about the beauty of the island. There’s no shame in playing second fiddle to the Pitons, of course, especially when you’ve got so many positive attributes in your own right.
Like Dominica’s iconic tombolos, Pigeon Island stopped being an island unto itself years ago. Unlike Scotts Head and the Cabrits, though, the union of land masses did not occur naturally here. A man-made land bridge was constructed in 1972 from sediment excavated from nearby Rodney Bay.
Access, therefore, is quite easy, which is a good thing considering all there is to discover here.
Strategically positioned with an excellent view of Martinique, Pigeon Island was a natural spot for British fortifications during the oft-contentious colonial period. Among them, Fort Rodney (est. 1778), is worth the hike up a well-marked path to an elevation of 225 feet and the view at the head of this post.
From here, the wide path lines down and up to the summit of Signal Peak (elev. 330 feet), the highest point of Pigeon Island. Here, even more fantastic views await, a nice reward for a hike that does get progressively more challenging as you approach the summit.
All of this makes Pigeon Island a must for any uncommon trip to St. Lucia, but even if you’re more party person than adventurer you’ll want to make your way over here in late-April/early-May. That’s when the historic island plays host to the annual St. Lucia Jazz Festival, easily one of the Caribbean’s best parties of the year.
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|Mohammed Al Kuwari 118kg Yellowfin Tuna Ascension Island|
It has been a long time since I last blogged, I have been on a mission with a couple things, one of them an epic 3 week spearfishing trip to Ascension Island.
If you have been following social media you would have seen all the pics that flooded the ‘interweb’ from the crazy last season on the ‘Rock’. I was fortunate to follow MJK there to the island and spend days on end filming the most insane Yellowfin Tuna action I have ever seen. Oh and the 40-50m vis was not mind blowing at all either …. just saying.
Anyway here is a short vid with some all time footage of MJK on a crazy sized Yellowfin. I also got a chance and MJK did a bang up job of filming me on my PB Yellowfin Tuna. (double thumbs up to MJK)
Hope you enjoy,
One of the outer islands of the Bahamas, Cat Island is a quiet vacation destination for those who are really looking to relax. Among its varied pleasures and activities, a little exploration will turn up a historical oddity or two that add to the individual character of the place. Beautiful beaches in natural settings welcome the nature lover and peace seeker alike.
The Hermitage is a bit of an historical oddity, fascinating and strange. The hike up to see this religious site will take visitors through small villages along beautiful trails, full of island flora and fauna. It is located at the top of Mt. Alvernia, which is 206 feet above the sea and the highest point in the Bahamas. The Hermitage itself is made from the limestone of the cliffs, with each piece painstakingly extracted, shaped and set by hand by the Canadian mule-skinner turned Anglican turned Roman Catholic priest known as Father Jerome. The Father built the structure to scale, designed it to fit his rather diminutive form. Beloved by the island people, the priest passed away in 1956 after reaching the ripe age of 80.
Other historical sites include an Arawak cave, found at Columbus point, and plantation ruins, left over from the islands efforts at joining the worlds cotton growers. Deveaux mansion was once the residence of Andrew Deveaux of the US Navy, who participated in the 1873 battles to get Nassau back from Spain. Another well known ruins is the remains of the Ambrister plantation, near Port Howe.
For those interested in water sports, the Cat Island Dive Center is the place to contact. They operate out of the Greenwood Beach Resort and have a variety of diving and snorkeling packages available, and there are many fine areas to explore, offering a wealth of marine life and fascinating geological formations. They also have water sport equipment to rent.
Cat Island is the sixth largest island in the Bahamas, and boasts extraordinary beaches. There are literally miles and miles of virtually undisturbed beaches, where swimming and relaxing can be done in near complete privacy.
Fine meals can be had at several locations on Cat Island. Hawk’s Nest Resort and Marina serves a variety of dishes, but among the best are the fresh, grilled fish and the roasted rack of lamb. Fernandez Bay Village is the place to go for creative and delicious native dishes, served either in the dining room or a patio table by the beach. Greenwood Beach Resort’s Bahaman cuisine is complemented by their marvelous breads, which are baked every day.
Cat Island is an excellent choice for vacationers who are seeking a natural beach experience, and enjoy a peaceful and very laid-back atmosphere. The island can be explored at a leisurely pace, which is a much better way to enjoy the local flora and fauna, as well as to enjoy the local culture. Because it is so much smaller in population than many of the other islands, it’s easier to get a real feel for the people and their way of life. Cat Island is an interesting place that will make a lasting impression on its guests.
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