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Adventure Sports in the Berry's! Great Harbour Cay... Close to home, but worlds away!

sleepwalkersleepwalker Posts: 101 Deckhand
While I'm normally a Bimini guy (and still am), I like to get off the beaten path from time to time. I've been to many, many of the out islands of the Bahamas including the Abacos, Eleuthera, Bimini, Cat Island, Mores, and many more. I'd guess that I spend my time pretty evenly split between fishing, kiting, spearing, and exploring. Having traveled the Bahamas often, I find myself becoming more enamored with the Berry Islands, most notably Great Harbour Cay every time I go. I believe that it is truly the closest, "real" out island to my home port of Miami. What it misses in waves, it makes up for in feel and its proximity to Miami.

The photos below are compiled from 2 separate trips to GHC. During a summer spear and tuna trip aboard Sleepwalker, we made our way south toward Hoffman's and Ambergris Cays. At that point, I knew that I would have to visit this area during the windy season and down wind from GHC to Ambergris on my kite. As luck would have it, plans came together over New Years and my friends and I were able to make the hop over on a cool little Cherokee Six. Although the tide was much lower than I would have liked and the wind was a touch too much to the left, the ride was amazing!

I hope that you enjoy the pics. If you are ever looking for something new, take a bet on GHC. You won't be disappointed! Enjoy!!!

A kite mounted Go Pro shot of the small dotted islands and clear blue channels just south of Ambergris Cay

The famous Blue hole at Hoffman's Cay. It's about a 20 ft. dive from the top into the hole. Summer relaxing at its finest!

We had poor visibility during our first trip due to a previous storm, but we still managed to pick up a few nice fish and bugs

The South exit from Hoffman's going East to the deep water was amazing. We could have spent our entire time in this area

We had a killer pad in the Marina. Very unique and quite comfortable

Had the tide been higher and the winds more from the East, riding in the middle flats would have been a treat... it wasn't bad in any case!

One our initial scouting trip, we just knew that the waters around Ambergris needed to be shredded!

Ambergris Cay... asking for attention...

Picking our way through shallow water and endless flats in route to the promised land

During our Sleepwalker exploratory trip, we had nice thigh high's staking up in a small cut. Surfing by the boat and snagging beers was awesome!

Victory at GHC. Anywhere else, these would be trophies, but at GHC they are "also rans"... the fish I mean! Paula is still a trophy!

GHC tarmac dressing room. The beach to launch the kites is only 200 yards to the East!

Sleepwalker and crew cruising the Bahama Bank in route to GHC!

If I lived here, I'd be spending plenty of time in the "Garage" just down the stairs!

Tools of the trade! Cabrinha Switchblade - CHECK! Adventure Sports sun protection - CHECK! Ready for take off!

High hopes for the Sleepwalker crew. The endless search for untouched waters...

Da Spot... or at least one of the spots! I'll be back!

Very friendly customs folks and an easy entry! Rare in some more traditional Bahamian venues. GHC gets an A+++

Paula and her weapon of choice.

The launch zone just minutes from GHC airport. Beginning point of the down wind ride to paradise!

One of several unique cuts the begged to be kited on our way South. During our Sleepwalker trip, the current was ripping out
against a small swell coming in from the East. Nice thigh high waves were the reward. Nicely, the small waves were nearly unnoticeable
when spearing in deeper waters to the East.

Sleepwalker ready for the next out island adventure... are you?

Kent Marinkovic

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  • ontheedge5658ontheedge5658 Posts: 2,670 Captain
    Looks like you guys had an awesome trip.Love the ariel pics. Stud Hog Snapper for sure.What is the make of the boat?
  • sleepwalkersleepwalker Posts: 101 Deckhand
    Thanks! The Go Pro's work great on the outriggers too. The new wireless models are killer for fishing. Sleepwalker is a 29 Strike. It's powered by twin diesel 370's. I haven't had to boat for too long, but I sure like it.
  • ontheedge5658ontheedge5658 Posts: 2,670 Captain
    I used to fish with a guy out of Jupiter who had a 29 Strike.Center console with cuddy cabin but no tower. It had a single 450. I loved that boat. 10'11" beam on a 29' is rare.Great fishing boat and raises fish. Tight lines.
  • dpdashdpdash Posts: 5,359 Admiral
    awesome pics, thanks for posting!
  • Next LevelNext Level Posts: 2,964 Captain
    Very nice. We are heading that way this summer in lieu of our annual trip to green turtle.
  • designated_hitterdesignated_hitter Posts: 837 Officer
    My favorite place in the Bahamas! I have swam in that blue hole. Sugar beach is awesome. Thanks for the pics!
  • doctodddoctodd Posts: 84 Deckhand
  • Lazy BonesLazy Bones Posts: 941 Officer
    I think that I enjoy your posts more than anyones. Great pics, great adventure. If those are average hogs down that way, I'm there.

    Is the gopro constantly filming or do you have it set for time lapsed shots? Or are you using the remote?
  • snookyjsnookyj Posts: 1,687 Captain
    I agree with Lazy Bones...y'all have impressed me more than anyone on here with the pics and videos you all post!! Did y'all stay at GHC marina?? Its been awhile since i've been to the Berry's...but your right, its heaven on earth and not too far away either!!!
  • sleepwalkersleepwalker Posts: 101 Deckhand
    Thanks. I don't have the wireless go pro yet. The pics from the kite are set to take every 2 seconds. You can adjust the settings if needed. I only had an 8G card so the number of pics was limited.

    During the Sleepwalker trip we stayed in the Marina. It's very nice, however i'd guess that renting a house on the beach side in the summer and mooring the boat on a ball out front would be a great option in moderate winds. It's a tricky spot to get around over there with the shallows, etc. I need to spend a bit more time with some locals to learn the waters a bit. We are hoping to get back over in the spring. I'd like to get the cross over of dolphin, wahoo, and tuna if possible. It's only a short hop over the hole in the wall and sandy point. I really enjoy both places, but they are way out there.

    I wish there were a few more public islands in the Berry islands so that there were even more options to stay. I haven't been to Chub in years, but considering everything that's been reported, I think GHC is likely better for me anyway.

    The weather is shaping up for a Bimini trip this weekend. Is anyone going? I might take a shot at it.
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