Although deep-sea fishing is certainly available, we opted for the more laid-back, shore fishing variety. As Guana Cay is an island, boating is the only way to get around. As a result, docks abound, and you only need to drop your line in for a few minutes to be successful. Although hubby brought along a full tackle box, they seemed to have the best luck with the chewy bits of some conch meat we had purchased from a street vendor.
The most plentiful variety my kids caught was a 'grunt', the salt-water equivalent to sunfish. They are plentiful, cute, and easy to catch, and are so named because of the grunting noise they make when landed.
Nothing we caught was big enough to eat, so they all went back in the water, but that didn't stop the kids from trying!
One note - if you are fishing from a dock at a local restaurant, it is appreciated if you spend a little cash there as well - don't just use their dock and leave. So, while my 3 men fished, my duty was to keep the proprietors happy, and I gladly sat at the bar and sampled their 'house rum drink'. I'm now an expert!!
- Family Travel
Watch the Sunset
Ok, it's not really original, but the sunsets are awesome! On an island this tiny, there aren't a lot of 'fabricated' things to do, (a fact we thoroughly appreciated) so enjoying a beautiful sunset can be a definite highlight.
We found that the best place for sunset watching was from Guana Sunset Resort, located on Fishers Bay in the Settlement. Grab yourself a Guana Grabber, spray on the bug stuff, sit back, and enjoy the view. We visited Guana Cay during the first 2 days of Regatta Time in Abaco, an annual sailing event, so there were a lot of sailboats and dingys in the Bay, to add to the visual experience.
- Diving and Snorkeling
Snorkel Trip with Dive Guana
We opted for the full day trip offered by Dive Guana. In addition to being the Guana Cay Fire Chief, and the Guana head of BASRA (Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association), Troy Albury is the owner and operator of Dive Guana so you know you’re in great hands. He is assisted by Nerad and Domenic, 2 great local guys who also know their stuff.
We left at 10 am, and headed to Fowl Cay Preserve, about 25 minutes away. After a thorough briefing on the way there, we anchored just off the reef. Troy got the newbies equipped, while the rest of us buddy'd up and jumped in. What we saw as soon as we entered was incredible! All kinds of brightly coloured fish and coral everywhere! The strong wind that day was actually a help to us, as we were able to swim up the reef, and simply drift back with the current. Within 10 minutes, my son spotted a huge ray, gracefully gliding under the boat, coming to rest on the bottom directly below us. We were also joined by the resident big guy, a 5 foot barracuda named George (see my Warning/Danger tip!). We were assured that George was harmless, and just liked to visit when the snorkel boats arrived.
Nerad asked if I’d like him to take my underwater camera down for some shots of the ray. It was around that time that George arrived, so in my absence, he took photos of George, as well as some sea turtles which were swimming over in another area (which was off limits to us yokels).
After about an hour at Fowl Cay, we headed over to Elbow Cay for lunch at the Hopetown Harbour Lodge, some sightseeing and a little shopping. Then we motored across the harbour to the famous Hopetown Harbour Lighthouse, then our final stop on Man ‘O War Cay for a quick stop. Part way back to Guana, we stopped so Nerad could dive up some conch. Troy made a delicious conch salad, which we ate as we motored back, arriving just before 5 pm.
Rates as July 2005 were $50 for adults and $35 for kids 12 & under, and you’re on your own for lunch. It was well worth every penny.
- Diving and Snorkeling
- Adventure Travel