The Bahamas Warnings and Dangers
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Taxi charges Nassau
beware - Taxi tried to charge me an additional $60 to transport my quiet and friendly dog (in his cage) when I arrived at the airport in Nassau (Jan 08, 2011). I asked the airport taxi attendant on...
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Swimming in the ocean
If you want to swim in the ocean, you have to make sure you stay beyond the buoy. There are also currents you have to be aware of. All the beaches have flags that show you how safe it is to swim in the ocean: Red Flag = dangerous conditions; Yellow Flag = be careful; Green Flag = go and enjoy swimming in the ocean
As a former British colony, the traffic drives on the LEFT side of the road in the Bahamas. When you arrive in Nassau, this is not immediately obvious, since almost all cars have the steering wheel on the left, plus many streets are one-way. I almost walked right in front of a bus on a 2 way traffic road, not paying attention, and not looking in the right direction!! Also, there are many holes in the roads and sidewalks ( but they were working on them) so pay attention where you walk.We noticed some people renting scooters and having problems with them. One woman ran into a wall ( she was ok) and the scooter people did not get to the beach any faster than we did walking. It certainly did not look safe to me and I would probably take a taxi instead. There is a lot of traffic in Nassau , too much for such a small island.
When I recently visited The Bahamas I brought along my young nephew to experience the place. Upon visiting we got situated into our room and chilled out for the night. The next morning before we went out to sea we cleaned up and got ready to leave when I released my little nephew had opened and brushed his teeth with Bulmax chafing cream. When I looked on the back of the tube it read "If consumed, contact poison will occur immediately. If consumed contact poison control at once." Obviously I was concerned and then It hit me that staying on this Island nation I did not know the protocol for Bahamian medical assistance. Upon calling several people I got connected to a hospital in Nassau which then patched me into a doctor in New Jersey who then told me that all is fine and that even if he swallowed it he would be fine. But the lesson from this is not what to do when you brush your teeth...
Ciguatera is a poison that can occur in all fish with high mercury levels, predatory status, or lives upon a tropical reef in general. 1. Barracuda 2. Tuna 3. Amber-jack 4. Shark 5. Parrot Fish 6. Grouper 7. And many more fish The rule of thumb is, if the fish has a metallic look or is a predatory feeder on other fish that feed off the reef, then this fish would be a good candidate for Ciguatera. With the exception of Barracuda (which I do not recommend you eat unless your away from a real reef and on a steel one) many of these fish are excellent and usually safe to eat (especially grouper). But it may be advisable to stick with smaller fish rather than the large ones. But in accordance with that information, there is an old trick that's used to tell wether your fish contains this poison or not (though this is not FDA approved). Drop a little peice of the meat in an ant bed, and if the...
Sharks and Barracuda
If you go with an experienced guide then you should have no problem with this, because they can sense when it's time to leave the water, or if you can stay. And, if you are familiar with water and its aquatic creatures, then this doesn't apply to you. But if this is your first time, then take the following precautions. (Of course those of you with kids added to the equation can prescribe these safety tips to your discretion.) 1. Nurse Sharks and Barracuda are common in these waters. If you go to The Bahamas and dive amongst its shores, then you are sure to bump into these creatures (Pictures 1 & 2). But please do not be afraid. These fish are scary and intimidating but it is very rare for people to be attacked by these creatures. Just use your intuition. You can usually find Nurse Sharks lazily sun bathing on the bottom of the sea floor or tucked up under a reef. As for Barracuda, they...
It is important for you to realize that in The Bahamas' corral reefs are a real danger to your water vessel. If you go out on your own, make sure that you are well informed of the area, have sufficient charts, and are an experienced captain. I have grown up on the water and have been on the seas many times and still there are places in the bahamas that still can raise the hair on the back of my neck. Now I don't want you to be scared by this warning. For the most part you will have no problem boating through the Bahamian water ways. But it is advisable to follow these criteria I have set before you. 1. Have a guide show you around the first couple of days. Bahamian guides are some of the most friendly and laid back people around, and your almost guaranteed a good catch. 2. Have some nautical experience under your belt. You will not want to be a green horn at boating when you arrive to...
THE DIAMOND CENTER / BAHAMAS
THE DIAMOND CENTERPURCHASING ANY JEWELRY FROM THE DIAMOND CENTER IS NOT RECOMMENDED !! THEY HAVE AT LEAST 2 LOCATIONS IN THE BAHAMAS, AND ARE NOT HONORABLE BUSINESS PEOPLE. BASICALLY THEY IGNORE / ERASE YOU AFTER YOU BUY JEWELRY FROM THEM. THE STONE FELL OUT OF MY RING AFTER 3 SHORT DAYS. MANY EMAILS & PHONE CALLS MADE TO THE DIAMOND CENTER UPON RETURN BACK TO THE US, DUE TO THEIR LACK OF FOLLOWUP AND/OR CONCERN. THE RING WAS SHIPPED BACK TO THEM FOR REPAIR. THEY GAVE A BIG STORY ABOUT HOW A NEW MOLD WOULD NEED TO BE MADE TO REPAIR THE RING (??) & ACTED AS IF THEY WERE DOING ME A BIG FAVOR TO HONORABLY REPAIR AND/OR REPLACE IT. ULTIMATELY, AFTER WEEKS PASSED THEY ANNOUCED THEY LOST MY RING & REFUSED TO OFFER A REPLACEMENT RING OF EQUAL VALUE. THEY MADE THE DECISION TO JUST OUTRIGHT ISSUE ME A CREDIT.TO THIS DAY, I WILL NEVER KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO MY RING.
The weather was bad when we tried the sub aquanauts trip. Many got sick afterwards. The rain made the buoys go up and down rapidly which affected the current of the water. This in turn affected the movement of the underwater scooter and the boat. Another person who was doing regular scuba diving in the same place got vertigo (sp). Try to avoid the month of June for trips like this.
If you are on a tight schedule like we were... build extra time in your outing because if there is a traffic accident on the only road that we found...it can take hours to clean up. Locals can be very creative with their driving skills.Riding mopeds allowed us to manoeuvre around the cars.
Nassau... "Lady, Wanna Buy Some...?"
One thing I must say about Nassau... there is no lack of access to marijuana. As soon as we stepped off our cruise ship, we were greeted by a local offering us a baggie of pot. It nearly scared me to death, but my husband just said, "Nah, man"Everywhere we went, it seems there was someone offering drugs. (I don't really think we look like druggies, either... go figure)
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