We had anchored on the beautiful Rudder Cut Cay, next to a pristine island. Dad had read in our Bahamas cruising guide that there was something special waiting for us underwater, if we could find it. So naturally after anchoring, we hopped in our dinghy and began to explore.
|Rudder Cut Cay, complete with cave, white sand beach, and guard dog.|
We searched near and around our boat for a little while but we couldn’t seem to find this “special surprise” that Dad had read about. Finally before heading back, we had Alexander stick his face in the water with his mask on. On his first try he couldn’t see anything, but we hadn’t quite lost hope yet. We made him stick his head back in, and sure enough, he popped up saying “Did I just see what I think I saw?”.
|Did I just see what I think I saw?|
|Backwards entry, diver style.|
|The mermaid and her piano at Rudder Cut Cay.|
|It was in about 15 feet of water, so took some work to get down to.|
|It was actually quite a beautiful statue, with lots of detail, and spaces for fish to swim around in.|
|Lots of great fish on this reef.|
|This guy played a great game of peek-a-boo in his little hidey hole.|
|The cave at Rudder Cut Cay. Safe from the guard dogs.|
After that, we played for a little while in the water, and jumped off the boat, so in the end we had a pretty awesome day.
|Under no circumstances are we allowed to jump off the hard top bimini. Ever.|
Dad’s note: I did a little research on the interweb to figure out why there was a statue of a mermaid sitting at a grand piano on the ocean floor. It turns out, David Copperfield (the magician, not the Dickens character) owns Musha Cay, and the islands around it, including Rudder Cut Cay, where we were anchored. He has turned it into an ultra-exclusive high end resort. They only take a few guests at a time, and rates start at just $37,500 per night! Yes, you read that right. There are no extra zeros by accident. I think that is pretty funny, since when we sailed past Musha Cay, Sara and I looked at some of the resort buildings and said “Oh, that place looks nice. Maybe some day we should come back to the Bahamas and stay there.”
Anyway, turns out David Copperfield commissioned the sculpture of the mermaid, and had it sunk off the islands a couple of years ago, so it is not that old.
It also turns out that they take privacy for their guests pretty seriously. From the boat, we could see a dog on the beach the whole time we were there, and later in the day, a boat came by and fed the dog, so it appears it was a permanent guard dog who lives on the beach, installed to keep the riff raff away. There were also multiple no trespassing signs, and what looked like a solar powered security camera on the beach. I guess for that kind of money, you don’t want smelly cruisers wandering around on your private island.