These are Porous sea rods (I guess) with white Christmas tree hydriods attached.
There are many healthy brain corals there, on the edges of the bigger one there are two Feather dusters.
In the night the swell crept into the bay and in the morning there was a lot of sand mixed with the water. Not a good time to go snorkeling. But it was a glorious Caribbean day with bright sun and blue skies and we enjoyed it thoroughly. We swam, read books and had holiday. And guess what - in the afternoon I heard the familiar chip chip - and there were three ospreys circling above the lagoon. What a pretty sight.
On Tuesday there was less swell and I tried snorkeling, but the visibility was still very bad. In the afternoon we decided to go ashore to pick some coconuts.
This is me rowing our dinghy. It rows really well.
Captain and myself on "crowded" beach.
Coco point anchorage.
The waves have formed the beach into small hills and canyons
It is really not sand, it's broken shells and corals
Right behind the beach there is a small private air strip (behind the fence). As we were there the small airplane started landing.
Ok, it is nothing like Princess Juliana airport in Sint Maarten, but it was still fun to watch.
On Wednesday the water was clearer again, so I did some snorkeling again. There were a lot of nice things to see right below and around our boat.
In the afternoon we dinghied around the south-east corner to check on Spanish Point, it is said to be the calmest anchorage in Barbuda in a swell, but very tricky to navigate because of all the reefs and corals. There was a lot of wind that day and we were soon completely wet. From the dinghy Barbuda looks really flat.
We didn't dinghy around whole bay, as the sea was really choppy, so we didn't check the anchorages. But we stopped at one of the reefs to do some snorkeling. The reef was mostly overgrown by algae, and the prettiest thing we saw was this Hawksbill turtle.
On Thursday, after one more nice snorkeling, it was time to sail back to Antigua. I was sorry we had to go and I hope we return to Barbuda soon, maybe for a bit longer stay. We left at about noon, weather on the way was nice, wind just right for easy and quick sailing, and the waves were very small and round for this route. We were in Deep bay in less than four hours. Today we are sailing on to Jolly Harbour, we have some shopping to do. After almost two weeks of "wilderness" in Nonsuch bay and Barbuda, we are thoroughly out of fresh food. And on Sunday we are picking up some friends of ours, that are coming to sail with us for next two weeks.