We have had our best days at the Outer Reef yet! And do you know why? Because it has been totally calm: less than 10 knots breeze, crystal clear water with great visibility, no struggling with current and waves, comfortable anchorages.
It has also been nice to be anchored next to a coral cay: even though these are only a couple of meters above sea level, they provide added shelter. It is nice to go ashore, including taking Bengie for a walk, and get a different perspective. And it is a good spot to clean the speared fish Wade has been catching! And fly the drone!
The graduations of colours are unbelievable, so vibrant! For those who think those colours are fake, with too much deep blue and turquoise, think again! The camera does not lie, this is what it looks like with the naked eye.
So without further ado, here are some photos from the two coral cays and reefs we have spent time at: Undine Reef and Mackay Reef.
We were by ourselves there anchored in 10m of water over sand. Although the snorkeling was not startling, the water was clear and warm. We got the drone out and played. Here are some shots taken with the Mavic Air.
And some underwater images of course! Click on the first image to display in full screen and see the name of the species.
Just 4 miles further north, we could see the Mackay Reef sand cay from Undine! There are plenty of spots to anchor in 10 meters over sand, and two public moorings. We hooked onto one of them!
What a difference in marine life there. Much more abundant and varied. We liked it so much that we stayed for three days, exploring different areas of the reef and of course going ashore for a leg stretch with Bengie and drone flying practice.
Here is a gallery of our favourite underwater shots. A few of the images were taken on our last day at Mackay Reef, when we went to the reef wall drop-off. We dived much deeper along the wall to capture feathered stars, gorgonian fans and anemonefish. This was outstanding.
With a strong SE wind forecast to return for the next few days, we are sailing back to Low Isles as we post this, to take shelter there. We hear it is another beautiful place to explore. So more on this in a future post.