Every cay you spend time at is different, and some have a special feel. This was the case at South West Cay, part of the Herald Cays Group which was smaller, seemed more remote, wilder than all the others.
The sky was teeming with birds flying and the air filled with the loud clamor of their screeches day and night. It is hard to describe the density of birdlife but this image might give you a glimpse.
The coral bommies surrounded us too, most deep enough to float over but looking like dark shadows around our boats. Somehow nature seemed to have concentrated its treasures into one tight spot. It was not roomy like North East Cay or East Diamond, and the anchorage we chose was tight, but you felt very much in the middle of it all, close to the action. It was sublime.
We loved it there and enjoyed the abundant birdlife, the scenery from the beach, the intensity of colours, the fish life during our snorkels, the aerial views we discovered thanks to the drone. It is the concentration of life over and under the waterline, the closeness to it all that were so special. We packed a lot in during our two days at South West Cay too while the weather held: beach walks, several snorkels, we cooked treats, enjoyed a meal on the beach with Windsong, watched for the elusive green flash at sunset.
Here is what we saw under the surface: denuded pinnacles peppered with attempts at coral recovery.
And we could not resist sending the drone far and high for a few flights to get a spectacular view of South West Cay and capture the essence of this wild place. This image now features proudly in our saloon.
While we were flying the drone, Simon and Amanda were taking over/under images with their GoPro and dome lens from their dinghy. Here is one of several they took highlighting the clarity of the water. Thanks guys!
With stronger wind forecast within a few days, we left South West Cay in the middle of the night, heading for what turned out to be our last stop in the Coral Sea: the Holmes Reef. See you there in our next post!