past “hard to find” complaints, Ocean Hole
was well marked!. This sign shows Rock Harbour Bay
weather. Cool but not cold placid “blue” swimming hole set in limestone.A short walk from where we dinghied in
from our Rock Sound anchorage.We
were in, literally and figuratively!
were not alone.
brackish Ocean Hole is
inviting, all the way around.Nice
pathways, covered gazebo, rock rim bordering the entire Ocean Hole, well done
educational signage on native trees, and placards on wildlife, geology, history
Hole is a popular hangout spot with locals
as well as visitors.
swim area included a ramp down, steps, a ladder, two life rings and a rope
climb back up.The water was a
mystical jade green, transparent enough at the surface, but quickly turning
opaque as the walls plunged over 600 feet down.It’s believed to be connected to the ocean, but as yet even
Jacques Couseau’s been unable to pinpoint where.
clustered near the swim access area, used to visitors feeding them.We obliged.There were grunts and sargent majors in profusion, plus
angelfish, tangs and more.Our
crushed tortilla chips caught their attention, though we’re relieved the fish
didn’t rush or bop us or our snorkel masks.
all, it’s a great place to swim, and…
addition to feeding the fish, I happily fed myself; nibbling away on some ripe
tamarind pulp, which tastes a lot like tart dried apricots.No one else seemed interested in
harvesting the tamarind, so I felt no guilt in taking the few pods I did.
the entire diameter of the hole, I was pleasantly surprised at how clean, and
relatively litter-free it was, particularly for such a popular spot.
has it, Ocean Hole’s waters are healing.We can’t say yea or nay, but appreaciated a refreshing swim in a
beautiful spot on a hot day.Not
at all hard to understand why it’s one of Eleuthera’s top attractions.
28, 2014 BAHAMAS.This blog post
is a recent retrospective of Rock Sound, Eleuthera (N24.51.820 W76.02.814). We knew
the wind was due to take a page from “Rock Around the Clock;” in a short span
of a few days it would at some point blow from just about every point on the
compass.There aren’t that many
places that are comfortable on a boat throughout, and very few in Eleuthera
that are both safe and comfortable when the wind blow in from the West.With 360 protection, Rock Sound Harbour
was a great place to ride the cycle out.We spent 5 days there.
ourselves from the tamarind tree at Ocean Hole park.
now in Hatchett Bay (N25.20.962 W76.29.253), Eleuthera; our 4th anchorage on
the island.We’re working our way
slowly back to the States for work and shelter over hurricane season and expect
to explore Eleuthera a bit further in the mean time as well as the Abacos.
Looking across Ocean Hole from the not very high