The charted depths for Thompson Bay were all over the place when we did our research. As usual, we looked at Navionics, Explorer Charts, and also Sonar Charts all using TimeZero — and none agreed with one another. In the middle of the bay, the depths were fine, but it quickly got shallow towards the shore.
We rented a van with friends from Seaside Car Rental, which cost us $110 for the day. Exploring Long Island, we stopped at Flying Fish Marina for lunch and visited Gordon’s Beach. The blue hole was a must-see stop, but maybe our expectations were set too high, still pretty cool though. This particular blue hole, Dean’s Blue Hole, is 202 meters (663 feet) deep and is used for free diving competitions. It also is the second deepest blue hole in the world after the Dragon Hole in the South China Sea, which is 300 meters deep (987 feet).
On our way back to the dinghy dock, we stopped at Seafarer Marine Supply — which had an impressive selection, much better than Georgetown, and very fair prices. The same went for the grocery store, Hillside Food Supply, which also had an impressive variety and seemed cheaper than Georgetown. There were even gluten-free and dairy-free treats! We didn’t buy anything because Leanne does such a great job provisioning for our trips, but it was cool to do our research should we come here again and need to stock up!
We lent a hand to our friends who wanted to fuel up and took their monohull to the fuel dock by Long Island Petroleum. There are no channel markers, and the water around the fuel dock looks very shallow — we just filled up our six jerry cans instead of taking the catamaran to the dock. The dock is sturdy, and the staff were reasonably friendly.
We landed our dinghy at the Hurricane Hole eatery and hiked to the other side of the island where there was a beautiful beach for walking and swimming. Highly recommend making the 30-minute trek over there for swimming!
There’s a mini cruisers net on VHF channel 68 around 8 AM. The boats in the bay often organize meet-ups at the beach and the local bar. We attended the beach meetup and didn’t bring Coconut, which was a mistake. All the cruisers brought their dogs, and we wish we had, too. Next time. The beach was overly rocky, not great for long walks or swimming, so we were happy when the weather improved and we were able to hightail it out of there!
We’d made plans to lift the hook and head back to Calabash for a night before making our way to Conception Island (a beautiful place, which every cruiser says is a must-stop while in the Bahamas). We’ve been dreaming of visiting this place for YEARS! Sadly, as we were lifting the anchor and preparing to take off with all of our friends, we ran into issues with our Lofrans Falkon windlass, and had to make the quick decision to shift our plan and head back to Georgetown where we could order parts and figure out our next steps in a safely protected spot.