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Look What The Cat Island Dragged In

Posted by on Dec 4, 2013 in Caribbean Shells, Cat Island, The Bahamas, Uncategorized | 30 comments

caribbean shells cat island bahamas

Since we returned home from our vacation to Cat Island Bahamas, it’s taken us a over week to recover, clean our shells, experience our SanCap outrageous shelling, and enjoy our holiday. As you can see by the first photo, yes, it was aaaamazing!!! So now I  can continue to tell you how awesome our trip was and give you details as promised.

cat island sign made of shells

We started off by driving to Fort Lauderdale airport to catch a flight on BahamasAir to Nassau. Long story short…. The flight was delayed and we missed our connection from Nassau to Cat Island on SkyBahamas so BahamasAir put us up in Nassau for the night (nice, right?). We had a blast in Nassau!

rambo henshaw nassau bahamas

We finally made it onto SkyBahamas the next day so I took a selfie…

pam clark skybahamas nassau to cat island

 

A day late… but we made it!

yardie's gas cat island bahamas

Okay before I go any further, I’m going to show you a dinner place mat made from a beautiful map of the Cat Island. It’s from a gorgeous resort called Fernandez Bay Villages where we hung out, had drinks, lunch and got great shelling tips from the locals and the staff. I embellished their map with arrows of where we found our best shells and beach bling. Now you can see how far we traveled and explored… From tip to tip of the island and all in between! We shelled just about all of the other beaches too but I narrowed it down for you to the best of the best areas we found.

Fernandez Bay Cat Island shell Map

Ask the folks at Fernandez Bay Villages to let you read the shelling review book called “Cat Island Beachwalks” that one of their guests wrote. The detail on shelling holes is amazing!

fernandez bay resort cat island bahamas

We stayed at Island Hoppinn (the area of the MILK CONCHS) which is a very small bed and breakfast type place (without the breakfast) which has an outside common area where we spent our mornings with John and Jane planning our days’ adventure.

Island Hoppinn tiki bar cat island

On our first day, the owner Cathleen and her sweet daughter Alyssa took us to Flamingo Point on the North Shore where we found lots of green, aqua, amber, brown, a few chips of cobalt and one nice chunk of lavender SEA GLASS. Yay! Check out my last Cat Island post to see the SEA GLASS.

cat island shelling adventure pam rambo

We rented a Jeep for the rest of the week (which I highly recommend) if you are explorers like us- you just never know where you will end up. On the southwest point of Cat Island sits a cool little resort and marina called Hawk’s Nest Resort where we met another awesome sheller … JR.  She gave us a few pointers on where to find these fabulous SEA BISCUITS (oops!… I put a “q” in BISCUITS on the map- heehee) and she was a wealth of information on the different shells she has found and the island in general.

JR hawks nest resort cat island bahamas

After finding Hawk’s Nest Marina, John decided to go fishing with JR’s husband Randy and we were soooo happy he did. They brought back 200 pounds of Wahoo! Yahooo for Wahoo! John brought a few of those fresh fillets back to our place and Clark grilled them up for dinner one night. YUM!

hawks nest wahoo fish randy john cat island bahamas

Now don’t get too freaked out … but I took a video of some very hungry REEF SHARKS having their own dinner. When you live on a small island, what do you do with the fish guts? You toss them back in the water and let the CRABS, RAYS and other fish eat them. But this day, the SHARKS were having a feast. Yikes! It was thrilling and very scary all at the same time and even seeing it on video again- it’s so crazy! So again, don’t get freaked out and try to  keep your toes out of the water…

Wild, huh? But let’s get back to OUR yummy dinners… we had the best night at Da Smoke Pot restaurant with owners Rene, Julian and their son J’von.

J'Von Rene Julian Da Smoke Pot cat Island

We found out Rene is craaaazy about shelling! She loves to talk about shelling and she even keeps some of her favorite shells behind the bar. See why we loved this place?

renee's shells cat island bahamas

Oh… And if you go, ask Julian about the Rake ‘N Scrape. He’ll teach you how to play the saw like we did. hahaha

rake and scrape cat island bahamas

We had another fantastic meal from Terry as he prepared fresh CRACKED CONCH right in front of us from his little stand on the side of the road near Orange Creek. It was deeeelicious and so much fun to just happen upon!

making conch salad on cat island bahamas

I have to tell you about another fab dinner we had too…. spiny lobster. We bought 4 tails from the local grocery and chef Clark grilled ’em up. OMG

chef clark spiny lobster cat island

As you can see, most of the island is very undeveloped so if you want a vacation with lots of shopping… this isn’t the place for you. But if you like to shop, Emily’s is the place to buy your straw goods. It was a pleasure to meet Emily and to buy one of her beautiful straw hats to cover up while on the beach shelling all day.

straw hats by emily cat island bahamas with pam

Cat Island is such a beautiful, raw piece of paradise.

cat island bahamas bouy painting

The locals use their few resources to live a fun filled…

brightly painted wood island signs

colorful…

cat island decorate buoy tree

salty life.

buoy in the bahamas

We found many treasures to make us very happy but we are still sorting so I still hope to give you another post with shell details and IDs in the future.

clark sorting sea shells cat island bahamas

So until then, I hope I’ve given you answers to most of the questions you asked on my other 2 posts about our amazing adventure. The shelling was exshellent, the food was delicious, the scenery was heaven and the locals were gracious and kind. Cat Island is a true island paradise.

sunset cat island bahamas

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Beach Combing Vacation – Cat Island, Bahamas

Posted by on Nov 26, 2013 in Caribbean Shells, Cat Island, Flame Helmet, Measled Cowrie, Milk Conch, Queen Conch, Reticulated Cowrie-Helmet, Sea Bisquit, West Indian Chank Shell, West Indian Top Shell, World shelling | 45 comments

caribbean beach sea glass shells buoy sand dollars

Holy Cowrie! We have had an exshellent adventure shelling the beaches of Cat Island in the out island of the Bahamas.

cowrie reticulated helmet cat island bahamas

Clark and I along with our travel buddies Jane and John packed up our shorts, bathing suits and snorkel gear and headed for this very undeveloped, laid back gorgeous Caribbean island to see what kind of beach treasures we could find.

rambos of i love shelling cat island bahamas

We found all sorts of spectacsheller shells and BEACH BLING!

sea beans seashells cat island bahamas beach combing

We scoured just about very inch of this 48 mile long island by renting a jeep to take us through the rugged back road trails leading to every beach we could find. Although the rutty  roads were fierce, the vicious sand burrs were our worse enemy. We had to help each other “un-burr” ourselves each time we got back in the jeep. LOL

cat island jeep through sand burrs

It was worth every bump, sticker and long trek to the northern shore on the Atlantic…

beach combing cat island bahamas clark rambo

to find SEA GLASS…

seaglass beach cat island bahamas

NERITES, WEST INDIAN TOP SHELLS and ROCK SHELLS…

bleeding tooth nerites rock snail shell

and shells like this WEST INDIAN CHANK and FLAME HELMET…

collecting seashells Cat Island Bahamas chank shell helmet

We even snorkeled to see beautiful fish and live creatures like this SEASTAR…

snorkeling cat island bahamas

While finding a few “keeper” SEA BISCUITS in the calm Shanna’s Cove …

snorkeling for sea biscuits cat island bahamassnorkeling for sea biscuits cat island bahamas

We canoed in the Fernadez Bay…

clark canoe cat island bahamas

To find MILK CONCHS like this…

milk conchs cat island bahamas

Every day we marveled at our loot…

Jane shells from Cat Island Bahamas

And shellebrated for each other on “first finds”. This was the first time I’ve ever found WEST INDIAN CHANK SHELLS! Shellzam!

pam rambo shelling cat island bahamas

Once I get our shells unpacked and go through a few more photos, I will give you more details of this beautiful island, places to stay, the food we ate, the amazing people we met… and of course some identification of some of these awesome seashells we found.

caribbean shells cat island bahamas

Oh yeah, we also saw …. errrrr ….. SHARKS. But no worries, I’ll show you my crazy video of them very soon so you view it in the comfort and safety of your own home. Stay tuned for more of our shelling adventure to Cat Island Bahamas! Check out more info on our Cat Island trip CLICK HERE

cat island map

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