In the morning, we will motor over to The Indians, a national park just off Pelican Island with rock formations that offer amazing snorkeling. It’s also a stunning spot for breakfast.
The afternoon is full of choices. We can check out the wreck of the Rhone, a steamship that sunk in 1867 and is reportedly haunted to this day. Underwater ghosts or not, it’s one of the best dives in the region. Then we head on to Cooper Island and moor at Manchioneel Bay. Here you can have beautiful beach time, lounge at the Cooper Island Beach Club, or swim to Cistern Point for more snorkeling.
Alternately, we could head to Deadman’s Bay at Peter Island for some of the very best beaches in the world. A trail leads across to White Bay and you can catch a stunning view of all the nearby islands along the way. Then dinghy over to Dead Chest Island, where Blackbeard is told to have marooned 15 of his men as punishment. Too bad they didn’t have snorkeling or diving gear. It’s a great place for that. After, we would spend the night moored at Great Harbour for a visit to the floating bar, Willy T’s, which is infamous for getting rowdy late-night. They used to offer free t-shirts to anyone who jumped off the top deck naked. But the lawman shut it down.
Lastly, for a more exclusive and remote experience, Ginger Island is a secret spot with a breathtaking, colorful coral reef they call Alice’s Wonderland. It’s a rabbit hole you won’t regret. If you really love it, the island is for sale. One of the last available in the region. Since Ginger Island is totally undeveloped, there’s no overnight moorings allowed. Sorry. So we’ll head to Manchioneel Bay for the night where you can dine onboard under open skies or at the cute Cooper Island Beach Club restaurant.