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Old 17-08-2012, 14:50   #1
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Thumbs up Go to Great Inagua On Your Way Through the Windward Passage!

Great Inagua is a GREAT stop for anyone traversing the Windward Passage. Off the beaten track, Morton salt, pink flamingoes, snorkeling/diving. Four thumbs up.

When researching for our July 2012 visit, I didn't find much info available, either on the internet or in our cruising guides. Here's a google map with some waypoints and details from our week-long stay. I'm working on a blog post too, but I'm a bit slow....

Anyway, this is a start. If you've been to Great Inagua and would like to contribute to the map, PM me.

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Old 18-08-2012, 10:21   #2
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Re: Go to Great Inagua on your way through the Windward Passage!

Cool, thanks! Now I have pics to dream about!
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Old 18-08-2012, 15:47   #3
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Re: Go to Great Inagua on your way through the Windward Passage!

Damn! Skipped it on the way down back in 2004, went straight from Acklins to Jamaica.

Guess I'll have to go back and do it again!
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Old 18-08-2012, 16:15   #4
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Re: Go to Great Inagua on your way through the Windward Passage!

Deeper anchoring than usual for the Bahamas, shelter mainly from prevailing winds, but still worth while. At least half the flamingos on the planet live here. Seeing a pile of salt bigger than your house is cool.
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Old 18-08-2012, 16:27   #5
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Re: Go to Great Inagua on your way through the Windward Passage!

We spent about 10 days there last spring. Great diving, though it helps to be self contained with scuba. Man of War Bay is a good anchorage in the prevailing winds but gets a bit sporty in westerlies. The anchorage off of Matthew town is an open roadstead, but not bad in the prevailing wnds. The people are extremely firendly. Henry Nixon is the park warden and will give you a 2-3 hour tour of the park for $50. We shared the trip with another couple so it was only 12.50 per person which is a good deal. Groceries are limited unless you are there the day the boat arrives. There is free wifi at the library with your own laptop or $2.00/hr on their computers. There's also an ecotourism resort on the south side of the island that does guided snorkeling trips. A number of the guide books blow this place off, but it was one of the most enjoyable places we have been in the Bahamas. Maybe they just wanted to save it for themselves.
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Re: Go to Great Inagua on your way through the Windward Passage!

Captain Bill, so true! I started this thread because I agree that Great Inagua gets short shrift in the guidebooks. Of course it's not as easy to get to as Bimini , but well worth the effort. Henry Nixon was our tour guide as well - interesting dude! The flamingoes were surreal.

I wrote a report for noonsite.com: Great Inagua on noonsite

And for anyone considering a visit, here's some motivation:
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Re: Go to Great Inagua on your way through the Windward Passage!

I enjoyed my visit to Great Inagua in 2002. The people were pleasant and helpful. It was definitely off the beaten track.
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Re: Go to Great Inagua on your way through the Windward Passage!

Nice info. Matthew Town is only a hundred miles from here. We'll have to check this out.
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Re: Go to Great Inagua On Your Way Through the Windward Passage!

Here is a blog post about our visit to Great Inagua, with a few good pics, if anyone is interested:

more JOY everywhere!: Operation Go Great Inagua!
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Re: Go to Great Inagua On Your Way Through the Windward Passage!

And here's another blog post about Great Inagua. (Since I'm President of the GI Fan Club, I gotta keep up with the layest GI news.) I fervently hope the planned dinghy dock, mentioned in this post, actually happens - those beach landings can be a bit... gritty

Welcome! Great Inagua Embrace
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