There are no usable docks on Normans. The large dock
on the south end has deteriorated. You land your dinghy
on the beach. An excerpt from a certain Bahamas
Normans Cay won fame, or rather infamy, as the base of Colombian drug runner, Carlos Leder, during the bad old days of Bahamian drug trading. Leder’s operation was eventually infiltrated by “the feds,” but not before there were (supposedly) a bevy of murders when cruising boaters came too close to his operation. Today, haphazard development on the southern tip of Normans Cay (once the heart of Lederland) with a large dock (now deteriorating) and some houses (still there and bullet ridden) and the remains of a “Berlin” wall, which once guarded Leder’s territory, are just north of the airstrip. A ditched aircraft in the southern anchorage (now almost completely obscured) and a BTC-type mast
on the southwest tip of the cay (still used as a landmark) are all that is left of Leder’s domain.
Today, the visible signs of the bad old days are disappearing as new owners bring about revitalization and development. Normans Cay has always been at the top of the list of boater’s favorite cruising destinations because of its beautiful beaches, good gunkholing, nice hiking and great anchoring
options. If we cruisers wish to remain welcome here, please don’t even consider burning your trash on the beach by the dock or leaving it at the old dump. Better yet, come to shore with an empty bucket, and help remove the remnants of previous trash transgressions! There is good easterly protection along the entire western shore of the cay, but there are also coral
heads and shifting sand bars. Negotiate this shore with good light, and use your sunglasses. You will find good holding and protection from surge south of Galleon Point in at least 1.8 meters/6 feet of water
. Explore the area around Galleon Point and Saddle Cay by dinghy
. The colors of the waters here are extraordinary.