Beach Bar, Beach Shop and Destination Wedding Studio on Stocking Island ~ Exuma, Bahamas

Stocking Island

Explore Stocking Island

Jacques Cousteau Mystery Cave

The mystery cave is found in the cleaning hole on Stocking Island.  Unfortunately you cannot walk there from Chat ‘N’ Chill, although it is quick boat ride less than 2 minutes away.  It goes to a depth of about 80 feet before it goes under Stocking Island to the Atlantic Ocean.  The famous Jacques Cousteau once tried to find out how far the cave went under the island; so he deposited red food die in the cave during the out going tide and went up in his helicopter to discover that the red die came out in the ocean out about 2 miles from Stocking Island.
At the mouth of the cave, many types of fish can be found which makes for good snorkeling.

Stromalites & Sand Dunes

Rare Stromalites on Stocking Island, Exuma, Bahamas

Rare Stromalites on Stocking Island

On Stocking Island, opposite from Chat ‘N’ Chill, you will experience the world’s most ancient stromalites, only found here and in Australia.

You can find sand dunes on the Atlantic ocean side of Stocking Island and are numerous which make for good climbing to enjoy the beautiful ocean vistas.

From Chat ‘N’ Chill, it’s easiest to access the oceanside of Stocking Island during low tide.  You can walk around Gaviota Bay, the back side (east) of Chat ‘N’ Chill to almost the end and you will see a short path that will lead to a narrow water channel.  During low tide, you can wade across this channel at about knee height to get to the nature trails, sand dunes and stromalites on the Atlantic ocean side of Stocking Island.

Happy exploring!

 

Nature Trails

Or Stocking Island Paths.  The various nature trails are actually access paths which crisscross the island.  These paths allow people to walk across the isle without trespassing on anyone’s private property.  During the winter of 2001-02, Peace  & Plenty and Exuma Scuba made very nice nature trails with benches and identification of the many plants and trees on the paths.  Most paths have a cairn or post to mark beginnings.  You can obtain a Stocking Island Nature Trail Map in the Exuma Tourist Office located in Turnquest Star Plaza in George Town.

From Chat ‘N’ Chill, it’s easiest to access the oceanside of Stocking Island during low tide.  You can walk around Gaviota Bay, the back side (east) of Chat ‘N’ Chill to almost the end and you will see a short path that will lead to a narrow water channel.  During low tide, you can wade across this channel at about knee height to get to the nature trails, sand dunes and stromalites on the Atlantic ocean side of Stocking Island.

Enjoy your hike!

 

The Monument

The Monument is sometimes called the Salt Beacon because it was used (when lit) to guide cargo ships into Elizabeth Harbour to George Town for purposes of picking up salt.  The salt was mined at various places on Great and Little Exuma.