Yesterday we went up with some friends to Treasure Cay and spent some time locating the Blue Hole near there. At first we couldn't find it, but after asking some very helpful locals for assistance, we finally figured it out. As we drove up the road toward it, we could see a forest fire raging in the background in the general area where the wild horses live. But since we were on a wide and safe road, we forged ahead.
This Blue Hole we were looking for is 3.6 miles north of the Treasure Cay road and to the left for 2.5 miles.
We parked on a two-lane dirt track that we thought was the road to the Blue Hole and the guys walked ahead to see if they could find it. We followed after they shouted for us to come. We walked down the road past the burning grasses along the side.
An old truck drove up and a woman stepped out. She is Milanne Rehor, a person who has dedicated her life to protecting the wild horses on the island. She is worried that the horses will be badly affected by all this fire as they are losing their grazing areas. We chatted with her for awhile, then she got back into her truck and left.
We stood there, listening to the crackling of small fires, amazed with the strangeness and beauty of the setting.
It is fun to read about Blue Holes in the Abacos and there is a lot to learn about them.
They tell us that the top of the water in a blue hole is fresh water and deeper down is oceanic saltwater. There is a layer in-between that really doesn't support much life. The story of the blue holes is fascinating.
But when you really get to a Blue Hole, it feels eerie to peer down into one. It is deep and possibly treacherous. It feels as though if I were to fall in that I might sink and never be seen again.
We did not exactly jump in, but one of us did check out the temperature of the water.
I took photos of the hole from different angles. It is an amazing site.