TravelMole's Graham McKenzie has seen some sights, but a bird's eye view of the Caribbean blows his mind.
"A flight that necessitates me getting up for a 5.30am pick-up, a taxi drive and a check-in queue is not normally something I appreciate. The trip from Nassau to Exuma is, however, a completely different kettle of red snappers. The trip itself only lasts about 45 minutes from the Lynden Pindling (the founding father of the Bahamas) airport to Exuma International but is without doubt the most fantastic air flight I have ever had. Sure, I have been on helicopter rides around Manhattan, over Rio de Janerio and into the Grand Canyon, but for a two-winged vehicle this beats it all.
Within minutes of taking off you can see the most stunning clear blue sea and given that the aircraft flies at no more than 10,000 feet you are much closer than normal. The sea is so clear you can actually see the bottom of the ocean. It took me several minutes to realise what I was actually looking at as I focused, and refocused, but sure enough it was not the previous night"s alcohol but crystal clear briny.
From my vantage point of seat 1A I did not see any 5-a-side football pitch-sized manta rays swimming around, but would swear blind I saw Sponge Bob Square Pants having a morning constitutional along the sea bed. As the journey continued the Exuma Cays came into view. A series of small islands lead to our eventual destination and, if it were possible, the vista became even more enchanting. Around each Cay there was three, sometimes four, different shades of blue from dark navy through turquoise to light aquamarine each edged with light yellow/creamy sand and topped off with emerald green forest.
As you come into Exuma International, where the terminal building is the size of an average bungalow in Bournemouth, the blue marine scape continues to impress. As indeed does the welcome as the plane is met by a golf buggy, which takes the luggage away, and a waiting throng of local meeters, greeters and taxi drivers. Just across the way from the bungalow is Kermits Airport lounge and once you enter it you know at once that you are back in the Caribbean. Welcome to Exuma!"
Monday, January 30, 2012