Posted by: Bethany Davis | May 16, 2010

Lucayan Nature Excursion

Our ship docked at both Freeport and Nassau in the Bahamas. We opted for a Freeport nature excursion that educated us on the city, historical background, and the distinct six different ecosystems. We kayaked for several hours through a narrow inlet surrounded by mangroves trees. Beautiful!

It was fascinating to hear our guide explain how the mangroves use both salt and fresh water to stabilize the area. After kayaking all the way to the coast, we enjoyed lunch on the beach. We basically had the beach to ourselves — with crystal-clear water that the perfect temperature for a swim.

Next stop was learning about the red tailed birds, needle fish, and how the caves and caverns were formed. We learned that the Arawak Indians lived well in the caves well before Christopher Columbus landed on the island in 1492. Unfortunately, when Columbus settled on the Bahamas, he murdered or forced into slavery all the natives, particularly the Lucayan people. I’m thankful we got to see the amazing place they once dwelled!



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