[dropcap]S[/dropcap]ummer is over and fall is upon us. Thus far, it has been an uneventful hurricane season and we hope it continues this way. Although it is October, you would never know it by the warm weather, with air temperature ranging from 74°F to 84°F, ocean temperatures hovering around 84°F, very calm days, excellent visibility and no current. Humidity is down, which is a welcomed relief compared to September. Days are getting shorter in length and the sun is lower in the sky. Abaco is resting after a busy summer. Thank you to everyone who visited, to both the first time guests and to those who are repeats. Without you, we wouldn’t be doing what we love to do.
As the month progresses, slight temperature changes can be expected making the clarity and colors on the reef even more brilliant. By the end of the month, the focus will shift from the tropics to points north awaiting the first nor’easter. This change in weather patterns will signal the change in diving seasons from summer to winter. Until then, wetsuits can stay in the closet for another month.
Our guests continue to be amazed at the diversity and abundance of marine life, reef fish and healthy coral. Diving Abaco is an underwater photographer’s dream and our dive sites are suitable for all skill levels. On a typical dive you may see moray eels peeking out from the security of the coral, brightly colored tropical fish scurrying around the reef, turtles eating seagrass or gliding over coral heads, stingrays attempting to hide beneath a layer of sand or curious sharks cruising around. The swim-throughs are still filled with thousands of silversides.
With October being the ‘off season’ in Abaco, numerous hotels, restaurants and dive operations are currently closed for annual maintenance and staff vacations with reopening’s scheduled for early November. If you are planning to visit this month, make reservations in advance to ensure businesses are open and services can be provided.
We are grateful to the Government of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas for demonstrating their commitment to the country’s environment by establishing four additional national parks in Abaco. They include The Marls of Abaco National Park, East Abaco Creeks National Park, Cross Harbour National Park and South Abaco Blue Holes National Park.
The full moon occurs on Tuesday, October 27 at 8:05 a.m.
We look forward to seeing you ‘on island’ soon.