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The Exumas

The Exumas, in the Bahamas, extend for over a hundred and fifty miles and consist of over three hundred and fifty small islands lying like a scatter of emeralds towards Cuba. Most are deserted. The windward side faces the deep cobalt blue of the Atlantic, broken by coral reefs with beaches empty apart from conch shells and driftwood. The western side faces on to the Bahama Bank, and area of hundreds of square miles of water that is rarely deeper than twenty feet. The colours here are predominantly turqouise framing deeper channels of dark blue and framed in turn by the dazzling white of sandbanks. Is there a more beautiful seascape in the Northern Hemisphere - or anywhere? I haven't seen one.

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