Project Life Tuesday – One&Only Ocean Club Bahamas Edition

by jessicaturner on November 19, 2013

IMG_9230Welcome to Project Life Tuesday 2013 If you are new to The Mom Creative, welcome. I hope you will stay awhile. I’m Jessica – wife to Matthew, mom to Elias, a silly and spirited five-year-old, and Adeline, a spunky two-year-old. I’m also a marketing professional, savvy deal finder, photo lover and memory keeper trying to juggle it all.

Each Tuesday, I share my most recent spread as well as host a linky for readers to link up their pictures/layouts. Some links are affiliate links.

YEOW! Matthew and I are in the Bahamas right now celebrating his 40th birthday. We come home tomorrow.

So instead of photos in pages, I have photos in paradise.

One&Only Ocean Club
We are staying at the One&Only Ocean Club in the Bahamas. For our honeymoon in 2004 we stayed at the One&Only Palmilla in Cabo and have always dreamed of vising another one of these incredibly magical resorts. Matthew and I had talked about going next year, but I decided to surprise him for his 40th birthday and book the trip a little early.

The Ocean Club is on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. The man who owned the resort in the 60s imported statues from Europe.

IMG_8768He also imported a 13th century Augustinian Cloister, which was shipped in pieces from France.

One&Only Bahamas

Needless to say, the grounds are incredibly beautiful.

The Ocean Club also owns Atlantis, so we spent a half-day there.

They have a huge indoor aquarium that was fun to walk through.

We also enjoyed the lazy river and water slides, but didn’t get any pictures!

Yesterday we went on a day trip to the Exuma Islands with Powerboat Adventures. It was an hour boat ride each way, and definitely worth it.

We first stopped on an island covered in Iguanas.


The iguanas were friendly enough that you could feed grapes to them (on a stick).


IMG_8912Ladies with pink or red toenail polish had to bury their toes in the sand though because the iguanas would think they were grapes!

Then we headed to another island where we spent most of the day. If you go on this excursion, bring a book because there is definite downtime for relaxing.

While on the island, we got to feed massive wild sting rays.

We knelt in the water in a straight line and had raw fish inbetween our fingers (as you can see in the picture below). We had to then set our hands on the floor of the water, and the rays came right up to us to eat the fish. It was SO amazing.

We also got to witness a shark feeding. About 10-15 sharks came right up to shore to be fed and it was INCREDIBLE.

IMG_9132We saw nurse sharks, reef sharks and lemon sharks. The food was attached to rope and the sharks would come up to eat it.

They got pretty aggressive trying to get the food. (Check out this Instagram video Matthew posted of the feeding.)

We also had a massive lunch and saw the making of the popular local conch salad. I’m not a seafood girl and did not try it, but it was neat to see.

The funniest part of the day was on the boatride back. The trip offered free alcohol, so some people were a bit tipsy. A man sat next to me who had clearly had one to many rum punches. About 10 minutes into the boat ride, he fell asleep… on my shoulder.

I could not stop laughing. Eventually, we got him to wake up, but OH MY WORD.

Yesterday was Matthew’s actual birthday, and when we got back to our hotel room, we were surprised that the One&Only staff had decorated the whole room. So thoughtful.

IMG_9312Today we are going to go in Nassau to do some sightseeing and shopping at the Straw Market.

For you Project Lifers, I hope you’ll link up below! I’ll be back to my normal layouts next week. Also, be sure to hop over to Becky Higgins’ new beautiful website. Also, check out the free online class (Creative Live) featuring Becky starting tomorrow.


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Sami Cone November 19, 2013 at 7:16 am

Did you know I used to live on Paradise Island? I was going to ask if you went to the Isle of the Iguanas, but then low and behold, there it was in your pics! So glad you are having a great time girl!


jessicaturner November 19, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Now that you mention it, I do remember that. SO cool. :)


Kristina November 19, 2013 at 9:22 am

Love the photos! The one with the drunk guy asleep on your shoulder about made me pee my pants! Ha! Love that! LOL! So glad you guys are having a great time! :)


Jenny B. November 19, 2013 at 10:46 am

What a great trip! I had no idea that a conch shell had something edible inside! Weird. That shark feeding looks amazing. Do the people holding the food ever get bitten? I would think yes — at least occasionally. Anyway… thanks for sharing! Have a great trip home! :)


jessicaturner November 19, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Do you mean holding the fish for the sting rays? The guides said no – that the rays have been getting fed for 7 years and are very used to how to do it. If you don’t let go of the fish though, they will suck REALLY hard. I was a bit nervous though and I released the fish as soon as the rays got near my hand, so I didn’t even feel any sucking. :)

If you mean the sharks, they have never gotten bitten, though there have been a few close calls.


Shelly Jaquet November 19, 2013 at 11:29 am

Oh my! Looks like fun :) … And look at you making close friends like that. HA! Too funny!


Virginia November 19, 2013 at 1:48 pm

Looks like a great trip!


claire November 26, 2013 at 8:46 am

Its my first time linking up :) I am new to PL this is my 4th spread but loving every minute ..

thank you for hosting looking forward to doing some blog hopping !!



jessicaturner November 26, 2013 at 10:45 am

Thanks for joining the fun!


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