The Exuma is a 120-mile island chain home to a whopping 365 cays, its hard not to find something you like while you are in the Exuma. Most of the islands are uninhabited, prime for intrepid explorers, whilst some of the most remote are owned by privacy-seeking celebrities. The wide variety of azure blues and greens to be viewed on the water will blow your mind as its one of the most attractive bodies of water on the planet, your yacht can meander through the islands and bring you new and unique surprises every day.
After exploring the quaint society of Great Exuma, the crystal clear waters beckon. Underwater is just as marvelous as floating on it, imagine being in the most thrilling aquarium you can imagine. You may see any number of extraordinary life forms, from manatees to pigs, the Exuma has it all.
After a short flight to the Bahamas, you will join your yacht in one of Nassau’s marinas, Paradise Island being the biggest and most popular pickup point for the charter yachts. After settling in its recommended to check out the huge water park called Atlantis, right next to the marina and then take a look at the famous Straw Market. It’s a good idea to pick up a wide-brimmed hat, hand woven for your trip. After you have had your fun at the amusement parks and casino you will take a quick cruise off to Warderick Wells to enjoy the rest of the afternoon anchor off Warderick at the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park, a fascinating marine preserve that is host to a diverse amount of different wildlife and colorful corals.
After a sensational breakfast and fresh brewed Bahamian coffee, you will get en route to Staniel Cay with a quick stop off at Big Major’s Spot. Big Major’s Spot is a super protected anchorage that is very convenient for lunch and the first chance to enjoy water-sports with the yachts toys. At Staniel Cay you will be shocked and amazed to greet, pet and feed the wild swimming pigs. If you can tear yourself away from swimming pigs then its time to get on to Thunderball Grotto. The Grotto is named after the James Bond film that was shot there. Now there is a wonderful opportunity to snorkel and see the beautiful tropical fish friendlier tropical fish.
Cruising over to Compass Cay, your captain will lead you all into the tender or dinghy and take you ashore. Once on the dock at Compass Cay Marina, you’ll find it teaming with a large number of very friendly nurse sharks. The nurse sharks love nothing more than human interaction and swim close to the dock so you can pet and feed them, for the brave, and youngsters amongst us you can jump in and have a swim with them for the full National Geographic effect and the most epic selfies. After your amazing encounter with nature its time for a short jaunt over to Rachel’s Bubble Bath. The bath is a naturally formed pool that is home to natures jacuzzi. The rock formations are created in such a way that the surf pushed through by the ocean create thousands of bubbles for you to enjoy.
Waking up and taking another luxurious ocean-bound ride, could not be a more perfect way to start the day. You are headed for Shroud Cay today. This beautiful windswept Cay is uninhabited of the Land & Sea Park. What makes it particularly important, interesting and well worth a visit is that it’s a nursery for sea turtles, conch, and just about a zillion fish. You will spend a lazy day explore it the tidal creek with the yacht's tender or any one of the yachts water toys, here you can view the wildlife on offer. After a day of sun and sea, you may want to enjoy an ice cold piña colada on one of the endless soft sand beaches. As you are now pretty far from civilization, don’t forget to look up tonight and admire the stars with zero light pollution.
Waking up to perhaps a coffee and a quick dip in the balmy water will be followed by a trip to Highbourne Cay, a ‘must-do’ on the way is a quick nip ashore to Allan’s Cay. Don’t forget to ask your personal yacht chef for some leftover fruit from breakfast because once you get on the beach you can feed the fruit to the tame iguanas. They are prehistoric looking and will play dragon when the gulls get too close to their beloved fruit. After another beautiful lunch its time to swing by Norman’s Cay. Back in the time of pirates and buccaneers, this was a hideaway for rum, more recently this area was used by drug smugglers whose unfortunately wrecked plane still lie on the reef for you to see. Once you reach Highbourne Cay, there is an abundance of interesting ruins for you to visit, once a prominent watermelon plantation fallen in to decline is now an exciting afternoon of exploration before sundowner cocktails and dinner.
Worryingly today you will pass by an area named on the charts as ‘The Devils Backbone’. Tragically beautiful its home to a fair few wrecks but your excellent and professionally trained captain and crew will navigate you though as if this area does not deserve its given name. Once through you while then be free to enjoy the marina at “Bri’land.” It’s a great idea to rent a golf cart so you and your family or friends can explore the narrow streets lined with quaint pastel-colored houses. Don’t forget to get a drink at the Pink Sands Resort so you can visit their aptly named beach and wiggle your toes in the pink sands.
Sadly today we return to the beautiful port of Nassau. But don’t worry your crew will give you time for one quick last excursion to the Atlantis Marine Habitat where you can stroll through their clear tunnel surrounded by sharks. If that’s not your thing you could head over to the Ocean Club for a spot of golf on their exquisite championship course. If you are a golfer the views here are not to be missed. Once you are packed up and ready to depart, your crew will wave you goodbye with new lifelong friends and once in a lifetime memories. Call us and tell us about your week so we can start planning your next nautical adventure!
Whether it is deep sea diving, snorkeling, or on-land sightseeing that interest you most, we will build an Exumas Bahamas yacht charter itinerary that best suits your interests and desires. This is just a sample of what your yacht charter adventure in the Bahamas may look like. Furthermore, whether – or other outside factors – may require your Captain to set an alternative course for a duration of your trip. “As the wind blows, so shall the sail”.