Exumas - 7 Day Yacht Charter Itinerary
Starting just 35 miles southeast of Nassau is a chain of some of the prettiest and least visited islands in the Bahamas, the Exumas. Numbering more than 350, these principally uninhabited islands start with Sail Rocks to the north and stretch for more than 100 miles down the west side of the Exuma Sound, finally terminating with the big islands of Great Exuma and Little Exuma on the southern end. Within the chain are dozens of excellent anchorages, hundreds of pure white undisturbed beaches and seemingly endless lush coral gardens.
After meeting your crew head straight out to Highbourne Cay for your first night on board. You can stay in a Marina here if you wish. This is the longest passage you will have to do so sit back relax and enjoy the ride down to the Exumas.
After Breakfast take a swim off the beach and make use of the water toys. You could also go fishing on the intrepid if that takes your fancy. After lunch take a ride over to Allan's Cay to feed the Iguanas. Explore the nearby beaches and meet the large population of Iguanas which come out to greet you looking for some fruit. You can feed them safely by putting a bit of fruit on the end of a stick. There is good snorkeling reefs and fishing around this collection of small islands and reefs. At 5pm steam to Shroud Cay and anchor for the night (1 hour).
After Breakfast take the small tender and the wave runners for a ride through the lazy river. Back to the yacht for a BBQ lunch on the sundeck followed by an afternoon of watersports and use of the toys. At 6pm cruise to Warderick Wells, headquarters of the Exuma Land and Sea Park and be amazed at the awesome display of watercolors and sand banks. (1.5 hours)
Visit the headquarters and take advantage of their walking trails, including a Sperm Whale skeleton on the beach. Snorkeling this area will be rewarding as you will discover a full spectrum of tropical fish and marine life. You might notice the Bananaquit’s flittering about. Bananaquit’s are a small black and white bird with a yellow breast native to this area. Try your luck at feeding one by putting a little sugar in the palm of your hand. There is also some good snorkeling opportunities in this area. Another afternoon of water toys before heading off to Big Major’s Anchorage at Staniel Cay (1.5 hours). Dinner at the Staniel Cay Yacht Club is an option tonight if you feel like dining ashore.
After Breakfast it’s a visit to see the swimming pigs and some more fun with the water toys. For lunch it’s a BBQ on the Fly-bridge before heading off to the Thunderbolt Grotto in the late afternoon. This is a good snorkeling spot made famous in a James Bond movie. After lunch continue onto Compass Cay where you can snorkel the caves and play with the pet sharks.
In the morning you might like to hike to Rachel’s Bubble Bath which is the name given to one of the best swimming holes in the Caribbean, this deep, crystal clear, blue lagoon is the perfect destination for a spectacular hike. The hike begins at the marina, where you will get your first glimpse of the resident nurse sharks. You will most likely have this pristine destination all to yourself, so enjoy the exotic location and the solitude. The pool, known as Rachel’s Bubble Bath, gets its name from the action of the waves. The serene pool is separated from the ocean by a rocky outcrop, but at mid to high tide the waves get high enough to crash over the rocks and into the lagoon, creating bubbles of white foam much like a natural Jacuzzi. In the afternoon continue onto Norman Cay, made famous by the movie Blow
After breakfast snorkel the plane crash (DC 10) followed by lunch at McDuff’s Pub. In the afternoon depart for Atlantis on Nassau where you can enjoy your last evening in style. Try your luck at the casino or dance the night away at “Club Dragons”.
Enjoy your last morning on board relaxing, or perhaps one last hooray on the water toys before disembarking at 12 noon for your flight home.
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