Each and every one of the 365 tiny jewel-like islands and cays in the Exumas is unique and together they offer unsurpassed cruising grounds and anchorages. Blessed with some of the loveliest islands in the Bahamas, the 120-mile-long island chain is a dream yacht charter destination with heavenly backdrops, soft sandy shores, and water that glistens in shades of jade, turquoise and amethyst. Ready to discover its breathtaking beauty and laid back island charm for yourself? Check out this 2 week private yacht charter itinerary for the Exumas.
Day 1: Nassau and Paradise Island
Your charter holiday begins on picturesque Paradise Island, home to the world famous resort of the same name which boasts of the largest waterpark in the world, dolphins to swim with, and an amazing aquarium. Downtown, culture buffs will find colonial architecture and pirate museums. Shoppers have straw markets and duty–free, upscale boutiques. Nightlife includes Vegas–style casinos and vibrant nightclubs.
Day 2: Allen’s Cay
Allen’s Cay, at the Exumas’ northernmost tip is a fascinating island to explore. It is uninhabited except for a rare and endangered species of iguanas not found anywhere else in the world. The pristine beach is perfect for a leisurely walk and optimal for nature photographers, especially those fond of iguanas. The anchorage here is lovely and protected.
Day 3: Highbourne Cay & Saddle Cay
Highbourne Cay is a privately owned island with a first-class marina and eight stunning beaches. Stop by the marina to sample some fresh Bahama bread, walk along the pristine shores or take a dip in the crystal clear waters. The anchorage, which is close to the cut, is ideal for deep water fishing. Neighboring Saddle Cay is fun to explore by tender.
Day 4: Norman’s Cay
Norman’s Cay is infamous for its shadowed past serving as a hideaway for Medellin cartel kingpin Carlos Lehder back in the 60′s. It is now a great charter destination where visitors can snorkel the wreckage of a drug running Douglas DC-3 plane that crashed just offshore, fish for giant marlin, sailfish and wahoo, or simply relax on the beach.
Day 5: Shroud Cay
Shroud Cay, an uninhabited cay owned by Exumas Land and Sea Park, is an archipelago of cays and rocks surrounding a shallow tidal mangrove salina which serves as a unique nursery for conch, crawfish, sea turtles, birds and many varieties of fish. The beach on its eastern side, accessible from the western anchorages through a mangrove river, is probably one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Day 6: Warderick Wells Cay
Warderick Wells Cay was selected to be the headquarters for the Exumas Park due to the wide variety of naturally occurring ecosystems, and it’s centrally located geographical position within the park. From rocky bluffs to sand dunes, mangrove creeks and sand flats, this island has it all. For a unique excursion, head over to Powerful Beach where the massive skeleton of a 53’ Sperm Whale (died after swallowing a plastic bag) stands guard.
Day 7: Cambridge Cay
Cambridge Cay, also known as Little Bell Cay, is privately owned but visitors are welcome ashore. Here visitors find a very nice anchorage off a beautiful beach. The rock wall on the cay is believed to have been some kind of holding pen for animals. Conch Cut has a stand of pillar coral over four feet high – one of the largest remaining stands of pillar coral in the region.
Day 8: Compass Cay
A magnificent crescent shaped half mile beach, voted one of the best in the Bahamas, is just one of 13 on Compass Cay where visitors enjoy swimming and shell collecting. Snorkel the many shallow reefs surrounding the island or swim with Tucker’s pet nurse sharks. There is also a batcave and Rachael’s Bubble Bath”, a large natural pool full of bubbles formed from ocean waves that crash over the edge of the lagoon.
Day 9: Fowl Cay
Fowl Cay, a private 50-acre island, features a lovely resort with amenities that include an excellent bar and restaurant, tennis court, swimming pool and beach games. Spend the day relaxing on shore of this private island paradise or explore the surrounding islands by tender.
Day 10: Staniel Cay
Staniel Cay is home to the renowned Staniel Cay Yacht Club, the only full service marina in the cays. Just offshore is Thunderball Grotto, a magnificent site for swimming and snorkeling and most famously known as the setting for the James Bond film “Thunderball.” Guests will not want to miss a stop over to nearby Big Major’s Spot to see the swimming pigs.
Day 11: Bitter Guana Cay
Bitter Guana Cay offers another great anchorage and magnificent beach. Hike the short path that leads to the far side of the island where there is a picturesque rocky shoreline and a small grotto filled with shells and rocks.
Day 12: Great Guana Cay
The unofficial motto of the island is “It’s better in the Bahamas, but it’s gooder in Guana. The beach bar scene on Great Guana is very lively with Nipper’s being one of the prime beachfront locales to enjoy a tropical drink and listen to some live music. For stunning views hike to the bluff to see the impressive Dotham Cut.
Day 13: Little Farmers Cay
This largely undeveloped cay with about 60 congenial residents boasts a bit of civilization. Ocean Cabin has villa rentals, a convenience store, wholesale and retail and other assorted services including a popular restaurant. The proprietor, Terry Bain with his wife Ernestine, are a local institution. Stop by for lunch or dinner, a game of dominos and and a bit of his repartee.
Day 14: Great Exuma
Today charter guests must bid farewell to the spectacular Exumas. For those catching an evening flight or extending their stay, the capital of George Town has plenty to offer, including a variety of delightful shops, restaurants and bars. Two Turtles Inn and Eddie’s Edgewater are spots to try out, as well as February Point. Golf enthusiasts will enjoy playing a round of golf at the Sandals Emerald Reef Golf Club, designed by professional golfer Greg Norman.
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