7 Day Exuma Catamaran Charter Itinerary: Staniel Cay To Nassau
Sail crystal clear waters, snorkel coral reefs teeming with fish, kayak, or just relax at the end of the day in the Bahamas. Sit down to dinner together and share the fresh catch of the day on your own private catamaran sailing yacht.
Day 2After breakfast we leave the dock for a short ride to Thunderball Grotto. This hollowed out cay is an exceptional snorkel spot and is the name sake and filming spot for the James Bond movie, "Thunderball". A short ride north and we get to Big Major. This island is home to the swimming pigs. We can feed them from the dinghy as they swim out to meet us. Our first night on anchor is the southern end of the Exumas Land and Sea Park just off the beach of Cambridge Cay.
Day 3From the south end of the Park we arrive at some of the best snorkeling and beaches in the Caribbean. One of my favorites is a short dinghy ride through the cays to a site, named for the diverse multitude of fish, the "Aquarium", which certainly lives up to its name
Day 4There are two things the Exumas surpass almost anywhere in the Caribbean: beaches and marine life in crystal clear water. Our next stop is Hawksbill Cay. Traveling north by dinghy, we go over the northern cut where the landscapes open up, and for miles all you see is shallow water and white sand beaches. As the tide comes and goes the sun reflects on small pools of water with ever changing contrast of blues. After lunch we set off to Shroud Cay.
Day 5So far we have mostly been in the Exuma Land and Sea Park where fishing, lobstering, and conching is not allowed. By the middle of the day we will be outside the park in great water to catch a fish or lobster for dinner. For guests who are certified divers this is also a great place to dive. As we head north we can take a cut bringing us out to the deep water and wall of the Exuma Sound.
Day 6Our next stop is Highbourne Cay. Highbourne Cay has great anchorages and also a very nice marina. By dinghy we can catch conch, scuba dive, snorkel, kayak and explore the beaches. Many guests like to stay at the dock for the night and dine at one of the best restaurants in the Bahamas. "Exumas" restaurant has an outstanding view and some of the best food and service in all the Bahamas.
Day 7Allen's Cay is actually several cays which form a protected lagoon. In the morning we anchor the catamaran in very shallow water just off the beach. Two of the islands are home to endangered iguanas. They like to be fed, so we take them a little fresh fruit and get a photo opportunity. During the afternoon we stop at Ships Channel Cay for another snorkel and lobster opportunity. If you like we can have a bon fire on the beach or we can sail further north closer to Nassau for an evening on the town.
There are more than 300 cays in the Exumas and each trip we find something new. It's why you'll keep coming back!