The Exumas are an archipelago of 365 cays and islands, beginning just 35 miles southeast of Nassau, an exotic collection of tiny jewels set in the most beautiful aquamarine and sapphire water you’ve ever imagined. Great Exuma Island, together with the Exuma Cays offers an amazing variety of vacation possibilities. They are one of the most pristine Exumas yacht charters cruising grounds in the world for luxury yachts, both motor and sailing, and are certainly one of the best in the Caribbean. Hidden coves, bays, and harbors throughout are magnets for yachts and sport fishermen.
The area has outstanding anchorages and even more outstanding dive sites making it a superb choice for a charter vacation. Whilst there are not any bareboat to rent in the Exumas there is a bunch of luxury Crewed Sailing Yachts and Power Yachts available and a crewed charter is a magnificent way of seeing this beautiful and remote destination.
On a luxury Exumas yacht charters, you can visit the 400ft deep blue hole on the Atlantic side of the chain and see what is said to be one of the only living intertidal Stromatolite reefs in the world, a living fossil dating back three and a half million years. Also, you can see the Grotto on Staniel Cay made famous by the James Bond movies Thunderball and Never Say Never again.
Exumas yacht charters can be reached by flying into Nassau in the Bahamas. Embarkation is easiest here and you will be at the Northernmost Cay of the Exumas just a couple of hours after departing from Nassau. The main administrative center of the chain is Georgetown on Great Exuma at the southern end of the chain.
Day 1: Enjoy the sensation of landing on water as you arrive at Nassau via Chalk. Minutes away from the Chalk’s terminal on Paradise Island is Atlantis, where your charter yacht is docked. Spend the day exploring The Dig and playing in the water on the many water slides. Sample the casino and the glittering nightlife of Atlantis.
Day 2: Depart after breakfast for Highborne Cay. Enjoy a leisurely cruise, while reading a good book, watching a movie, or just lazing in a deck chair. Have lunch after you arrive, then spend the afternoon playing on your yachts’ many water toys.
Day 3: Cruise on down to Warderick Wells. Part of the Exuma Land and Sea Park, and falling under the jurisdiction of the Bahamas National Trust, Warderick Wells is pristine. Because of the strict regulations (absolutely no fishing), the waters surrounding it abound with fish and colorful corals. There is a four-mile hiking trail for those who really want to get away from everyone!
Day 4: Staniel Cay is the destination for today. Just a short hop on down the Exuma chain, arriving in plenty of time for a beach picnic. There are so many wonderful beaches on Staniel Cay, you are practically guaranteed to have the entire beach to yourself. Spend the evening at the Staniel Cay Yacht Club, eating dinner at one of the local restaurants, finishing up with cocktails and tall tails at the bar at the SCYC.
Day 5: Leave Staniel Cay behind for George Town, the largest village in the Exuma Cays. Explore the town, then take the tender across Elizabeth Harbor to Stocking Island for an afternoon of snorkeling and exploring. Back to George Town by twilight, with the difficult choice of eating on-board or at The Peace and Plenty. Either way, dance the night away at the jump-up at the Peace and Plenty.
Day 6: Your captain quietly moves your yacht on down to Flamingo Bay, two miles south, so the fishermen in your party have the opportunity to pit their skills against the elusive bonefish that ghost over the flats. FishiAfter the fishermen return, head back toward Nassau, stopping at Sampson Cay. The Sampson Cay Club, with its stone architecture, excellent food, and friendly bar, is a great place to wind up a week of adventures.
Day 7: Unfortunately we have to say goodbye today, but not before one last excursion. We set out for some final treasures: sea biscuits and sand dollars. These can be found in abundance just a couple of hundred yards from the dock. After one last ride in the tender to the airport, you depart for home. Remember to sit on the right side of the plane for one last look at the Independence 2 and her crew.