Exumas Yacht Charter Itinerary

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Let’s visit one of the most beautiful archipelagos that make up the Bahamas in a different way, uncommon from the classic tourist routes. Get away from the crowds that flock to the most famous beaches and discover hidden and unspoiled corners of paradise.

You can do this and more on your next yacht charter trip to the Exuma Cays!

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What to know about the Exuma Cays?

It is a group of islands that run along an imaginary line from the north (a short distance from New Providence) to the deep south, reaching the Turks and Caicos islands.

However, only three are inhabited and host tourist accommodations: Great Exuma, Little Exuma, and Stocking Island.

The largest is Great Exuma, where the archipelago’s capital city, Georgetown, is also located. This island has many tourism facilities; you can find white beaches and a crystal clear sea. It is connected via a bridge to Little Exuma Island.

Little Exuma is located on some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, while Stocking Island is the smallest of the three and can be reached by sea from the city of Georgetown.

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Exumas offers paradisiacal, wild, and beautiful beaches, ideal for a holiday of absolute peace and relaxation. One of the most particular is Pig Beach, on the uninhabited island of Big Major Cay, a beach that owes its fame to a colony of pigs that populate it.

Near Georgetown is Hoopers Bay Beach, famous for its distinctive crescent shape and white sand. Here it is straightforward to spot groups of sea turtles.

Another fantastic beach is Starfish Bay, which is located north of Stocking Island. The beach is wild, with fine sand and a blue sea where you can spot hundreds of starfish.

For those who love diving, the Exuma Cays represent an absolute daydream. One of the best places to admire shipwrecks, swim underwater in a system of splendid caves, and meet a vast number of colorful fish.

The best time to go is from January to April, when rainfall is rare, and temperatures are ideal for a sun and sea holiday.

Our recommended yachting itineraries to the Exumas

Our team of Experts have narrowed down two sample itineraries ideally to explore the Exumas aboard your private yacht: 

  1. 10 day yacht itinerary in the Exumas departing from Nassau
  2. Week yacht charter itinerary around the Exuma islands

Ready carefully our selection and get inspired! We look forward to customize your itinerary and assist you with your charter arrangements, to exceed your every expectations! 

10 Days Yacht Charter Itinerary in the Exumas

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If we have aroused your curiosity in you, then take a look below at our 10-day yacht charter itinerary in the Exumas:

Day one - Departure from Nassau

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Once in Nassau, Bahamas’ capital, after meeting the crew on board, it is time for you to lift the anchor and start your adventure in the Exuma Cays.

Relaxed sailing takes you offshore, heading south. Have a chill on the deck while sunbathing, enjoying a fabulous cocktail, or taking advantage of the water games to have fun with your loved ones.

Day two - Thunderball Grotto

The first half of your trip immediately takes you to one of the most attractive places: Thunderball Grotto.

On the road from Staniel Cay to Big Major Cay, you will be attracted and intrigued by a small rocky island whose seabed hides a great wonder.

Thunderball Grotto is characterized by shallow water and is made up of a unique system of underwater caves filled with exotic marine life, brightly colored corals, and even hidden entrances that make diving lovers go crazy.

What makes the cave special are its unique interiors and entry points. Swimming through short underwater tunnels, crossing narrow passages with light rays dancing across the island’s hollow interior.

The particular name of this place is due to the James Bond film series. These caves first appeared in the 1963 film called “Thunderball.” He later appeared again in 1983 in a scene from the movie “Never Say Never.”

Day three - Georgetown

Capital of the Exuma Cays, Georgetown is located on the island of Great Exuma and is directly crossed by the Tropic of Cancer. About 900 people live permanently in this seaport, a place known to many boaters thanks to two major nautical events: the annual Family Island Regatta in Elizabethtown and the annual Georgetown Sailing Regatta held every March.

Georgetown has an intriguing past. Pirates used its deep-water port during the 17th century, and later, in the 18th century, Elizabeth Harbor became a refitting base for British ships. The United States Navy eventually used the port during World War II.

Shopping is one of the most developed activities here. It includes souvenir shops, grocery stores, and the famous open-air straw market, where locals and tourists can buy straw baskets, pottery, watches, and postcards.

If necessary, the city also has a bank, a service station, a scooter rental, tour operators, and many other shops.

Day four - Long Cay

Initially called Fortune Island because when Christopher Columbus first landed there, he found a pearl here; it is known in the Bahamas’ history for being the site of the first country’s prison, whose most of the structure is still standing nowadays.

It was the only entry port into the southern Bahamas and served as the administrative headquarters for centuries. It was also an important commercial center with thousands of residents. It has a tiny population today, sometimes less than 50 people.

During your stay, you can visit the historic churches of St. David and St. Augustines and stop off at the large secluded beaches on the island’s north side, with crystal clear water and clean white sand. If lucky enough, you can also spot flamingos gathering on the south coast shores.

Day five - Mayaguana

During the fifth day of navigation, you will be able to appreciate a natural lost paradise. Born as a pirate stronghold, Mayaguana has become a popular fishing location.

More isolated and less developed than any other island in the Bahamas, this remote island is the ideal destination for the traveler searching for a secluded spot. Whether a deserted beach or a remote fishing spot, the island is the perfect combination of exotic and mysterious charm for a romantic or private getaway.

Day six and seven - Acklins

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Over the next two days, you will visit Acklins Bay and its wonders.

Acklins and Crooked Island have the same natural habitat as hundreds of years ago and are separated by a nearly 1,300 square kilometer lagoon known as the Bight of Acklins. Both islands are a haven for sailing, bonefish fishing, snorkeling, and diving.

Day eight - Rum Cay

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We begin the ascent home by navigating north. We still have two days full of adventure in store before returning to Nassau.

We have a stop at Rum Cay, considered one of the most historically exciting and best-kept islands in the Bahamas. It is home to historic ruins, vibrant coral reefs, miles of white-sand beaches, and big waves for surfing.

The abundant marine life attracts fishermen, divers, and snorkelers from all over the world.

Day nine - Pig Beach

Before returning to our departure port, we must stop at the famous Pig Beach. It seems incredible, but in addition to the classic marine life, in the Bahamas, you can make friends and swim with unusual animals in the area, making your experience unforgettable: the famous Exuma pigs!

Immersed in a splendid naturalistic and exotic setting, among palm trees and luxuriant bushes, a colony of these cute animals lives happily at the beach of Big Major Cay.

Nobody knows where they came from or how they got to this desert island. There are many stories and rumors about it: abandoned by a group of sailors, survivors of a shipwreck, or swimming from a nearby islet. The fact is that they seem to have settled in really well, are growing in number, and have even become an international attraction thanks to the numerous videos and photos that portray them on social media.

They will be happy to see you. They are in love with tourists bringing them food, so as soon as they see a boat on the horizon, they swim to reach it, hoping for some succulent bite.

Day ten - Back to Nassau

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After days spent in serenity and fun aboard your charter yacht, the time to disembark has unfortunately come. We are sure that you will take unforgettable memories and experiences with you.

7 Days Yacht Charter Itinerary to the Exumas

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Embark on an unforgettable 7-day journey through the Exumas aboard a luxurious yacht. With each day, you’ll discover new treasures and immerse yourself in the pristine beauty of the Exumas.

Day one - Allan's Cay

Upon your arrival at Nassau International Airport, you’ll seamlessly transition to your awaiting yacht, moored at one of the local marinas. Your nautical journey towards the Exumas begins, spanning a distance of 30 nautical miles across the Yellow Banks—a captivating expanse of crystal-clear blue waters renowned for its abundant coral heads lying just beneath the surface. The allure of numerous pristine beaches and secluded coves, inviting you to take a refreshing dip, will be your first delightful encounter.

Your exploration leads you to Allan’s Cay, where you’ll have the extraordinary opportunity to feed the welcoming Bahamian Iguanas that eagerly scurry out to greet you along the sandy shores. Sail onwards to the nearby Highbourne Cay, where you’ll find the enchanting “Horseshoe Bay,” graced by a deserted beach of sheer beauty and the renowned “Octopus’ Garden” reef. Here, your yacht will anchor within a safe and picturesque harbor, granting you the freedom to swim, kayak, beachcomb, or snorkel. Venture by dinghy to the charming marina, nestled in this cozy turquoise harbor, and explore its unique charm, or simply relax in the hammocks adorning the beach.

For an exquisite culinary experience, dine at the hilltop restaurant on Highbourne Cay, offering a splendid 360-degree panorama of the unspoiled surroundings at the northern tip of the Exuma chain. 

Day two - Norman's Cay

Whether you’re snorkeling or diving, there are captivating sites like the “Octopus Garden” and “Hammerhead Gulch” that beckon. After your aquatic adventures, set anchor in the tranquil and uninhabited northern region of Norman’s Cay. Here, you’ll uncover a realm of splendor, from pristine beaches and serene lagoons to expansive flats, all framed by outstanding snorkeling opportunities.

Continue your voyage across the Exuma Sound, and as you cruise to the southern reaches of Norman’s Cay, an intriguing discovery awaits. You can explore a sunken drug plane that now serves as a vibrant and thrilling snorkeling spot, teeming with a kaleidoscope of colorful fish and coral that have made this unique underwater environment their home. Dive into the island’s history as you explore its intriguing ruins and make your way to “Twinkie Beach,” home to a solitary palm tree, a charming beach, and an abundance of seashells waiting to be collected.

Day three - Shroud Cay

Set a course southward to Shroud Cay, nestled within the pristine Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park. Immerse yourself in an extraordinary adventure as you traverse the winding mangrove rivers, which transport you to the island’s opposite side. Here, you can choose from a medley of activities such as snorkeling, kayaking, or simply cruising through this haven for nature enthusiasts. Take the time to explore the awe-inspiring beaches, and ascend to the pinnacle of “Camp Driftwood” to savor breathtaking vistas.

As you continue your voyage, your next destination is Hawksbill Cay, an ideal anchorage to relish the powdery sugar-sand beaches. Wander along a unique trail that traverses the island, revealing the remnants of a Loyalist plantation dating back to the 1700s. Your day culminates at an extraordinary beach where the only footprints etched in the sand will be your own. Whether you’re paddleboarding, snorkeling, swimming, or simply unwinding in this paradisiacal setting, Hawksbill Cay promises a memorable interlude. 

Day four - Warderick Wells

Continue your southward journey within the serene waters of The Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park, reaching the distinguished headquarters located at Warderick Wells. This former refuge for pirates boasts a unique anchorage encircling a massive sandbar, unveiled during low tide, and is known for its spirited currents, which appeal to individuals of all ages, creating an enjoyable floating experience.

As you ascend to the heights of Boo Hill, be on the lookout for the magnificent white-tailed tropical bird that nests amidst the lush vegetation. Revel in the presence of secluded and picturesque beaches, and consider plunging into the depths for a scuba diving or snorkeling adventure amidst the vibrant and safeguarded coral reefs, accompanied by the company of friendly, sizable fish.

For a grand finale, take a hike to the Park Ranger’s porch, where yet another spectacular panoramic view awaits.

Day five - Compass Cay

Sail south to explore the ancient Lucayan burial grounds of Rocky Dundas on your yacht charter itinerary in the Exumas. Venture into remarkable caves and grottos adorned with ancient stalactites and stalagmites, creating a natural cathedral ceiling and providing an excellent opportunity for captivating snorkeling adventures.

A short journey from there, you’ll reach the northern tip of Compass Cay, where “Rachel’s Bubble Bath” awaits. As the day draws to a close, anchor your yacht for the night in the proximity of Fowl Cay. Here, you’ll discover a stunning coral reef, perfect for exploration, and a crescent-shaped beach that embodies the epitome of tropical beauty.

Alternatively, you can choose to navigate through the mesmerizing shallows of Pipe Creek to arrive at Big Major’s Spot. If luck is on your side, you may witness one of the most remarkable sights on any yachting journey – the renowned swimming pigs, who will warmly welcome you in the water and along the sandy shores.

Day six - Staniel Cay

Next on your yacht charter itinerary in the Exumas, set sail to the nearby haven of Staniel Cay, where you’ll discover a variety of charming restaurants and onshore entertainment. Immerse yourself in the allure of this picturesque out-island settlement, with its vibrant yacht club that exudes a lively atmosphere.

Indulge in the convivial spirit at the Staniel Cay Yacht Club, a place where sea tales are swapped among fellow maritime enthusiasts. Take the time to connect with the welcoming locals and gain insights into how the island was impacted by the former drug trade during the 1980s.

Drop anchor just outside the iconic “Thunderball Grotto,” renowned for its role as the underwater setting for the James Bond movie of the same name.

Day seven - Sampson Cay

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On your yacht charter itinerary in the Exumas, as you make your way northward, consider making a delightful stop at Sampson Cay, an enchanting island offering captivating vistas that will leave you in awe. While you’re here, seize the opportunity to explore the scenic Pipe Creek area, renowned for its suitability for waterskiing and snorkeling.

As you continue your journey northward, you’ll trace your course along the Bahama Banks, gently skirting sandbars and gliding across the pristine azure waters. Your overnight stop can be arranged back at the inviting Highbourne Cay or the serene Norman’s Cay. 

Day eight - Nassau

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Following a relaxed breakfast, and if time allows, take another refreshing swim or snorkel before embarking on a 30 nautical mile journey across the Yellow Bank to New Providence. If your schedule permits, immerse yourself in the vibrant Bahamian culture of Nassau, where you can explore the historical colonial sites and indulge in fantastic duty-free shopping opportunities. On the main island and Paradise Island, you’ll find world-class golf courses, including the renowned Atlantis Resort and Casino, featuring a thrilling Waterslide Park and a comprehensive array of other resort activities.

The Exuma Islands offer an abundance of experiences beyond what this brief sample itinerary encompasses.

Key Insights from Our Yacht Charter Brokers

There are numerous options available to cater to your specific desires and interests, whether you have just a few days or several weeks to spare. We’re dedicated to tailoring your luxury yacht charter itinerary to suit your group’s unique preferences for a memorable yachting vacation in the Bahamas

Regardless of the duration, one thing is certain: once you’ve had a taste of the Bahamas, you’ll be eager to return for more. You may also contemplate commencing your charter in Staniel Cay and sailing one way from Staniel Cay to Nassau (please note that yacht redelivery fees may apply for one-way charters). Another popular addition to your Exumas charter itinerary is Georgetown, located in the Southern Exumas, with conveniently scheduled flights from the US.

Rest assured, we’re here to assist you in crafting a customized itinerary that perfectly aligns with your desires and requirements.

View a selection of yachts for charter in the Exumas

We take pride in offering you an unparalleled yacht charter experience. We want you to know that we have full access to an extensive array of yachts available on the charter market, far beyond what is listed online. However, our commitment to delivering the best service means that not all of these exceptional vessels are featured on our website.

If you’re seeking a wide range of yachts to choose from and desire personalized assistance to find the perfect match for your charter needs, we encourage you to get in touch with us. Our dedicated team is here to provide you with expert guidance and tailored recommendations that align with your unique preferences and requirements.

Feel free to reach out to us to learn more about our yacht charter options or to begin your personalized journey to the Bahamas. 

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