Sail the Exuma Islands

About the Experience

The Exuma Islands are a perfect playground for you to experience in the Bahamas. They are uncrowded and pristine.  The water is so clear, sand so soft and white, a sea that is brimming with life, and locals so gracious and genuinely friendly.  It’s the type of island locale, until recently, only a lucky few had the privilege and skill to explore.

From our boutique charter base at Palm Cay Marina, you are a short ride from Nassau airport and a world away from the tourist hotels and bustle of downtown. This is an island dream come true!

Enrich your mind with the wonderful history and rich culture of the Bahamas. Enrich your body by snorkelling, swimming, hiking, doing yoga on the beach, kayaking or paddle boarding along the way.

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Sail the Exuma Islands

About the Experience

The Exuma Islands are a perfect playground for you to experience in the Bahamas. They are uncrowded and pristine.  The water is so clear, sand so soft and white, a sea that is brimming with life, and locals so gracious and genuinely friendly.  It’s the type of island locale, until recently, only a lucky few had the privilege and skill to explore.

From our boutique charter base at Palm Cay Marina, you are a short ride from Nassau airport and a world away from the tourist hotels and bustle of downtown. This is an island dream come true!

Enrich your mind with the wonderful history and rich culture of the Bahamas. Enrich your body by snorkelling, swimming, hiking, doing yoga on the beach, kayaking or paddle boarding along the way.

This adventure sails one way out and one way back as outlined below:

  • TRIP 1 – December 1-7, 2018 sails Nassau to Staniel Cay (see itinerary below)
  • TRIP 2 – December 8-14, 2018 sails Staniel Cay to Nassau (itinerary in reverse)


DAY ONE: ARRIVAL TO THE BAHAMAS

Trip 1: December 1, 2018 – Fly into Nassau, Bahamas and take a 40 minute taxi ride to Palm Cay Marina & Beach Club where the adventure will begin. Meet your Wild Women group inside the Palm Cay Marina & Beach Club at 5:00pm.

Trip 2: December 8, 2018 – Fly into Staniel Cay. Staniel Cay Yacht Club which is about an 8 minute walk from the Staniel Cay airport. If you don’t want to walk to the Yacht club, you may rent a golf cart at the airport. Meet your Wild Women group and guides at the Staniel Cay Yacht Club at 5:00pm

Captain Valerie will bring you to the catamaran and show you around. Relax and enjoy welcome snacks while Valerie reviews the trip orientation and tells you more about the planned itinerary.

  • Meals: Welcome Snacks (Dinner on own)
  • Activity: Orientation
  • Sailing Distance: 0 nautical miles


DAY TWO: SAIL NASSAU TO HIGHBOURNE CAY

Following an exciting sail of White Banks, where we get to slalom through coral patches, we arrive at the Northern Exuma Islands. Each Island in this grouping has its own unique features and exceptional beauty.

Ship Channel Cay, Allens Cay and Highbourne Cay are the largest islands in this group with many small rockier islands and many coral patches to explore. The Crescent Beach on Highbourne Cay has been recognized as one of the most beautiful in the Caribbean.

We can visit Allan’s Cay islands by dinghy to see the curious three foot long Iguanas that show up on the Leaf Cay beach when they see visitors arriving by dinghy.  The Allen’s Cay Iguana (Cyclura cychlura inornata) is one of the seven subspecies of Bahamian Rock Iguanas. Allen’s Cay is one of the few places where you can still find these fearsome looking, yet gentle creatures, which are protected by law.

There is also great snorkeling on a massive coral North-East of Leaf Cay for those who wish to explore the marine environment more intimately. The views from anywhere you stand make one say…. “this is where they invented the word ‘Watercolor’”.

We will either anchor or obtain a slip at the Marina.

  • Meals: B, L (Dinner on own)
  • Activity: Sailing Nassau – Highborne Cay
  • Sailing Distance: 28 nautical miles


DAY THREE: EXPLORE THE CAY’S

Today’s plan, winds and group interest pending, is to continue exploring Highborne Cay and Allan’s Cay  before we set sail for Norman’s Cay. Take one of the kayaks or SUP boards out to explore the shallows more intimately.

The next island or cay we explore is Norman’s Cay, and it has a rather infamous past – it was a hiding place of a notorious drug lord! The sunken plane in Norman’s pond, although testament to a wild and crazy time in these islands, is a fantastic spot for photography and snorkeling. 

We will either anchor or obtain a slip at the Marina.

  • Meals: B, L (Dinner on own)
  • Activity: Sailing Highborne Cay – Norman’s Cay
  • Sailing Distance: 11 nautical miles


DAY FOUR: NORMAN’S CAY SNORKELLING

In the morning, you can further explore Norman’s Cay, snorkeling around the sunken plane, kayaking or stand up paddling the pond or Cay. Captain Valerie will be available to offer her suggestions but these activities are not guided.

Next you set sail for Warderick Well’s Cay where we will spend the afternoon and all day tomorrow, depending on the wind and the groups desires.

We will either anchor or obtain a slip at the Marina.

  • Meals: B, L , D
  • Activity: Snorkelling, Sailing Norman’s Cay – Warderwicks Well’s Cay
  • Sailing Distance: 20 nautical miles


DAY FIVE: ACTIVITIES ON WARDERICK WELL’S CAY

Warderick Wells is the crown jewel of the Exuma Islands. With extensive opportunities to explore in and out of the water, this island is worth a 2 day stay!

There are miles of hiking trails and some of the most pristine coral gardens in the entirety of the Caribbean, if not the globe.  Captain Valerie again will help you decide what to do and get you there but activities are not guided.

To do on the islands;

  • Snorkeling. Many sites that are clearly indicated on the island’s map. There are plenty of fish and lobsters (fishing is forbidden!). A buoy to tie the dinghy has been placed by the park on each of the locations.  
  • HIking. 20 marked hiking trails on the island lead to different beaches as well as ruins of a loyalist plantation.  Boo Boo Hill is a small mountain with a great view. You can also see the ‘blowing hole’ and enjoy deserted beaches for swimming.

There is lots to do here and several different anchorages/ mooring fields such as the much sought after North Mooring field,  Emerald Rock, or Pirate’s Lair. The group may also decide to go visit Shroud Cay instead of Norman’s Cay and explore the mangrove river.

  • Meals: B, L ,D
  • Activity: Choose hiking on Warderwick Wells Cay or explore the mangrove river of Shroud Cay
  • Sailing Distance: 0 nautical miles


DAY SIX: SNORKEL THUNDERBALL CAVES

Morning sail from Warderick Well’s Cay over to Staniel Cay. Enjoy the warm air as the catamaran cruises along. Todays highlight is the opportunity to snorkel in the famous Thunderball Grotto.  The grotto got its name from the 1965 James Bond spy film “Thunderball,” which was shot there.

Located just west of Staniel Cay, this fantastic underwater cave system is great for snorkeling, diving, and wading. It is teeming with exotic marine life and a kaleidoscope of brilliantly colored coral reefs and fish, like yellow-tail snappers, Angel fish, Sergeant Majors and the like. The grotto’s mystique is heightened by the small, almost hidden entrance. It is advised to enter at ebb tide (low or slack tide) and snorkeling equipment is optional.

  • Meals: B, L (Dinner on own)
  • Activity: Sailing Warderick Well’s Cay – Staniel Cay, Snorkelling
  • Sailing Distance: 15 nautical miles


DAY SEVEN: SAIL TO STANIEL CAY & DEPARTURES

There is time this morning for a visit of Staniel Cay and Big Major Spot.

The anchorage at Big Major Spot is about one mile from Staniel Cay by dinghy. It is a deserted island that hosts big wild pigs that take great pleasure swimming towards you when approaching the beach by dinghy.  After a visit to Big Major Spot we will head to Staniel for afternoon departures.

Trip 1: December 7, 2018 – We will arrive at the Staniel Cay Yacht Club which is about an 8 minute walk to the Staniel Cay airport. It is also possible to arrange a golf cart from the marina to the airport. Plan your departure from Staniel Cay after 3:00pm.

Trip 2: December 14, 2018 – We will arrive at the Palm Cay Marina & Beach Club around 3pm. Take a 15 minute taxi ride from Palm Cay Marina & Beach Club to the Nassau Airport. Plan your flight from Nassau after 5:00pm.

  • Meals: B, L (Dinner on own)
  • Activity: Snorkelling
  • Sailing Distance: 15 nautical miles

 

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