Sail the Exuma Islands

About the Experience

The Exuma Islands are a perfect playground for you to experience in the Bahamas. Exuma is 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 and 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. Exuma is 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 and enrich your body by snorkelling, swimming, hiking, doing yoga on the beach, kayaking or paddle boarding along the way.

DAY ONE: ARRIVAL TO THE BAHAMAS

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 5:00 pm. Your 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.

Palm Cay Marina is a full-service marina with a restaurant, gift shop & cafe. If you wish to arrive early, you can stay at one of the islands many hotels or rent a townhome at Palm Cay.

  • Meals: Welcome Snacks
  • Activity: Orientation

 

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 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 island by dinghy to see the curious three-foot Iguanas that show up on the Leaf Cay beach when they see visitors arriving by dinghy. There is also great snorkelling 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: Breakfast and Lunch, (Dinner on own)
  • Activity: Sailing Nassau – Highborne Cay
  • Sailing Distance: 28 nautical miles

 

DAY THREE: EXPLORE THE CAY’S

Explore the Exuma Cays Land & Sea Park at Warderick Wells Cay, an area of outstanding beauty with sand dunes, mangroves and wonderful beaches. Hike the seven miles of trails ashore, wander among the remains of 18th century loyalist settlements and enjoy bird watching. Walk up Boo Boo Hill and leave your boat’s name on a piece of driftwood at the top as an offering to Neptune, taking care to avoid the blow holes. Or you can relax on white sand beaches, snorkel the coral reefs and spot hawksbill turtles, lemon sharks and vibrant fish. There’s even a sperm whale skeleton to examine on Powerful Beach and stromatolites to the south-west of the island, the world’s oldest living reefs.

To do on the islands:

  • Snorkelling: 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 leading to different beaches as well as the ruins of a loyalist plantation. Boo boo hill is a small mountain with a great view. You can also see the ‘blowing hole’ and 20 deserted beaches for swimming.

There are 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: Breakfast and Lunch, (Dinner on own)
  • Activity: Choose hiking on Warderwick Wells Cay or explore the mangrove river of Shroud Cay
  • Sailing Distance: 0 nautical miles

 

DAY FOUR: COMPASS CAY SNORKELLING

Make for Compass Cay, where you can get into the water with friendly nurse sharks and swim with them. You can also feed the sharks with fish if you have any to spare. On the north coast you’ll find the famous natural whirlpool called “Rachel’s Bubble Bath”, which is at its best at high tide. Take care of the sea urchins nearby and wear good quality sea shoes.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Activity: Snorkelling, Sailing Norman’s Cay – Warderwicks Well’s Cay
  • Sailing Distance: 20 nautical miles

 

DAY FIVE: ACTIVITIES ON WARDERICK WELL’S CAY

Sail onwards towards Shroud Cay, which is part of the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park. Don’t forget your paddle board or kayaks so you can explore the shallow mangroves and creeks that meander across the island. You’ll be able to spot turtles, rays and nurse sharks. Once you reach the east side of the island, you will enter a vibrant blue lagoon and set foot on one of the most beautiful beaches in the Bahamas. If you want to stroll Driftwood Beach and take the steep walk to Camp Driftwood, be aware that you can no longer leave mementos, only rocks. It was from this look out point that the US authorities spied on Norman’s Cay and its drug trafficking activities.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Activity: Choose hiking on Warderwick Wells Cay or explore the mangrove river of Shroud Cay
  • Sailing Distance: 0 nautical miles

 

DAY SIX: SNORKEL A SMUGGLER’S PLANE WRECK

Norman’s Cay is an abandoned former drug trafficking island and run by Carlos Lehder, which explains its runway. You can snorkel the smuggler’s plane wreck, which rests in just 10ft of water on the south-west coast of the island. Or how about a barefoot walk on Twinkie Beach to forage among the seashells and then dine at Norman’s Cay Beach Club to watch the sunset.

  • Meals: Breakfast and Lunch, (Dinner on own)
  • Activity: Sailing to Norman Island
  • Sailing Distance: 15 nautical miles

 

DAY SEVEN: SAIL TO PALM CAY

Snorkel around Wax Cay and bring your Hawaiian sling to catch lobsters or Nassau groupers. Late morning, head back to Nassau and enjoy the pool, beach and restaurants on the marina site.

We will arrive at the Palm Cay Marina & Yacht Club around 4pm, which is about a 40 minute drive to the airport. Your Captain can help arrange your taxi ride. Plan your flight from Nassau no earlier than 7pm.

  • Meals: Breakfast and Lunch, (Dinner on own)
  • Activity: Snorkelling
  • Sailing Distance: 15 nautical miles

 

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