An Exumas charter itinerary is as delightful as it is diverse. The chain of 365 islands and cays provides an unmatched cruising wonderland that will enchant Bahamas newcomers and globe-trotting travelers of all kinds. Charters begin with a southbound journey along the west coast of the Exuma Cays, where you’re free to sail among the easy-to-navigate strip of secluded harbors and lavish ports nestled throughout the clear-blue nautical wilderness. In between anchorages, you’ll discover deserted beaches and quaint seaside bars that truly capture the essence of vacation, on island time. 

Day 1

Highborne Cay

Highborne Cay is an idyllic location for an overnight stay. Spend the day kayaking or snorkeling at Horseshoe Bay’s uninhabited beach, which also harbors the splendid “Octopus Garden” reef below the surface. Take the dinghy about one mile north-west to nearby Allan’s Cay where you’ll be welcomed ashore by the friendly three-foot iguanas at Leaf Cay beach, a superb spot for snorkeling. Back at Highborne Cay, enjoy a cocktail or have dinner at the hilltop restaurant for breathtaking 360-degree views of unspoiled paradise as the radiant Caribbean sun sets in the background.

Day 2

Norman Cay

The pristine coral reef that surrounds Norman’s Cay and its neighboring islets make it one of the most incredible places in the Exumas that you simply must see for yourself. The conditions are impeccable for all your favorite saltwater activities, or, if you’re in the mood for maximum relaxation, this prime location is also perfect for sun-drenched leisure. The remains of a plane crash can be found on the southwest point of Norman’s Cay, where you can explore the sunken ruins that are now a natural habitat for an array of colorful tropical fish and vibrant coral. And at just 10-feet deep, this is a first-rate snorkeling spot. Nearby, there are plenty of seashells to collect as you stroll along Twinkie Beach, home of the lone palm tree. 

Day 3

Great Guana Cay

Even though Great Guana Cay is without moorings, it is one of the largest anchorages in the Exumas. Well-protected and easy to approach, Great Guana Cay offers a genuine “Out Islands” experience. The locals at Black Point Settlement will make you feel right at home in their quaint little town. Immerse yourself in the friendly island culture, feast on traditional Bahamian cuisine, and admire the handwoven palm leave baskets made by the settlement women. You can even order homemade bread from Lorraine’s Café and pick it up the next morning.

Day 4

Staniel Cay

Staniel Cay earned its claim to fame after providing the splendid backdrop for two James Bond movies. In fact, the spectacular underwater cave system located just west of Staniel Cay was named “Thunderball Grotto” based on its feature-film debut. This must-see snorkeling and diving site is riddled with vibrant heads of coral and abundant marine populations. In the evening, make reservations at the Staniel Cay Yacht Club to enjoy an elegant dinner onshore at this charming harbor full of life and island flair. Golf carts are available for rent at the marina if you wish to explore by vehicle. 

Day 5

Warderick Wells Cay

As the headquarters of the 176-square-mile Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park, and the largest underwater sea park in the Caribbean, Warderick Wells Cay is a premier anchorage submerged in protected waters. There are 20 marked nature trails to explore on land and 20 secluded beaches located throughout the island’s border. Both the hiking and snorkeling are unmatched at Warderick Wells Cay, where breathtaking scenery reigns supreme and nature’s beauty abounds thanks to the highly-protected Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park. 

Day 6

Shroud Cay

Also part of the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park territory, Shroud Cay is an uninhabited archipelago of rocks and white-sand beaches that boasts an enchanting channel of mangroves. The sheltered coves serve as an idyllic home for conch, lobster, sea turtles, and other various marine creatures. There are numerous sandy-bottom creeks and estuaries to explore by dinghy and Camp Driftwood Beach offers a lovely lookout point with a unique story. Being at Shroud Cay feels like having a deserted island all to yourself. 

Day 7

Rose Island

Not too far off the eastern coast of the main port of Nassau lies the little Bahamian hideaway of Rose Island. This 11-mile-long piece of boater’s paradise boasts snorkeling conditions, secluded coves, and four beaches—First Beach, MacTaggart’s Beach, Footprints Beach, and Sandy Toes, which serves up a vibrant party scene on Sundays at the seaside bar and grill. But for those who prefer something more low-key, like palm trees swaying in the wind and the peaceful sounds of waves crashing on the shore, there is a grove of hammocks on the hilltop at Sandy Toes Beach. Spend your final night on board in the serene anchorage located on the northern side of the island. Bask in the breathtaking views as you reminisce about your unforgettable Exumas vacation and take in one more radiant Bahamas sunset.

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