Exuma Islands Yacht Charters | Cruising Paradise
The Exumas are an archipelago of 365 cays and islands, beginning 35 miles southeast of Nassau. This pristine area is a perfect destination for your Exuma Islands yacht charter.
The islands comprise three areas—Great Exuma, Little Exuma, and The Exuma Cays. Each area is unique. The Exuma Islands and Cays in the Bahamas are ideal destinations for a yacht charter. Thanks to sunny weather, clear water, and snow-white beaches.
The largest of the cays is Great Exuma. Great Exuma is 37 miles long. A small bridge joins it to Little Exuma Island. The capital and largest town in the district is George Town.
Near the town, but on Little Exuma, the Tropic of Cancer runs across Pelican Beach. For this reason, Pelican Beach also has the name Tropic of Cancer Beach.
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In George Town, the summers are hot, humid, and mostly cloudy; the winters are warm, dry, and straightforward. The wind blows all year. The temperature typically varies from 70°F to 88°F.
Exuma Islands Yacht Charter | Places to See
- Moria Harbour Cay, National Park. The park covers 13,440 acres and is a vital part of the ecosystem between Great and Little Exuma. It includes dunes, beaches, mangroves, and seagrass beds.
- Farmer's Cay Sandbar. This is a mile-long stretch of dazzling white sands that emerges from the blue-green water at low tide.
- Bitter Guana Cay (Iguana Island) is an excellent place to see the Bahamian Rock Iguanas. You can even hand-feed these animals. However, please remember these are wild animals.
- The Exuma National Land and Sea Park. This park is one of the most extensive underwater and land preserves.
- Hermitage Estate in Williams Town, on Little Exuma. This 970-acre cotton plantation is home to the Cotton House, the oldest building in the Exumas.
- Kidd Cove. Stocking Island protects this harbor, which was Captain Kidd's favorite spot.
Exuma Islands Yacht Charter | Things to Do
- Swim with the pigs. Big Major's Cay is home to these animals. They beg for food whenever a boat arrives. Although the pigs are friendly, be aware that they are still wild.
- Enjoy local cuisine at Chat' N' Chill, a bar and grill offering native dishes. Or, dine at Sandals Emerald Bay, which offers Asian, French, and Italian cuisine.
- Kayak. Paddle through the mangrove forests of Moriah Harbour Cay National Park. This protected area offers a haven for wildlife. Watch for iguanas, sea turtles, and birds as you immerse yourself in this untouched ecosystem.
- Scuba dive. Dive Exuma offers organized dive trips to blue holes, reefs, and wrecks. The company is on the Government Dock in Georgetown, Great Exuma.
- Find a farmers' market. Small shops and produce stands throughout the islands sell local fruits and vegetables, freshly caught fish, and homemade bakery items.
- Listen to local music. Head to Eddie's Edgewater Grill in George Town on Mondays to listen to a Rake n' Scrape band.
Food in the Exuma Islands is similar to traditional Bahamian dishes. The Exumas have plentiful fresh seafood such as conch, grouper, jack, lobster, tuna, and wahoo. If you've never tried conch (pronounced "konk"), try it fried or in chowder.
Here are a few restaurants to try:
- Shirley’s at The Fish Fry. Great Exuma.
- Tropic Breeze Beach Restaurant. On Little Exuma near the Tropic of Cancer beach. Outdoor seating only.
- Santana’s. On Little Exuma.
- Blu on the Water. In Rolletown. Great views and an interesting menu, including crack conch and spicy crab roll sushi.
- Haulover Bay Bar & Grill Restaurant. Rolletown.
Marinas | Exuma Islands Yacht Charter
Staniel Cay Marina. Accommodates drafts up to 12 feet and yachts up to 210 feet. The newly renovated marina offers fuel, electricity (single and three phases), fresh water, ice, and bait. Eighteen secure slips accommodate center consoles to mega yachts.
The Marina at Emerald Bay. The marina has 133 slips from 40 feet to 240 feet.
Compass Cay Marina. Accessible from the Exuma Banks and the Exuma Sound through channels marked with buoys and range markers. Thirty, fifty, and 100-amp electric, Reverse osmosis water, laundry, and shower facilities are available.
The marina store has ice, beer, soda, bottled water, limited sundry and food items, and clothing. Fuel is available about five miles away at Staniel Cay.
In general, three types of yachts are perfect for cruising the shallow waters of the Bahamas:
Motor Yachts – If you are looking for comfort and adventure, motor yachts are an excellent choice. You can add more stops to your itinerary on a motor yacht. These boats quickly travel from place to place without being dependent on the wind. In addition, they're typically the most luxurious boats.
Catamarans – Sailing and power catamarans are ideal for adventurers looking for a comfortable, stable, and relaxed sailing experience.
Power Catamarans are also a yacht charter option in the Exumas. For more, head to our Bahamas Travel Guide.
Why charter in the Exumas?
Chartering a boat in the Exumas offers a unique and memorable experience for several reasons:
- Stunning Natural Beauty: The Exumas is famous for its turquoise waters, sandy beaches, and colorful coral reefs. It is home to the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park. This beautiful marine park is home to a diverse range of marine life and underwater ecosystems.
- Privacy and Seclusion: The Exumas is less crowded than other popular vacation destinations.
- World-Class Snorkeling and Diving. In the Bahamas, the Exumas has some of the best snorkeling and diving spots. The crystal-clear waters offer excellent visibility. In fact, you can explore vibrant coral reefs, also underwater caves, and swim with various marine species.
- Exquisite Beaches: The Exumas are home to some of the most stunning beaches in the world.
- Water Sports and Activities: Go kayaking, paddleboarding, fishing, and even kiteboarding in the calm waters of the Exumas.
- Island-Hopping and Exploring: With a charter boat, you are free to explore the islands and cays at your own pace. You can hop from one beautiful island to another, discovering local culture and charming settlements along the way.
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