Exumas Bahamas Catamaran charter can be great for small groups or families looking to unwind and have fun. The Exumas’ crystal-clear turquoise waters, pristine white-sand beaches, and diverse marine life make it a perfect and dreamy vacation destination. Chartering a catamaran in the Exumas allows you to explore uninhabited cays, swim in the warm water, snorkel the reef, and dine on delicious cuisine prepared by your professional chef.
Things to Know Before You Go
Chartering a boat can be an exciting and rewarding experience, but there are things you should know before setting sail. Here’s how to prepare for your journey on a catamaran in Exuma. Whether you sail with friends or family, tell them what to expect during your charter—and even before it.
A large part of catamaran cruising is enjoying each other’s company at sea. So, make sure everyone knows what to expect when sailing. Discuss these details with your CKIM Yacht Charter Broker, who will guide you through the process.
What Do You Need For a Trip?
Knowing the essential elements that contribute to a successful trip is important. As with most everything in life, preparation is key.
To ensure your time onboard goes smoothly, check out our First Yacht Charter Guide. Feel free to contact us with any questions. We are always happy to assist.
Here are a few questions that will help you plan an unforgettable vacation:
How long do I want to stay?
This all depends on how much fun you expect from your Bahama adventure. And really, there’s no wrong answer here—it all comes down to when and where you want to experience paradise. Our 5-day Exuma trip might be right for you if you have a specific destination. If flexibility is key, our 7-day journey is an excellent choice.
Once You’re There: A few essentials will ensure maximum trip enjoyment once your charter begins. The most important thing is to bring along some sense of adventure!
How Should I Pack for an Exumas Bahamas Catamaran Charter?
Here are some things to remember when packing. For example, if you’re traveling during the summer, you might not want to pack as much clothing as usual. The best advice is to pack light and comfortable—you won’t be doing any heavy lifting on a cat.
Also, remember that the onboard crew will prepare almost all your meals, so excess food is unnecessary. Here’s what we recommend
- two pairs of shorts;
- One pair of casual pants;
- 3-4 t-shirts or tank tops;
- flip flops or sandals;
- sunglasses (and cases);
- laptop and cord if bringing one (internet access available on some boats);
- sun hat/cap;
- small backpack/fanny pack to carry water etc.;
- toiletries such as toothbrushes, paste, and razors (showers are available). That’s pretty much it.
Getting to the Marina | Exumas Bahamas Catamaran Charter
CKIM Group will coordinate your transfer details with your captain. We can arrange pre-charter and post-charter transfers. Many yachts depart from Bay Street Marina or Nassau Yacht Haven Marina in downtown Nassau.
The transfer driver will be at the airport or hotel to take you to the marina. The crew will be waiting to greet you. Since most charters start at 12:00 noon, we recommend arriving a few days or the day before your charter starts.
When Can We Go Fishing?
As soon as you arrive at your anchorage!
In the Exumas, anglers typically look for marlin, tuna, and dolphinfish. Atlantic blue marlin are year-round residents of these islands. Sailfish are seasonal visitors between February and June. Yellowfin, albacore, and skipjack tuna call these waters home from August through November.
Dolphin fish or mahi-mahi are found throughout the area year-round but are especially plentiful between December and April when they migrate northward in pursuit of warmer waters. Barracuda are common here throughout most of the year.
What Will The Weather Be Like?
The weather in Exuma is temperate year-round, with an average temperature of 81 degrees Fahrenheit. To experience truly sunny days, you’ll need to visit between April and October. During these months, temperatures drop to a nighttime low of 75 degrees and climb 92 degrees during midday. However, even when temperatures dip below 65 degrees at night, they rise above 85 degrees during daytime hours.
What is the Best Time of Year To do an Exuma Bahamas Catamaran Charter?
The Exuma Cays are a popular place to charter a catamaran in The Bahamas. Knowing the best season for different activities is helpful for planning a trip there.
The Bahamas is relatively warmer year-round than other parts of North America. But if you consider temperatures over time and pay attention to averages, winter feels much colder than summer does warm. This changeover occurs around mid-April, when most schools close for spring break.
In general, temperature differences between winter and summer are more extreme than those between fall and spring; several islands even close up shop during the late hurricane season (roughly September – October). Water clarity tends to be better during hurricane season; snorkeling is possible even when waves get choppy.
Tips for Cruising the Exumas
With more than 700 square miles of water in Exuma, you will have plenty of space to enjoy your private paradise. Whether you prefer fishing or snorkeling, kiteboarding, or scuba diving, a day on a chartered catamaran is sure to please.
Here are a few things not to miss while cruising the Exumas:
- Highbourne Cay
- Norman Cay
- The Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park
- Compass Cay – swim with the sharks
- Big Major Cay – You can swim with the pigs. It is also known as Pig Beach.
- Staniel Cay
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