Image Above: Dean’s Blue Hole, Long Island, The Bahamas. This is the second deepest salt water blue hole in the world.
Adventures abound, sailing all shades of blue.
Even the astronauts rank The Bahamas at the top of their travel list. Comprised of 700 islands and more than 2,000 rocks and cays, this archipelago delights every sailor with it’s ecological oasis in some of the clearest blue waters on the planet. Boasting a vast array of marine life and endless options for unique adventures, there is no shortage of itinerary options for even the most experienced ocean explorer.
We offer custom itineraries throughout the Bahamas. Whether you want to explore the endless paradise of the Exumas, dive the second deepest blue hole in the world off Long Island, tread the pink sands of Great Harbour or explore the wrecks at Devil’s Backbone off Eleuthera, we will craft an unforgettable adventure.
The Exumas & Long Island
This exotic chain of 365 cays gives you a truly unique Bahamian experience. Immerse in the sapphire blue waters of this paradise where nature outnumbers man. Whether you want to dive the mysteries of wrecks and caves, swim with pigs or simply find your footprints alone on the quiet white sand beaches, this is the ultimate sailing destination.
The North-South layout makes sailing up and down the Exumas a breeze and there is always an anchorage to tuck away for a good night’s rest. There is so much to see in the Exumas you might wish you had booked the whole month. Not to fear, we have your bucket list in hand and will craft an itinerary that is sure to check all the boxes. Below are some highlights to consider. Looking for something off the beaten path? Not too fear, this gem of a sailcation location has all sorts of deserted cays to explore.
If pigs could swim.
Well of course they swim on this world-famous “Pigs Beach” silly. But where did these swimming swine come from? There are so many stories but whether they were left by sailors who were planning a meal or swam over from a shipwreck nearby, these guys will swim with you for snacks. Don’t miss a sail to to Big Major Cay, swimming with the pigs might be the most unique excursion you will ever experience.
A Pirate’s Hideaway.
Get a glimpse of a former pirate’s hideaway at Warderick Wells, headquarters to the Exuma Land and Sea Park. Snorkel with lemon sharks, nurse sharks, spotted eagle rays and lobsters hiding under coral heads. Hike miles of trails. Comb secluded beaches. Feed feathered friends sugar right from your hand and catch a glimpse of the endangered hutia rodent.
Dive the world famous mysteries of Dean’s Blue Hole.
This is not your ordinary blue hole. While most other known blue holes reach a max depth of 360 feet, Dean’s Blue Hole (located on Long Island), is the second deepest, salt water blue hole in the world, plunging to 663 feet. Offering crystal clear waters with visibility that extends as far as 115 feet, this is considered by many as one of the most beautiful blue hole dives in the world.
Snorkel spelunking anyone?
Done your snorkel and fins and dive into the ancient Lucayan burial grounds, exploring the many caves and grottos of Rocky Dundas.
Image Above: Swimming pig at Major Cay.
Unleash your secret agent at Thunderball Grotto.
This underwater cave system was made famous as location for scenes from the 1965 James Bond film, “Thunderball” and later used in the 1983 “Never Say Never Again”. Adding to it’s mystique is the almost hidden entrance. Snorkel (ebb tide advised) or dive this magical cave system boasting colorful color reefs and teaming with exotic marine life such as yellow-tail snappers, Angel fish, Sergeant Majors.
Stalac stalag what!!!
Find your way through the stalactites and stalagmites of dripping Cave at Guana Cay. Can you find the drip? No one has solved the mystery to date.
Beaches n’ blowholes.
Yep, the party is just getting started when you witness the 10 foot geyser at Boise Cay.
Grab your paddle to explore the intricate mangrove rivers winding through the incredible ecosystem of Shroud Cay. Complete the maze and discover some hidden gems. Don’t forget to make some bubbles at Wax Cut Drift Dive and Fire Coral Reef at the Northern end of the cay.
Colombian Cartel Buff.
Got a hankering for history on the drug cartel, we won’t tell. Famous for serving as the headquarters for a Medellín Cartel drug-smuggling operation from 1978 to 1982, a stop at Norman’s Cay will not disappoint. Snorkel or Scuba dive ‘The Octopus’ Garden’ or ‘Hammerhead Gulch’, explore the deserted northern end of Norman’s Cay for idyllic beaches, lagoons, flats and snorkeling or anchor at the Southern end of Norman’s Cay to snorkel a sunken drug plane teaming with fish and colorful coral. Explore the island’s ruins and visit “Twinkie Beach” with its lone palm tree and seashellers paradise. Get a lesson with the spear on the nearby coral heads or hook up with a guide to bonefish in the flats. Finish off the day with a dinghy adventure to the Norman’s Cay Beach Club Bar and Restaurant to swap cruiser stories over a brew.
Shark lovers and bubbly baths.
Dive in and cuddle with some of the sweetest nurse sharks then lace up your hiking shoes for a rugged hike that boasts spectacular views and a sweet reward worth the footwork. The end of the trail brings you ‘Rachel’s Bubble Bath’, a natural whirlpool that changes dramatically with the tides and one of the best swimming holes in the Caribbean. On your return to the docks, don’t forget to wet your whistle and hang an old license plate on the walls of the charming shack bar at the marina.
Oldest living fossils on earth.
The beaches of Stocking Island are home to the oldest known macro-fossils on earth, dating back 3.5 billion years we bring you the Stromatolites.
Let’s make bubbles.
The Exumas are home to endless options of spectacular dive sites, from diving with sharks to exploring wrecks and diving the Blue Hole, there are sites to satisfy even the most experienced underwater enthusiast.
Behold the sites of Hawkbill Cay, where sugar-sand beaches mingle with the ruins of a Loyalist plantation from the 1700’s. Grab some water and complete the trail for big rewards, an idyllic beach where the only sign of life are your own footprints.
Stop in for a bite at the World-famous Staniel Cay Yacht Club and watch local fishermen clean fish and feed the large stingrays and nurse sharks. Grab a golf cart and explore more of this popular yacht stop-over.
Your Rock Iguana Selfie Spot.
Sail off to Allen’s Cay where lizard lovers will discover one of the few places you can still find one of the seven subspecies of Bahamian Rock Iguanas, the Allen Cays Rock Iguana. Bring a snack to share and your new herbivorous bestie and you might have to make him a spot in the suitcase home.
See the Sea Aquarium.
Who needs glass walls, you want to feel the whisk of the fins on your face. This site boasts a rainbow of colors and fish, snorkel in aprox 15 feet of water or check out the unique wall dive boasting schools of yellowtail snappers, parrotfish, grouper, coral and colorful sea fans.
Beyond The Exumas & Long Island
There is so much to see in the over 100,000 square miles of ocean that the islands of The Bahamas span, the itinerary options are limitless. Please contact us for your options on a custom crafted itinerary outside The Exumas and Long Island.
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