THE EXUMAS

The Exumas are like no where else in the world. If you want to get lost in the beauty of The Bahamas, discover untouched beaches and unending natural beauty, then look no further. This chain of 365 islands runs northwest to southeast starting about 30 miles east of Nassau. They are easily accessible by boat or private aircraft and places such as George Town, Staniel Cay and Highbourne Cay offer charters and boat rentals.

The furthest point south in the island chain is Great Exuma and the “capital” of George Town with a international airport and plenty of dining and lodging options. Another more far removed option is to fly into Staniel Cay. Stay at the Staniel Cay Yacht Club or one of the many locally owned guest houses on the island. From there you can visit the famous swimming pigs, snorkel Thunderball Grotto and pet the friendly nurse sharks at neighboring Compass Cay. The best way to explore these islands is by boat, but don’t worry, boat rentals and excursions are readily available to show you around.

Further north is the Exuma Land and Sea Park with headquarters at Warderick Wells. There are private islands along the way but expect rugged natural beauty, plenty of snorkeling spots and limited people other than yachters and sailboaters.

The Northern Exumas boast dramatic natural beauty and few inhabited islands, but are easily accessed by a short 2 hour boat trip from Nassau. Visit the iguanas at Allan’s Cay and stop by Highbourne Cay for lunch at their picturesque restaurant ‘Xuma overlooking the ocean.

Escape to The Exumas

Visitors to The Bahamas typically find themselves booking their trip to the obvious hub of Nassau, oftentimes without knowing what else may be out there. With 700 islands to choose from, it can be overwhelming to pick from one of the many out islands without prior...

The Plane Wreck of Norman’s Cay

Those of us who have spent any time in the Out Islands are aware of Norman's Cay's shady past and the drug smuggling era in the late 1970's and early 1980's. The glory days of cash and cocaine was fairly short-lived for Colombian drug transporter Carlos Ledher in the...

Aircraft Fiascoes

Have you ever tried to push an airplane? They are heavy. This was a charter flight traveling from Nassau to a remote island in the Exumas. It also happened to be carrying my husband. I had waited for the plane to arrive from a safe vantage point outside of the chain...

Only in the Islands

An only in the islands moment... The construction boys have been working hard all week, so my husband and I decided to treat them to an afternoon on the boat so they could get in the water and do some spearfishing. We stopped at numerous coral heads and they would...

Daylight Come and Me Wanna Go Home

I have been singing "The Banana Boat Song" aka "Day-O" for three days. All I want to do is go home. To be fair, Sunday was a last minute day. We got a phone call from the supply boat captain early in the morning to let us know that he was heading back to Nassau. We...

Back to the “Real World”

    Mark and I are going full circle. Well, we thought we had already gone full circle, but to our surprise, we had one more notch to go to complete the radius.   Mark called Nassau home for almost 20 years prior to moving out to a remote island in the Exumas where...