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7 Days in the Exumas onboard 'Arabella'
'Arabella' is the true definition of a classic beauty and offers something that most yachts cannot. She is perfect for those looking for that perfect private family event or that fantastic shadow boat. Sleeping up to 36 guests and certified to carry up to 149 passengers, how could this not make for the perfect sailing yacht to cruise the Caribbean? Kept up to the highest standards and loaded with the right toys and massive deck space, this is a yacht everyone wants to hang out on
The archipelago of the Bahamas is located just 150 miles from Miami and the coast of Florida (United States), and although technically it is located in the Atlantic Ocean, they are considered part of the islands of the Caribbean.
If you love visiting breathtaking beaches, traveling to the Bahamas and the Exuma Islands should be in your top must-see destinations. There's no doubt that this Caribbean archipelago hides some of the best beaches in the world.
Bahamas is a paradise on earth, and the reasons why you should choose the Exuma Islands for your next boat vacation are endless:
* Well sheltered anchorages on desert islands of unbeatable beauty.
* Shallow crystal clear waters that look like a pool as far as the eye can see.
* It's incredible nature. Discover the swimming pigs, their exotic iguanas or snorkel among friendly turtles and thousand-coloured fish in one of the largest underwater reserves in the world.
* Enjoy the sun and summer temperatures all year round.
* Pleasant trade winds and ideal sailing conditions all year round.
* Discover the famous Thunderball Grotto.
* Dive among sunken ships and planes, and if you dare, do it with the friendly nurse sharks.
* Or just relax on its stunning virgin white sand beaches.
With it's more than 365 islands, can you think of a better way to discover the Bahamas than by boat? This is why we propose a 7-day sailing itinerary on a catamaran, yacht or sailboat through the Bahamas and its exotic Exuma islands. A week of a private yacht cruise for you to enjoy with your family or friends, hopping across the most paradisiacal islands of the Caribbean.
A 7-DAY EXUMAS ITINERARY
DAY 1: NASSAU: THE GATE OF PARADISE
Our Bahamas vacation start on the island of Nassau, where our boat awaits us in the Palm Cay Marina. Once the provisioning is organized, you can spend the day discovering the history of the island. Stroll through the center of Nassau, which stands out for having a very colorful English colonial style, or perhaps relax on one of its most famous beaches, such as Cable Beach, Jaws Beach or Love Beach.
Curious fact: Did you know that the population of Nassau was practically made up of pirates until 1718?
DAY 2: SAILING TO THE EXUMAS: ALLEN CAY AND HIGHBOURNE CAY
We sets sail for the Exuma Islands. Relax with the sea breeze and deep blue waters on the cruise to Allen Cay. Once there, you can explore these desert islands and be surprised by the exotic iguanas that roam the paradisiacal beaches of Leaf Cay.
Highbourne Cay is known as the Gate of the Exumas. It’s a private island with a first-class marina. In Horseshoe Bay you can snorkel among reefs and see colourful fish in the wonderful “Octopus Garden Reef”. If you prefer to relax in the sun, both the island itself and its neighbours own some of the most spectacular beaches in the Caribbean.
Tip: If you are one of those who likes to enjoy tranquility, you may prefer to anchor in neighbouring Oyster Cay or Long Cay.
DAY 3: WARDERICK WELLS CAY: THE LARGEST UNDERWATER PARK IN THE CARIBBEAN
Warderick Well Cay is the exact definition of a paradisiac island. This desert island is the ideal place to get lost strolling along its incredible virgin white sand beaches or to take a bath in turquoise waters. But the greatest treasure of this jewel of the Exumas is hidden under water. Warderick Well Cay is home to the largest underwater natural park in the entire Caribbean. Explore its marine park and discover its thousand-colored reefs, tropical fish, sea turtles, stromatolites, and even the skeleton of a sperm whale. Snorkeling or diving in these waters will be definitely an explosion for your senses.
DAY 4: BAHAMAS BY BOAT: COMPASS CAY AND STANIEL CAY
At the halfway point of our sailing holidays in Bahamas, you will find that the Exuma Islands will never stop surprising you. Enjoy the pleasant journey hopping from island to island through the Exumas to Compass Cay, where you will have the opportunity to swim with the cheerful nurse sharks. Don't worry, it is a harmless species! Will you dare?
The spectacular Staniel Cay has been the set for more than one James Bond movie. If you are going to cruise the Exumas in the Bahamas you cannot miss the impressive underwater caves of the "Thunderball Grotto", which actually gave name to one of the secret agent films.
In Big Major Cay, very close to Staniel Cay, you will be able to visit the curious swimming pigs enjoying the turquoise waters of this Caribbean beach. They are probably the Bahamas most representative icon!
DAY 5: SHROUD CAY: POSSIBLY THE MOST BEAUTIFUL ISLAND IN THE WORLD
The next essential stop on your one-week route sailing in the Bahamas and the Exuma Islands, is Shroud Cay. Its beauty is difficult to describe just in words. You’ll enjoy tropical mangroves, virgin white sand beaches and crystal clear blue waters. Some say that Shroud Cay is the most beautiful island in the world . Why not?
If you want to disembark during the day, you can take a hiking route through Explore Camp Driftwood Beach, where you will walk to the highest point of the island and you can share one of the best sunsets in the Caribbean. If you are looking for wonderful sites, be sure to explore its mangroves or dive among sea turtles, lobsters and tropical fish in Coral de Fuego or Wax Cut Drift Dive.
DAY 6: CAYO NORMAN: DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE CARIBBEAN
Norman Cay is one of the Exuma and Bahamas islands that attracts the most tourists. It is an abandoned island known for drug trafficking, which existed for almost five years in the past. However, this key has something much more to offer, such as its coral reefs, ideal for snorkeling or diving. During your visit to Norman Cay, be sure to visit the sunken plane that rests in the crystal clear waters. It is worth seeing it underwater!
At night you can freely anchor in a bay surrounded by an impressive natural environment.
DAY 7: SAIL BACK TO NASSAU, BAHAMAS
Do you want to take an unforgettable photo? Or maybe a spectacular selfie to get attention on social media... Little Norman's Cay sets its impressive beach and a background as a postcard.
Relax on your journey back to Nassau where you can spend the last night of your vacation cruising the Bahamas and the Exumas Islands. Once there, if you want to take advantage of sightseeing, be sure to visit the Nassau Pirates Museum or the Queen's Stairs, as well as the John Watling Distillery and Fort Charlotte.
After several days of sailing through the Bahamas, surrounded by nature and tranquility, you may want to walk through the “downtown”, especially along Bay Street, the main street of the town. You will find from international brand stores to restaurants where you will be able to enjoy local cuisine. It is the perfect place to enjoy a dinner with your family or friends and remember the unforgettable adventures lived in this week of vacation sailing through the Bahamas and the Exuma Islands.
Private 10-day or 2-week boat cruise in the Bahamas and the Exuma Islands
You will discover stunning beaches and hundreds of entertaining activities on your boat trip in the Bahamas and the Exuma Islands . Whether you decide to sail for 7, 10 or 14 days, the experience will be unique and unforgettable.
If you decide to extend your cruise hopping from island to island in the Bahamas, we definitely also recommend visiting Tropic of Cancer Beach in Little Exuma, Stocking Island or Moria Harbor Cay National Park. Live a magical vacation in the Exumas adding these islands to your itinerary!