Written by Missy Johnston
Board your charter yacht to begin your yacht charter itinerary in Nassau atParadise Island and the sumptuous Atlantis Hotel and Marina. Enjoy lunch on board before your afternoon of exploring the labyrinth of aquariums and swimming areas of the world’s largest man made marine habitat. Relax while having cocktails ashore before enjoying your first dinner on board prepared by your private yacht charter Chef.
After breakfast cruise south to Little Bell Island. Anchor for a swim and lunch on the top deck of your charter yacht, surrounded by an outstanding view. There are numerous snorkeling areas south of this anchorage including the Exuma Sea Aquarium and Rocky Dundas Caves. Overnight.
Staniel Cay Yacht Club
Cruise to Staniel Cay Yacht Club and dock. This small settlement is the “big city” of The Exumas and offers two restaurants and a nightclub that hosts a large cookout on Saturday nights. Visit one of the numerous beautiful beaches and the grotto Thunderball Cave, a spectacular snorkel area that has been featured in many movies including “Splash” and, appropriately, the James Bond movie “Thunderball”.
Sail north to Warderick Wells. Warderick is where the park office of the Exuma Land and Sea Park is located, and offers four miles of nature trails leading to caves, wells and Loyalist ruins. The island is also known to be haunted by a group of missionaries that wrecked and perished on the island in the 1700’s. Some people even claim to hear their hymns at night! If more natural phenomena is your style, you may prefer to look out for the hutia, a rodent the size of a small dog that also “haunts” this cay.
Snorkeling in the Bahamas
After having breakfast, head north to Hawksbell Cay, a very attractive area that’s still in the Exumas Land and Sea Park. There are numerous trails to explore and here are located some of this area’s most beautiful beaches. You may want to take a five-mile charter yacht tender ride north to Shroud Cay, to explore a system of small mangrove islands connected by tidal creeks at high tide.
Hawksbill Sea Turtle
Cruise to Highbourne Cay and explore the beautiful beach on the east side of Highbourne Cay. Walk the island or go bone fishing on the flats. This Cay is a favorite place to feed the sharks and stingrays. Snorkel the ‘Octopus Garden’ or for certified divers explore the 230-foot Highbourne Cay Wall and the sixteenth-century Highbourne Cay Wreck.
Return to Nassau on your charter yacht to disembark.