Great for Summer and Winter
Our 9-day yacht charter itinerary around the Exumas is perfect if you're thinking about a Social Distancing Yacht Charter Vacation as a result of COVID-19. The Exumas Island chain is one of the shining jewels of the Bahamas, and it's easy to distance yourself from the crowds and enjoy the magic of the white sand beaches and sparkling blue sea.
- Day 1
Fly privately into Staniel Cay Distance: 5 nm*
It’s never been easier to fly privately into Staniel Cay, with plenty of aviation options available for both private jets and chartered flights. If you’re flying in from the USA, you need to be aware that Staniel Cay is not a port of entry: read our Social Distancing in the Exumas Article for more information.
You’ll touch down Staniel Cay and meet your yacht at the local yacht club. After a warm welcome on board, your yacht will head out for a sunset meal overlooking the pastel-colored buildings of the yacht club, and you’ll spend the night anchored in the calm waters of the Exumas.
- Day 2
See the most iconic sights in the ExumasDistance: 5 nm*
Wake up ready to explore. After breakfast on deck, grab your snorkeling gear and get ready for a day of discovery.
The first sight you’ll encounter is the sunken remains of a former drug smuggling plane. Now serving as an artificial reef, this skeleton of this jet makes an incredible opportunity for seeing sea life up close. If your yacht has a Go-Pro, be sure to capture some footage of yourself swimming through the sunken aircraft.
Next, you’ll visit Thunderball Grotto. Named after the James Bond movie, this partially submerged cave is home to some spectacular rock formations and awe-inspiring scenery. Have lunch on deck and head over to Sampson Cay, where you can spend the afternoon playing with water toys and enjoying the sun-warmed blue waters. Anchor overnight.
- Day 3
Meet the pigs Distance: 7 nm*
Jump in the tender and head over to Pipe Creek. This beautiful region is bound together by a string of islands and is home to long swathes of white sand and shallow cuts of aquamarine water.
Spend your morning water-skiing, snorkelling, and enjoying the feeling of the sugar-soft sand between your toes. Have lunch as you cruise over to Big Major’s Cay.
Here, you’ll meet the iconic swimming pigs of the Bahamas. They’ll paddle straight up the tender to greet you as you cruise in, and your yacht crew will give you food to feed them. Pat them and take some pictures before heading back to your yacht for a themed dining extravaganza.
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- Pig Beach
- Day 4
Discover Compass CayDistance: 5 nm*
Cruise north towards Compass Cay. On the north side of the island, you’ll find the ancient cave formations of Rocky Dundas.
This impressive network of caves boasts some incredible stalactites and stalagmites that create a natural cathedral setting. Take in the sights above the surface of the sea, but don’t forget to don your snorkeling gear and dive into the natural pools.
Nearby, you’ll find the famous attraction of ‘Rachel’s Bubble Bath’. This natural whirlpool is best described as a cross between a water park ride and a thermal spa, and it varies according to the tide. Your yacht crew will know the best time to take you.
- Day 5
Soak up the splendor of O’Brien’s CayDistance: 7 nm*
Take a breakfast cruise over to O’Brien’s Cay, enjoying the fresh sea breeze, the sound of the sea, and the stunning scenery as you voyage further north.
You’re now entering the Exumas Land and Sea Park. This area is truly awe-inspiring, so be prepared for some mesmerizing sights and great diving opportunities.
O’Brien’s Cay is home to another plane wreck. This plane is located much deeper than the one at Staniel Cay, and its nose is buried in the seabed at a much sharper angle. After swimming around it, hop back in your tender and go check out the Aquarium. This dive site is so-called because of its kaleidoscopic variety of fish; you’ll have hours of fun seeing the metropolis of marine life below the surface.
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The Aquarium at O’Brien’s Cay
- The Aquarium at O’Brien’s Cay
- Day 6
Hiking and relaxing at Warderick WellsDistance: 15 nm*
Cruise north into Warderick Wells, and you’ll find yourself in the heart of the Exumas Land and Sea Park.
A former pirate’s hideaway, the anchorages in this region are very shallow, with lots of sandbars that rise from the sea at low tide. Tidal currents create little rivers that everyone in your charter party will love playing in.
Grab your hiking boots and head on shore for a look around Boo Hill. There are over 4 miles of hiking trails to choose from; pick your favorite and keep a weather eye for the white-tailed tropical birds which nest in the wild bushes here. Enjoy the breathtaking views over the blindingly blue sea that stretches out for miles around, before heading back to your yacht for a sunset meal in the most peaceful surroundings.
- Day 7
Enjoy some watersports fun at Shroud CayDistance: 5 nm*
After breakfast, head onwards to Shroud Cay.
The little island of Shroud Cay is primed for playing with water toys. Anchor in a quiet bay and get to grips with Jet-Skis and water-skiing, or simply enjoy some leisurely snorkeling above the coral reefs. The island itself is home to lots of sheltered creeks that make excellent spots for paddleboarding.
On the east side of the island, there’s also the famous Washing Machine, which is a cut between two outcrops of land where the tide gathers some speed. It’s perfect for riding the current on the back of inflatable toys. In this area, you'll also find shallow water that's only a foot or two deep, and it's usually the temperature of bathwater from being warmed by the sun. Ask your yacht crew to bring you an evening aperitif, and enjoy drinking your cocktail of choice while lying back in the warm water.
- Day 8
Norman’s Cay and Allan CaysDistance: 70 nm*
Your last day in paradise will be a busy one.
Start off at Norman’s Cay with some snorkeling and swimming around popular dive sites such as the Octopus Garden or Hammerhead Gulch. Learn to spearfish, and ask your yacht chef to cook up your catches on the barbecue for dinner.
Depending on the tides, your next stop might be the Exumas Sandbar. This beautiful sight makes a lovely spot for a lunchtime beach picnic, but it can sometimes get busy. After lunch, cruise onwards to the Allan Cays. The Allan Cays are famous for the iguana beach, where you can see these lizards basking in the sun on the hot sand. Feed them some scraps and take some pictures.
- Day 9
Fly out of Staniel Cay
Head back to Staniel Cay to catch your flight home.
If time permits, have one last swim in the blue water and enjoy playing with water toys one final time. You’ll disembark feeling relaxed, refreshed and filled with happy memories of your Bahamas yacht charter.
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*All distances are approximate