Meet the local nurse sharks
Take a dip in the turquoise waters of Compass Cay, a private island in the Outer Exumas, and enjoy a close-up encounter with the resident nurse sharks
If you want to get close to the local wildlife during your superyacht charter in the Bahamas, head to the small private island of Compass Cay, where you can step into the shallow water of the marina and enjoy a leisurely swim with the nurse sharks who have made this place their home.
Despite their fearsome profile in the water and great size - some are more than 2m long - nurse sharks are placid creatures which feed on small fish and crustaceans on the sea bed. On Compass Cay they are treated as pets by staff at the marina, who have given them names and regularly feed them.
The nurse sharks have become used to interacting with humans and are not dangerous, but it's worth remembering when you are swimming alongside them that they are still wild animals.
Relax with the locals
Despite their fearsome profile and great size, nurse sharks are placid creatures which feed on small fish and crustaceans on the sea bed
Swimming with these fascinating and inquisitive wild sea creatures is a thrilling experience, and you can get close enough to pet them as they glide past. With snorkelling gear you can join them underwater and listen to the high-pitched squeals they use to communicate.
The marina is surrounded by a sand bank, and the water here is especially clear, so it's a great spot for taking photographs both from shore and below the surface of the crystal clear Atlantic Ocean.
If you are cruising through the Exumas, be sure to make a call at Compass Cay and spend some time in the gentle company of the island's nurse sharks. You can begin planning your yacht vacation now by taking a look at all the crewed yachts available for your next Bahamas private yacht charter.
The nurse sharks of Compass Cay
Compass Cay Marina