When it comes to choosing Bahamas yacht charter destinations, few places come close to the allure of Norman Cay. Located in the Exumas, this tropical island has crystal-clear waters, stunning coral reefs, and a slice of pirate history-- offering a broad appeal to your entire charter party.
- Safe and Clear Waters: Ideal for anchoring and making the most of your luxury yacht charter's water toys.
- Variety of Marine Activities: From snorkeling to deep-sea fishing, there’s no end to water-based adventures.
- Rich History: Pablo Escobar's plane wreck offers a different kind of exploration.
- Convenience: Easily accessible, with essential amenities like dining available.
Reaching Norman's Cay is easy, especially if you're coming from Nassau or other major ports in the Bahamas. The waters are generally calm, making it a relatively straightforward sailing experience.
Whale of Warderick Wells
This is perhaps the most protected area to drop anchor. With shallow waters and proximity to the beaches, it's a perfect spot to stay overnight.
This is ideal for those looking for quick access to the island's snorkeling spots, though it's less protected from the winds compared to the Northern Anchorage.
- Snorkeling and Diving: One of the primary attractions is the array of underwater activities available. The island is surrounded by coral reefs teeming with marine life, providing excellent snorkeling and diving opportunities.
- Deep-Sea Fishing: The deeper waters around Norman's Cay are rich in fish like mahi mahi and tuna, offering a fantastic deep-sea fishing experience.
Norman's Cay is particularly famous for the plan wreckage of the most notorious drug lord in history: Pablo Escobar. Set in the turquoise waters of the Cay, put on your motor yacht's snorkeling gear and explore this haunting yet fascinating piece of history which takes you back to the darker days of Norman's Cay when it was the Colombian drug trafficker's base in the late 70s and early 80s.
Pablo Escobar’s Plane Wreck
While Norman's Cay is relatively secluded, it doesn't mean you'll have to survive on your onboard provisions alone. MacDuff’s Restaurant offers a range of local seafood delicacies, as well as international dishes, and is a lovely spot to enjoy a beachside meal.
MacDuff’s is strategically located near some of the popular anchorages, making it easily accessible for those arriving by yacht. The restaurant boasts an open-air setting, allowing guests to savor their meals while enjoying the magnificent Bahamian sunsets and ocean vistas.
- Conch Salad: A Bahamian staple, this dish features fresh conch meat marinated in citrus juices and mixed with peppers, onions, and tomatoes.
- Grilled Lobster: Served with a side of garlic butter, the grilled lobster is a crowd-pleaser and a luxurious treat.
- Fish Tacos: Made with locally caught fish, these tacos are a fusion of flavors that resonate well with the tropical setting.
No island dining experience would be complete without a range of beverages to complement your meal. MacDuff’s offers a selection of local beers, international wines, and, of course, a variety of rum-based cocktails. The “Goombay Smash” is a popular choice, made with a blend of rums and tropical fruit juices.
- Limited Amenities: The island is relatively undeveloped, and while there is at least one restaurant (MacDuff’s), don't expect a wide variety of shops or amenities.
- Fishing Licenses: If you're planning on fishing, make sure you're aware of local fishing regulations, including where you're allowed to fish and what equipment you can use.
- Environmental Conservation: Certain areas around Norman Cay may be protected marine zones. Always be aware of and respect local environmental regulations, including no-take zones for fishing.
Environmental Conservation: Certain areas around Norman's Cay may be protected marine zones. Always be aware of and respect local environmental regulations, including no-take zones for fishing.
By keeping these points in mind, yachters can enjoy a rewarding and safe experience when visiting Norman Cay. The island's combination of natural beauty, intriguing history, and marine activities make it an unforgettable destination in the Bahamas for any maritime enthusiast.
Norman 's Cay, The Exumas, Bahamas