Sailing in the Bahamas
Lose yourself in the untouched beauty of the Exuma Cays with their translucent sapphire waters, protected wildlife, empty beaches and welcoming locals.
Accessible only by sail or by air, the Exumas chain of cays in the Bahamas are secluded, blissfully isolated and utterly exquisite. Strung across the Tropic of Cancer in the central Bahamas, these 365 islands are mostly uninhabited offering an astonishing array of protected wildlife with deserted beaches fringing warm, clear waters. With limited phone service and mostly wildlife for company, if you’re seeking total escapism, sailing in the Bahamas has it in spades.
Sailing in the Exumas
Home to some of the most beautiful sailing grounds in the world, the Exumas chain divides two bodies of water known as the Exuma Bank and the Exuma Sound. During the spring, the prevailing easterly trade winds blow which, combined with air temperatures hovering in the early to mid 20’s and water temperatures around the same, makes for truly incredible sailing. The ever-changing depth of water provides an eye-popping array of turquoise blues, admiring the transition from sailing across aquamarine sandy shallows to deep azure blues as the sea floor plunges below, in some areas this can be thousands of feet mere moments from the beach.
Thanks to their isolation and phenomenal changes in water depths, the Exumas provide sanctuary for an astonishing array of wildlife with 176 miles of the Exuma Cays a Land and Sea National Park. Established in 1958, the area was the first ‘no-take’ marine reserve in the Caribbean which has seen it become one of the most successful marine parks in the world. The pristine waters simply beg to be explored boasting out of this world snorkelling and diving opportunities around coral reefs, exotic limestone, deep drop offs, blue holes and caves.. As an ecological refuge, several species have flourished here with numerous fish species, a blooming reef system, the endangered Hawksbill turtle, spiny lobsters and queen conch. This rejuvenation of the marine ecosystem has led to a resurgence in nesting bird species with BirdLife International designating it an Important Bird Area, ensuring its protection for generations to come.
It is also possible to get up close and personal with some of the local wildlife by feeding the endangered Bahamian iguanas under the watchful supervision of a professional guide. The breathtaking marine environment here also houses some four-legged beach goers, the world famous Bahamas swimming pigs. Located at Big Major Cay, delight in these friendly pink companions who have lured travellers from across the globe. How these pigs ended up here isn’t fully understood but thanks to the daily visits from locals and tourists, they are well cared for and much loved.
A Tropical Hideaway
With limited phone signal in the Exumas, visitors are able to truly switch off, casting away their cares as we set sail from Stanley Key. Daily life here is run on island time with the laid back leisurely pace adding to the blissful relaxation that comes with sailing in the Bahamas. Swim in idyllic waters, stroll footprint free beaches and experience memorable wildlife encounters all whilst remaining totally disconnected from busy, modern lives. For an unbelievable tropical adventure off-the-well-trodden track, the Exumas are simply unrivalled.
Private Boat Charter in the Exumas
If the above sounds enticing then join us on board the beautiful schooner Bonnie Lynn for a private boat charter in the Exumas. Sleeping up to 6 guests in three roomy staterooms, your every need will be catered for by hosts, Captains Erick and Hannah. Passionate skippers, they have run their private boat charter in the Exumas for many years, exploring this gorgeous archipelago under sail.
A far cry from the overbearing cruise ships which usually dominate the Bahamian landscape, Bonnie Lynn is a traditional cruising vessel, blending the traditional with the modern as she sails guests around life-changing destinations. Join her for an unforgettable holiday.