Yachting to Exuma – Not to Miss Locations
The Exumas consists of 365 islands which make up a 100 plus-mile archipelago in the Bahamas. Known for sapphire waters, luxurious resorts, pristine beaches, private islands, and swimming pigs, the Exumas are among the world’s most sought after tropical destinations. An escape to the islands promises an escape complete with laid back ambiance and lush landscapes. On Great Exuma Island, you’ll find lavish five-star accommodations and the promise of an unforgettable tropical vacation. Even better, yachting to Exuma is an easy trek from your home port of Lighthouse Point Yacht Club in South Florida. As you travel to Exuma, you’ll cherish the journey, which is overflowing with breathtaking views, must see spots, and once in a lifetime attractions. On your arrival, you find 365 islands with villages, islets, sandbars, beaches, and bays to explore. In many places, your only companions will be the waving palms, curious iguanas, and possibly the world-famous swimming pigs.
Enjoy the Swimming Pigs
Possibly the most famous residents of the Exumas are the swimming pigs of Big Major Cay. As you approach, waves of vibrant blues catch your eye, when suddenly you are distracted by an unexpected sight, herds of friendly snorting pigs heading out to greet you. These pigs, while not natives of Exuma, have adapted to the tropical location and assumed the laid-back vibe of the islanders. The swimming pigs enjoy hanging out with their human visitors and enjoy the treats bestowed upon them. If you visit, please take care to interact responsibly and safely with your swine hosts.
Greet the Iguanas of Allen’s Cay
There is no doubt, the Exumas are a nature lover’s paradise filled with unique flora and fauna. The iguanas at Allen’s Cay can reach over 20 pounds, but in spite of their size, they are friendly and love to meet and greet human visitors, especially those who bring them grapes to enjoy. Formerly known as Northern Bahamian Rock Iguanas, the Allen’s Cay iguanas are only found on Exuma, and only in three cays- Allen’s Cay, Leaf Cay, and Southern Allen’s Cay. As a result, they are endangered, so take care to interact responsibly and safely as directed by your guide. Keep in mind, like all wild creatures, the iguanas have unique personalities, some unafraid to climb or jump on top of visitors.
Swim with the Compass Cay Nurse Sharks
While swimming with sharks of any kind can get the adrenaline pumping, the Nurse Sharks at Compass Cay are bottom feeders that enjoy being fed by human visitors. These gentle sharks are not human predators, but have been known to bite human visitors. Tread water in Compass Cay and enjoy the close proximity of Nurse Sharks as entire schools swim past you. Growing up to seven feet in length, the Nurse Sharks look like overgrown catfish. When you are swimming with the sharks, remember to rub them on their backs, not near their mouths, so your fingers aren’t inadvertently mistaken for shark snack.
Explore Thunderball Grotto at Staniel Cay
Thunderball? Yes, one in the same, Thunderball grotto, also known as the James Bond cave, was made famous in the movie of the same name. The grotto is an underwater cave system filled with exotic marine life and vibrant coral reefs. If you want to snorkel into the grotto and explore, it is easiest to go at low tide, when tidal currents aren’t as strong and the exit isn’t underwater.
Relax in Rachel’s Bubble Bath
Just north of Staniel Cay, you’ll find Compass Cay, home to Rachel’s Bubble Bath, where you will experience what is possibly the best swimming in the Caribbean. This pristine deep blue lagoon, where waves crash over a barrier reef providing what looks and feels like a relaxing bath. Like a natural seawater Jacuzzi, you’ll enjoy swimming and diving into Rachel’s Bubble Bath as you enjoy the solitude and calm of this serene location.