Highlights of the Exuma Cays
Explore the Bahamas Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park, one of the largest protected marine parks in the world. Diving and snorkeling is made easy with mooring balls placed by the Park for your convenience. The world-famous “Pigs Beach” on Big Major cay is undoubtedly one of the more unique excursions you will ever experience. Pigs of all sizes swim up to the boat and guests onboard get a chance to swim with them.
At Compass Cay you will be able to swim with the sharks. No need to be alarmed, these Nurse Sharks are tame and love the attention. Spend some time exploring this beautiful island with crescent beaches to the east and a “bubbly pool” at high tide on the north side of the island. The marina has a small shack of a bar with great atmosphere. Bring an old number plate from home and pin it to the wall.
Near the world-famous Staniel Cay Yacht Club lay Thunderball Cay, where you can snorkel into a large cave with light shining into this magnificent cave from holes up above. This was also the location of a scene from the James Bond movie “Thunderball” filmed here in 1965. The yacht club offers great dining and a fun bar where you can watch the local fishermen clean fish and feed the large stingrays and nurse sharks with pieces of fish. Here you can also take a golf cart and explore more of this popular yacht stop-over.
On Allen’s Cay and Iguana Cay you can walk side by side with wild iguanas and get your selfie taken as they are quite curious. These indigenous creatures live on the small cays and welcome visitors who are willing to share some food. There are multiple species of iguanas in the Bahamas and some look different to others. They are harmless, however it is advised not to provoke them. Norman’s Cay served as the headquarters for Colombian Carlos Lehder’s drug-smuggling operation from 1978 to around 1982 and is now a popular tourist destination and can be reached by small plane or boat.
Visit historic Georgetown, the capital of the Exumas, for a cultural tour and enjoy some delicious local dishes like cracked conch or a spicy conch salad. The town has a pink and white Government building inspired by Bahamian art and here you can find more luxury resorts with golf courses and of course day trip operators taking you to nearby islands and also do a little bonefishing.
The pristine beaches of Stocking Island is great for sunbathing or kayak around a few coves before visiting a beach bar for specialty cocktail around sunset. Look for the pole with a bunch of colorful signs pointing in different directions and see how many places you have been to.