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30 Finest Issues to Do on the Bahamas Island

The Exuma Islands in The Bahamas has lengthy been well-known for its pristine turquoise seas and powder-white sands, attracting many well-known folks like Johnny Depp and David Copperfield into proudly owning considered one of its 365 islands.

It additionally presents a pleasant break from the fast-paced metropolis life full of Bahamas actions. Right here, they’re just about on island time, the place all the things is laid again and peaceable. Nonetheless, that doesn’t imply that there’s not a lot to do right here. Far from it, truly!

From consuming Bahamian delicacies to snorkeling a sunken aircraft to swimming with pigs and extra, we’ll be sharing the very best bucket checklist worthy experiences yow will discover in your journey in Exuma!

Exuma Bucket Checklist: Finest Issues to Do on the Bahamas Island

Concerning the Exuma Islands

The Exuma Islands are identified for his or her translucent aquamarine waters. Bordering the limitless shades of blue have been the powder-white sand beachfronts of the crescent-shaped shallow islands. There are 365 of those cays alongside this part of the Bahamas, protecting 130 brilliantly turquoise miles.

Some are privately owned by well-known stars like John Depp who fell in love with this space of the Bahamas whereas filming Pirates of the Caribbean and illusionist David Copperfield who was so enamored he bought Musha Cay, a 150-acre piece of paradise that has been reworked right into a luxurious resort costing just below $40,000 per evening.

It was a laid again archipelago the place the time appeared to maneuver slower. A lot totally different than our beginning island of Nassau, the place the cruise ships dock and Senor Frogs is packed to the rim with tipsy twenty-somethings toting round two-foot tall cocktails.

A fast half hour flight from the busy responsibility free retailers, tour buses dropping off dozens of individuals in entrance of the Atlantis on line casino and blaring music from the second flooring of the downtown bars, is a pint sized model of its capital counterpart.

And listed here are the very best Issues to Do on Bahama’s Exuma Islands that you just simply can not miss out on.

1. Attempt Your Hand at Bonefishing

Attempt your hand at fly-fishing for the elusive bonefish within the place that’s world-renowned for bonefishing. When discovered, the difficult fish can put up a struggle which makes it on each anglers bucket checklist. You may expertise it on a half-day tour with Island Routes or give Bonefish Stevie a name.

2. Constitution a Yacht

You can begin your Exuma journey by chartering a yacht. Not solely will it make it easier to navigate the islands and must-see sights, however additionally, you will get to focus extra on having fun with your journey since a captain will likely be manning the yacht.

You may try a number of the yacht charters beneath in case you are eager about renting one:

3. Indulge at Chat n’ Chill’s Sunday Pig Roast

In case you are lacking the get together ambiance of Nassau, you may take a five-minute ferry experience from the large island to the close by Stocking island for the Sunday afternoon pig roast at Chat ‘N’ Chill. Right here boats line the waterfront, and there’s at all times a big group of individuals indulging in Goombay Smash cocktails, taking part in sand volleyball or sunbathing on the seashore.

The Sunday Pig Roast at Chat n’ Chill is obtainable on each Sunday of the yr. The seasoned and smoked pig, which is served Bahamian type, comes along with a few facet dishes. To get right here, you may take a 5-minute water taxi from the federal government dock in George City. Thoughts you, I’d additionally recommendation so that you can get there about as quickly because the place opens up at midday, as this dish is served on a primary come foundation, and it often doesn’t take them quite a lot of hours to promote out!

Annette at Chat n Chill

4. Dangle Out at Coco Plum Seashore

Coco Plum is a well-known spot for lengthy walks alongside the seashore and shallow water. Additionally it is an ideal setting for romantic image shoots, with its white sands and exquisite palm bushes.

Swimming its waters could be troublesome as it’s too shallow, particularly in the course of the low tide. Nonetheless, the picturesque lagoons, the sand bars that seem within the low tide, and the various sand {dollars} greater than makes up for it.

Hang Out at Coco Plum Beach

5. Go Conch Diving

Exuma is without doubt one of the locations the place you may expertise a one-of-a-kind seafood gathering apply: diving for conches! And naturally, when you’ve gathered sufficient conches, get your tummies prepared for some Bahamian-style delicacies recent from the ocean. Most (if not all) of the highest tour corporations provide this distinctive expertise of their excursions, so make sure you test it out first earlier than reserving.

Go Conch Diving

6. Swim in Dean’s Blue Gap

What’s a Blue Gap? A “Blue Gap” is a sinkhole that’s not solely full of water however has a submerged entrance discovered beneath the floor. Whereas there many blue holes on the planet, Dean’s Blue Gap stands out as a result of it’s the deepest identified to man. At 663 toes (202 meters), Dean’s Blue Gap is simply west of Clarence City on Lengthy Island and on good days, the water is so clear you could see as much as 115 toes! It’s a great web site for divers keen to check their mettle.

You may e-book a tour to Dean’s Blue Gap by Robert’s Island Adventures.

7. Discover Emerald Bay

The all-inclusive Sandals Emerald Bay is without doubt one of the greatest locations to remain in Exuma. There are many issues to do round and see within the resort, making for enjoyable exploration alternatives.

You’ll discover totally different garden video games like croquet and large chess (to call a number of) as you make your method across the resort. There’s additionally an 18-hole championship golf course that golf fanatics will love, the primary pool with swim-up bars, and a few world-class eating starting from French, Italian, British, and extra.

Except for the totally different actions, don’t miss strolling on the sugary white sands on the personal seashore or taking a dip in its turquoise waters. You may also pamper your self with a go to to the resort’s Pink Lane Spa.

Explore Emerald Bay

8. Discover the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park

Exuma Cays Land & Sea Park is a shocking stretch of water is the world’s first land and sea park, in addition to an ecological protect and wildlife refuge identified for its magnificent marine atmosphere.

Maintain your eyes peeled for some fascinating critters on land, just like the uncommon Bahamian rock iguanas and the native rodent-like hutias. Nonetheless, probably the most thrilling half is underneath the ocean, the place you get to see totally different marine life resembling angelfish, reef sharks, Nassau groupers, and extra.

The totally different cays that make up the nationwide park provide numerous actions, with scuba diving and snorkeling being the preferred. Points of interest you shouldn’t miss out on embody the Submerged Aircraft and Sea Aquarium, and plenty of extra.

9. Discover the Exumas by Seaplane

For an actual bucket checklist spotlight, constitution a seaplane to discover the Exuma Islands. Seabird Air or TIA can take you excessive above the crystal blue waters for the best aerial view, then land at your alternative of the cays.

10. Feed the Swimming Pigs at Staniel Cay

Someplace on the market within the Outer Exuma Islands is Massive Main Cay, a small island dominated by pigs—that’s proper, precise pigs! It’s in reality one of many largest sights on this island. The pigs will swim out to your boat as you strategy the island and relying on how pleasant they’re on the day they’ll hold round, swim with you guys and have a few of your lunch as properly.

In case you are pressed for time, there’s a nearer piggy island referred to as White Bay. I booked the half-day tour there with Exuma Water Sports activities and it was GREAT! For the complete day tour that features a nurse shark swim try this tour (FYI it begins from Nassau): From Nassau: Exuma Swimming Pigs, Sharks and Extra.

Annette with the Swimming with Pigs Exuma

The swimming pigs have a tendency to come back out to play when the noon solar cools down a bit. There are myths and tales of how the swimming pigs of the Bahamas received there. Some folks consider that they survived a shipwreck whereas others suppose that they have been left there by pirates who meant them to be a future meal however by no means got here again. Regardless of the case, they’re attention-grabbing swimming companions and some of the distinctive concepts on this checklist.

Learn Extra: Pig Seashore: The Bahama’s Swimming Pigs of Exuma Island

Annette with the Swimming with Pigs Exuma

11. Dangle Out in George City

George City presents a pleasant change of tempo from the busy way of life of main cities. And being on island time, it’s straightforward to get your self to sit down again, chill out, and revel in across the city.

A preferred attraction in George City is the pink and white Authorities Constructing, impressed by Nassau’s Authorities Home. You may also get your self some souvenirs on the Straw Market, from stylish hand-made straw luggage to cute wooden carvings and extra.

Hang Out in George Town

12. Go Kayaking

Renting a kayak is a unbelievable method of exploring the various totally different islands and sights within the Exumas. You may even uncover distant islands the place you may spend a day on the seashore and even go on a hike!

Yow will discover loads of kayak leases round Nice Exuma, particularly in George City (like Out-Island Explorers).

Go Kayaking

13. Seize a Rum Cake at Mother’s Bakery

Who doesn’t love a great cake once in a while? At Mother’s Bakery the cake isn’t just good, it’s spectacular! And whereas they’ve a few choices to select from, why not go Caribbean type and get the to-die-for rum cake that crumbles to the contact and melts in your mouth? I can promise that you just gained’t be upset by its unimaginable flavors.

For added recollections, if mama herself is there, get a selfie collectively (I did!). FYI: Mother’s Bakery is true subsequent door to Santana’s. 

Annette at Mom's Bakery

14. Take within the View at Haulover Bay Bar and Grill

What drew me in with Haulover Bay Bar & Grill particularly was its proximity to the ocean. It’s virtually proper on high of the turquoise waters! There are indoor seats as properly, however the outside patio is the place it’s at if you wish to take pleasure in a Bahama Mama cocktail whereas taking in probably the greatest views on the planet. The shallow waters combined in with sand bars and blue upon blue upon blue. We sat right here, alone for hours watching the kite surfers glide over the shallow waters. Come by whereas it’s mild out to breathe in the very best ambiance.

Annette at Haulover Bay Bar Grill

15. Stroll Amongst the Iguanas of Allen’s Cay

Do you know that these Northern Bahamian Rock Iguanas can solely be discovered on Exuma? They is probably not as fluffy and cute and pleasant as our domesticated pet buddies, however they’re nonetheless endearing to see out and about. Particularly as they’re endangered, you could need to put some warning into what you’ll feed them.

PS: this tour from Nassau will take you there: Exuma Swimming Pigs, Sharks and Extra

Iguanas in Exuma

The iguana island was a cease on my tour with Exuma Water Sports activities. Armed with a handful of purple grapes, I popped one to the bottom and a gaggle of those animals swarmed me. When my grapes have been executed, I sat on a rock and one little man got here in the direction of me mistaking my painted toenails for a tiny spherical grape. He licked it a pair occasions till he realized it didn’t style good.

Anette playing with the Iguannas in Exuma

16. See the Lighthouse at Little Pipe Cay

Little Pipe Cay is without doubt one of the uncommon gems of the Exumas in Central Bahamas. Although the island itself is privately owned, you may as an alternative take an image of considered one of its sights: the previous stone lighthouse.

The still-working lighthouse serves as a information for vessels going by a slender passage into Exuma Sound. The world across the lighthouse can be solely accessible by boat.

Little Pipe Cay Lighthouse

17. Step Foot on Musha Cay

Musha Cay is definitely a privately owned island on the chain of Exuma Islands, with the proprietor being none apart from David Copperfield. The resort itself on the island is restricted in who can go to or keep in a single day, however there are half-day journeys organized to the realm. These journeys are price it; the sandbar is each attractive and a surreal expertise. If you wish to discover extra, some personal excursions may additionally be organized.

18. See Norman Cay’s Pristine Seashores

Norman’s Cay within the Bahamas as soon as served because the headquarters of a drug-smuggling operation within the Seventies till authorities seized it in 1987. In the present day, it’s well-known for its pristine seashores (and one different attraction) like Pelican Seashore (extra famously referred to as the Tropic of Most cancers Seashore), Sandals Emerald Bay, and Three Sisters Seashore.

Norman Cay’s Pristine Beaches

19. Discover the Rocky Dundas Caves

The Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park is residence to a number of sights, considered one of which is the traditional hidden cave, Rocky Dundas. It’s positioned simply exterior of Fowl Cay, and you’ll entry it by swimming underwater.

Inside, the wealthy, colourful algae surrounding its partitions whereas the daylight beams down from a gap within the ceiling is simply image excellent!

Explore the Rocky Dundas Caves

20. Store Sandpiper Arts & Crafts

Sandpiper Arts & Crafts is a beautiful little store at George City has an amazing collection of native merchandise you’ll need to take residence with you, from island clothes to espresso cups to collectible pottery and extra.

Most of their merchandise are handmade by the homeowners, the Minns household, and showcase their heritage and love for island life.

21. Eat at Santanna’s Bar and Grill

Whether it is seafood you might be craving, look no additional than Santanna’s Bar and Grill. Their deep-fried lobster is one thing you shouldn’t miss! Except for their assortment of seafood dishes, additionally they have hen and barbeque ribs, to not point out the good view by the seashore and the occasional sharks within the water.

Eat at Santanna’s Bar and Grill

22. Snorkel the Land & Sea Park Aquarium

The Sea Aquarium is without doubt one of the principal sights of the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park, positioned on the northwest facet of O’Brien Cay. When you go into the water, you’ll see why it was aptly referred to as an aquarium.

The coral gardens that fill the realm present a pure wall, with many various fish species making it their residence. The world can be simply round 20 toes deep, making it excellent for snorkeling!

There’s additionally a sunken sea aircraft marked by a yellow floatie round 100 yards from the aquarium which is price trying out as properly.

23. See the Stars at Starfish Reserve

Reaching for the celebs (actually!) is feasible on the Starfish Reserve, simply north of Nice Exuma. Right here you’ll discover tons of various colourful starfish on the shallow seashore, a few of that are larger than your hand!

Simply bear in mind, solely depart footprints and recollections!

See the stars at Starfish Reserve

24. Shirley’s Fish Fry Shack

Whereas there are many positive eating alternatives all around the Exuma Islands, if you wish to have some of the genuine barbecue experiences then you must actually make a cease at Shirley’s Fish Fry Shack on Nice Exuma.

Tucked away on the waters edge, right here you can see a number of the greatest conventional Bahamian barbecue. Don’t miss out on the coconut shrimp!

Fish Fry at Shirley’s Fish Fry Shack

25. Snorkel Pablo Escobar’s Sunken Aircraft

One other attraction of the Norman Cays, the notorious Pablo Escobar aircraft wreck could be seen on the southern finish of the island.

It’s straightforward to dive and attain the aircraft wreck, with it simply being round 10 toes beneath the water, relying on tide situations. You will get right here by way of chartered flight or yacht, so it’s essential verify along with your constitution dealer first.

26. See St. Christophers Anglican Church

Little Exuma is residence to the smallest church within the Bahamas, St. Christophers Anglican Church. It’s a personal church erected by the Fitzgerald household in 1939 out of wooden recovered from a close-by shipwreck, whereas the mortar was made utilizing floor conch and lime within the Ferry space.

Although it isn’t open for public entry, this quaint little church makes for some nice pictures in your journey round Exuma.

27. Swim with Nurse Sharks at Compass Cay

Very like the swimming pigs, this will likely be one other distinctive and attention-grabbing wildlife exercise so as to add to your checklist of life experiences. Nurse sharks aren’t fairly as massive, or harmful, as their white shark cousins, and so that you get to truly swim within the water with them with no cages or something separating the 2 of you! It’d sound scary however, I guarantee you, it’s extra thrilling in a constructive method than something!

That is one other exercise that except you e-book a personal constitution, most excursions embody many different stops too. Exuma Water Sports activities presents a full-day day tour that features the sunken aircraft wreck, Thunderball grotto and the swimming pigs.

28. Snorkel Thunderball Grotto

Having obtained its identify from a James Bond film, and having been the filming location to a collection of Hollywood films, Thunderball Grotto is a beautiful spot within the waters of Exuma Islands. It is probably not a looker from the skin, however you actually shouldn’t choose the entire thing by its covers. When you attain the within space of the quirky island, you’ll see for your self simply how particular it’s. There are caves, holes, and underwater areas to swim by, and never solely will there be spots the place you’ll be greeted by beaming solar rays, you’ll additionally end up surrounded by a whole bunch of colourful fishes.

Except you e-book a personal constitution, most excursions to Thunderball Grotto embody many different stops too (bonus!). Exuma Water Sports activities presents a full-day day tour that features the sunken aircraft wreck, swimming pigs, a sand bar and nurse sharks.

29. Tropic of Most cancers Seashore

Are you seeking to get launched to probably the most attractive seashore on the Exuma Islands? For my part, that is it! The plush and delicate positive white powder sand of the seashore seems like straight out of fantasies, and dipping into the intense blue waters is full of amazingness as properly. And although it’s a fashionable seashore, it’s additionally a secret saved properly sufficient that it probably gained’t get overly crowded when you’re there (nobody was there purchase me on my go to!).

Tropics of Cancer Beach

30. Attempt a Goombay Smash with a Rum Floater

Virtually each restaurant in Exuma will characteristic one thing referred to as a Goombay Smash, it’s a rum-rich cocktail of the Bahamas. Although you may get it different locations world wide, why not get it from the supply! One in every of my favorites was at Chat n’ Chill, so whenever you’re there for the Sunday Pig Roast make certain to order one—or two, or three.

31. Attempt native favorites, like Conch and Bahamian Rock Lobster

Pronounced “conk”, this savory sea snail might sound weird to many vacationers however it’s truly an area delicacy within the the Bahamas (and you’ll simply get some at Massive D’s Conch Spot on Nice Exuma!). The normal solution to eat it’s in a “conch salad” the place it’s served uncooked with onions, candy peppers and citrus juices. If, nonetheless, you aren’t too certain about consuming uncooked snail then you may attempt the “cracked” model that’s fried and buttered or the curried model.

Cooked conch at Exuma

Santana’s is the second hottest eatery on the Exuma Islands, after Chat ‘N Chill. You will want to go to drive to the southernmost level of Nice Exuma (to Little Exuma) to succeed in right here, however the Bahamian rock lobster will likely be price it. They produce other gadgets on the menu as properly, however the cracker spiny lobster is their specialty. It’s served with an ample quantity of sides, and also you gained’t be leaving the restaurant on the finish of your meal hungry or unhappy. Quite the opposite!

32. Go to the Exumas’ Ghost City: Lee Stocking Island

When visiting one thing as stunning as Exuma, coming upon a ghost city could be one thing that gained’t cross your thoughts.

Situated at Lee Stocking Island (to not be confused with Stocking Island, which can be in Exuma), the ghost city was as soon as the house of the Perry Institute for Marine Science. Round 2012, the institute moved to Florida, with the unique web site deserted and slowly being taken over by nature.

In the present day, the vacant buildings present an eerie but thrilling expertise for the would-be traveler and one thing you must tick off your bucket checklist!

Visit the Exumas’ Ghost Town

33. Witness a Dawn and Sundown

There are some stunning dawn and sunsets on The Bahamas, and probably the greatest could be discovered at Catch a Fireplace Restaurant. Ensure to get there early for a main seat on the patio.

And people are only the start to the superb journey to the Exuma Islands that you just’ll have! On one final observe: the very best time to go to Exuma Islands is from October to Might, with the climate being particularly preferrred in March and April. So, inform me – what’s going into your baggage, and onto your bucket checklist, for this journey?

Important Ideas for Visiting the Exuma Islands

Getting There: The principle airport is Exuma Worldwide (GGT) and plenty of airways will fly into it—you may simply verify for the very best fare offers at Skyscanner. You may also select to journey by ferry with Bahamas Ferries from Nassau.

The place to Keep in Exuma: For a luxurious expertise, e-book a room on the AAA four-diamond Grand Isle Resort the place you may stroll the mile-long personal white sand seashore and dine at their romantic Palapa Grill overlooking the pool. Peace & Lots is a captivating resort centrally positioned in the course of the “massive metropolis” of Georgetown. Coral Gardens is an easy B&B close to Hopper’s Bay with charming innkeepers. Regatta Level is an all suites resort the place sitting in your porch provides you beautiful views of Elizabeth Harbor, the marina or Crab Cay. In the event you’re in search of extra of a house ambiance (or are touring with a gaggle of individuals), head over to VRBO that has homes, flats and even only a room for hire in each worth vary.

Getting Round: In the event you plan on exploring the Nice Exuma Island it’s good to hire a automotive, as a result of the price of taxis will add up rapidly and usually are not plentiful (although lodges can name you one if it’s essential go someplace). You gained’t discover any of the favored American identify model automotive rental corporations, we rented ours on-line with no points by Exuma Automobile Rental for roughly $75 per day and picked it up proper exterior the airport. You may also attempt Don’s Lease A Automobile (242-345-0112) which is true subsequent door, however it doesn’t have a web site. Be warned that they drive on the opposite facet of the highway than the USA! In the event you don’t need to hire a automotive, some tour corporations will do pickups/drop-offs from the bigger resorts.

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