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Bahamas: Northern Exuma Cays

Sample itineraries for 5 and 7-night charters in the Exuma Cays, by catamaran Surprise.

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A variety of fun stops are planned with fast, exhilarating sailing between our shoreside and on-the-water adventures. The days are scheduled for both sailing and exploring.

Recommended pick-up is Norman's Cay or Staniel Cay. Drop-off is either of these locations or Nassau.

Nassau is not recommended as a pick-up due to the 40-mile upwind leg needed to arrive at the Exumas.


Five Nights: Normans Cay to Nassau

Day 1

Norman's to Shroud: Pick-up at McDuffs, sail to Shroud Cay, mangrove creek dinghy exploration to Exuma Sound and Camp Driftwood.

Day 2

Shroud to Warderick Wells, (Exuma Land and Sea Park): Sail/fish deep waters of Exuma Sound. Drift snorkel spectacular north end anchorage, Visitor Center, hike Boo Boo Hill.

Day 3

Warderick Wells to Hawksbill: Reef snorkel (big lobsters), Plantation ruins hike.

Day 4

Hawksbill to Highborne: Snorkel drug smuggler airplane wreck, visit Highborne Marina.

Day 5

Highborne to Rose Island/Nassau roadstead: Allan's Cay iguana visit/feed, downwind run to Rose/Nassau (city by night).

Day 6

Nassau: sights and sounds, Straw Market, Atlantis Resort.


Seven Nights: Staniel Cay to Normans Cay or Nassau

Day 1

Staniel to Big Major's Spot: Pick-up at Staniel Cay Marina, snorkel James Bond's Thunderball Grotto, feed the swimming Pigs.

Day 2

Big Major's to Compass: sail up Pipe Creek, swim with Sharks, hike Crescent Beach.

Day 3

Compass to Cambridge: hike and play at Rachael's Bubblebath, snorkel caves of Rocky Dundas, feed the Jacks at our mooring.

Day 4

Cambridge to Warderick Wells (Exuma Land and Sea Park): snorkel spectacular north end anchorage, Visitor Center, hike Boo Boo Hill.

Day 5

Warderick Wells to Hawksbill: Reef snorkel (big lobsters), Ruins hike.

Day 6

Hawksbill to Highborne: Snorkel drug smuggler airplane wreck, visit Highborne Marina.

Day 7

Day 8

Sail to Norman's, fly out OR visit Nassau: Straw Market, Atlantis Resort


Remember, there are many variations to this sample itinerary. Your charter will be customized to fulfill the dreams of your charter party. That's the beauty of a crewed charter yacht sailing vacation.

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