On Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, Hurricane Dorian, one of the strongest Atlantic hurricanes on record, devastated the Abaco Islands in the Bahamas and the recovery process will take time. The 700 islands of the Bahamas encompass a large area and the Exumas lying further to the south were unaffected. The Bahamas is very dependent on tourism, and a yacht charter in the Exumas will also help the recovery efforts of the areas hit by Dorian.
The Exumas is one of the most beautiful places on earth and remains an outstanding cruising ground for yacht charters. A sample itinerary can be found here.
Day 1 – Marsh Harbor
Marsh Harbor is the third-largest city in the Bahamas, centrally located on Great Abaco’s mainland, and it’s the most important city. It is also home to the largest full-service Bahamas marina and the beginning of our Abaco Yacht Charter Itinerary.
The interior of the island is forested and therefore home to a great variety of wildlife, including white-tailed tropicbirds and white-crowned pigeons. On the coasts, you can see one of the longest and best-preserved coral reefs in the West Indies. Snorkeling or diving is a must!!
TIP: This island is also known for its nightlife. You should go to Nipper’s Beach Bar& Grill to have a drink and relax. It’s Sunday’s pig roast is worth a try.
Day 5 – Great Guana Cay to Man O’War Cay - 8 nautical miles.
You will sail a few nautical miles until you arrive in Man O’War Cay, a long narrow island located on the north side of Great Abaco Island. It is peaceful and well maintained, with picturesque pastel-colored houses and foliage.
On your way to Hope Town, you can stop for snorkeling and lunch at Sandy Cay, and don’t be surprised if you find you are the only ones there!
Day 6 – Man O’War Cay to Hope Town / Elbow Cay - 6 nautical miles.
After sailing a few nautical miles you reach Hope Town, the main settlement on Elbow Cay. This colorful village is home to its distinctive red and white striped lighthouse, that can be seen 23 nautical miles away. Hope Town offers food markets, boutique shops, and more.
On the western side of Elbow Cay, you will find White Sound, a colorful village with few restaurants and marina facilities.
Spend the day in the beautiful Tahiti Beach, at the southern end of the island. It offers a lagoon-like anchorage, as well as a sandy beach and coconut palm trees. Because there is no reef off the beach it is a great place to practice surfing!
Day 7 – Hope Town / Elbow Cay to Little Harbor - 11 nautical miles
Located on the east side of Great Abaco Island, just a few nautical miles from Hope Town is this small, secluded village that has been home to a community of artists since the 1950s. A must in our Abaco Yacht Charter Itinerary!
Little Harbor is surrounded by a beautiful beach and offers a protected anchorage, overlooked by a deserted lighthouse. Porpoises and sea turtles appear in the clear blue waters of the harbor. In North Beach, you will find a magnificent coral reef, where you can snorkel. Bonefishing is excellent in Bight of Old Robinson.
You will find genuine pirate caves at the foot of the cliffs that are worth exploring.