Here's Our Recommended Bahamas Yacht Charter Itinerary For 8 Days In Exumas!
The Bahamas is a worldwide destination for people looking for intimate paradise in the Atlantic Ocean. In this group of thousands of islands, you will see some of the most spectacular and breathtaking views in the world, where culture is combined with beaches, sea and marine life in barrier reefs; that make unique picturesque colonial towns.
The Exumas is one of the most beautiful places on earth, and remains an outstanding cruising ground for yacht charters.
This popular yacht charter destination offers countless of islands to explore. Apart from the most popular beaches in the Bahamas, we present you a part where ship’s don’t go, the Exumas, where you can enjoy your privacy in crystal clear waters.
Start the trip meeting your crew and enjoying a welcome drink or snack and get familiar with your home for the next few days.
Please note that the itineraries are different for sailing and motor yachts.
Day 1 – Nassau to Warderick Wells Cay - 55 nautical miles
Start off by sailing to Warderick Wells Cay, a key location of the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park. From rocky bluffs to sand dunes, mangrove creeks and sand flats, this island has it all! It is famous for its pristine beauty, outstanding anchorages, and breathtaking marine environment. All fishing is prohibited, which means the underwater views are pristine.
Stocking Island, Exumas. Photo by @hanhanbvi. Used with permission.
Day 2 – Warderick Wells Cay to Staniel Cay - 18 nautical miles.
Staniel Cay appears after sailing a few nautical miles, where you can relax on one of its unspoiled beaches.
TIP: Staniel Cay is the home of Thunderball Grotto, where Jame’s Bond movies “Thunderball” and “Never Say Never” were filmed. Your yacht’s crew can take you by tender to the grotto so that you can snorkel like super-spy 007!
Thunderball Cave, Staniel Cay, Bahamas. Photo by @hanhanbvi. Used with permission.
Day 3 – Staniel Cay to Big Major - 3 nautical miles.
Sailing you will arrive at Big Major, also known as Pig Island. Discover the world famous swimming pigs! These porcine swimmers will be delighted to see you when you arrive in your skiff. Be sure to ask the kitchen staff for some table scraps to bring with you to feed the pigs!
Swimming pigs in the Bahamas. Photo by @hanhanbvi. Used with permission.
Day 4 – Big Major to Highbourne Cay - 32 nautical miles.
The day starts with the trip to arrive in Highbourne Cay. It’s eight beaches, deserted pieces of paradise, are among the best-kept secrets in the Bahamas. One of Highbourne Cay’s great geographic features is Horseshoe Bay, an anchorage named for its shape. The protected waters create an ideal environment for scuba diving, snorkeling, and kayaking.
TIP: For serious divers, the wreck of the 90-foot cutter Austin Smith is also nearby, typically in about 60 feet of water.
Highbourne Cay, Bahamas. Photo by @hanhanbvi. Used with permission.
Day 5 – Highbourne Cay to Allan’s Cay - 7 nautical miles.
Sailing you will find Allan’s Cay, world-famous for its indigenous population of Rock Iguanas. When you are done with feeding the iguanas, the secluded sandy beach is a great place to swim and explore. Hike up and around to see if you can find the rock cairn constructed long, long ago….
Rock Iguana. Photo by @hanhanbvi. Used with permission.
Day 6 – Allan’s Cay to Nassau - 40 nautical miles.
For the last day, you will have to sail to arrive again to Nassau in plenty of time to board your flight home or spend the afternoon at the water slides, casinos, and pools within the Atlantis complex.
Nassau. Photo by Valeria Almeida. CC BY
Bahamas Fast Motor Yachts and Weather Dependent
Have you decided to charter a fast motor yacht, you can add a few spots to your itinerary as you will be able to travel larger distances in a shorter amount of time. We recommend that you start off with the following locations:
Day 1 – Nassau to Harbour Island - 45 nautical miles.
After sailing you will arrive at Harbour Island, rated as one of the “Best Bahamas Beaches” is famous for its three and a half miles of perfect pink sand beaches. The warm clear ocean waters are perfect for boating, fishing, and diving, while the outstanding reefs provide safe swimming and snorkeling. This island also offers upscale restaurants and shopping, and the golf carts are the preferred mode of local transportation.
Pink Sand Beach on Harbour Island. Photo by Christine Puccio. CC BY-SA.
Day 2 – Harbour Island to Eleuthera - 30 nautical miles.
Day 2 begins with a trip to arrive in Eleuthera, known for its natural beauty and serenity, with turquoise blue ocean, pink sands, blue sky, warm weather and cool breezes. Here you can find the Glass Window Bridge, the “narrowest place on earth”, where the island is two vehicles wide and from where you can stand and appreciate a phenomenal contrast between the dark blue Atlantic Ocean and the calm turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea.
Eleuthera is also known to have some of the best dive sites in the world, most famous for Current Cut. The caves are another amazing feature you can find on the island, populated with graffiti, bats, water rooms, stalagmites, and stalactites.
Under the Glass Window Bridge in Eleuthera. Photo by RyAwesome. CC BY-ND.