Sailing Exumas

Exumas, Bahamas

 
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Staniel Cay Pano
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Compass Anchorage
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Big Major Pigs

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Eastern US Time Zone (Follows Daylight Savings)

The Exumas (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exuma) are a lightly populated island chain starting approximately 35 miles southeast of Nassau. With over 300 islands, the Exumas extend over 125 miles from northwest to southeast. The Exumas are known for crystal clear water, shallow sand bars, iguanas, swimming pigs, and nurse sharks galore!

With winds consistently from the NE-E-SE, you can find great sailing conditions year-round.  The Bahamas are further north than many popular Carribean chartering areas so you'll find slightly larger temperature swings between summer and winter.

In the northern Exumas, you'll find the Land and Sea Park which is a beautifully protected national park and a sailors paradise.

Provisions, water, fuel, and places to get rid of trash are tough to come by in many areas of the Exumas, so you'll want to prepare appropriately.

Due to the amazing reefs and shallow sand bars, the bareboat charter will want to pay close attention to the chart briefing. Many areas are less than six feet in depth so monohulls will need to be especially cautious as they navigate the Exuma waters. Charts are very accurate which is helpful but keep in mind that sandbars shift over time.

If you're looking for natural beauty, wildlife galore, and want to get away from it all, the Exumas are a must sail!

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Exumas Sailing review- I loved it more than I wanted to admit!
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When we booked this trip, I was ready to be let down. My thought was we were going to sacrifice "epic" locations for ease of travel. I was ready for it to be cheesy, and probably not amazing as a trade off for getting to travel internationally from the US via a 30 min flight from Miami. Man I was wrong. We loved the Exumas, and it is at the top of my list for favorite sailing locations.
The island chains are largely uninhabited, and not many cruisers there. Most of the places we went, we had our own private islands/bays. I think we maybe had one or two nights with another boat in the same harbor. The islands were beautiful, the water was calm and clear, and the wild life was amazing. We loved the 2 grottos, Rachel's bubble bath, pig island, all the nurse sharks, and amazing snorkeling.

Things to be aware of- There are not a ton of places to eat on shore, so you will need to plan to eat more/provision more on the boat. If you don't have a water maker, be thrifty with your water usage!
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