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28th March 2016

Explore the Exumas on a yacht charter

The Exumas archipelago is a chain of enchanting islands just 35 miles southeast of Nassau. These Bahamian islands offer a fascinating mix of unspoiled beaches, secluded private homes and exclusive resorts. Too shallow to accommodate cruise ships, the calm crystalline waters of the Exumas are accessible by charter yachts.
A week-long yacht charter holiday provides a taste of the islands that will make you want to come back. With 365 cays and islands to choose from, you could visit one each day and not manage to see them all after a full year of cruising. The Exumas also enjoy a pleasant climate that is tempered by the Caribbean Sea throughout the year.

A brief sample of the array of destinations in the Exumas starts in Norman’s Cay. Here the palm-fringed lagoons are ideal for water skiing and wakeboarding. Protected shallow areas are perfect to practice diving and snorkeling at the beginning of your charter. In addition to colorful fish and other aquatic life, the intriguing underwater domain includes a wreckage from the by-gone smuggling era to explore.

Nearby is the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park — protected natural areas that provide habitat to native mangroves, wild orchids, unique bromeliads, shore birds and an abundance of tropical fish. The neighboring Shroud Cay has empty beaches and tranquil trails for quiet hiking.

Thunderball Grotto offers excitement and natural beauty in one lovely package. This luminous blue-hued grotto was made famous by the 007 movie “Thunderball” starring Sean Connery. Neighboring Bell Island has an offshore area so teeming with sea life that its nickname is “the aquarium”. For something truly out of the ordinary, the world-famous and equally photogenic swimming pigs of the Bahamas are found swimming off of Big Majors Cay.

A must on any itinerary of the Exumas is the lively Staniel Cay Yacht Club. This  eclectic hot spot was recently named by Boat International magazine as one of the world’s top ten seaside bars for “yachties”. This is the place to be for a fun-filled happy hour, a Bahamian-style dinner, a friendly game of billiards and  feeding the local sharks from the dock.

Round out your holiday excursion with a visit to one ore more of exclusive resorts that dot the Exumas. These enclaves offer lavish spa services, upscale dining and access to private sports facilities for yachting guests desiring land-based luxuries.

Nothing can match the luxury that guests experience on one of the fine yachts available for charter holidays through IYC. The impressive motor yacht Carpe Diem II was a finalist in the 2012 World Superyachts Design Awards. She has been recently updated with a $1.5 million refit by the renowned designer Carol Williamson. This 150' Trinity is the epitome of luxury and a star of the international charter scene. The 135' motor yacht Polly includes a wonderful inventory of toys including a powered wave jet board, SeaBob underwater scooters and a fast Contender Sport tender for exploring the islands and beaches. If there's a fishing enthusiast in your party, the 150' Trinity motor yacht Attitude comes with a 32' Intrepid rigged for serious fishing.

For more information on chartering a yacht in the Bahamas view our destination guide here or contact the IYC charter teamTo contact the IYC office in the Bahamas, located at Atlantis resort, and plan your yacht or fishing charter please click here.

To learn more details about any of these yachts available for charter in the Exumas please contact the IYC charter team at +1 954 522 2323 or email us at [email protected] The charter experts at IYC offer in-depth knowledge of the the Bahamas, the Caribbean and other premier charter destinations worldwide. IYC represents the finest selection of yachts across the globe. To view our full charter fleet, please click here.

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