Sailing in the Bahamas
The Bahamas are true coral islands made completely of limestone. They are fringed with white coral sand beaches and living reefs of outstanding beauty. Visitors are few, deserted beaches are plentiful, conservation is a priority, and peace and quiet are abundant.
Most of our trip is in the Exuma Cays Land & Sea Park. Created in 1959, this 112, 640-acre park was the first of its kind in the world and is famous for its pristine beauty, outstanding anchorages and breathtaking marine environment. It is a protected replenishment zone, considered the first marine fishery reserve in the wider Caribbean. We paddle an average of seven miles per day and take advantage of every opportunity to use the sailing rigs on our kayaks. Mother Nature usually keeps the tropical winds light and variable. However, in the event of unfavorable winds, the trip schedule is flexible enough for us to enjoy activities on shore. The pristine reefs are perfect for snorkeling. The warm sands are ideal for beachcombing, sunbathing, and relaxing. The many uninhabited islands are a perfect habitat for a variety of bird life, and there are mangrove thickets to explore in addition to the coral reefs.
We travel at a leisurely pace to allow plenty of time for sightseeing and relaxing in this tropical paradise. We camp in roomy tents on the soft sandy beaches and in remote coves.
Day 1 You will take a charter flight from Nassau to the “out islands”, either Staniel or Norman Cay in the Exumas. Following your arrival there will be an orientation session, safety talk and itinerary briefing for our area of travel, gear and the activities of the next few days. We will load the kayaks and travel about four miles to our first campsite. NOTE: It is important that your arrival at the airport is prompt for your flight to the islands.
Days 2 through 7PLEASE NOTE: Your trip may run from Normans Cay to Staniel Cay depending on weather conditions. In the next six days, we will visit numerous islands, beautiful beaches and mangrove lagoons. We’ll wake each morning to a warm Caribbean sunrise. After breakfast we’ll load up our kayaks and paddle along our island route. Most days will include time for snorkeling, walks on quiet beaches and optional short hikes. Most evenings we’ll enjoy conversation around a small beach campfire of palm fronds. Nights under the stars on beautiful sand beaches will give us the chance to see the “Green Flash.”
Day 8 Early breakfast, and a short walk to the runway for our charter back to Nassau to connect with your international carrier. Our arrival in Nassau may be late morning or early afternoon, so allow for a late flight home that afternoon or the next morning.
Sleeping on a sail boat