EXUMAS SAILING EXPEDITION 2021
WANTED: Sailors, adventurers, freedivers, mermaids, photographers.
8 days / 7 nights.
The Exumas are some of the best sailing in the world.
Swim with the resident nurse sharks, snorkel Pablo Escobar’s sunken drug plane. Meet the friendly swimming pigs and feed the Bahamian Rock Iguanas. Cliff jump into the beautiful Thunderball Grotto and check out the millions of fish in the Exumas Land and Sea Park. If you’re adventurous, use the Hawaiian sling to catch some lobster and grill it for dinner.
Fly into Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS) in Nassau, Bahamas. Taxi to the marina. Spend the day at Palm Cay Resort. Final shopping & provisioning. Meet up with the rest of the crew for dinner and a pre-departure briefing.
Spend the night on the catamaran in the marina.
We cast off from Palm Cay Marina at 7am aboard a 54-foot sailing catamaran, making the 28 nautical mile journey from New Providence to the Northern Exumas.
Our first destination is Leaf Cay where we meet the Bahamian Rock Iguanas. It’s one of the few places where you can still find these fearsome looking, yet gentle creatures.
We’ll spend the night at anchor in a calm bay.
After breakfast, we set sail for Highbourne Cay and swim with the resident Nurse and Reef Sharks.
In the afternoon, we continue onward to Norman’s Cay, former headquarters of the Medellin Cartel’s drug-smuggling operation. Just south of the cay is a sunken drug plane that was once once used by Pablo Escobar to smuggle drugs to the USA. It’s now full of marine life that we will explore until sunset.
Sail 20 nautical miles to Warderick Well’s Cay. Home to large schools of fish. Spotted Eagle Rays and other marine animals also call these shallow waters home. We will use the day to explore the coral reefs and to make some new aquatic friends.
It’s common to see wild turtles, stingrays, reef sharks, nurse sharks, barracudas, and schools of colourful tropical fish.
After breakfast, explore the Exumas Land & Sea Park. Optional hike. For those daring souls, we will visit Danger Reef to swim with Caribbean Reef Sharks.
In the afternoon, We’ll stop at Compass Cay – this place is teeming with nurse sharks. Swim with these inquisitive creatures and feed them some fish.
Next up is Rachel’s Bubble Bath – a natural whirlpool.
Another sailing journey of 15 nautical miles will bring us to Big Major Spot – Home to the famous swimming pigs. Bring some food for the little piggies and they’ll swim right up to the boat to say hello!
One of the Exumas hidden gems is Thunderball Grotto. James Bond filmed Thunderball here. It’s a magical aquatic paradise with thousands of tropical fish, light rays and a dream for underwater photography. We’ll swim in at low tide and watch the light bouncing off the walls.
Our final day. At first light, we will sail back to the marina. Plan to book your return flights home from Nassau that afternoon.
Arrival & Departure
Plan to arrive at Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS) before 4pm on Day 1. Your departure flight should be after 12pm on Day 8.
Fly into Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau, Bahamas (NAS) anytime before 3pm on Day 1.
After arriving in Nassau, take a taxi to Palm Cay Marina. We’ll be waiting for you.
This 54 ft catamaran will be the main control centre during the expedition. It sleeps up to 14 people, has six cabins, six heads, and a full kitchen. Plenty of deck space to lay out on too.
The Bali 5.4 represents the impeccable craftsmanship and timeless elegance that are hallmarks of Catana. The Bali 5.4 carries itself with the air of luxury and seaworthiness that is inherent in every sailing yacht. Premium performance, precision handling and gracious livability.
A versatile boat – perfect for exploration, speed, and comfort. Six cabins, AC, Six full heads, sleeps 14, stove, fridge, hot water.
Price of Trip: $1,600
(originally $12,000 trip, however because we know the captain, we get to go basically free – we just have to cover the expenses the yacht).
Hold Your Spot:
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Upon arrival in Nassau, we will shop for groceries and provision the catamaran for the week. All meals will be aboard the boat as there are no restaurants in the Northern Exumas.
Catamaran charter, Day Pass to Palm Cay Resort, One-Way Fee, Insurance, Port & Charter Taxes, Damage Waiver, Cleaning, Linens, Bahamas Cruising Permit, Fishing Permit, Bahamian Eco-Tax, Hawaiian Sling, Mask, Fins & Snorkel.
Airfare, hotels, taxi to the marina. Wifi on the catamaran.
Fuel charges, dock & mooring fees, trash disposal, food, snacks, drinks on the boat.
WiFi is available. $15/day for up to 10 devices at a time.
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All information related to entry requirements can be found at on the Bahamas Government Website.
Everyone travelling to The Bahamas must obtain a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR (swab) test taken no more than 5 days prior to the date of arrival. The day the test is taken is considered day zero. Test must return a negative result for entry into The Bahamas.
Once in possession of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test, travellers can apply for their required Bahamas Travel Health Visa at travel.gov.bs. (Click on International Tab)
It is strongly recommended to carry Extended Medical Insurance, Emergency Evacuation Insurance, and Trip Cancellation Insurance.