The Exumas are a part of the Bahama islands that are within a short distance from the city of Nassau.
The flight to the Grand Exuma island was only about 45 minutes and provided breathtaking views of what appeared to be an infinite amount of small caribbean islands.
We chose to board a plane early in the morning so we could enjoy a full day on the boat.
Upon arrival, we were greeted by our driver at the airport and they quickly transported us to the place of embarkment.
We couldn’t wait to get on board our private boat tour and begin exploring the beautiful scenery all around.
It was a perfect sunshiny day filled with lots of adventure, splendid views, and above all, lots heavenly turquoise water.
Here are the highlights of our day in paradise…
Embrace the Caribbean Life – Most of us travel to the Bahamas for its beautiful sandy beaches as well as for it’s simple and relaxing way of life. We found exactly that at The Exumas. The people are happy, friendly, and welcoming. To top it off, the buildings and architectural details are stereotypical to the Caribbean, making it even more picturesque and memorable.
Explore the Sea Life – We had the opportunity to see a lot of sea life through the comfort of our private excursion boat tour from Sugar Adventures; including sharks, stingrays, fish and star fish. On one occasion, the boat captain spotted a large star fish at the bottom of the ocean causing him to dive in and bring it over for the kids to hold for a few minutes.
Enjoy the Scenery – Truly spectacular sights in every corner! We navigated through lots of small islands containing lush green hills with beautiful sandy beaches. The Exumas has become a very popular travel destination and its easy to see why.
Visit Iguana Island – I must admit this was one of the scariest and best stops of our day. Hundreds of iguanas were within inches of our feet and would at times jump up our legs begging to be fed – crazy!! Truly an interesting and unique experience.
Experience Snorkeling – No trip to this beautiful turquoise water paradise is complete without getting a glimpse of, and exploring around what lies beneath the horizon. Our little ones were happy hanging on to daddy while he enjoyed the views below.
Eat a Conch Salad – Our captain prepared a delicious salad by diving into the water to grab two conches at the bottom of the ocean floor. He then prepared them with some mixed greens that made everything taste fantastic. Talk about a freshly made meal!
Get Lost in an Uninhabited Island – The biggest surprise of our day was when we docked into an isolated island. We enjoyed an incredible sandy beach, crystal clear water and unspoiled scenery. This place was a dream and the best part was we had it all to ourselves. We relaxed, splashed, jumped ran and laughed; it was truly a little piece of heaven on earth.
Make a Stop at Pig Island – One of the must do visits while in the Exumas, is to stop by the local pig population that live in one of the small islands. It’s not a common sight to see pigs swimming in the ocean so we jumped at the opportunity to do so.
Suggestions for Visiting the Exumas as a Day Trip:
-Book your boat tour in advance. We opted to go with Sugar Adventures and had a wonderful time. We chose to book a private tour which allowed us to be flexible with our kids.
-The weather can turn at any minute so be prepared. We cruised around all day with beautiful blue skies and out of nowhere it started to rain. Not a huge deal, but our kids complained they were cold as we were riding the boat. As quickly as the rain came it passed, but be mindful the weather can be unpredictable.
-Load up on snacks and treats as stores and restaurants are not accessible (and even if they were, you wouldn’t want to waste your time going there instead of enjoying what The Exumas has to offer). Our tour gave us a variety of freshly cut fruit that was delicious, but am unaware if other tours will do the same.
-Bring a Lightweight Traveling Towel as one will not be provided by the boat tour after you swim.
-Bring a Waterproof Carrying Bag to carry your important belongings and a dry change of clothes (you will not want to travel back on a plane to Nassau in your sandy/wet swimsuits, we learned this lesson the hard way).
-An underwater camera or a Water Resistant Phone Carrier are a must, especially if you plan on going snorkeling. We actually prefer to use our cellphones as I have found they capture better images underwater and you can also shoot video straight from your phone.
-As part of your tour includes docking on a remote island, plan accordingly. Bring a Canopy Covered Chair or Play Shade Tent for little ones, and plan activities for your kids such collecting seashells by bringing Seashell Bags or a Beach Dart Toss Game.
If you are looking to enjoy the Bahamas minus the crowds this is the place for you.
Load up on the sunscreen and get ready for an unforgettable day of adventure!
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