The Exumas are an archipelago of 365 cays and island, beginning just 35 miles southeast of Nassau, an exotic collection of tiny jewels set in the most beautiful aquamarine and sapphire water you’ve ever imagined. Great Exuma Island, together with the Exuma Cays offers an amazing variety of vacation possibilities, from resorts and hotels with luxury amenities to basic fishing lodges. Hidden coves, bays, and harbors throughout are magnets for yacht and sport fishermen. Click to show/hide more information about Exuma & Exuma Cays.
Flying along the Exuma Cays and looking down on the tiny jewel-like islands, you'll see every shade of blue possible where the crystal-clear tropical Atlantic pours over the deep cuts between the cays and the constantly shifting sandbars that look like meditative sand paintings. It’s no wonder this has been named one of the top 10 things you absolutely must do in the Caribbean.
The Exuma Islands are divided into three major sections: Great Exuma, Little Exuma, and The Exuma Cays. There are 365 cays on the north and south sides. The land is generally low, but there are a few points which rise from sixty to eighty feet. The ports are on the north side and the water is generally deep.
A dream destination!
With beautiful blue water, water everywhere, the Exumas are a dream destination for boaters, fishermen (flats, reef and offshore), divers, snorkelers, and kayakers. The private islands are custom-designed for those seeking the ultimate escape, and the new levels of luxury available in both the Cays and Great Exuma Island are a definite draw for lucky couples looking for the perfect spot for an island wedding or honeymoon. The island’s enduring popularity is founded on its tropical greenery that stretches out to meet the warm, pink-hued sand beaches. Rows of century-old trees border narrow flower-lined streets. It’s a sight not to be missed. Exuma is also home to the National Family Island Regatta and the National Land and Sea Park.
Great & Little Exuma Islands
Great and Little Exuma Islands are located about 120 miles southeast of Nassau/Paradise Island, connected by a bridge over a narrow channel known as “The Ferry.” The anchor of the Exumas archipelago is Great Exuma. Here, you’ll find the laidback capital George Town and a great selection of casual Bahamian restaurants. Hotels here range from condo-resorts to locally owned fishing lodges.
A short boat ride from Great Exuma Island is a barrier cay that protects the main island from the Atlantic. Stocking Island features spectacular views from atop its high bluff and a series of idyllic beaches separated by limestone promontories. On the lee side, the Chat N Chill is a classic beach bar with great food that seems to attract every boater in the area.
The playground for the rich and famous!
Some islands are tiny with small beaches and a few trees; some rise to green heights, others have rocky cliffs. Many of the Exuma Cays are private, some operating as luxuriously exclusive private-island resorts and others the ultra-exclusive homes of such stars like Johnny Depp and country singers Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. The hub of the Exuma Cays is Staniel Cay, where boaters gather at the Staniel Cay Yacht Club’s bar and restaurant, and where a landing strip serves as the gateway to the northern stretch of Cays. Within sight of the Club is the famous Thunderball Cave – seen in the James Bond film of the same name as well as the movie, Splash – where you can put on a mask and snorkel and duck inside a small hollow cave that’s filled with friendly fish accustomed to being hand-fed.