The ExumasThe Bahamas
The Exuma Islands are composed of 365 stunning cays and islands, beginning just 35 miles southeast of Nassau, and divided into three major areas - Great Exuma, Little Exuma and The Exuma Cays, each offering its own unique Bahamian experience.
Landscape & Lifestyle
Great Exuma and Little Exuma are known for their laid-back surroundings, while The Exuma Cays are a magnet for the elite, boasting numerous private islands, luxury resorts and beachside condos. Incredible natural sea and sand formations make for stunning sights in the Exuma Islands - the cay is bursting with such natural delights as the ‘mile-long sandbar’, a long stretch of pristine white sand which emerges from the turquoise water at low tides.
The Exuma Islands are world renowned for their uniquely Bahamian experiences, for which visitors travel from all over the globe to experience. Popular for romantic and family holidays alike, one such example of these began in the early 1990s with the introduction of baby pigs to Big Major Cay. These friendly swimming pigs have become somewhat famous for their sociability, and adorability, and are a must-see on any trip to the Exumas.
The Exumas are also a precious and highly protected area, so much so that the Bahamian government set aside a 176-square-mile section as the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park, which has grown to become one of the world’s most highly regarded marine parks. The Exuma Islands are brimming with natural features which are essential to modern scientific research efforts. On the Atlantic side of Stocking Island for example can be found Stromatolites, the oldest known macro-fossils on earth whose patterns encode biological activity that could span thousands of years.
The eco-friendly Over Yonder Cay is well worth a visit for the environmentally conscious traveller, a private island luxury resort which can be rented by the week and comes complete with wind turbines that make the island recognisable from miles away.
A Superyachting Hub
Another focal point of the Exumas 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. Staniel Cay Yacht Club is renowned in the area for catering specially to large yachts, with its excellent deep draft facilities, making this a tropical superyacht hub of activity. Within sight of the Club is the famous Thunderball Cave – seen in the James Bond film of the same name – where visitors can don a mask and snorkel and enter a small hollow cay filled with friendly fish accustomed to being hand fed.