Dream Trip – The Exumas in the Bahamas

The Exumas Bahamas

Home to the likes of Johhny Depp, Oprah Whifrey, and Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, the Exuma Cays sapphire waters and snow white sands are a place of paradise.

Thunderball Grotto in the Exumas

Exuma Cays Thunderball Grotto

It’s no wonder films like Pirates of the Caribbean, Into the Blue and James Bond have all filmed here. They are like a picture perfect movie setting.

Dreaming of the Exumas

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Sailing the Exumas

Lovely Accommodation

We stayed at the brand spanking new Embrace Resort on Staniel Cay owned by island resident Nikki. I love this story because Nikki isn’t a Hollywood celebrity or famous Sultan, she is a woman that was born and raised in the Exumas and she and her family have opened luxurious family run cabanas complete with hot tubs and kitchens.

Embrace Resort Staniel Cay

With electric golf carts supplied, you can travel all over the island exploring your own secluded beaches.

Sailing Trips

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Explore the Exumas

There is a lot to do in the Exuma Cays and you can rent a boat or if you are rich enough arrive on your own yacht to explore the gin blue waters of all the 365 islands. The Exumas have 365 Islands alone. You can explore an island a day for a year!

Sailing the Exumas

A yearly regatta takes place at Staniel Cay

Swimming Pigs

One of the most famous stops in the Exumas is a visit with the swimming pigs. Left over from colonial days, this group of pigs now run wild in the woods off the beach and come out daily for a dip in the sea.

swimming pigs of the Exumas

Famous Swimming Pigs of the Bahamas

People bring cabbage to feed them and you can get in the water to swim with them. But don’t get too close, they’ll nip you if they think you have food.

Snorkelling and Diving

I mentioned snorkelling above and the Bahamas has some of the best snorkelling and diving on earth. The gin blue waters or crystal clear and warm as butter.

snoreling in Thunderball Grotto

Snorkelling Thunderball Grotto

Our favourite was Thunderball Grotto home to the famous movie scenes of James Bond’s Thunderball. At low tide you can swim through short caves and enter this beautiful cave in the middle of an unassuming island.

inside Thunderball Grotto

Enjoying Thunderball Grotto

Once you are inside it is breathtakingly beautiful above the water and below! The rocks are lit up as the sun shines through and the bright colours of the fish sparkle in the beams of sunlight.

underwater exumas

Yacht Club

A visit to the Yacht Club is a must. This is where everyone gathers and there are photos of the past movies stars that have stopped in for a drink.

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Visit the Staniel Cay Yacht Club

Even though the patrons are all most likely millionaires, you don’t feel intimidated because they are relaxed and dressed casually. I say they are all most likely millionaires because most of the people eating there have just come in off their yachts that are either docked in a secluded bay or in the harbour itself.

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Sharks gather to feed near the fishermen

Sharks and Barracuda

The Bahamas is known for its friendly sharks. Sadly we didn’t make it out to Compass Bay where all the nursing sharks are known to congregate and you can hop in the water with them, but we did have a lot of amazing encounters with fish life in the waters here.

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Encountering a barracuda


The Exumas have pristine secluded beaches. While we drove around on our gold carts we found several spots to swim with nobody at all around.

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Completely deserted beaches

Gin Blue Waters

The Exumas have many names for their crystal clear waters. Gin Blue is the popular one that comes to mind.

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The water changes colours at every turn but it’s always some sort of gin blue

It’s also been upgraded to Bombay Sapphire Blue. Hey if you are going to call it gin blue, you might as well call it a premium gin blue. Whatever you want to call it, everyone will agree it’s beautiful.

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Stand up Paddle board the Pristine Waters

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Loving the Bahamas

the exumas from above

The Exumas from Above

Have you been to the Exumas? Where is your dream trip?

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