Boating In The Exumas
Boating In The Exumas
There are docking facilities and six full-service marinas here, offering short or long-term dockage. Miles of cays and hidden coves make for some of the most spectacular sailing in The Bahamas, and frequent stops are recommended to really appreciate these picturesque islands. Heading north from Allan's Cay, you will glide atop a hundred miles of pristine, colorful water ranging from light green to deep blue. Heading southward, you can follow uninhabited beaches to Great Exuma Island and Hog Cay. The Exumas are known as the regatta capital of The Bahamas, with many boating competitions held here each year. A tribute to tradition, these races feature Bahamian workboats, i.e. handmade sloops with wooden hulls, canvas sails and tall wooden masts. The annual Family Island Regatta, held during the last full week of April, is one of The Bahamas' most prestigious events. It is the largest and one of the oldest regattas in the country, with some 60 native sloops vying for coveted trophies.
The National Family Island Regatta, held in George Town's picturesque Elizabeth Harbour, features five days of sailing with Bahamian native sloops in every class (A-E); it is one of the oldest regattas in The Islands of The Bahamas. The New Year’s Day Cruising Regatta takes place at Staniel Cay.
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Boaters travel from as far as Australia and New Zealand to enjoy the beautiful waters here. Facilities in Great Exuma and a few of the cays offer a safe and secure place to dock your boat for a short or long term visit. The marina at Sandals is the largest, accommodating up to 150 boats at fixed and floating docks. There is also anchorage at public docks.
Guides can take you on half-day or full-day adventures through the Cays visiting all of the interesting sites—a castaway trip to a secluded island, picnics on a famous mile-long sandbar in the middle of the ocean, or snorkeling at Thunder Ball Grotto. You'll experience all of the wonders of The Exumas, including feeding iguanas and swimming pigs that eat out of your hand. Or, take a harbor tour along the mainland for a sightseeing cruise and ride a 40-foot schooner or glass-bottom boat.