If you’re new to the Exumas, get ready for an amazing experience! We created this list to assist visitors in making the most of their trip, assuming you’ll be starting your journey from Staniel Cay. You might want to explore why Staniel Cay is an ideal starting point for your vacation.
We cover the whole thing with this chart walk through from Staniel to Highbourne. Sit back and relax, The notes are below!
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Want just the list? OK, here is an overview of the locations in the Exuma Cays, starting from Staniel Cay and heading towards Highbourne Cay:
- Just a dinghy ride from our mooring in Staniel Cay:
- Thunderball Grotto: This is a popular underwater cave system that was featured in the James Bond movie “Thunderball.” Visitors can explore the grotto by snorkeling or diving to see the stunning marine life and unique rock formations.
- Pirate Beach: A short dinghy ride away from the mooring, Pirate Beach is a quiet and private spot to relax and unwind, especially during a southerly blow.
- Staniel Cay Yacht Club: This popular resort has a marina, restaurant, and bar, and is a great place to grab a bite to eat, socialize, or watch the sunset over the water.
- Big Major Cay (Pig Beach): Home to a population of swimming pigs that have become a popular tourist attraction, visitors can feed and interact with these friendly animals in the crystal-clear water.
- Fowl Cay Resort: A great spot for an all-inclusive meal, this resort offers a variety of activities including snorkeling, kayaking, and paddleboarding.
- Sampson Cay: This is a very protected spot and a great place to anchor. Don’t miss the inner harbor beach, which offers stunning views of the surrounding cays.
- Pipe Creek: This is a beautiful shallow waterway that’s perfect for boating, fishing, and swimming. Visitors can enjoy the stunning scenery, calm waters, and abundant marine life.
- Compass Cay: This private island has a marina and a friendly population of nurse sharks that visitors can swim with. This is a unique and thrilling experience that shouldn’t be missed!
- Raychels Bath: This is a perfect hike to a cool natural whirlpool. Visitors can relax in the refreshing water and enjoy the beautiful scenery.
- Rocky Dundas: These are very cool caves that are perfect for the adventurous. Visitors can explore the unique rock formations and see the stunning marine life that calls these caves home.
- Cambridge Cay (Little Bells): A part of the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park, this location offers great snorkeling, hiking, and beautiful beaches. Visitors can explore the stunning marine life and enjoy the natural beauty of the park.
- Obrien’s Cay: Home of the Aquarium, this location is perfect for those interested in marine life. Visitors can see a variety of sea creatures, including colorful fish and vibrant coral reefs.
- Don’t miss* Warderick Wells Cay: This location is the headquarters of the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park and offers great snorkeling and hiking opportunities. Visitors can explore the beautiful beaches and stunning marine life of the park.
- Don’t miss* Shroud Cay: This uninhabited island has a beautiful mangrove ecosystem that visitors can explore by boat or kayak. Visitors can see a variety of marine life and enjoy the natural beauty of the area.
- Norman’s Cay: This resort has a marina, restaurant, and bar, and is located on Norman’s Cay. Visitors can enjoy the stunning scenery and relax in the calm waters.
- Highbourne Cay: This private island has a marina, restaurant, and bar, and is located near Norman’s Cay. Visitors can enjoy the beautiful beaches, stunning scenery, and calm waters.
If visitors head south a few miles, they can also visit Black Point, a small and friendly settlement with several restaurants, shops, and a beach where they can see iguanas