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Hello everybody

In February we will be going on a crewed charter on a 45ft ketch for 10 days through the Exuma Islands of Bahamas. We'll be boarding at Staniel.


We are interested in things like good sailing, snorkeling, and exploring nature settings. If you've been through the Exumas, what are the "must see" activities you'd recommend.

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Most beautiful water I've ever seen at Staniel. Plan an excursion to snorkel Thunderball Grotto.
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Re: Exuma in February

Did a cruise through the area a few years ago starting at Staniel Cay. Made a few blog posts of some of the spots we visited. Enjoy your trip!:

THE BIANKA LOG BLOG: CAPT. MIKE IN THE EXUMAS DAY TWO: STANIEL CAY YACHT CLUB
THE BIANKA LOG BLOG: CAPT. MIKE IN THE EXUMAS DAY 3: SURPRISE and the THUNDERBALL GROTTO
THE BIANKA LOG BLOG: CAPT. MIKE IN THE EXUMAS DAY 4: SWIMMING PIGS AND WIND TURBINES
THE BIANKA LOG BLOG: CAPT. MIKE IN THE EXUMAS DAY FIVE: COMPASS CAY MARINA AND RACHEL'S BATH
THE BIANKA LOG BLOG: CAPT. MIKE IN THE EXUMAS DAY SEVEN: BELL ISLAND AND WARDERICK WELLS CAY
THE BIANKA LOG BLOG: CAPT. MIKE IN THE EXUMAS DAY NINE: CAMP DRIFTWOOD
THE BIANKA LOG BLOG: CAPT. MIKE IN THE EXUMAS DAY ELEVEN: NORMAN CAY

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Well lets see, there's a place called the "aquarium" not far from Staniel, north into the park. Best coral I've seen in the Exumas. It's a small rock right in strong current, with a quiet anchorage nearby. Guide books for the area should have this place noted. Leaf cay with its iguanas is fun, but don't feed them lest you lose a few toes.
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We spent an afternoon snorkeling at the aquarium, definitely it's a must see. Bring something to feed the fish. Also, there is a submerged aircraft in the open water proximal to the aquarium. We then spent about 2 hours drifting with the current watching the sea life.

PS - wear BodyGloves, the water will be nicer for longer

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Re: Exuma in February

"The piano" down by Copperfield's private island is cool.

If you want a less traveled place to stop, White Point is a usually quiet beach with great views from the top of the white sand Ridge (hence White Point). If you're a fisherman there's usually some Spanish Mackerel hanging around the rocks at the end of the point.

The sandcastle house just north of white point is a good photo op. Also, the beach just south of the sandcastle house ( 1/2 mile north of white point) is a great protected anchorage for SE through N winds and has an awesome beach. You can wade out 100+ yards through white sugar sand and less than chest deep water, plus there's a nice grill spot and benches set up underneath the causuarinas to provide shade and wind break.

One could go on and on, but why spoil it?
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We spent an afternoon snorkeling at the aquarium, definitely it's a must see. Bring something to feed the fish. Also, there is a submerged aircraft in the open water proximal to the aquarium. We then spent about 2 hours drifting with the current watching the sea life.

PS - wear BodyGloves, the water will be nicer for longer

Preparing for a week-long charter in the Exumas - do you have approximate gps for the 'aquarium'?

Any other tips? We will be starting/returning from/to Nassau.

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