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The Exumas

Astronauts could recognize only two sights from space: the Great Wall of China and the crystalline Bahamian waters. The Bahamas has more than 700 islands rimmed by some of the world's most spectacular coral reefs.

The Exumas (pronounced ex-UU-mas) are a hidden treasure: a mostly uninhabited, 120-mile long archipelago of 365 cays that stretch in a narrow crescent southeast from Nassau. In the crystal clear water ranging from pale aqua to deep sapphire, the bottom never seems out of reach. The crown jewel is the Exumas Cays Land and Sea Park, 174 square miles of fish-filled waters and miniscule cays populated with tropical birds, fauna, and the faded ruins of British Loyalist plantations. Anglers will find a haven outside the Park. The Exuma Flats are world-renowned for challenging bonefishing, and the 6,000-foot depths of Exuma Sound typically yield record amounts of Marlin and other spectacular game fish.

We have traveled extensively over the years, and this was one of the most enjoyable vacations, ever. We have experienced beautiful beaches and islands around the world, and we live at one of the better-known beach destination areas in the U.S. We simply have never seen more beautiful, peaceful and private beaches than we visited in the Exumas. The water, sand, and overall beauty were second to none. All in all a wonderful crew, ship and overall experience.
Snorkelers, SCUBA divers, kayakers, and naturalists can explore endless reefs, caves, and mangroves that are brimming with juvenile and adult indigenous wildlife. From the prehistoric Bahamian Iguanas on Allen's Cay to "Emily", the wild boar that swims out to greet visitors, the Exumas never cease to thrill.

Fortunately, the intricate shallow reefs that surround the Exumas keep larger and deeper drafted vessels away, thus leaving these truly virgin islands free of commercial development and cruise ship clutter. The few settlements and marinas have colorful character and island flair. The locals are a wonderfully peaceful people, and genuinely happy to meet visitors and share their beautiful home. You never know who you might meet at local watering holes!

Although this paradise feels remote, access is easy. Direct international fights to Nassau or a short flight from Florida transports you to this magical world and natural beauty.

Like the rest of the Bahamas, the Exumas have a rather eclectic history. Lucayan Indians inhabited these islands until Columbus' arrival led to their demise. Pirates exploited the hidden anchorages, and British Loyalists grew cotton in its thin soil. Watermen tried their hand at running blockades during The Civil War and rum during Prohibition. A crashed cargo plane at Norman's Cay is a reminder of the area's drug smuggling days. These are truly islands of adventurers.

Sea of Abaco

Blissful cruising, warm water for snorkeling and swimming, deserted beaches up to 5 miles long, peaceful villages, comfortable temperatures, and few other people await you here. Abaco combines silence, relaxation, sun, and fun to 'reset your clock'.

Abaco is a stunning natural paradise: shallow water, often 8-15 feet, frequently renders the illusion of gliding over a moonscape. The ring of barrier islands and reefs provide sheltered water and spectacular beaches. We can anchor almost anywhere in settled weather, allowing remarkable privacy.

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The isolation, privacy, and ultimate peace and quiet was a perfect antidote to civilization. I was amazed at the wide open spaces, private beaches, and rarely seeing another boat. The water was fantastic - we saw dolphins and a giant sea turtle. Can't wait to go again. - G.S., Wa.

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