Originally Posted by ausnp84
The Exumas are possibly my favourite cruising grounds full stop. Actually, we're leaving the UK this year and I am SO excited to get back to that warm, crystal clear water
- Allen's Cay / Leaf Cay is a great anchorage, tucked in among the three islands.
- Staniel Cay is nice and there's Thunderball grotto
- Hawksbill Cay is great for just lazing around on the beach.
- Warderick Wells was interesting with the blow holes, but in my opinion is quite overrated.
- Norman's Cay, if for nothing else than to check out the lagoon
, snorkel on the sunken drugs plane and wander around the derelict hotel
and villas that Carlos Lehder once ran / owned / commandeered.
Otherwise, just have a great time. It's an awesome place to take a boat.
One hundred per cent agreement with what this guy just said.
I'm assuming you are picking the boat up in Nassau
. I sure wouldn't go very far south of Staniel Cay. But, you will have a fantastic week if you just go to the above listed spots. Easy sailing and navigation
, too with the yellow banks being about the only thing you need to be mindful of (which just means transitting them with the sun overhead with a lookout on the bow,and I have never heard of anyone actually hitting a coral head
there, although it gets warned about a lot).
The one thing you don't want to do is to try and go to Georgetown
or any place where you have to go out one of the cuts. Because those cuts are very weather
dependent and not something that is always doable in an 8 day period (the worst thing would be to make it through, and then get trapped by the weather
when it was time to return). Winds are usually tradewinds out of the southeast. Fronts shouldn't be too bad in April. You will know when one is coming when the wind
starts to clock around to the south west and then the west. The next thing will be higher winds out of the north/north east, and then they swing around to the east and back to the south east. That can take from two to ten days, depending on the size and speed of the front. But, all you get is wind
mostly. It doesn't seem to rain much in the Bahamas
. Just know that you might get some gusts when this happens.
My favorite place in the Bahamas
in Staniel Cay. The Staniel Cay Yacht Club is as close to the perfect kind of Island bar/restaurant as it is possible to be (and, you can get internet
there, which I know is important these days, especially if you have teenagers with you). There is tons of stuff to do and see around there alone (they have a good web site you should check out). There is also Compass
Cay Marina and Sampson Cay Marina (but, I'm pretty sure one of those might be under renovation
, but I can't remember which one).
Buy an Explorer "Exumas" Chartbook. (you can order them online) It will help you get a lot more out of your trip (and be really good to have if you have an electronics
failure). They are also really fun for trip planning purposes and something you can keep referencing as you prepare for your trip. I constantly get mine out for future trip planning and just to reminiscence about past trips. In my humble opinion, they are the Bible of Bahamas Cruising (there are actually three of them, but you only need the Exumas one).
You're going to have a blast!!!!!!!!!!!