The Exumas

The Exumas are a chain of 365 islands and cays located around 35 miles from Nassau, in the Bahamas. The Exumas are home to some of the most beautiful and pristine waters not only in the Bahamas but on earth. The Exumas are grouped into 3 island chains: Great Exuma, Little Exuma, and the Exuma Cays. A day trip or longer stay on The Exumas is a perfect addition to your 2024 / 2025 Bahamas holiday!

The most famous residents of the Exumas are the Exuma pigs. In the Exumas, you will find wild little pigs swimming in the crystal-clear waters, and visitors flock to the Exumas each year to swim with them and enjoy their island lifestyle. Many visitors to The Bahamas stay on Paradise Island or in Nassau and visit Exuma to swim with the pigs on a day trip. However, there are plenty of luxury resort options in the Exumas to enjoy a stay in one of the most beautiful places on earth. Our top three recommended hotels include:

Sandals Emerald Bay: Nestled on the pristine shores of Great Exuma, Sandals Emerald Bay invites you to indulge in the epitome of luxury. This all-inclusive resort seamlessly blends elegance with tropical allure, offering beachfront villas and suites, a championship golf course designed by Greg Norman, a rejuvenating spa, and a culinary journey through multiple gourmet dining options. Escape to this Bahamian paradise for an unparalleled experience of opulence and relaxation.

Grand Isle Resort & Spa: Embrace the enchanting beauty of Great Exuma at Grand Isle Resort & Spa. This beachfront haven welcomes guests to spacious villas, adorned with modern luxury and breathtaking views. Experience the epitome of upscale living with private pools, a fitness centre, and water sports facilities. Indulge your palate at Palapa Grill, unwind at Sea Star Café, and let the allure of the ocean captivate your senses at this idyllic resort in the heart of the Exumas.

Staniel Cay Yacht Club: Discover the charm of Staniel Cay at the laid-back and inviting Staniel Cay Yacht Club. Located on this picturesque island in the Exumas, the resort offers colourful cottages and bungalows, creating a rustic yet cozy atmosphere. As the gateway to the famous swimming pigs and the Thunderball Grotto, this yacht club beckons adventurers and relaxation seekers alike. Experience the true essence of the Exumas at this delightful and iconic Bahamian retreat.

Find out more information on these 3 hotel options in the Exumas below! 

Getting to the Exumas involves a combination of air and/or sea travel, as the Exumas are an archipelago in the Bahamas. The main gateway is through the Exuma International Airport (GGT) on Great Exuma, the largest island in the Exumas. When booking with Charter Travel to visit the Bahamas we can organise all the travel needed for your trip including your return flights to Nassau, on airlines like Virgin Atlantic / British Airways, in the Bahamas, and your onward flights or boat transfer to The Exumas.

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Getting to and getting around The Exumas

Getting to The Exumas

Flying and Boats to The Exumas

Exuma By Air

1. Fly to Nassau: Start by flying to Nassau (NAS) Bahamas. Many major airlines including Virgin Atlantic and British Airways operate flights to Nassau from various from London. You can fly to Nassau in the Bahamas from London direct with a variety of major airlines that Charter Travel have a great partnership with including Virgin Atlantic and British Airways. 

2. Connect to Exuma: From Nassau, you have options for connecting flights to Exuma International Airport (GGT) on Great Exuma. Several domestic airlines, including Bahamasair and Southern Air Charter, offer regular flights to Exuma.

Exuma By Ferry
Ferry from Nassau: Alternatively, you can take a ferry from Nassau to George Town on Great Exuma. Bahamas Ferries operates regular ferry services between
Exuma By Chartered Boat
From Paradise Island / Nassau you book a chartered boat trip, either private boat or a group tour, to Exuma

Getting around The Exumas

Taxis are available on Great Exuma at the airport and in populated areas. It's advisable to negotiate fares before starting your journey.
Boat Charters
For island hopping and exploring the more remote cays, you may consider hiring a boat or joining organized boat tours.
Rental Cars
Car rentals are available on Great Exuma, providing flexibility for exploring the island at your own pace.

Activities in The Exumas

Things to do in The Exumas

A holiday to the Bahamas would not be complete without a visit to The Exumas to see the stunning swimming pigs and crystal-clear water. However there is plenty of other things to do and enjoy whilst in The Exumas, for example some of the most beautiful beaches in The Bahamas are located in The Exumas: Three Sisters Beach, Coco Plum Beach, Hamburger Beach, Volleyball Beach, and many more. There are also a lot of fishing and sailing opportunities such as deep sea fishing, Bone fishing, and enjoying the Fish Fry in George Town. Water activities don't stop there, there are plenty of diving opportunities in the various Blue Holes, shipwrecks, along with snorkelling opportunities in the stunning blue waters.

Recommended Hotels

Sandals Emerald Bay

Hotel Highlights

Location: Sandals Emerald Bay is situated on Great Exuma, the largest island in the Exumas, in the Bahamas.

Accommodations: The resort offers a range of luxurious accommodations, including beachfront villas and suites with stunning views of the turquoise waters.

All-Inclusive Experience: Sandals Emerald Bay is an all-inclusive resort, meaning that your stay includes not only your accommodation but also unlimited gourmet dining, premium drinks, water and land sports, entertainment, and more.

Golf Course: One of the standout features is the Greg Norman-designed championship golf course, offering a challenging and picturesque experience for golf enthusiasts.

Spa and Wellness: The resort boasts a full-service Red Lane® Spa, where guests can indulge in a variety of treatments and massages in a tranquil setting.

Dining Options: Sandals Emerald Bay provides multiple dining options, including a variety of international cuisines at specialty restaurants. Guests can enjoy fine dining experiences and casual meals with a beautiful backdrop.

Grand Isle Resort & Spa

Hotel Highlights

Location: Grand Isle Resort & Spa is located on Great Exuma, offering a beachfront setting with breath-taking ocean views.

Accommodations: The resort features spacious villas with one to four bedrooms, each elegantly designed and equipped with modern amenities. Some villas come with private pools.

Amenities: Grand Isle Resort & Spa offers upscale amenities such as a swimming pool, fitness centre, and water sports facilities. The resort is known for its attention to detail and commitment to providing a luxurious experience.

Dining: On-site dining options include the Palapa Grill, where guests can enjoy a variety of dishes, and the Sea Star Café for more casual fare.

Activities: The resort provides access to various outdoor activities, including snorkelling, kayaking, and boating. Excursions to nearby attractions can be arranged.

Staniel Cay Yacht Club:

Hotel Highlights

Location: Staniel Cay Yacht Club is situated on Staniel Cay, one of the islands in the Exumas known for its stunning scenery and famous swimming pigs.

Accommodations: The resort offers a charming and laid-back atmosphere with comfortable accommodations. The colourful cottages and bungalows provide a rustic yet cozy experience.

Yacht Club Experience: Staniel Cay Yacht Club is well-known for its marina and the ability to accommodate yachts. It's a popular spot for boaters exploring the Exumas.

Proximity to Attractions: The resort's location near the swimming pigs and the Thunderball Grotto makes it an ideal base for exploring these iconic Exuma attractions.

Casual Dining: The yacht club's restaurant offers a casual dining experience with a focus on fresh, local ingredients

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