12 Days, 11 Nights
Duration
Bahamas Exuma Islands
Sailing Areas
All Experience Levels, Complete Beginners, Improver Sailors
Suitable For

Bahamas Sailing Vacation in the Exumas

27th January to 7th February 2018
Enjoy 12 days kicking back in a paradise teeming with wildlife both above and below the gentle turquoise waves. Stretching like a jewel necklace of some 365 tiny islands across the bluest sea, the Exuma Islands are extraordinarily beautiful and largely uninhabited…

Have a Bahamian Sailing Holiday

Join Ibis in Nassau on New Providence Island and meet up with your shipmates. Our sailing holiday begins in the Bahamian capital and explores the best parts of the Exuma chain, lauded as ‘the finest cruising ground in the Western Hemisphere’. If we’re lucky, we may see Green Turtles nesting, and we’re assured of some spectacular snorkelling, abundant birdlife and starlit night-time anchorages.

Fish, including dolphin fish (mahi-mahi), wahoo, blue and white marlin, sailfish, tarpon, barracuda, and bonito are plentiful; we’ll troll our lines and there’s a good chance you’ll be able to land supper!

Our 12 day Bahamas sailing holiday includes glorious blue water sailing, great home-cooked food, fantastic snorkelling and evenings under the stars. This is a chilled out sailing holiday with lots of stops to enjoy the natural beauty of the islands. Beginners are welcome, and sailors looking to gain more experience sailing off the beaten track will enjoy the challenge of reef navigation and shallow water sailing, including practicing specific techniques for sailing in and out of the reef-fringed bays. Solo travellers will make firm friends amongst their fellow boat buddies.

Our itinerary takes in all the island highlights with time to enjoy the paradise that is the Bahamas both on and in the turquoise seas.

Sunshine and Warm Seas

Warm sunny weather is practically guaranteed; there are often showers in this part of the world and the occasional cold front can bring strong gusts and squalls, but they never last long, and hey, it’s warm rain! Temperatures in their high 20′s are the norm, and there’s always a cooling breeze on board. The sea is a wonderful shade of blue, and with some of the best fishing in the Caribbean….you can be sure of an amazing experience!

Read about a previous Bahamas sailing vacation in the Exumas here.


INCLUDED
All Boat Running Costs
Cruising Permits
Dinghy “Taxi” service ashore
Half Board Meals
Quality Linens
Filtered Drinking Water
Use of Boat Toys
Use of Snorkelling Equipment

 

NOT INCLUDED
Flights
Airport Transfers
Soft drinks, Alcohol & Mixers
Excursions & Activities Ashore
Meals Taken Ashore
Personal Travel Insurance

 


Sailing With You

The following shipmates are already booked on this trip:

Approved
Katherine
Approved
Scott
Approved
Marianne
Approved
Daphne
Approved
Lillian
Approved
Stephane
Approved
Frank
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William

Come and join the crew!

Additional information

HighlightsCaribbean Vibe, Great Snorkelling, National Parks, Remote Anchorages, Turquoise Water, White Sand Beaches
MealsBreakfasts, Lunch or dinner daily
Posh FrocksNot really necessary
Marina TimeBeginning Only
Sea MilesApprox. 220 Nautical Miles
Starting FromNassau, Bahamas
Finishing InGeorgetown, Bahamas

Please Note

The following itinerary is subject to changes due to weather forecasts and group preferences – orange route.

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Day 1 - Arrival - 27th January

Meet up at Nassau and settle onto the boat; time to look around the town in the afternoon and last minute provisioning. Dinner ashore in the evening.
2

Day 2

Leave early after breakfast for the day long sail to Highbourne Cay. We’ll stop at this private island for the night; barbeque dinner on board.
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Day 3

Sail to Hawksbill Cay.
4

Day 4

Sail to Warderick Wells Cay, in the Exuma Cays Land & Sea Park.
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Day 5

Spend the day enjoying the flora, fauna, and local heritage of the National Park.
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Day 6

Sail to Staniel Cay, feed the piggies in the evening.
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Day 7

Go snorkelling at Thunderball Grotto; night out ashore.
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Day 8

Sail to Little Farmers Cay.
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Day 9

Sail to Georgetown, Great Exuma, picking our way through the reefs and shallows. Night out in Georgetown.
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Day 10

Explore the islands around Great Exuma.
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Day 11

Explore the islands around Great Exuma.
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Day 12 - 7th February

Time to look around Georgetown, grab some souvenirs and say our goodbyes.

Flights

If you prefer not to use a travel agent, Flight Connections is a great starting point to find out about flights into NAS, Nassau’s Lynden Pinding Airport.  This link will help you identify which airlines connect from your nearest airport.  Nassau is well served internationally with direct flights from Canada, the UK and the USA.

From here, you can contact the airlines directly, or use a flight search engine like Bravofly or Skyscanner to find alternative routes that may work out cheaper.

At the end of your holiday you will need to book a one-way flight from Georgetown, Great Exuma (GGT) back to Nassau to catch your connections home.

Getting to the Boat

The airport on Great Providence (Nassau) is about a 15 to 20 minute cab ride from the waterfront area at Bay Street, and costs about $40.  Please ensure you provide your arrival information as soon as you can and keep us updated of any changes.  Our boats will be in a marina in this area, the exact spot will be notified to guests before they arrive.  Please pack light, and using a lightweight, collapsible bag with wheels if possible.  Hard suitcases may not be brought on board, we simply have no room to store them!

Arriving and Departing

You should aim to arrive around midday on the first day of your trip, and we will aim to finish at midday on the last.  To facilitate travel, we offer a complimentary extra night on board at either the beginning or the end of the trip.  Additional nights can be provided at a cost of USD $95 per person per night on a bed and help yourself continental breakfast basis.  If you’d like to stay for any additional nights please add them to your booking.  We do need the days in between trips to prepare the boats for the following trips, so please keep this in mind, thank you!

Accommodation Nearby

There are a number of accommodation options near the Nassau waterfront.  Please check Tripadvisor and AirBnB for options.

Choosing a Boat

We will be running Bleu Turquoise and Summer Breeze together for this trip with up to 10 guests and 2 skippers.

The prices below reflect the sizes of the cabins on each boat; please make your selection on the Booking Form.

Boat Name Cabin Type Price (USD)
Bleu Turquoise Double Cabin with Ensuite for Sole Use $2,495
Double Cabin with Ensuite for Couple $3,895
Summer Breeze Double Cabin with Ensuite for Sole Use $2,095
Double Cabin with Ensuite for Couple $3,495

Insurance

You should ensure you have a good travel policy that covers you for flight delays and lost/delayed baggage – this is particularly important if any part of your travel includes a LIAT or Air France flight!  During this sailing holiday we will never be more than 12 miles from shore and coastal sailing like this is usually part of the standard travel cover for most policies; please ensure that your travel policy doesn’t specifically exclude this.

Expenses & Currency

The currency in the Bahamas is the Bahamian dollar, which is on a par with the US dollar and currencies are inter-changeable.  Make sure you do have a supply of USD; the ATM’s are not as frequent a you might think especially once we leave Nassau for the islands!  Credit cards are accepted in most bars and restaurants but not all.

We provide filtered drinking water on board and we carry fruit juices for breakfast time.  You will need to provision with any soft drinks, alcohol and mixers you need when you arrive and there are a number of supermarkets in Nassau where you can do this.  Guests often club together and have a kitty for these costs, but you may prefer to buy your own.

You should budget for between $15 to $35 for a main course in a restaurant when we eat out plus drinks and service charge.  The restaurants often add 10% or more to the bill automatically (grrr) and with local taxes the supplement to the menu prices can be as much as 25%!!  There’s no doubt that eating out in the Bahamas can be expensive and you can pay as much for a bad meal as an excellent one.  We promise to take you only where we’ve had good value for money!

Participation

Unless otherwise stated, sailing holidays with Yacht Ibis are participatory and you should expect to get involved.  We don’t carry passengers!  This will include:

  • Preparing the boat for sailing
  • Hoisting sails, pulling ropes, winching, steering and generally sailing the boat
  • Putting all the ropes away at the end of the day
  • Helping to keep the communal spaces tidy and clear of personal belongings
  • Taking a turn on clearing away dishes after a meal

This is all part of living aboard a sailing boat 🙂

Other Questions

Hopefully any other questions you may have are covered in our frequently asked questions here or in our Pre-Arrival Booklet which can be downloaded here.

Booking Terms and Conditions

These can be found at this link and you should be familiar and comfortable with them before making a booking, thank you.