14 Days, 13 Nights
Duration
Bahamas Exuma Islands
Sailing Areas
All Experience Levels, Complete Beginners
Suitable For

2 Week Itinerary

If your idea of heaven is a white sand, coral fringed beaches and snorkelling gin clear water, hang up your suit, grab your flip flops n swimmers and get ready to chill out in island hopping paradise.

Don’t spend a gloomy Christmas home alone stuffing your face on mince pies and watching repeats of the Wizard of Oz and the Morecombe & Wise Christmas Special, jump on a plane and join the crew on Ibis for a holiday you’ll remember.

Our Christmas and New Year sailing extravaganza this year will take you through the Bahamas Exuma Islands; enjoy white sand, palm fringed beaches and spectacular snorkelling… 2 weeks on board  for chilled out learning, refreshing your skills or just kicking back! Great food and a lively atmosphere make the perfect ingredients for a Christmas & New Year holiday adventure.

Sailing the Bahamas from Nassau to the Amazing Exumas – No Experience Necessary

Fly into New Providence’s Lynden Pinding Airport and meet up with your shipmates in the capital of Nassau. Then stow your gear for the Christmas & New Year trip of a lifetime. We’ll be island hopping in some of the bluest, crystal clear water you’ve ever seen, and the best spots are only accessible by boat. Even if you’ve never sailed before, you won’t fail to be enchanted by the easy sailing on a flat sea, the beauty of the beaches and the local wildlife; your Skipper will soon have you pulling the ropes like a pro!

Join in the Junkanoo!

Yes, Christmas and New Year is Carnival time in the Bahamas, and you can join in the fun at the Auld Year’s Night parties and the New Year’s Day parade…get down and wet with the locals! Part of a month long celebration, the Bahamians incorporate masquerades and sports events, music and pageants into their Christmas & New Year celebrations. Join in, or just watch the fun.

Have a Real Adventure

Ditch the cold dark weather and get into the warm seas and fresh air for a real sailing adventure as we island-hop in the sunshine. You won’t believe how much you can cram into 2 weeks, and still have time to chill out:

  • Take a water slide through a shark infested tunnel in Nassau
  • Catch a fish for dinner while sailing between the islands
  • Swim with piggies at Big Majors Spot
  • Have a Christmas Eve Barbeque under the stars in Staniel Cay
  • Join in the local Junkanoo parties
  • Plant our boat name in driftwood on Boo Hoo Hill at Warderick Wells
  • Explore the Exuma Cays Land & Sea Park
  • Stroll the pink sand beach of celebrity studded Harbour Island
  • Spend New Year’s Eve dancing on the beach in Nassau
  • Snorkel the teeming caves and reefs at Thunderball Grotto

And that’s not to mention all the sailing we’ll be doing!

Sunshine & Warm Seas

Warm sunny weather is practically guaranteed; there are often showers in this part of the world 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, the people warm and friendly, and I can honestly say that it is uniquely Bahamas….prepare to be amazed.

Forget the Cooking

So what are you waiting for? Forget about your late night shop at Tesco’s, fighting over the cut price turkeys and the last tin of Quality Street; go back to work, fit, tanned and relaxed and ready to start the New Year with zest!

Read about our last Christmas in the Bahamas here.


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

 

NOT INCLUDED
Flights
Airport Transfers
Soft drinks, Alcohol & Mixers
New Year’s Eve Dinner & Party
Excursions & Activities Ashore
Meals Taken Ashore
Personal Travel Insurance

 


Sailing With You

The following shipmates are already booked on this trip:

Approved
Allan
Approved
Hilary
Approved
Claire
Approved
Anne
Approved
Jean
Approved
Elaine
Approved
Marie
Approved
Simon
Approved
Donald

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 FrocksOne posh outfit for New Year’s Eve
Marina TimeAlways at Anchor
Sea MilesApprox. 150 nautical miles
Starting FromNassau, Bahamas
Finishing InNassau, Bahamas

Please Note

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

1

Day 1 - Arrival - 21st December

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.
3

Day 3

Sail to Hawksbill Cay with lunch at anchor for swimming and snorkelling the caves at Rocky Dundas. Time to explore the Loyalist period houses ashore.
4

Day 4 - Christmas Eve

Sail to Warderick Wells anchorage for a Christmas Eve of snorkelling, swimming and merry-making.
5

Day 5 - Christmas Day

Day at leisure in Warderick Wells; Christmas Lunch on board.
6

Day 6 - Boxing Day

Sail to Staniel Cay with enough time for an evening ashore in the Yacht Club.
7

Day 7

Day at leisure in Staniel Cay; explore Thunderball Grotto and swim with the piggies.
8

Day 8

Start our return trip with a voyage to Bell Island & O’ Brien’s Cay.
9

Day 9

Sail to Norman’s Cay & chill out on the beach.
10

Day 10

Sail back to Highbourne Cay in the afternoon.
11

Day 11 - New Year's Eve

Early start for the sail back to Nassau.  Evening ashore to be decided.
12

Day 12 - New Year's Day

Junkanoo Parade in the main streets of Nassau. New Year’s Day lunch ashore.
13

Day 13

Fast ferry trip to Harbour island for a day wandering the quaint streets and the fabulous pink sand beach. Return to Nassau in the afternoon. OR Optional day sail to Rose Island anchorage for lunch and back to Nassau to join in the evening’s Fish Fry.
14

Day 14 - Departure - 3rd January

Last minute shopping ashor & 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.

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 nnumber of accommodation options near the Nassau waterfront.  Please check Tripadvisor and AirBnB for options.

Choosing a Boat

We will be running Ibis V and Bleu Turquoise together for this trip with 10 to 12 guests and 2 skippers.  To find out more about our boats and which one is for you, please follow this link.

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)
Ibis V Single Bunk in Shared Twin Ensuite Cabin (2 available) $1,995
Twin Ensuite Cabin with Shared Ensuite (1 available) $2,895
Double Cabin with Ensuite for Sole Use (1 available) $3,295
Double Cabin with Ensuite for Couple (1 available) $4,995
Bleu Turquoise Double Cabin with Ensuite for Sole Use (2 available) $3,495
Double Cabin with Ensuite for Couple (2 available) $5,395

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.