Whether you choose to sail or motor, the calm waters, cool tradewinds and magnificent sands of the Bahamas are the ideal ingredients for a perfect holiday. It’s not a surprise that these islands are a favourite with boaters. With more than 6% of the world’s reefs, the Bahamas are a snorkelling and diving hotspot too!
16 islands make up the Bahamas archipelago: Abaco, Acklins and Crooked Island, Andros, the Berry Islands, Bimini, Cat Island, Eleuthera and Harbour Island, the Exumas, Freeport - Grand Bahama Island, Inagua, Long Island, Mayaguana, Nassau and Paradise Island, Ragged Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador.
Best time to charter a yacht The best months to go on charter in the Bahamas are April through June, and October to November.
Swim with pigs
The Exumas are well known for the turquoise and sapphire blue of their waters, pristine beaches and deserted cays; such a perfect and well-preserved nature worths a visit. This island chain is divided into three main areas: Great Exuma, Little Exuma, and the Exuma Cays. The largest and most populated island is Great Exuma, where you will find the capital George Town and the Exuma International Airport. To the north of Great Exuma are the cays: Compass Cay, Staniel Cay, where the famous Thunderball grotto is, and Big Major Cay or Pig Beach, home of the famous swimming pigs. The island is also home to iguanas. Great Exuma and Little Exuma are connected by bridge, the latter is smaller and quieter and you will find the famous beach of the Tropic of Cancer or Pelican Beach.
NASSAU & PARADISE ISLAND
Nassau and Paradise Island are usually the starting point for your charter yacht holiday in the Bahamas. Nassau is the capital of the Bahamas and is located on New Providence Island, where the Lynden Pindling International Airport is situated. Connected by bridge across Nassau, there is Paradise Island home of the famous Atlantis resort, along with other luxury hotels and resorts. If you have time before starting your charter, you can visit some of the following places: The Queen's Staircase, also known as the 66 steps, located in the historic Fort Fincastle complex. The Graycliff Cigar Company where you can learn to roll cigars and see how they are made. The Government House, is the official residence of the Governor and is located on Mount Fitzwilliam; an example of British and American colonial architecture. The Gardens of Versailles on Paradise Island, are beautiful and lush gardens of great extension overlooking the port of Nassau.
You are sure to find the ideal private spot somewhere along the chain of white-sanded islands and uninhabited cays that make up the Abacos archipelago in the Bahamas.
The largest islands of this sailing paradise are Great and Little Abaco. Marsh Harbour, on Great Abaco, is the third town in the Bahamas and has stores and marinas that provide all kinds of services a boater might need. Treasure Cay has a 18-hole golf course, a marina and facilities for fishing and scuba diving. Walker's Cay is the northernmost island of the Bahamas and its waters are teeming with all kinds of fish, including tuna fish, dolphins, blue marlins and kingfish.
Grand Bahama Island - Grand Bahama holds the potential for every hold sort of Caribbean vacation with a blue color ocean than can be called the most vividly colorful of the island and landscape where you can find deserted beaches, swim with dolphins, explore one of the largest underwater caves and come face to face with sharks.