The Exumas are made up of 365 cays and islands, beginning just 35 miles southeast of Nassau. The islands have gone through many changes over the years. Today, they’re divided into three major areas—Great Exuma, Little Exuma and The Exuma Cays. Each offers its own unique Bahamian experience. Great Exuma and Little Exuma are known for their laid-back surroundings, while The Exuma Cays act as a playground for the rich and famous, boasting numerous private homes, luxury resorts and beachside condos. The Exumas are also rich in history, as they were settled by British Loyalists with their slaves following the American Revolution.

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  1. bimini big game resort marina

    Bimini, North Bimini

    242-347-3391

    HIGHLIGHTS

    To get to the Bahamas, boaters will typically head Miami Beach, FL to Bimini which is about 60NM. 

  2. - Estimated Mileage: 85

    Chub Cay Marina

    Chub Cay, Berry Island,

    242-325-1490 or 786-209-0025

    HIGHLIGHTS

    Alternative Marina: Great Harbour Cay Marina. A quiet island for a serene, relaxing, vacation filled with outdoor activities including bonefishing, deep sea fishing, lobster spearing, sunbathing, island hopping, and shell gathering. A quick stop before heading to Nassau. 

  3. - Estimated Mileage: 43

    Hurricane Hole Marina

    Nassau, Nassau/Paradise Isla

    242-363-3600 ext. 1

    HIGHLIGHTS

    The Hurricane Hole Marina boasts one of the strongest locations on Paradise Island, within walking distance to restaurants, shopping, championship golf, casinos, nightclubs, and the Atlantis resort. Or you can stay at the Atlantis Marina which is located next to Hurrican Hole Marina ans has every resort amenity you can imagine including a casino.

  4. - Estimated Mileage: 40

    Highbourne Cay Marina

    Highbourne Cay, Exuma

    242-355-1008

    HIGHLIGHTS

     A refuge for escaped slaves during the colonial era and home to a stunning, scarcely visited beach along the east side. Sits at a slightly higher sea level than is found on most Bahamian islands, so it shouldn't be hard to spot. Peer over the dock to see a swarm of nurse sharks flocking to one spot like birds seeking bread as the local dockhands throw unwanted conch—aka “slop”—into the water.

  5. Warderick Wells, Exuma

    (242) 225-6402

    HIGHLIGHTS

    Stretching 20 miles from Wax Cay Cut to Conch Cay Cut. A pioneering initiative established in 1958 to protect and preserve the marine environment, the park is pristine—no one is permitted to remove anything, living or dead, from the area. The Warderick Wells park office offers a gift shop, ice, wireless Internet service, and visitor information. The moorings are first-come first-serve, hail VHF Channel #9 to call

  6. - Estimated Mileage: 19

    Compass Cay Marina Ltd.

    Compass Cay, Exuma

    772-621-5275 or 242-422-7300

    HIGHLIGHTS

    The marina at Compass Cay, located in one of the rare totally protected harbors in the Exumas, is accessible from the Exuma Banks and the Exuma Sound through channels marked with buoys and range markers. Boats with up to six foot draft at low tide and eight foot at high tide can enter the harbor from the Bank by following the channel marked with buoys and a range. At low tide, vessels of up to six feet may also enter the marina from the Exuma Sound through Joe Cay Cut by following a series of channel markers.

  7. - Estimated Mileage: 4

    Sampson Cay Club & Marina

    Sampson Cay, Exuma

    242-355-2034

    HIGHLIGHTS

    Some of the finest facilities in the Exumas. By now, you are about 220 miles from Fort Lauderdale and 50 nautical miles southeast of Nassau. Be sure to book your slip in advance—the marina is one of only a handful in the Exumas that offers wind and wave protection.

  8. - Estimated Mileage: 3

    Staniel Cay Yacht Club

    Staniel Cay, Exuma

    242-355-2024

    HIGHLIGHTS

    Jimmy Buffett listed the Staniel Cay Yacht Club in his Top 10 Island Bars and most will agree it is the “Shangri-La” of the Exumas. One of the tourist attractions is diving into the cave where parts of the James Bond movie Thunderball were filmed. It’s also possible to visit a small local cay called Big Majors, where there are swimming pigs. Take your dinghy and motor to Big Majors, where the wild swimming pigs love leftover conch fritters or any food you want to give them.

  9. - Estimated Mileage: 79

    Marina at Emerald Bay

    Georgetown, Exuma

    242-336-6100

    HIGHLIGHTS

    Georgetown and approximately 900 people live in this seaport, a favorite spot for yachters. There are two major yachting events: the Annual Family Island Regatta in Elizabeth Town and the Annual Georgetown Sailing Regatta held every March.