Next time you visit Exuma, be sure to plan a trip to the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park. This natural park has helped preserve some of the Bahamas’ most unique marine and wildlife and is actually the first land and sea park in the world! It’s a great day trip for all ages, and here are some of the coolest things you to explore when visiting.
Boo Boo Hill
Exuma has many local legends, like the legend of Pretty Molly Bay or the Three Sisters Rocks. One of the most well-known local legends is Boo Boo Hill. Located on Warderick Wells and nestled in the heart of Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park, legends say that Boo Boo Hill is haunted by the souls of a ship that went missing in the surrounding reefs. It’s said on moonlit nights, you can hear the spirits in the wind.
Even if you don’t believe in the tale, it’s still worth a visit! Boo Boo Hill offers stunning views, and it’s become a tradition of visitors to leave a piece of driftwood behind with the name of their ship.
One of Exuma’s most popular animal attractions besides the famous swimming pigs is the wild iguanas! Exuma’s rock iguanas are usually found on Allen’s Cay, but the species was also introduced on Warderick Wells, so you can see them when you visit Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park as well! You can’t feed the ones in the park like you can on Allen’s Cay, but if you wanted to see them up close without the crowds, this is the spot to do so.
If you’re a bird watcher, you’ll definitely want to check out the national park. It’s a hotspot for birds and acts as an important sanctuary for local birds. Scientists are still discovering new species in the area, so there are lots to see!
The hutia is one of the evasive species in the Caribbean. They were actually thought to be extinct but were rediscovered in 1966 and introduced to Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park in 1973 for preservation. You can now spot these large rodents within the park so keep your eye out for them.
The Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park has three stunning anchorage spots that boaters love. The calm, beautiful waters are perfect for sailors and yachts. The waters in the park welcome thousands of boaters every year! Between the cays and the water, there is lots to explore.
There’s a reason this national park is a land and sea park. Its waters are just as full of discoveries as its cays! Snorkeling and scuba diving are popular in the park, and its turquoise waters have lots to see. Dive under and get ready to see Queen Conch, sea turtles, colorful fish, and ancient stromatolites. Fishing is illegal in the waters, which means local species have thrived, and the park is often used to repopulate overfished species.
What other cool things have you discovered in Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park? Remember that this is a protected national park, and visitors have to follow some basic rules like not feeding the animals and not leaving trash behind.