From A to Z, here is everything you should do, see, and visit during your time in Exuma, Bahamas.
The Bahamas is a tropical paradise. From white sand beaches to fun activities, these islands have it all. Exuma consists of three main parts, Big Exuma, Little Exuma, and the Exuma Cays. These islands might be little but they’re full of big fun. Here is an alphabet of ideas and activities to do while visiting Exuma.
A: Allan Cay Iguanas
Allan Cay is one of the few locations where you can see iguanas up close. Not only are they protected by law, they are extremely friendly and gentle. Bring along some snacks for them and watch them become your new best friend.
B: Big Farmer’s Cay Sand Bar
At low tide, this beautiful stretch of white sand emerges from the stunning, clear water. This sand bar is also known as the Milelong Sandbar. It’s perfect for strolling along, shelling, sunbathing, and picnicking. It’s also not super busy so you can enjoy it to yourself.
The Exumas are made up of multiple islands, the smaller ones called “cays”. Each cay offers something fun and exciting such as diving, fishing, reefs, and beaches. Spend a day cay hopping on a boat to see what each one has to offer.
The diving in Exuma is some of the best. There is a variety of things to see from reefs and caves to marine life. Consider going conch diving or maybe exploring one of the underwater wrecks. Whether you’re a beginner or experienced there is a diving site for you on Exuma.
E: Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park
This stretch of land was the first land and sea park created in the world. It highlights the breathtaking marine environment Exuma has to offer. Wildlife and marine life can be viewed up close at this ecological preserve.
George Town Fish Fry is famous for its fun atmosphere and great food. This stretch of stalls and restaurants are open late and offer a variety of delicious food. Take a stroll down it one night and have a sample of what Exuma food has to offer.
Thunderball Grotto is one of the most popular attractions Exuma has to offer. Located off of Staniel Cay, this underwater cave system is perfect for water exploration. It’s full of exotic marine life and colorful coral reefs. This grotto was named after the James Bond film and has been featured in many movies.
H: Hermitage Estate
The Hermitage is a historical landmark in Little Exuma. It showcases the islands’ short-lived plantation era. The remains of the main house and tombs on the site are more than 25 years old. This site can either be explored with a tour guide or by yourself.
I: Island Beacon
The Stocking Island Beacon is a popular attraction for yachters and hikers. The beacon is located on Stocking Island, which is comprised of large sand dunes that have hardened into limestone. One dune stands over 100 feet in height as was used as a beacon for navigational purposes. This landmark can be seen even from the mainland George Town.
J: Jail Ruins and Pompey Memorial
The jail ruins and Pompey memorial highlight the slave era of Exuma. Pompey was a slave who led a rebellion against his master. He received 39 lashes in public and the memorial serves as a tribute to his bravery. This site is perfect for a quiet morning of historical exploration.
K: Kidd Cove
The Bahamas were a hot spot for pirates back in the day. Captain Kidd was a U.S. Navy officer that turned pirate. He was said to favor Exuma and Elizabeth Harbour. There are rumors of hidden treasure so who knows, you could discover some while you’re there!
Exuma is host to a variety of delicious local food. From fried fish to conch, local delicacies are everywhere. Everyone has their favorite spots so be sure to come hungry.
M: Mystery Cove
Blue holes are a natural phenomenon that scientist still isn’t entirely sure about. They are underwater caves that look dark blue from above. The most popular blue hole in Exuma is Mystery Cove. It features a system of caves that run under some islands. Diving skills are required but boy is it stunning.
N: National Park
The Moriah Harbour Cay National Park is a must see for ecotourists. This national park was only set up 15 years ago but it is a vital part of the ecosystem between Great and Little Exuma. Fish, crabs, birds and other native wildlife can be seen when visiting the park.
If you want a break from the water, consider taking an off-roading ATV tour. Enjoy the adrenaline rush that comes with off roading all while experiencing the stunning environment that Exuma as to offer.
The swimming pigs off of Big Major’s Cay are a huge attraction. No one’s sure how these adorable pigs got there but they’re a big draw. These pigs are used to being fed and are friendly with visitors. Just be sure to bring them some snacks!
Q: Quiet Time
There’s a lot to do in Exuma, but sometimes the best part of vacation is doing nothing. Luckily, Exuma offers quaint and quiet locations for relaxation. Exuma isn’t as populated as other Bahama Islands meaning the beaches are quieter and emptier. Top off some quiet time with a cocktail and massage.
Exuma offers a spectacular starfish reserve for visitors. Here you can see giant starfish in these shallow waters. You can even pick them up as long as they aren’t out of the water too low. The water here is low making it incredibly easy to see them.
Stromatolites are the oldest know macro-fossils, aging back over three billion years. They’re pretty rare to see in the ocean today, but living stromatolites can be found along Exuma. Be sure to check them out while you’re visiting!
T: Tropic of Cancer Beach
Tropic of Cancer Beach, also known as Pelican Beach, is probably the most well-known beach in Exuma. This stunning crescent of power white sand is the longest beach on the island. The beach is named after the meridian line that crosses right through it. The good news is that it’s one of Exuma’s best-kept secrets so you won’t be crowded.
U: Underwater Life
There are tons to do on land in Exuma, but even more to see underwater. The underwater life of Exuma is incredible. On Compass Cay you can swim among docile nurse sharks. On Stocking Island, you can swim with stingrays. There are tons of opportunities and spots to interact and view the natural underwater life of Exuma.
V: Variety of Sports
In addition to swimming, diving, and snorkeling, Exuma offers a variety of sports and activities. Exuma is home to the best golf course in the Caribbean. It’s also a hot spot for fishers with many hard to find fish located in the waters. Sailing, rowing, and kayaking are popular for those that prefer water sports.
W: Walls & Reefs
Exuma offers some of the best walls and reefs in the Bahamas. These walls and reefs are full of marine life for you to see. Sponges, fish, and coral make for a colorful view below the water. There are multiple walls and reefs available for diving and snorkeling around Exumas.
X: Extra Special Guests
Forgive us for not listing something with an X, but Exuma is a hot spot for some extra special guests, such as politicians, royalty, and celebrities. Some celebrities’ even own small islands off of Exuma. Multiple films, commercials, and TV-shows are filmed here as well so the chances of a celebrity sighting are high!
The rich and famous have been visiting Exuma for years thanks to its inexpensive real estate and privacy. That means there is wonderful yachting available. Consider renting one out of a day for some island and ocean fun.
Z: Zoning Out
Zone out the troubles and problems that face you back home. Focusing on the beautiful scenery and wildlife in front of you is a must-have if you’re visiting Exuma, even if you don’t do anything else but look! The WiFi isn’t great on Exuma but this works perfectly with forgetting about the stress of everything else.