With so many interesting islands to explore during your Exuma excursions, you may be left wondering how to make the best of your time and money in the Bahamas. After all, nobody wants to be caught on a mediocre day trip to a place often synonymous with paradise. But don’t worry. Having the opportunity to lead countless day trip to Bahamas, we are here to help.
Close your eyes and imagine venturing to a chain of 365 islands, cays, and islets, each boasting its own distinctive charisma that makes you crave more. From pristine white-sand beaches on deserted islands to exotic wildlife, your Exuma tours from Nassau will be packed with some of the very best that the Bahamas has to offer.
Of course, not all tours will be able to show you the best Exuma excursions. Luckily, with Bahamas Air Tours, not only you will be able to reach unexplored destinations according to your preferences, but you will also be able to travel in style aboard a VIP private plane experience on your Exuma tours from Nassau. Imagine how much time you will save, not to mention the picturesque views from above!
Read on to discover what Exuma excursions we recommend.
Top Exuma Excursions on Your Day Trip to Bahamas
The Exumas are packed with fun for the whole family that you can explore on your Exuma Day Trips. Below, we have listed some of the must-try experiences on your once-in-a-lifetime trip. Check out our favorite things to do on your Exuma excursions from Nassau:
1. Float among adorable Exuma pigs on your Exuma excursions
Who would we be if we didn’t recommend you to put a swim with the pigs excursion high on your bucket list? Nobody can resist the temptation!
As one of the most sought-after attractions in the Bahamas, Pig Island (or Big Major Cay) attracts hundreds of visitors every day who want to spend a relaxing day hanging out with these unique creatures.
Here, you can jump into the turquoise waters and spend a day drifting away with the Exuma pigs. What can get cuter than this on your Exuma tours? Imagine your Insta feed after this!
Only a ten-minute boat ride from Staniel Cay, tours to Pig Beach can conveniently be arranged upon arriving in Staniel Cay. Alternatively, you can organize everything ahead of time with Bahamas Air Tours.
2. Play with nurse sharks at Compass Cay
For those adrenaline-seekers who want to experience what it’s like swimming in a lagoon full of sharks, Compass Cay is a spot in Exuma that you can’t miss. But no worries, your new swimming partners are harmless to those who play by the rules.
A few sharks were initially rescued as pets and the marina has now become a restorative haven for others. These sharks have been featured on Discovery Channel, Shark Week, Animal Planet, and a few more television programs. Quite the superstars!
3. Explore the adrenaline-seeking oasis of Thunderball Grotto
Speaking of superstars, why not channel your inner 007 and escape to a secret rock grotto just like Sean Connery did in the 1965 Hollywood blockbuster “Thunderball”.
Sandwiched between Pig Island and Staniel Cay, Thunderball Grotto is an adventurer’s dream come true. Here, you can jump from the cave’s low-sitting ceiling into an impressive underwater cave system full of exotic marine life. For those who prefer a more subtle way to explore the cave, you can sneak in through one of the cave’s underwater entrances directly from the open sea.
4. Step into the set of Jurassic Park at Bitter Guana Cay
Iguana Island is next-up on your Exuma excursions. Who knew the out islands were featured in so many Hollywood films! It was featured as one of the film locations of “Jurassic Park III: The Lost World” in 1997.
Bitter Guana Cay is where you can encounter the last known dinosaur-like creatures, the endangered Northern Bahamian Rock Iguana. These iguanas are mostly friendly, especially if you packed some food for them. Don’t worry, they’re herbivores (they like berries and lettuce). Just because they look fierce, doesn’t mean they want you as a snack.
5. Unwind in the Exumas at Pipe Creek Sand Bar
For one of the most idyllic Nassau Bahamas shore excursions, a shortstop by the Pipe Creek Sand Bar won’t disappoint. This is the grandfather of sandbars in the Bahamas. You can find a magnificent island of powdery white sand among stunning turquoise waters during low tide. Don’t be timid to sunbathe or wade into the warm rejuvenating water. It’s one of our favorite Exuma excursions to take guests trying to skip the tourist hustle for Grade-A relaxing.
6. Bask in the stunning ocean views at Staniel Cay Yacht Club
There is no better place to experience the most authentic side of the Exuma region than at Staniel Cay Yacht Club. Before any Exuma excursions from Nassau, a visit to Staniel Cay Yacht Club is guaranteed.
Known as the resting point for local fishermen, yachters, and celebrities alike, Staniel Cay Yacht Club is the perfect place to wind down and sip on a Bahama Mama cocktail after experiencing the best excursions in Bahamas.
7. Embark on a secret mission to uncover Sunken plane crash
The Exuma Cays are nothing short of adventurous but this next highlight takes the cake. Have you ever heard of the airplane graveyard in the Bahamas; the site of a sunken plane that was previously owned by an infamous drug dealer none other than Pablo Escobar
On one peaceful night in the 1980s, an unidentified airplane crashed down unexpectedly near the northernmost area of the Exuma Cays; close to Norman’s Cay. There were few details discovered as the pilot had evacuated the aircraft before authorities arrived.
This sunken plane is now believed to be a drug runner for one of Pablo Escobar’s notorious cartels. You can see for yourself on your Exuma tours from Nassau with a snorkel and mask. The plane sits in shallow waters no deeper than 10-feet.
8. The ultimate Exuma excursions gateway (Staniel Cay)
Most Exuma excursions start from Staniel Cay – an island that has busy air traffic thanks to its airstrip (the only airstrip in the area).
As a buzzing tourist hot spot with around only 100 residents, you can slow your roll here and explore the quaint village. Perhaps you can talk to the locals or go shopping at one of several retail stores. There are also churches, a marine supply store, a post office, and a library on the island. This stop will have you romanticizing island life for sure.
Enjoy the Best Excursions in Bahamas
Whether it’s a swim with the pigs excursion or any number of Nassau Bahamas shore excursions, the Exuma Cays are packed with some of the most adventurous and exciting activities that you can imagine. We understand that it may be hard to visit all of the aforementioned destinations — especially with the long boat ride and unpredictable sea conditions. This is why we recommend you embark on the Exuma excursions by plane instead. With Bahamas Air Tours, we arrange the utmost convenience and value for your money. No more sitting long hours on a boat or in queues.
Being that you will have a private tour guide with up to only 9 people in one tour, you are guaranteed a window seat where you can take in the beauty of the Bahamas through a bird’s-eye view. Even better — you can expect shorter travel times to beat the crowds. That way, you can have the best Exuma excursions all to yourself.
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