There are so many adventurous attractions to see on the Exuma tours from Nassau to get you excited for any Bahamas day trip. Whether sailing the magnificent turquoise sea or flying through a clear Bahamas sky, there are highlights in the islands that will fit anyone’s itinerary. As you are standing knee-deep in the crystal clear waters of the Exuma cays, you will be glad you researched what to do in the Bahamas before your vacation.
The Bahamas are a collection of 700-plus gorgeous islands with its capital, Nassau, at the heart of the archipelago. In this article, the focus will be on what to do in the Exuma Cays which are a particularly appetizing set of 360 islands, islets, and cays in the southern Bahamas.
We hope you find this information useful. In the end, the Exuma tours from Nassau that you choose are completely up to you. With Bahamas Air Tours, you have full discretion about where you go aboard our VIP-like private charter. With local tour guides, you are sure to get the best knowledge and experience on the market!
8 Attractions to Witness on Exuma Tours from Nassau
Without further ado, here are the best Exuma excursions from Nassau:
1. Pig Beach excursion from Nassau
Ever dream of going swimming with pigs? We know, it sounds funny, doesn’t it? But at Pig Island Bahamas, it is completely within realm. And, trust us, you will love these cute Exuma pigs.
This is among the top attractions in the Exumas as you can’t find pigs that love to swim anywhere else in the world. Upon anchoring at Big Major Cay, these pink friends will swim right up to your boat and literally eat out of your hand. You can’t get better than that!
Before you go: Make sure you know the proper etiquette for your trip to Pig Beach. Don’t worry, with Bahamas Air Tours, your guide will give you the complete breakdown of all you need to know.
2. Excursion to Bitter Guana Cay Iguanas
Keeping with the wildlife theme and this time, turning up the exoticness; Exuma tours from Nassau to Bitter Guana Cay, otherwise known as Iguana Island. Just south of Staniel Cay is one of the three remaining places on Earth to witness the Northern Bahamian Rock Iguana.
This iguana can grow up to four feet in length and live to be forty years of age. They are an endangered species and popular among a growing industry of ‘last-chance’ tourism. But that’s not all there is to do around Iguana Island. Many people also take advantage of the excellent hiking opportunities.
3. Snorkel into the James Bond Thunderball Grotto
No Pig Beach excursion from Nassau is complete without a daring adventure to Thunderball Grotto. This rock formation, which is within swimming distance of Pig Island, was seen in the 1963 James Bond Hollywood blockbuster, aptly titled “Thunderball”, starring Sean Connery.
The underwater tunnel system and thriving marine ecosystem within the dome is an adrenaline junkie’s dream! Whether it is the colorful corals, the bustling marine life, or the thrill of navigating a natural jungle gym, Thunderball Grotto is bound to have you feeling like 007.
4. Visit the Staniel Cay Yacht Club on Exuma Tours from Nassau
If you go swimming with pigs Bahamas style, you’re likely to make a stop at Staniel Cay Yacht Club which isn’t too far away. It’s the epicenter of Exuma Cay’s travel. Most travelers stop here for a drink or maybe an afternoon conch burger. Even the occasional celebrity will stop by after sailing the open waters all day.
Tours to Pig Beach often take you to Staniel Cay first, and a Bahamas Air Tours trip is no different. We see it as an excellent way to take in the culture as the Exumas’ history is literally written on the yacht club’s walls. Any of the best Exuma tours from Nassau will lead you here.
5. Exuma day trips to hidden sand bars
The Pipe Creek sand bar is synonymous with paradise. We know that word gets thrown around a lot when writing guides in the Bahamas, but you’ll see why it truly is the best word to describe this hidden sand bar in no time.
There are not many Exuma tours from Nassau that stop at Pipe Creek. This is because navigating the tide schedule in the shallow waters of the area is often difficult. Make sure you go with experienced locals.
6. Day trip to Bahamas plane wreck
Many peoples’ favorite attraction on Exuma tours from Nassau is the Staniel Cay plane wreck not far from the island (about ten miles off Norman’s Cay). It is Pablo Escobar’s abandoned drug-running plane and is said to have been found about 10-feet submerged in water with marijuana still in it. Its depth makes it perfect for snorkeling. As a matter of fact, it is one of the shallowest submerged plane wrecks in the world!
Its proximity to the other islands of the Exumas means this is one of those Bahamas attractions you won’t be able to get to in a day unless you are doing a tour by air.
7. Flights to Bahamas sharks
Perhaps the most popular of all Exuma tours from Nassau (besides the pigs in the Bahamas) are the sharks at Compass Cay.
Just like with the sunken plane wreck, taking Bahamas day trips by plane is probably your only chance at seeing the dozens of reef sharks at Compass Cay.
This may be your only chance to get in the water and wade next to the sea’s most feared predator! But don’t worry, these reef sharks are harmless.
8. Nassau to Staniel Cay day tour by Plane
Like mentioned before; most, if not all, Exuma tours from Nassau will run through Staniel Cay. Many tour companies use this as a place to use the restroom, grab a snack, and keep going. This is unfortunate because the island is so much more than that!
Staniel Cay day trips are best spent interacting with the small local island community. Also, visitors enjoy kayaking, picnicking, snorkeling, swimming, or stand-up paddleboarding on their Exuma tours from Nassau.
Fortunately, Staniel Cay is next door to Pig Island Bahamas and so it sees many swimming pigs tours arrive at the island’s marina. There are plenty of good beaches at Staniel Cay, too, including Town Beach, Pirate Trap Beach, Ho Tai Cay Beach, South Beach, and Ocean Beach.
How to Get from Nassau to Exuma
Figuring out how to get from Nassau to Exuma can be as simple or difficult as you want to make it. There are numerous ways — either by chartered airplanes, ferries, or even private sailing boats. However, we’d be hard-pressed to tell you all Exuma tours from Nassau were built equally.
If you are on a budget, perhaps you could take a ferry. Though, you usually get what you pay for. If you want a once-in-a-lifetime experience, perhaps consider going by air. Either way, there is so much magic to see once you reach the stunning Exuma Cays. If it were us, we would prefer to see as much of it as possible and there is only one tour which will allow you the freedom to go anywhere!
Bahamas Air Tours Exuma Excursions from Nassau
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