There are so many things to do in Staniel Cay Bahamas you may not be aware of. The benefit of a Staniel Cay day trip is that you will be very central to many top tourist places in the Exumas. There is no doubt as you are walking the white sand beach at sunset with the clear waters of the Exumas glowing a neon orange that you will have any regrets taking a Staniel Cay tour. With all the things to do in Staniel Cay and around surrounding islands, you are guaranteed to stay busy as long as you want to stay.
Staniel Cay is located a little over 80 miles southeast of the capital city of Nassau. It is a small island only inhabited by a little over 100 residents. It is one center for tourism in the southern islands of the Bahamas because of its relative location to other main attractions. It is a part of a collection of islands which are referred to as the Exuma out islands. The region is made of 365 islands and cays and is known for its comparative beauty and seclusion from the rest of the population. Most tourists, when they visit the Bahamas, spend very little time in the Exumas despite being so beautiful because they are harder to reach.
Luckily, with Bahamas Air Tours, Staniel Cay Exuma is a matter of a comfortable few hour plane ride aboard a private Cessna Grand Caravan.from Miami or Nassau. Now, you can take advantage (and have plenty of time) for all the great things to do in Staniel Cay and the islands which surround it. Below, we will be breaking down a few of the more popular attractions in Staniel Cay and nearby areas so you know exactly what to do in Staniel Cay.
10 Things to do in Staniel Cay and Surrounding Islands
Here is a list of things to do in Staniel Cay on your family vacation:
1. Socialize at Staniel Cay Yacht Club
Staniel Cay Yacht Club is well known for being a stopping point for fisherman, yachters, and celebrities traveling all over the Bahamas. Its bar has been visited by the likes of people like Sean Connery who was shooting a movie not too far away (see #4).
2. Swimming with Sharks at Compass Cay
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to swim with a lagoon full of reef sharks at Compass Cay. What once started as pets has become a worldwide attraction and restorative haven for these beautiful (and harmless) creatures. It is unknown exactly how many reef sharks are swimming in these waters but you don’t have to worry, they are non-aggressive if left alone.
3. Iguana Spotting at Bitter Guana Cay
The Northern Bahamian Rock Iguana is an endangered species which can only be seen in three islands of the Bahamas and nowhere else in the world. Bitter Guana Cay has the highest population of this majestic species which means you have the best chance of seeing them here.
4. Thrills and Frills at Thunderball Grotto
Thunderball Grotto seems like any ordinary rock formation jutting from the sea in between Pig Island and Staniel Cay. However, take a closer look (and a secret entrance) into an adventure-enthusiast’s paradise. A hollowed grotto with natural sun roof awaits. It is the setting of the 1965 Hollywood blockbuster “Thunderball” 007 movie with Sean Connery highlighting the cast as James Bond. A quick trip out to the Grotto is one of the top things to do in Staniel Cay.
5. Swim with Pigs at Big Major Cay
One of the most popular attractions in the Bahamas, Big Major Cay (also known as Pig Island) sees hundreds of visitors a day and rightfully so. Just a short ten minute boat ride from Staniel Cay, there is no wonder this activity is so popular with Staniel Cay Bahamas visitors. Swim with pigs in the Bahamas and bring that camera, you are not going to want to miss this opportunity!
6. Snorkel above a Sunken Plane Wreck
Crashing down in the middle of the night right off Norman’s Cay, this sunken plane has a unique story you will want to hear. It was a drug-runner’s plane in the 1980s for Carlos Ledher’s cartel. It was directly linked to the notorious Pablo Escobar. The best part is the plane is one of the most shallow and in-tact sunken plane wrecks you can find all over the world. A mask and snorkel is all you need to witness this mystery which air traffic control at Staniel Cay Exuma was largely first to respond about.
7. Lounge at the Sand Bar at Pipe Creek
All over the Bahamas and, particularly, around the Exumas you can find these magnificent sand bars at low tide and lounge about between glowing turquoise waters on white sand which will soon be under the sea. However, the sand bar at Pipe Creek is one of the nicest there is and it is incredibly close to Staniel Cay. You must visit on your Staniel Cay tour!
8. Swim at Town Beach
With so much going on around Staniel Cay, you might be tempted to skip over touring the island itself. However, you would be missing out on great stretches of white sand beaches on Staniel Cay. One of the best beaches is Town Beach which isn’t as frequented as other beaches on the cay because it is a little bit further away from all the action. Town Beach is one of the top things to do in Staniel Cay.
9. Hire a boat for a Fishing Outing
One of the most popular activities throughout the Bahamas is deep sea fishing. The waters in the Bahamas are full of marine life and, though there are no promises, generally most who go on a fishing trip can reel in a good haul to take home for dinner. You can hire a boat and local fisherman who will put you right on top of the most lively fishing spots around Staniel Cay. Rentals are for half days or full days.
10. Rent a Kayak/ Paddle Board
Tired of sitting on the beach? Need some action in your vacation? One of vacationer’s favorite Bahamas activities is renting kayaks or paddle boards to explore the glistening crystal clear seas of the Bahamas. Staniel Cay is a great place to rent a kayak as it can be used to explore the nearby Thunderball Grotto or explore Staniel Cay’s rocky coastlines. It is also the perfect daytime activity on a Nassau to Staniel Cay day tour.
Book Your Swimming Pigs Tours & Exuma Day Trips
As mentioned, one of the top things to do in Staniel Cay on your Staniel Cay Day Trips is to go swimming with pigs Bahamas style! Our day trip to Bahamas offers a first hand experience to go swimming with pigs before the hordes of tourists arrive. You can have an intimate feeding with the Exuma pigs in the Bahamas and enjoy it in peace.
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Our Miami to Bahamas day trip takes private groups on tours to Pig Beach on Pig Island (Big Major Cay). Your one day cruise to Bahamas will feel like a week with as much time as we save you flying privately. Your Staniel Cay day trips have never gotten better.
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