The Bahamas comprises some 700 islands and more than 2,000 uninhabited cays, stretching 500 miles from north to south. The islands are surrounded by perhaps the most stunning crystal clear water in the world. Excellent sport fishing and scuba diving abound with the best locations accessible only from your yacht.
The Abaco Island chain in the north retain the cultural flavor and architecture of its former British colonial life. Protected waters, pristine waters, pink sand beaches and pastel colored cottages make this a delightful area for cruising.
The seat of Government is Nassau in New Providence. This bustling cosmopolitan city boasts five star restaurants, resorts, casinos and superb duty free shopping. The outstanding world class resort of Atlantis on Paradise Island has the largest aquarium in the world and features a giant water slide through shark tanks.
The lower Bahamas stretch for hundreds of miles from the Exuma Cays to Great Inagua where you will find clear waters, tranquil anchorages and deserted beaches. Once you pass Georgetown in the Exumas you are in the Far-Out Family Islands of the Bahamas. Names like Crooked & Ragged Islands, Jimento Cays, Conception Island and San Salvador are common but unique to the natives who prefer this out island lifestyle.
ITINERARY #1 Ft. Lauderdale – Bahamas – Ft. Lauderdale
(requires an early boarding)
Day 1 & 2- 10am boarding in Ft. Lauderdale with an immediate departure for Freeport, Grand Bahama; Port Lucaya Marina. Golf, Tennis, scuba diving, rent mopeds. lots of shopping at the Marketplace. Dinner aboard (90 miles/6.5 hours)
Day 3- Great Harbor Cay Marina , shelling beach, exploring the reefs, snorkeling (61mi/5 hrs)
Day 4- Anchor on the ocean side of Great Harbor Cay if calm enough for diving on huge coral heads,
snorkeling, playing and collecting shells on the sandbars. Beach picnic can be arranged by the crew. All onboard personal water craft and toys available for use of the guests. (1.5hrs)
Day 5-Anchor at Hoffman Cay and visit the Blue hole. Later have a scuba dive to view Nassau Grouper and other sea life. Try your lick at fishing from the tender or the big boat, waverunners available if part of yachts inventory. (1 hr)
Day 6-Chub Cay, wall diving (scuba). Berth at the new Chub Cay Marina. Chub Cay is a port of entry and can also be a first port o’call from south Florida. (25mi/2hrs)
Day 7 & 8- Cross Banks to Bimini. Dock at Big Game Club. Diving, relaxing, beachcombing and sunning. (87mi/8 hrs) explore between Bimini and Cat Cay. There is a new marina and casino being built in Bimini so it will prove to be a popular spot for S. Florida yacht charters.
Day 9- Early Gulfstream crossing back to Ft. Lauderdale (50mi/3.5hrs). Total transit 27.5 hrs
ITINERARY #2: Ft. Lauderdale to Nassau
Day 1 & 2-Bimini or Cat Cay for diving, beachcombing and exploring. Dinner onboard or ashore. (50mi/4hrs)
Day 3 & 4 - Freeport, Grand Bahama for diving, golf, tennis, moped rental or shopping at the Marketplace. (70mi/5hrs)
Day 5- Great Harbor Cay in the Berry Island chain: diving, beaches, sandbars (61mi/5hrs)
Day 6- Anchor at Hoffman Cay, diving, snorkeling, fishing, blue hole (2.5hrs)
Day 7- Chub Cay, diving, bicycling, shelling and snorkeling (25mi/2hrs)
Day 8- Depart for Nassau (50mi/4hrs). Berth at either Hurricane Hole or Atlantis Marina. Make certain to visit Atlantis and try the giant Water Slide for fun, stroll through the Shark tunnel Aquarium or look for the Lost Treasure of Atlantis. A great fun spot for everyone, not just the kids! Later try your hand at Black Jack or the One Arm Bandits at the Atlantis Casino. Fine dining available at a variety of excellent restaurants.
Day 9- Depart at your appointed time to catch a flight to Ft. Lauderdale, FL (170mi/1 hr)
Total time in transit – 25 hrs
*** (an alternative with much less traveling and lots of potential diving would be
Ft. Lauderdale/Bimini/Port Lucaya/Cat Cay/Ft. Lauderdale - transit time 17 hrs)