Best things to do in Exuma

A Tourist Guide for Planning a Trip to Great and Little Exuma

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If you like to hike, the trails of Stocking Island are incredible.    The island itself acts as a natural barrier to Georgetown harbour and is about 6 km (3 1/2 miles) long from tip to tip.

What makes this hike so incredible is the variety of the terrain, from long expanses of surf beach, to hidden coves to sand dunes to salt flats to shaded paths under a full canopy of dry tropical forest...it is a photographer's dream.

There is a navy beacon mid-island that operated as a m...

Stromatolites are the oldest living fossils on Earth, dating back 3.5 billion years.  They were thought to be long extinct until discovered in Shark Bay, Australia in 1959. More recently they have been discovered in a few other places including the Exumas.   They are significant as they are believed to be one of the first organisms to create oxygen on earth by means of photosynthesis.  Today, they only exist in relatively extreme and unusual ocean environments.  The secret in the E...

Now this is a topic of much family debate! 

Ultimately, part of the Exuma experience is visiting a number of beaches and deciding for yourself which is your favourite.   Do you want long sweeping powdery sand, a hidden grotto sheltered by rocks, access to snorkelling or walking distance to a great beach bar?  There are also a number of beaches that offer opportunities to see all kinds of interesting sea life, or in one case pigs trying to impersonate sea life.


Our fav...

(Video source:  JL Powell.  Exumas Youtube. (2012).  Great film capturing imagery and philosophy of fishing in the Exumas)

Exuma is an angler's paradise.   The bonefishing, in particular, is probably  the best in the world.

Bonefish live in shallow water - the Exuma flats.   They are a sleek and muscular silver fish that usually weighs between 2 and 5 pounds with the world record currently at 19 pounds.   While they are very common around the Exumas, they are not...

Stocking island is a quintessential part of the Exuma experience.   If you don't have your own boat, you can get a water taxi from the dock in Georgetown, or rent a boat from Minn's in George Town.

Chat and Chill is the beach restaurant that makes a great conch burger and also succulent bbq ribs.  They also do a pig roast at noon on Sundays.   There is a beach volleyball court, hammocks and also fresh made conch salad at a stall on the beach which is incredible.   The beer is magi...

A great side excursion is to ask the water taxi to swing by The Blue Hole on the way to or from Stocking Island and Chat and Chill (usually at the cost of a good tip).   Blue holes are scientific curiosities...caves formed by water erosion when sea levels were lower and the area was on dry ground.  In the 1970s, the marine biologist and tv personality Jacques Cousteau filmed a dive into the hole traveling inside for about 1,700 feet.   In fact he released red vegetable dye during a...

Here is another really well shot video posted to youtube last week that follows a couple's trip from Miami to Nassau to the Exuma Cays - in December 2014.   Some great time lapse work. 

The video captures the downshift in pace and increase in natural beauty first from Miami to Nassau and then again when they move to the relaxed out islands of Great and Little Exuma at about 2 minutes mark.  Wonderful. Thanks for sharing!  

(Video source:  JL Powell.  Exumas Youtube. (2012).  Great film capturing imagery and philosophy of fishing in the Exumas)

Exuma is an angler's paradise.   The bonefishing, in particular, is probably  the best in the world.

Bonefish live in shallow water - the Exuma flats.   They are a sleek and muscular silver fish that usually weighs between 2 and 5 pounds with the world record currently at 19 pounds.   While they are very common around the Exumas, they are not...

Greg Norman designed the Sandals Emerald Reef Golf Course, consistently rated as one of the top courses in the Caribbean.

 

It is an 18 hole, par 72 course that plays to 7,000 yards.    It is a stunning course that winds through seaside dunes, scenic mangroves and along the rocky shore of Emerald Bay.

 

Reduced fees and packages are available for those staying at Sandals.  For the rest of us:

 

  • Green Fees $175 per round, including cart

  • Rentals available (Taylormade) for $60...

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