Dear Summer: Is it time to plan my luxury Bahamas holiday yet?
Dear everyone (from summer): yeeeees!
Don’t miss out on your chance to explore the islands with a Bahamas yacht charter in the lap of luxury this year. This isn’t your average trip guide. We won’t be sending you over to Nassau for a Pina Colada (although they are really good there). Check out these insider tips to getting off the beaten path in the Bahamas this summer.
Step 1: Plan your Bahamas Adventure
The islands of the Bahamas are best traveled by boat and a Bahamas yacht charter is easier than ever to access. In fact some of the best places are accessible only by boat. As you plan your itinerary, be sure to work in some these top spots:
The Out Islands – This is un-crowded, unspoiled Bahamian beauty. You won’t see cruise ships, large hotels or big restaurants in the Out Islands; but you will see shades of blue you’ve never encountered. There will be ocean wildlife and remote beaches, that it’s likely, you’ll have all to yourself.
This area that includes the Abacos, Acklins and Crooked Islands, the Berry Islands, Bimini, Cat Island, Eleuthera, Harbour Island, the Exumas, Inagua, Long Island, Mayaguana, and San Salvador and hundreds more uninhabited islands is known as the real Bahamas.
Snorkeling + Diving
The options are seemingly endless in the Bahamas for snorkelers and divers at all levels of expertise. Water-lovers come from the farthest ends of the globe to epic Bahamian water experiences. If you are the underwater explorer-type, you’ll want to add to your trip plans.
Thunderball Grotto: Two James Bond films (Never Say Never and Thunderball) were filmed in this location in addition to multiple other Hollywood movies, but that’s not the reason it’s a world famous destination. Thunderball Grotto offers some of the best snorkeling and diving anywhere! Not for the weak swimmer, the current is strong; but well worth the effort to adventure through the caves when the tide is low and encounter stingray, lobster and the colorful coral reefs of the Bahamas. Thunderball Grott is located on Staniel Cay in the Exumas. Note to travelers: be sure to time your underwater fun around low tide!
Blue Holes of Andros: The largest island in the Bahamas and the fifth largest in the Caribbean, Andros offers some of best diving in the world. Andros has the third largest (in the world) fringing barrier reef and is known for blue holes that are a diver’s paradise.
Washing Machine at Highbourne Cay: This is for the adventurous (and experienced) diver only…but those of us in that group say don’t miss the Washing Machine! Located just south of Highbourne Cay in the Exumas, the tide clocks in at up to 3 knots. Divers who dare to jump in get carried at top speed, sucked into a narrow cut and then dropped off a ledge! It’s more than just an ad reline rush….once you get past the swirl, you’ll arrive a stunning large patch reef to take in the natural beauty.
Grand Bahama Island – In the Northern Bahamas, lies Grand Bahama Island “GBI” home to the Bahamas’ second largest city, Freeport, and popular tourist destination, Port Lucaya. GBI is more on-the-beaten path than the Out Islands but still has much to offer fun-seekers who might be in need for some action in the form of nightlife. On the island, visitors can enjoy casinos, restaurants, guided nature tours and dolphin encounters as well as authentic Bahamian cuisine. Grand Bahama Island also offers popular diving spots and snorkeling as well as fishing…it’s well worth a visit.
*Note: Don’t miss Smith’s Point Fish Fry (we recommend the fried snapper with rum punch to wash it down.)
Nassau – There’s nothing wrong with being a tourist, is there? Nassau is the cure to your touristy-cravings while visiting the Bahamas.
Atlantis – Spend a day or two at Atlantis where there is something for everyone, at every age to do. It’s good, clean fun including water parks, spas, golf, nightlife, marine life encounters and shopping!
John Waitling’s Distillery – Who doesn’t love a good distillery tour? It’s scenic, historic and it has rum…need we say more? Take a tour and learn why rum is the “Spirit of the Bahamas.” Sipping encouraged.
Queen’s Staircase – Get your exercise as you ascend 66 steps carved out of limestone in the 1700’s by slaves and take advantage of an excellent photo opp at the Fort Fincastle at the top.
Fishing in the Bahamas
This couldn’t be a tip guide to the Bahamas without a mention of fishing, could it? The islands of the Bahamas are home to thousands of species of fish and all types of anglers can find their fishing fancy!
Big Game Fishing – Anglers reel in record-breaking catches every year in the Bahamas, famous for its Tuna, Marlin, Snapper, Sailfish, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi and more.
Flats Fishing – Miles upon miles of shallow waters making flats fishing extremely fun and popular in the Bahamas. Bonefish and tarpon are the most commonly caught fare. It’s as easy as grabbing your equipment and walking toward the ocean…sometimes it stays shallow for up to 200 feet.
Reef (or bottom) Fishing – Locals might be seen reef fishing also known as bottom fishing. These anglers will be catching grouper, yellow fin and more…it’s going to make for a great dinner!
Step 2: Reserve your Bahamas yacht charter and enjoy the islands in the style
It’s easier than ever to rent a yacht and head out to the Bahamas and no previous boating experience is needed. Boat sharing companies like Boatsetter have the perfect Bahamas yacht charter for everyone with fleets of private boats ready and waiting for summer fun. All have the option of including an experienced captain with local knowledge to guide you as you set sail! Below are three beauties to whet your whistle. We suggest booking soon, we did mention summer is coming…
When it’s time to get summer fun locked down and there are few better ways than a private yacht rental on its way to the Bahamas. A captain will do the navigating; you just have to map out your trip. These tips should get you well on your way to island time.