The Exuma Islands are made up of two larger islands and 300 cays. These out-islands are lined with beautiful white sand beaches, a few exclusive hotels, protected reefs, and friendly swimming pigs!
Quick fact: Flight availability to the Exuma Islands is limited. You need to book your flights well in advance so your first day is not consumed with multiple flights, especially if you live in the Midwest or West Coast.
What’s to See and Do in the Exuma Islands?
The two larger islands is where the locals live. Most of these two islands are made up of residences, a few hotels, and the general facilities of a small island community.
Most of your activities will be centered around the water: scuba diving, snorkeling, taking a ride on a jet boat, fishing, etc. Take a visit to Moriah Harbour Cay, between Great and Little Exuma. Sand dunes, pure white beaches, mangroves, crabs, crayfish, and other marine life are waiting to be seen!
While I was in the Exuma Islands I took the 007 tour, which is a full day out on the water visiting various snorkeling sites, iguana island, seeing the cays, feeding the swimming pigs, etc. Great tour and tour boat captain!
The signature event of the Exuma Islands is the Farmer’s Cay Conch Jamboree. It celebrates the shellfish, conch, that is central to Bahamas cuisine. Vendors offer it in the form of fritters, chowder, ceviche, etc. The trick is to come with someone in order to share every meal!
Where to Stay in the Exuma Islands?
The most popular hotel is Sandals Emerald Bay. Sandals is an all-inclusive hotel with a 18-hole golf course on-property. There are several restaurants that don’t require reservations in advance and the hotel sits on a crescent-shapes, private white sand beach looking out over crystal clear water. It is an amazing view and I really enjoyed my time at Sandals Emerald Bay.
The Exuma Islands are highly overlooked in the Caribbean. This destination is perfect for the traveler that wants pure white sand beaches, clear water, and the desire to try every dish with conch in it!
Below are a few pictures of my time in the Exuma Islands and my stay at Sandals Emerald Bay. Contact me with questions about your Caribbean vacation!