Everything You Need to Know About the Exumas

The Exumas are an archipelago of over 350 cays and islands located within the Bahamas. Like the rest of the Bahamas, they attract a certain clientele and particularly this area which attracts many of the world’s rich and famous. For this reason, you might be looking for exuma villa rentals for the summer, to either experience this place as a once in a lifetime experience or in the hope of rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous. Divided into three main areas you will have your pick of areas to explore and activities to get up to.

eThe three areas are Great Exuma, Little Exuma and the Exuma Cays. The other cays are almost exclusively visited and home to the rich and famous, as many have purchased private islands in the cays which are relatively cheap for those who can afford it. If you are simply holidaying you will more than likely be within the greater and little cay, these you can use as your base to explore the outer cays and islands. Here we’ve put together some helpful information that can help you out on a visit to the cays.


You may be wondering how you can reach the Cays and when you are finally there how to get around, well with its built-up tourism industry this should not be a problem. Exuma international airport on greater Exuma is serviced by several international airlines from the United States and Canada. From here you can take chartered vessels to outlying islands, there are also some smaller plane companies which can fly to some smaller cays or other areas within the Bahamas.

To get around the two lager cays is quite easy an affordable with Taxi’s readily available. If you like to make your own way around, then a car rental would be your best option. Being the Exumas, however, making your way on foot or by bicycle are the two most popular ways to get around and they are great ways of seeing the islands from a local’s perspective.

To reach to other cays and islands as already mentioned is best done by chartered vessel or through small serviced flights, most of these can then be explored on foot as they are either privately owned or uninhabited.

Popular activities:

As we have already mentioned the Exumas are popular vacation locations for the rich and famous, for this reason, you can expect to find a wide range of activities and things to do to keep the client happy. We’re going to look at just a small sample of the things you can get up to on a visit to the Exumas.

Visiting the beach:

Due to the huge number of Cays and islands, there are a host of unnamed and secluded beaches that you can explore at your leisure, many can be visited on chartered boats from the two larger Exumas. Many of the beaches and island were popular haunts of pirates so you may be lucky and find some treasure although I doubt you will have been the first to look.

Some of the most popular beaches to visit include Spook hill beach, Sandy point beach and Poponi beach. These are all located in various islands within the region, be sure to ask for ones that suit your needs, i.e. romantic getaway, family friendly etc, the locals will be sure to point you in the right direction.


Like we have already mentioned the size of the Exumas and the relatively untouched and unexplored areas of the islands mean the nature of the area has not been disturbed, this is the same both above and below water. For this reason, diving in the Exumas is both hugely popular and hugely rewarding.

You can discover pristine coral reef formations, shipwrecks and a whole host of aquatic wildlife. Papa doc shipwreck is one very popular site to visit. It is the remains of a mercenary ship headed toward Haiti in the 1960’s. With fresh coral growing around the ship and a unique history, it is a great spot for fish lovers and those with an interest in history.

For some beautiful and protected coral then the west coast national park is where you want to visit. Located just off San Salvador island the park protects a huge coral wall that gives you the opportunity to spot the Hawks-bill Turtle, tropic birds and shearwaters. It is also a migratory route for humpback whales.

Where to stay:

You can probably guess from our description already that the Exumas is not somewhere you go if you are on a tight budget, it is more of a once in a lifetime location or if you are lucky enough perhaps a few visits. For this reason finding accommodation on a budget is virtually impossible unless you have contacts in the area.

When looking for somewhere to stay focus on the resorts and villas as these you will find an abundance of. As already stated it is best to use the two large Exumas as your base and it is higher you will find the best accommodation and flight deals around the islands.

There is a large array of rental and hotel sights you can check out yourself if you are not going through an agent.

The Exumas are one of the prime locations for vacations in the Bahamas, make sure you’re going at the right time of year to grab the best deals and beat the huge influx that the islands tend to see.

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