ENJOY LOCAL BOUTIQUES, NIGHTLIFE AND ATLANTIS RESORT AND CASINO
Your charter begins in Nassau, Paradise Island, which is easily serviced by commercial and private flights. Arrive a day before to take advantage of the local boutiques and the nightlife at the Atlantis resort and casino, or fly in the day of your charter to be met by your crew at the airport and whisked to your awaiting yacht for a refreshing welcome cocktail marking the beginning of a fabulous getaway.
Relax as your yacht embarks on a picturesque cruise toward the Exuma island chain. Lunch will be served al fresco on the aft deck at the secluded Allen's Cay, a national park only accessible by boat, where you'll likely spot one of the large, indigenous and endangered rock iguanas. After a quick dip in the warm turquoise waters, the cruise continues to Highbourne Cay, known as the gateway to the Exumas. Anchored out in Horseshoe Bay, which features a beautiful deserted beach and fabulous reef, you can also explore the nearby Exuma Sound, which offers amazing dive sites and fishing. Tour around the charming marina by tender and watch nurse sharks congregate, or head ashore to relax in beach hammocks as the sun sets.
INCREDIBLE BAYS, STUNING BEACHES, LAGOONS AND SPECTACULAR VIEWS
Depart early this morning - after a sunrise swim or beach walk, of course - for the highly rated Hammerhead Gulch, for a drift dive or a bit of snorkeling. After a satisfying lunch of local conch salad, your yacht will set off for a world of adventure and intrigue with a visit to Norman's Cay. This island once served as the bustling headquarters for the famed Carlos Lehder's cocaine smuggling operation, but today enjoys a quieter life with incredible bays, stunning beaches, lagoons and spectacular views. Fishing enthusiasts can take to the water today, while beach lovers can tender to Twinkie Beach, a charming beach littered with sea shells and highlighted by a lone palm tree. A snorkel amidst the infamous partially submerged wreck of a drug smuggling Curtiss C-46 Commando is a must. Guests may also try their hand at spearfishing or hire a local flats bonefishing guide. Late in the afternoon, tender around the island to visit Norman's Cay Beach Club, formerly known as McDuff's, for a burger, cocktail and island stories as the sun sets.
HIKING TRAILS, SNORKELING CAVES AND SWIMMING PIGS
The old pirate's hideaway of Warderick Wells is the destination of the morning. Serving as the headquarters of the Exumas Land and Sea Park, due to its wide variety of naturally occurring ecosystems, Warderick Wells is home to the skeleton of a 53-foot sperm whale and over 7 miles of hiking trails. Hike Boo Boo hill for scenic vistas and driftwood souvenirs left by visitors before you, or explore the beaches and reefs that provide for fabulous snorkeling. To the south is Pirate's Lair, a hidden anchorage accessible via a longer day hike or tender ride.
In the afternoon, cruise south to the Rocky Dundas, two high cays featuring interior caves that provide an exceptional snorkeling experiences. Nearby is the north end of Compass Cay, home to a famous natural whirlpool known as Rachel's Bubble Bath. Affected by the tide, this pool can either be a bubbling bath or a flat lagoon.
Continue on through the inviting shallow waters of Pipe Creek to Big Major's Spot, where you may be treated to a welcome by the famous swimming pigs.
JAMES BOND, COLORFUL CORALS AND DEEP-SEA FISHING
Enjoy breakfast while underway to Staniel Cay and the Thunderball Grotto this morning. Featured in the James Bond films Thunderball and Never Say Never Again, the cave can be accessed via snorkel and, once inside, features breathtakingly colorful corals that shimmer in the light. Fishing enthusiasts can get in one final morning on the water, whether bone, reef or deep-sea fishing. Your 4 day excursion comes to an end after a lovely al fresco luncheon and one last swim, you'll be transferred to the small island airstrip in Staniel Cay or Black Point for a scenic return flight home.
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