Bahamas Yacht Charter Guide
Bahamas Yacht Charter Planning Guide - Explore the Exumas, Abacos and Eleuthera on your Bahamas Yacht Charter
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The Islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama have seen unimaginable destruction due to Hurricane Dorian. Our hearts go out to all Bahamians. luckily, most of the Bahamas are fine and virtually untouched by Dorian. We have created a Bahamas after Dorian page that can be your one-stop-shop for yachting information as these islands recover.
Embark upon your yacht charter in the Bahamas for an adventure of a lifetime. Stroll on the picturesque white-sand beaches, paddle in crystal blue waters, feed wild iguanas or swim with the pigs in the Exumas - you will have an unforgettable time on your yacht charter in the Bahamas! Cruising between the paradisical islands by private boat is the only way to embrace the true beauty of the Bahamas. Your Boatbookings broker will guide you through a bespoke itinerary to suit your needs and to show you the best activities the Bahamas has to offer including a visit to the infamous Pig Beach.
Your Boatbookings Broker has an unrivalled knowledge of the Bahamas not only from delivering hundreds of impressive crewed motor yachts and bareboat sailing vacations but by visiting the Bahamian Cays first-hand, reviewing the yachts and meeting their crew to deliver the finest tailor-made yacht charters on the market. Meet the Broker Team and simply email firstname.lastname@example.org to start planning your bespoke yacht charter in the Bahamas today!
Key Bahamas Yacht Charter Types
The Bahamas are a dreamland of crystal clear turquoise waters and paradise islands, with a wealth of history, culture, cuisine and stunning views to discover, making The Bahamas are a yacht charterers dream. Each island has its unique charm and personality, making island hopping fascinating and full of endless possibilities. From swimming with pigs and sharks to dining in an exclusive restaurant the Bahamas has everything to offer for a yacht charter. Feel the powdery white sand beneath your feet just two hours from New York and only one hour from Florida. There is also a flight directly from the United Kingdom to get to Nassau. The Bahamas consists of over 700 islands, making this destination truly limitless for a yacht charter! Whether you want to charter for the day or 3 months, the Bahamas is one of the best places to charter on the globe!
Read broker Alice's blog #itsbetterinthebahamas to understand why this is one of the most popular yachting destinations in the world! Alice gives her insights into a yacht charter in the Bahamas.
Want great weather? Look no further! The Bahamas enjoy an amiable climate due to gentle trade winds and the Gulf Stream which flows throughout the area. The most pleasant time of year is between September and May when the temperature averages between 70-75°F (21-24°C). Summer brings warmer sunshine yet more humidity, with temperatures reaching between 80-85°F (27 and 29°C).
With yearly temperatures that rarely fluctuate more than 5°C, the Bahamas provide ideal cruising conditions all year round. The area is superb for all types of charters and our itineraries, meticulously prepared by our expert yacht brokers, will show you the most exquisite destinations the Bahamas has to discover.
The best way to see the Bahamas is by chartering your own crewed motor yacht with a supporting towed tender. This is the ultimate way to explore the Bahamian Cayes, speeding you from one activity to the next. You will spend your days find your own private beaches, swimming with pigs and remarkable marine life, whizzing around mangroves on jet skis and diving some of the most turquoise waters on the planet. If you're looking to avoid the crowds, spend quality time with family and are up for an adventure, let our Brokers guide you on the most mind-blowing journey through paradise. Most of the available motor yachts in the Bahamas are available in the Exumas, commencing the charter from Georgetown or Nassau allows the Exuma islands to be explored. Expect to see some of the clearest waters on the globe, swimming pigs, unrivalled seafood, all-night parties and wild iguanas.
Catamarans generally have shallow drafts, which enables you to get closer to the deserted beaches than monohulls or motor yachts. Guided by a dedicated crew, you will be treated like royalty as you cruise from one Bahamian Caye to the next. For groups who are looking to unwind and enjoy unparalleled water quality, stunning scenery, and world-class diving, look no further than the Bahamas crewed catamaran for your next vacation. A catamaran charter is a truly unrivalled way of exploring the Bahamas cays and sailing through the crystal blue waters.
Having the freedom to sail your own boat is one of the joys of bareboat chartering and there are few places as open and vast as the Bahamas. Hundreds of islands and thousands of beaches, cays, and lagoons are waiting for you to discover, drop anchor and bask in. Your holiday is entirely within your power, and we are on hand to help create your perfect sailing itinerary. The comfort and stability of catamarans make them the favourite choice for bareboat charterers in the Bahamas, as they also allow you to cruise over the countless sandbars, and to anchor closer to the incredible white sand beaches. There is the option of either chartering a bareboat in the Abacos or the Exumas, both locations have crystal blue waters, island hopping opportunities and lots of undisturbed wildlife to spot from your yacht!
It is no wonder that so many newlyweds choose to wake up to azure skies, cerulean waters and pearlescent beaches in the Bahamas for their honeymoon. Cruise the islands and watch the sunset from the privacy of a secluded beach in the Bahamas, before enjoying some luscious food and a refreshing glass of wine beneath the breathtaking blanket of stars. Your floating five-star hotel is far superior to staying in a resort, explore the Bahamas in utter privacy and experience a honeymoon adventure like no other.
Embark in Nassau and set sail for the Exumas, the Bahamas' most popular island chain. Stop in Highbourne Cay and say hello to the Iguanas, before heading down to Staniel Cay to see the famous swimming pigs at Big Major's Cay, as well as the sharks at Compass Cay. Spend your days discovering the unmissable marine life, dive through Thunderball Grotto, Jet Ski through the mangroves at Wax Cay and kick back with your friends and family this summer. The water is typically shallow and is very popular amongst catamaran and motor yacht cruisers. The Exumas has become one of the worlds most popular crewed and bareboat yacht charter destinations.
Embark on your Bahamas luxury yacht charter in Marsh Harbor on the Abaco Islands. From here you can trace the beautiful string of sandy cays: Man-O-War Cay, Treasure Cay, Fowl Cay and Green Turtle Cay, stopping off from time to time for a splash in the sea or to take advantage of the water toys. Take a look at our 7 Day Abacos Itinerary to see how a charter exploring these islands could look like! Spot the famous red and white striped lighthouse of Hope Town and spend hours exploring the unique and beautiful marine life in Pelican Cays National Land and Sea Park.
The capital of Grand Bahama Island offers everything you could wish for in a holiday – utopian beaches, contemporary shopping malls, lush golf courses and buzzing nightclubs for those that can’t resist a party.
Beyond the hidden beaches and endless wildlife, you'll find the famous underwater cave systems in the Lucayan National Park and the flourishing botanical Garden of the Groves.
Nassau boasts a rich, vibrant history and, more importantly, beautiful sailing! Nassau is one of the most fascinating destinations in the Bahamas. Made up of over 100,000 square miles of coral reefs painting the sea with vibrant colour, you'll be constantly surrounded by overwhelming beauty.
As the capital city, Nassau contains 70% of the Bahamas' entire population making it incredibly dynamic, diverse and exciting. On top of this, Nassau is home to some of the best resorts, restaurants, and casinos in the world. Nassau does have it all. From Nassau, it is a few hour sail or motor to reach the start of the Exuma islands. Nassau is the best place to begin your yacht charter.
1 - Paddle with the Famous Pigs
Head to the uninhabited island of Big Major’s Cay, also known as Pig Beach, which is home to these special swimming pigs. Although no one knows how the pigs arrived on Big Major’s Cay, this adorable family of pigs is loved by tourists and the locals. They live freely on the sun-soaked sands and, after basking in the sun for hours, they enjoy a swim in the surf. The pigs are very friendly and love nothing more than to greet visitors that bring them treats to coax them from the shade of the almond trees. This beach is conveniently located five minutes away from Staniel Cay Yacht Club, before swimming with the pigs you can enjoy a conch burger at one of the most atmospheric restaurants in the Exumas.
2 - Swim with the Sharks
In the Bahamas you can dive amongst eagle rays, a family of friendly reef sharks and, if you’re lucky, you might even catch sight of turtles! While these creatures are slightly less surprising than swimming pigs, they are uniquely fascinating and will provide all ages with an experience that they will never forget. The sharks are typically nurse sharks and are friendly. Whilst mooring your boat, expect to see nurse sharks swimming round in search of food!
3 - Andros Barrier Reef
The Andros Barrier Reef is not only the third longest reef in the world but also the third-largest living organism on Earth, making it both a diver and a snorkeller’s dream. Delve into shipwrecks, blue holes, caves and be greeted by a myriad of sea creatures of all shapes and sizes - the Andros Barrier Reef is well worth a visit during your charter holiday.
4 - Dive Like a Dolphin
Wild dolphins thrive in the Abacos, experience the sheer energy and thrill of these incredible creatures during your Bahamas yacht charter holiday. Our expert crews know exactly when and where to take you to find these tranquil and friendly beasts.
5 - Pelican Cays Land and Sea Park
Snorkel with sea turtles and eagle rays in this stunning conservation, sparkling with precious coral. Just south of Marsh Harbor it is easy to access and is home to some of the world's most stunning underwater caves, flora, and fauna.
6 - X Marks the Spot at Treasure Cay
Treasure Cay is a 3 ½ mile-long sandy beach consistently listed as one of the world’s top beaches. Arrive by water in your charter catamaran and soak up the picture-perfect views. Explore the wildlife, hire some golf equipment or simply take the time to unwind in absolute paradise.
7 - Thunderball Grotto has a License to Thrill
With a barely-there secret entrance, this fascinating underwater cave system is located just west of Staniel Cay and is perfect for snorkelling, diving, and wading. The famous grotto got its name from the 1965 James Bond film "Thunderball," which was shot there. The grotto is filled with brilliantly coloured coral reefs and exotic fish, ideal for snorkelling at low tide. Be sure to take your tender to Thunderball Grotto to see some of the most exotic fish in the Exumas.
8 - Harbour Island's Pink Beaches
Harbour Island is known for its stunning candy floss-pink sand beaches. The pink sand is made up from a composition of coral, broken shells, minute rocks and calcium carbonate from tiny marine invertebrates which gives the whole island a magical, dreamy, utopian feel. For a picture your friends won't believe back home, Harbour Island has to go on your bucket list.
9 - Shroud Cay's Wonderous Washing Machine
Shroud Cay is located at the northern ridge of the Bahamas National Trust Land and Sea Park. Here you can drop the toys in the water and head through the mangroves on the wave runners, before experiencing the "washing machine". Swirling currents whip you along at an exhilarating pace in what can only be described as the world's best wave machine. Not for the faint-hearted!
10 - Nassau's Very Own Atlantis
The Atlantis resort is a destination the kids will love, with the opportunity to get up close and personal with a whole array of the exceptional marine life that flourishes in the Bahamas. For the adults, the Atlantis resort boasts many fine restaurants and bars to spend the evening, as well as a thrilling casino.
Boatbookings has been arranging charters in the Bahamas since 2005 and will find you the charter yacht that best meets your needs! Wherever possible, we regularly inspect the boats and know the crews, so you get the quality and service you expect! Simply get in touch today and we'll recommend the best boat for you!
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