There are plenty of activities, restaurants and white sandy beaches in the Exuma chain of islands to keep your days filled, many of which might be off your radar. After all, there are 365 islands to choose from. From yachting, to diving, to spending a day on the beach with your favorite novel, there is no shortage of Caribbean fun to occupy your time while staying at Grand Isle Resort & Spa.
Hundreds of years ago, the Exumas were a popular hideout and stomping ground for pirates. Today, some of these islands are populated with celebrities and business moguls.
Now it’s your turn to get lost in these islands and discover something new.
STARFISH RESERVE: VISIT THE GIANT STARFISH
Located off the mainland of Great Exuma, the Starfish Reserve includes shallow waters within the first few cays. You should find countless starfish carpeting the ocean floor. The locals advise it’s okay to pick them up so long as you don’t keep them out of the water for too long. Because the water is so low, it is extremely easy to spot them, making for a fun outing.
CONCH SHELL DIVING
Another staple of Bahamian life on the sea is conch diving. You can find these giant sea snails throughout the Bahamas, and they are very popular in cooking. Once you dive in to the water you might get lucky enough to spot one or two, either to keep and turn into a delicious dinner (ceviche, anyone?) or put back in the sea once you’re done admiring.
EXUMA CAYS LAND AND SEA PARK PROTECTED PARK
The Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park is the first of its kind in the world. It is home to some of the most incredible snorkeling and diving. More than 22 miles long, the protected park is sprawling, pristine and basically untouched. For those looking for something to do beyond the ocean, the park boasts excellent hiking trails and bird watching spots.
SNORKEL THROUGH A PIECE OF EXUMA HISTORY
For anyone looking for a historical stop, check out the wreckage of supposed drug lord Carlos Lehder, whose plane crashed just off Norman Cay in the early 80s. Be sure to bring your gear to get a closer look at one of the best places for snorkeling in the Exuma Cays.
Are you hungry for more wrecks? Dive Exuma is a reputable company in George Town with intimate knowledge of diving sites.
SADDLEBACK CAY: SEASHELLS AND SAND DOLLARS
If you are in the mood for a secluded day hunting for sand dollars, Saddleback Cay is the place. Boasting one of the most exquisite sandbars in the Bahamas, Saddleback offers great reef snorkeling, a private beach for relaxing and swimming and stretches of beach with untouched seashells and sand dollars. Sign up for the hour and a half boat ride whenever you’re feeling like escaping and exploring.
The Exuma Cays have something to offer everyone. Whether you are looking for an adventure or just want to spend a leisurely day on a secluded beach, you won’t be disappointed with any of these hidden gems.
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