Of the 700 islands that comprise this island chain, Nassau and Paradise Island tend to get all of the attention but it’s the Out Islands of the Bahamas that are spectacular. The Exuma chain, Eleuthera & Harbour Island are the unique highlights. Powder white sands and shallow electric blue waters make this the perfect sanctuary to go kayaking through mangroves, bone fishing or exploring on a jetski safari. The uninhabited cays of the Exuma Land and Sea Park are ideal locations for diving and snorkelling, a stop at the very popular (and sometimes crowded) Big Major Cay where you can swim with the local resident pigs. Harbour Island boasts the world famous, pink sand beach that stretches for three miles. These islands are quintessential havens for any water activity.

Why Go: Spectacular water, pristine beaches, ever changing sandbars, unspoiled island life, The Exumas is for those who want to get away from it all. Yacht captains from all corners of the globe say this is the most gorgeous cruising ground in the world.

When to Go: Year round except for hurricane season. The water gets delightfully warm in the summer months.

Essential Ports: Warderick Wells, Staniel Cay, Compass Cay, Shroud Cay, Highbourne Cay, Big Major Cay, Allen’s Cay, Thunderball Grotto and Harbour Island.

Local Favorite: Bahamian cuisine is all about conch. If you’re on Harbour Island, the place to go is Queen Conch for their sole menu item, conch salad. In the Exumas, Xumas at Highbourne Cay for conch fritters.

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