By far the more popular Bahamas Revisited excursion is the week at sea, sailing adventure through the Exuma Cays. Exuma is a chain of over 360 islands; also called cays, however on a trip with us we will visit just 8 of these beautiful gems. Our 70ft Schooner has a draft of just 7 ft, which allows us to navigate the sand bars, and take you to some of the most beautiful beaches, coves, and lagoons in the world.
The Exumas are the historic home of the Lucayan Natives, who were wholly enslaved in the 16th century, leaving the islands uninhabited until the 18th century. In the intervening period, the Exumas provided many hideouts and stashes for pirates. Elizabeth Harbor was a favorite lair of Captain Kidd.
Exuma was settled around 1783 by American loyalists fleeing the Revolutionary War. These Loyalists carved out an existence by introducing a cotton plantation economy to the islands. George Town was named in honor of George III, to whom the settlers maintained their loyalty.
John Rolle, 1st Baron Rolle, a major Loyalist settler of the Exumas, is a major figure in the islands’ heritage. Upon his death in 1842, he bestowed all of his significant Exuma land holdings to his slaves. As a result, a number of towns on Great Exuma have been named after him (such as Rolleville and Rolletown), and the descendants of these slaves still carry the surname “Rolle” to this day.
Many of the unnamed beaches and coves of the islands, including extensive offshore reef areas, are included in the protected Exuma National Land and Sea Park of the Bahamas National Trust. On your excursion we will stop to play, snorkel, and at times assist in a beach cleanup at the park headquarters. The hiking, and reefs are absolutely amazing, and the gift shop holds many treasures for you to take back home to never forget your experience.
Many movies have been filmed in Exuma including the 007 film Thunderball. During the week we will dive the Thunderball Grotto, located just a few hundred yards off Staniel Cay, and enjoy schools of fish as they swim past your mask, or the strong currents that carry you along in a natural lazy river. Sandy Cay, just a short boat ride from Little Exuma was the location used for filming the Pirates of the Caribbean beach scenes, and one Shell commercial, and lastly the novel Wind from the Carolinas was set in Great Exuma.
Join us today and explore the beauty of the Exumas by sailing them as the original settlers did, and the pirates that claimed them as their own! Sea you soon!!