The Bahamas is a year-round sailing destination with shallow, clear waters and natural beauty at every turn. Your sailing adventure will begin at the Marsh Harbour base where you'll be introduced to your yacht and skipper.You'll set sail together to explore quiet idyllic cays, marvel at breath-taking scenery and enjoy delicious food. Your trip will allow you to enjoy the laid-back Bahamian lifestyle while you snorkel with turtles and tropical fish, dive among sunken shipwrecks, and soak up the sun on uninhabited white sand beaches.
Once you have decided on the sailing portion of your holiday, it's time to think about when and where you would like to spend your stay. Completing your island hopping experience with a stay in Nassau or Paradise Island means minimal transfer times between your destinations; it's also worth considering venturing somewhere further afield. Why not visit Miami, perfect for beach lovers or Orlando and Las Vegas for thrill-seekers? Alternatively, pair your nautical adventure with a city break in New York City for a spot of shopping. If you can't decide, hotel stays can be added either side of your sail, so you can explore more in one trip for the ultimate multi centre holiday.
- Watching the sunset from Fisher's Bay
- Heading to Piggyville for a unique holiday snap
- A Goombay Smash cocktail from Miss Emily's
- Man-O-War Cay to see traditional boat building techniques
- Visiting Elbow Cay's lighthouse
Start your Journey
Marsh Harbour to Great Guana Cay
Setting sail on you Bahamian adventure, you will sail north, passing the uninhabited Fowl Cay that's ideal for a picnic and superb for snorkelling. Your destination is Great Guana Cay, where you can step ashore and explore; discover pristine beaches and excellent bars, alternatively there are unmissable diving opportunities scattered around the cay.
Take a break from sailing and drop your anchor at Fisher’s Bay, from here take the dinghy and a bottle of bubbles to Sunset Beach and watch the unmissable sunset view for which the beach is named.
Nippers Beach Bar and Grill
This vibrant and colourful bar and grill offers an authentic Caribbean feel, with stained wood decks and furniture at this fun and friendly bar. Open throughout the day you can stay for a drink, swim in the pool or dance the night away; we recommend visiting on a Sunday afternoon to join in with the fun of the Pig Roast Party.
Great Guana Cay to Green Turtle Cay
From Great Guana Cay, you'll be heading through shallow turquoise waters westward to Green Turtle Cay. Dotted with a number of harbours to choose from, marvel at the unique architecture and stunning wildlife before spending a few lazy hours relaxing on the beach and snorkelling in the calm blue sea. Green Turtle Cay is also known for its excellent restaurants so be sure to sample the Bahamas; famous fresh lobster and other local delicacies.
Rent a golf cart to visit the beautiful, quiet beaches on the Atlantic side of the island.
No Name Cay
Just south of Green Turtle Cay is this tiny islet, also known as ‘Piggyville’. Make a pit stop to see the group of semi-feral pigs residing here that you can feed, stroke and photograph.
Miss Emily’s Blue Bee Bar
Stop by for a signature Bahamian cocktail, the Goombay Smash. As tropical as its surroundings, this rum punch is a firm favourite on the Bahamas' bucket list and available by the glass or by the gallon.
Green Turtle Cay to Treasure Cay
Heading southeast towards Great Abaco, you are next off to Treasure Cay. Here, you will moor up with easy access to the three-mile stretch of bright white sand that is Coco Beach, with leafy jungle and mangroves on one side and the endless North Atlantic on the other. Local restaurants offer a selection of delectable dishes to choose from or else get your private chef to pack you a picnic before you take a walk along the pristine beach and find the perfect spot to stretch out and watch the world go by.
Treasure Cay to Man-O-War Cay
Cruising eastward through Abaco Sound, you are on your way to Man-O-War Cay. On route, you will pass by the tiny Fish Cay North and Fish Cay South before entering the harbour. Just offshore from Man-O-War Cay, keen divers can discover the spectacular remains of the USS Adirondack, sunk in the 1800's with canons and other shipwreck debris littering the sea floor.
Expert boat builders
Man-O-War Cay has a strong boat building heritage which is still evident today and the island’s maritime legacy is kept alive by contemporary boat builders, meaning the cay remains the boat building capital of the Bahamas. Get a taste of their proud nautical past by visiting the Albury Brothers’ working factory to the eastern end of the harbour.
Man-O-War Cay to Tahiti Beach
Following the gentle curve of the Abaco barrier islands, you'll next reach the scenic peninsula of clean golden sand that is Tahiti Beach. Although partially submerged at high tide, it's the perfect spot for sunbathing and swimming when the tide is low.
Halfway along Elbow Cay is the natural harbour of White Sound. Moor at the marina here to reach the spectacular, quiet beaches on the Atlantic side of the cay, ideal for a lunch spot.
Tahiti Beach to Hope Town
Today, you'll be sailing to the northern end of Elbow Cay, toward the wide open harbour of Hope Town. The unspoiled and traditional island community is undoubtedly one of the highlights of any Bahamas sailing holiday; with an authentic atmosphere, this picturesque town is just waiting to be explored.
Elbow Cay Lighthouse
Visit the unique Elbow Cay Lighthouse, one of the oldest manual kerosene lighthouses on Earth. Don’t forget your camera if you are heading to the top; the climb is worth it as you'll be rewarded with an unrivalled panoramic view of Elbow Cay and the surrounding turquoise sea.
Hope Town to Marsh Harbour
On the final day of your luxury Bahamas sailing adventure, you'll sail west across the Abaco Sound, back to the base in Marsh Harbour while you bask in the glow of the warm Caribbean sun. Make the most of your time in Great Abaco by visiting some of the many bars and restaurants, perfect for an afternoon spent watching the world go by with a cocktail in hand or a plate of fresh seafood.
Not ready to head back yet? Indulge in a slice of paradise at Winding Bay with a tranquil swim, snorkel and sunbath. Visit this tiny crescent of bright white sand on the east coast before returning to the base.
- Fully-qualified, English speaking skipper
- Yacht Damage Waiver
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