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Yacht Experiences

Experience the Bahamas with a Yacht Charter

The stunning Exumas offers a different pristine cay for every day of the year. With a Pelorus Yacht Charter, you can discover all that this 120-mile archipelago has to offer with seaplanes, submersibles, and tenders to transport you to off-the-beaten-path gems.

When to go:
December – August

STOCKING ISLAND & ALLEN’S CAY

Begin your Bahamian vacation in the swells on Stocking Island just off of the port capital of the Exumas—George Town. Surfers are drawn to the mix of reef, point, and beach breaks, and with the guidance of a world-class expert, you’ll surf this incredible spot with your best efforts captured by a marine videographer.

Discover more of this area with a visit afterward to the renowned Blue Hole (‘Mystery Cave’) with its marine biodiversity and stunning undersea terrain.

Travel to Allen’s Cay next (also known as ‘Iguana Island), where you’ll see an endangered Northern Bahamian rock iguana endemic to the Exumas. You’ll anchor in the middle of the three islets that form Allen’s Cay, and spot the iguanas in the turquoise shallows. You’ll disembark and, in the company of a local conservationist, respectfully discover this uninhabited idyll and its famous iguanas, as well as learn about conservation programs happening in the Exumas.

THUNDERBALL & BAHAMIAN PIGS

Thunderball Grotto is a stunning island of verdant jungle and crystal clear waters teeming with parrot and angel fish. Named for the James Bond film for which it acted as a filming location in 1963, you’ll explore the interior of this island by 4×4 before swimming through the same cave 007 did before he was airlifted to safety. You’ll explore secluded pools, see their marine life, and spot fossilized stromatolites before a tropical picnic here prepared by your onboard chef.

You’ll journey by tender to the scrubby island of the famous Bahamian pigs. Kitchen scraps from the yacht will bring a delegation over to the tender to greet you. Afterward, enjoy a mojito on the beach or onboard as the sun melts into the sea.

SEA PARK & ANDROS REEF

Onto a world first—the 176 square mile Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park. This marine protected area offers pristine habitats unimpacted by man. Its drop-offs, reefs, and caves are filled with exotic marine life and are a thrill to kayak, snorkel, or dive.

Cruise to Norman’s Cay to snorkel above a WWII transport plane lost beneath the waves. This paradisical place has a chequered past as part of the Medellin Cartel’s cocaine operation in the 80s. Near the end of the decade, it was rehabilitated by Richard E. Novak, a marine biologist, who helped to reopen this stunning dive spot to the public.

Explore the third largest barrier reef in the world next, with a visit to the Andros Barrier Reef. Discover the incredible variety of marine life living among the intriguing corals, including marlins, turtles, and huge schools of red snapper. Afterward dry off on Kamalame Island’s beautiful, deserted beaches. Also found here is the Bahamas-only overwater spa, its custom treatments are ideal for some indulgent self-care.

WEST ANDROS & BLUE HOLE

Cruise to the dazzlingly diverse coastal wetlands found on the west side of the Andros reef. Deploy your vessel’s SUPs and kayaks as you explore this area of tidal flats and mangrove creeks, home to the West Indian Flamingo and the country’s most productive fish nurseries. Glide along the waterways with a local environmentalist—spotting the Atala hairstreak butterfly, sea turtles, and Andros rock iguanas—before having a hands-on conservation experience.

Climb aboard a seaplane and fly over Blue Hole National Park. You’ll see how the bedrock of the island has been eroded away over thousands of years to create the world’s largest concentration of blue holes amid an expansive underwater cave network. Afterward, land near an inland blue hole of your choice before hiking through the forested hinterland toward Captain Bill’s Blue Hole.

Over 100ft deep and almost perfectly round, this stunning blue hole is also home to often unique fish and invertebrates. Walk up to the gazebo and its natural diving board extending 15ft over the hole before a thrilling ‘Leap of Faith’.  

After you’ve dried off, hike the national park and listen out for the distinctive calls of the rare birdlife found here, such as the endemic Bahama oriole and the elusive great lizard cuckoo.

BERRY ISLANDS & SPEARFISHING

Take submersibles into the water around Chub Cay and the wider Berry Islands to discover the ideal marine habitat. Explore a drop-off that plunges over 3000ft into the depths with sharks and rays gliding over thriving coral. Attach to a scientific research team for the first-ever baseline documentation of the little explored Rarophotic Zone.

Linger over these rich and varied islands, cycling the larger cays, and taking SUPs to see starfish and sea turtles at Turtle Creek. If the timing is fortuitous, you may be able to observe turtle hatchlings dashing from their eggs to the moonlit shallows. Explore the Bonds Cay bird sanctuary, hit a round of golf, and test out the yacht’s water sports toys.

Take out a specially chartered sport fishing vessel and fish for blue and white marlin, wahoo, and kingfish at renowned The Pocket. Nearby, Mama Rhoda rock is a wonderful place for diving, flyfishing, and spearfishing. Guides are available to offer tutelage in whichever discipline you’d like to learn.

Afterward, have your chef barbecue your fresh catch (or choose to eat some of the freshest sushi of your life) as you relax on the beach and watch the sunset.

NASSAU & JUNKANOO SUN DECK

Your charter culminates in the thriving town of Nassau. A gear shift from the tranquillity of the Exumas, this lively capital offers everything from the Straw Market’s handmade crafts to the high culture of the National Art Gallery. Discover the artist community of this cultural hub with a tour of the city and meet the local artists along the way.

On horseback, follow trails through the woodlands surrounding Nassau into the quiet Coral Harbour Canal Ways and its swathes of pristine sandy beaches.

For your last evening on the yacht, the sun deck will be the center of a Junkanoo Carnival. Enjoy Caribbean rum cocktails, fresh seafood, and freshly picked fruit as you dance to the rhythms of a local band, fully embracing the Junkanoo’s spirited vibe. Following this memorable night, wish your vessel and its crew a fond farewell before returning home.