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Kayak to a lonely side of the Bahamas: The Exumas

Kayak to a lonely side of the Bahamas: The Exumas

Crystal clear water surrounding you, feeling the waves and the warm breeze while you’re going from a cay to the other, and once you’re close to them you can see the purest and whitest sand. If you’re an adventure lover, then you should definitely go and try to do some kayaking in the Exumas, the Bahamas.

The Exumas are located in the heart of the Bahamas archipelago and if you want to explore them, the best option for you is to do sea kayaking. Your kayak will provide you with spacious hatches where you can store your camping equipment and food, this journey will take you through the uncivilized side of the Bahamas.

Palm-fringed bays, coconut palms, and conch shells will make you feel like a castaway during your first evening camping, but what will make you taste the magic of being in the Caribbean it’s looking at the vast ocean while you’re sitting on an unfrequented beach and the sun cutting through the horizon giving you this beautiful colored-sky with shades of orange and red.  

The Great Exuma is the largest mass island in the chain, where you can find not only an airstrip but also incredible towns and villages that offer you a good starting point for your journey. From this place, you have an easy access to the other windward cays. Hopping from cay to cay in your kayak will take you through different waters that also change in appearance.  

Relatively close, you can find Boysie Cay, which is ideal for a first-day paddle and also provides you with a camping spot. In this place, you will get a view of the deeper water of the Atlantic and it’s also a good place to watch the waves as the swell runs.

On the northern part of Great Exuma, the water changes again as you pass through secret hidden bays and islands with names like Gold Ring Cay, False Cay, and Jimmy Cay. This route will remind you to those times in which pirates sailed into these waters. Additionally, we recommend you to stop on the southern part of Long Cay, where you can plunder on your own by drinking from some freshly fallen coconuts to get rid of your kayaking thirst.  

Once you reach New Cay, it will be easy for you to follow the limestone shoreline that goes into a lagoon at the south-east end of the island. This leads to the beautiful Mangrove Creek, which can be navigated even with high tides.

For your return to Great Exuma, you can either reverse the route you made by going on the opposite side of the chain or you can create your own route. No route needs to be the same because there are many islands to explore and things to do.

Just for you to know  

Starfish is the only Exumas-based kayak operator; therefore, they are the only ones who run kayak tours. Their classic Exuma kayak ten-day trip offers you four days and three nights of kayak touring, and it also gives you the opportunity to spend the other three nights in comfortable lodges in George Town, where you can decide if you want to sail, dive or bike.

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