With the colder temperatures coming to those of us in the northern hemisphere, we continue to dream of far-flung, warmer climes to escape to during the winter months. Never has that desire been stronger than during this pandemic. Following last week’s spotlight on Julia Dorothy, we wanted to share our idea of the perfect cruising guide spent island-hopping around the Bahamas. Enjoy this virtual break and please feel free to reply if you’d like help planning your own escape in the future!
Arrive in Nassau and head straight for the marina. Your captain and crew will be waiting to take you on a tour of your very own private oasis for the next week. A stewardess will be on hand, keeping your cocktails topped up and help to answer any questions you might have! Your first destination is just a short cruise away to Highbourne Cay.
Wake up in Highbourne Cay and head straight in the tender to see if you can catch lunch! Spend time tearing around on the jet skis, play in the middle of the sea, and enjoy lunch alfresco. After lunch take a trip into Allen Cay for an afternoon playing with the iguanas, before returning to the yacht for a delicious meal prepared by your private chef.
Head over to Norman Cay and spend the morning snorkelling around the plane wreck shot down during the Bahamas drug trade. When it’s time for a break, escape to Lone Palm Island and enjoy your very own deserted island for lunch presented by your chef and crew on land. After lunch it’s time for a change of scene. Cruise over to Shroud Cay, paddleboard, jet ski and snorkel and then change for cocktails on the aft deck to toast to another fantastic day at sea.
Spend the morning stretching your legs by exploring the Exumas National Park. Gather up some courage and spend the afternoon jumping into the water and playing with the reef sharks (come on in the water is fine!) Then it’s time to head onto land again for a hike and work up an appetite for dinner. Back on the yacht, your favourite meal is ready and waiting for you as a cold glass of sangria is passed to you by the crew. After all of that hiking, you deserve it!
It’s time for a bit of glitz and glamour! Head over to Thunderball Grotto and live the life of James Bond for the morning . Spend some time snorkelling in the grotto then head for lunch on a nearby private beach. BBQ and beers anyone? Spend a lazy afternoon playing football in the sand and enjoying cold beers in the surf. Dinner is back on the yacht – yet another delicious preparation awaits!
Today you get to meet the infamous swimming pigs on Big Major – you do have to pay your way though with little snacks and treats for them! After lunch over at Compass Cay where there are plenty of nurse sharks waiting to spend some time with you – they swim up close on the platform where you’re even able to pet and feed them! Spend some time on land by heading to the yacht club on Staniel Cay to enjoy happy hour with the locals, then head back to the yacht for freshly seared fish for dinner.
A longer cruise day (to head back to Nassau), enjoy reading on the bow, sipping champagne in the sunshine and let the worries of reality slip away. Spend your afternoon on Rose Island where your footprints are the only ones on the sand. Tonight is your last dinner onboard, and as such, the chef has prepared something truly special!
Today you head back to the marina in Nassau and say goodbye to the Captain and crew. Until next time!
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