Exuma

Exuma is a district of the Bahamas, consisting of over 360 islands (or cays). The largest of the cays, and the only one with any significant population, is Great Exuma, which is 37 mi (60 km) in length.

Half Moon Beach, Saddleback Cay

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Many of the islands in the Exumas are privately owned. Only inhabited islands open to the public (or at least paying guests) are listed here.

  • Great Exuma
  • Fowl Cay
  • Iguana Cay
  • Musha Cay super-exclusive resort that hosts only one group of up to 20 guests at a time
  • Staniel Cay

Map of Exuma

The Exuma island chain is 130 mi (209 km) long. The northernmost islands are under an hour away from Nassau by speedboat and many tour operators offer day trips. Great Exuma has the only airport in the islands, which receives flights from Atlanta, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and Nassau. This airport is approximately 10 mi (16 km) north of the main settlement of George Town. The other islands may be reached by charter or your own boat.

Great Exuma can be seen via car. The other islands are accessible only by tour charter or boat.

Car and boat rental is available in George Town, Great Exuma and at the airport. Must have international or US driver’s license.

Note that Exuma – like all the Bahamas – drives on the left side of the road. Rental cars can typically be specified as left/right wheel configurations subject to availability.

Leaves twice daily from Peace and Plenty Restaurant in Georgetown Harbour to the neighboring Cay of Stocking Island.

Rock iguana, Leaf Cay
  • Saddleback Cay. A private island owned by Island World Adventures, which runs one-day trips from Nassau daily ($190/pp). The island has seven beaches, including the gorgeous Half Moon Beach, shallow reefs in the vicinity and a spot where giant nurse sharks gather daily to be fed. 
  • Thunderball Grotto, where the James Bond film Thunderball was filmed.

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