Exuma – A Family Adventure of a Lifetime!

by Sandra Foyt on October 11, 2011

in Travel Ideas

exuma-cay-powerboat-excursion-67Looking for an island adventure, where you can get away from the masses?

Consider a powerboat excursion to the Exuma Islands in the Bahamas for a day of snorkeling coral reefs, beach-side feasting, and encounters with tropical wildlife.

Exuma is a district of the Bahamas, consisting of over 360 islands (or cays) located 38 nautical miles from Nassau, and easily reached by powerboat in just one hour. We were were able to book our excursion with Island World Adventures at Bahamas Atlantis, but it is advisable to book this popular outing well in advance.

Our first stop  was at Saddleback Cay where we snorkeled in  calm and translucent waters, before summiting the hill for a spectacular view that stretched from horizon to horizon, and gave us a chance to spy on the rest of our party.


But the most interesting part of this short hike was discovering the remnants of what looked to be space shuttle detritus.


It was a mystery, but we had more important things on our mind – lunch!

We were treated to a tropical buffet at the Sand Bar; this was a very casual dining spot with a unique trash removal system.


Without refrigeration, leftovers don’t do well in the tropical heat. But nature provides. Helpful sharks and seagulls take care of larger food items, and hermit crabs put away the rest.



My son saved a few grapes for the next leg of our trip where we would meet the “Bahamian Dragon,” the Rock Iguana (Cyclura cychlura inornata.)


And his friends.


And then we were off to perhaps the most visually stunning part of this adventure – exploring isolated sandbars offering only temporary refuge for passing tourists.




Book It!

Island World Adventures

1 Marina Drive, Paradise Island Nassau Bahamas
Phone: 242-363-3333
Website: www.islandworldadventures.com/

Family Vacation at Atlantis Bahamas:


| Sandra Foyt is a storyteller, photographer, and road trip junkie. A veteran of six cross-country road trips, she drove Route 66, the Lincoln Highway, the fossil freeway, the extraterrestrial highway, and even “the loneliest road in America.” Find her on GetawayMavens.com, an award-winning destination guide to extraordinary travel in and from Northeast USA, on her portfolio site at SandraFoyt.com, and in freelance gigs on Family Travel 411, Minitime, Huffington Post, and Matador Network. Email: sandrafoyt@albanykid.com, Twitter @SandraFoyt.

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