Exumas Travel Tips

Play Pirate at Pigeon Cay

Adventure like Robinson Crusoe for a day on this pristine, uninhabited island! If you've ever thought it might be kind of cool to be alone on an island like Tom Hanks in "Castaway" but don't necessarily want to be gone for 4 years, then check out Pigeon Cay.

 

What you'll have to do is arrange to be dropped off and get picked up by boat. There are several tour operators and charter boats you can get to take you. After that, you can explore the island by yourself in peace.

 

Most visitors come here to snorkel and see if they can spot the remains of a 200-year old shipwreck right off the shore. Bring your gear along if you'd like to try that. You'll feel just like a real explorer!

Play Robinson Crusoe on the pristine island of Pigeon Cay in the Exumas.
Big D's Conch Spot No. 1 is the perfect place for a fresh conch salad in the Exumas.

Craving Conch Salad Cabana? Try Big D’s Conch Spot No. 1

With the sun on your back and warm wind in your hair, you'll be craving something cool and refreshing for lunch. Why not try a local favorite like conch salad?

 

The best place to get it is at Big D's Conch Spot No. 1. Just cruise down Queen’s Highway from George Town for about 25 minutes, and keep your eye out for this tiny, beach-front cabana in the hamlet of Steventon.

 

Once you get there, you'll realize that the salad was well worth the drive!

Buy Big Darby

See the remains of a mysterious stone castle on Big Darby island. There are many tales and legends about the Englishman who lived here and why he built the castle. Explore it yourself and see if you can figure it out!

 

Once you arrive at Big Darby island, you'll see that it's relatively small, only about 550 acres. But the main house on the island is an 8000 square ft. castle!

 

An interesting note is that the island of Big Darby in the Caribbean is actually for sale right now, so if you have a spare $40 million lying around doing nothing, by all means, buy an island! If not, just visiting it will be great too.

See the remains of the stone castle Big Darby in the Exumas.
Go on a hiking adventure through Hawksbill Cay in the Exumas.

Hike through Hawskbill Cay or Warderick Wells

Pull on your hiking boots and lace them up! Both of these sites - Hawskbill Cay and Warderick Wells - not only have amazing hiking trails, but also amazing historical sites!

 

As you trek through the lush hiking trails, you'll get to see the ruins of many Loyalist settlements that date all the way back to the 18th century. It's like a workout and history lesson in one.

 

Bring your camera along because this is a piece of authentic, untouched history that you won’t want to forget!

Nurse a Nurse Shark

Are you a fan of friendly, underwater beasts? If so, then you've got to try feeding a nurse shark at least once in your life. What better place than the Exumas to try it?

 

Just head about 4 miles beyond Staniel Cay. There, you can find Major Spot, a tiny uninhabited island that's northwest of Staniel Cay.

 

Once you arrive there, you can find shallow waters that are so shallow that you can actually see, as well as feed, tame nurse sharks. 

Nurse Shark in the Exumas, Bahamas

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