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Valerie Weingrad
The Exuma Islands are a perfect playground for your first guided charter experience. It’s a step up from sailing in the BVI or Chesapeake Bay and in our guided format you will enhance your skill set helping to propel your confidence, experience and safety far beyond those traditional ‘First Time’ locations. Plus, Exuma is uncrowded and pristine and will give you the type of sailing you only dream about! The Water is so clear, sand so soft and white, a sea that is brimming with life, and locals so gracious and genuinely friendly. It’s the type of island locale until recently only a lucky few had the privilege and skill to explore. Sailing Academy Bahamas and Custom Sailing Worldwide welcome you to our new Boutique charter base at Palm Cay Marina where you are a short ride from Nassau airport and a world away from the tourist hotels and bustle of downtown. This is an island dream come true!

Sharpen your Skills

Our Daily skipper’s meeting we will cover a chart briefing on the days sail, review terms and practice skills maybe forgotten and add a few to your repertoire.
Structure: Flotilla Admirals: ASA Instructors, Charter Skippers (you) and your crew.
Join us in one of 3 cabins on the lead Flotilla Admiral’s vessel or choose to captain your own.
The 2nd Flotilla Admiral will hop between vessels lending a hand and coaching where needed.

Departure/Arrival

Palm Cay Marina, Nassau

Yachts

For our Exuma Islands flotilla we have reserved several boats, both mono hulls and catamarans for our group.
Reservations are available for singles, couples, or if you are a qualified skipper you may put your own group together and choose your boat.

The Price

The price per person is based on double occupancy and will range from $1,995 to $2,150 depending on which vessel you choose. If you’re single and don’t want to share a cabin, we will have pricing available for you. Contact the flotilla leaders Valerie Weingrad valerie@customsailing.net or Edana Long edana@SailingAcademyFlorida.com for more information.

Cabins and choice of boat are available on a first come basis. The Bahamas are waiting so get your deposit in right away!

Included

Charter and flotilla fees, goodie bag, welcome reception, mid- week group dinner, charter insurance, dinghy with motor, linens, 7 nights- 8 days charter, a great time had by all! All boats come with a Bahamas fishing license and Hawaiian Slings are provided to hunt for Lobster or Grouper.

Not included

Airfare, mooring and parks fees if any, additional water, provisions, dining ashore (except for group dinner), beverages, airport / hotel taxi transfers, departure tax, souvenirs, on shore excursions, personal incidentals.

Extras

  • Paddleboards $150 Per week
  • Kayaks $125.00 Per week, Double Kayak $175.00 Per week
  • Fishing Rods $75.00 Per week
  • Ask about our Basic Provisioning Package and Full Provisioning Options
  • Airport Transfers can be arranged that will drop you by the local Market on your way to the marina.

Reserve your space

$200 non-refundable deposit per person for your choice of boat and cabin. 50%
of balance is due by December 15. The remaining 50% balance is due no later than January 15th.
Checks and cash or credit cards are all accepted.

Getting There

You will fly into Nassau, airport code NAS. Taxis are available to Palm Cay Marina from the airport or we can arrange for a transfer for you.

  • Passport required, make sure it’s valid for another six months past your travel date.
  • Transfer can be arranged with charter and can include a stop for provisioning.
  • Time zone: Eastern
  • Currency: Bahamian Dollar although US dollars are readily accepted.
  • Language: English, with a unique twist!

Exuma Islands Flotilla Itinerary (sample)

Ship Channel Cay, Allens Cay and Highbourne Cay are the largest islands in this group with many small rockier islands and many coral patches to explore. The Crescent Beach on Highbourne Cay has been recognized as one of the most beautiful in the Caribbean. And the views from anywhere you stand make one say….”this is where they invented the word ‘Watercolor’”.

The next we explore Norman’s Cay, and it’s rather infamous past as a hiding place of a notorious drug lord. The sunken plane in Norman’s pond, although testament to a wild and crazy time in these islands is a fantastic spot for photography and snorkeling.

Exumas Land a Sea Park encompasses much of the upper and middle Exumas. Starting with Shroud Cay and its intricate tidal rivers and marshes encompassed by prominent ridges with stunning views. This is where we will take a African Queen style dinghy adventure and end with a bonfire and BBQ on the beach.

Hawksbill Cay and its undulating sand ridges are a favorite place to paddle board, do yoga or kayak. It also has some historic homesteads on the ridges and a few interesting ruins of 18th century homes, a nice hike to stretch your legs.

Warderwick Wells is the crown Jewel of Exuma, with extensive opportunities to explore in and out of the water. Miles of hiking and some of the most pristine coral gardens in the entirety of the Caribbean if not the globe.

Our southernmost island is normally Cambridge Cay or Compass Cay. These islands are unique due to their topography, hiking and again, stunning, miles long crescent white sand beaches. A must stop is to venture into the watery cathedral that is Rocky Dundas. A sacred place of the Leucayan Indians, it’s easily accessible by dinghy and short but exciting snorkel into the entrance. Once in you will be astounded by the rock formations, colors both in and out of the water. Its dwarfs it’s smaller more famous cousin, Thunderball Grotto, made famous by James Bond’s movie Thunderball, filmed almost entirely in Exuma.

You don’t want to miss this one! Contact Valerie at valerie@customsailing.net or Edana at edana@SailingAcademyFlorida.com for more info and to reserve your spot.

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