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Bahamas superyacht charter guide.

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Bahamas superyacht charter guide

The Bahamas has 700 islands and once past immigration, they're all yours to explore
The Bahamas has 700 islands and once past immigration, they're all yours to explore

Not only is a Bahamas travel itinerary in reaching distance of Florida’s coastline, but it also ticks many yacht charter favourites, such as golden sandy beaches, island-hopping adventures and some of the best sportfishing around. Andros Island is a mecca for world-class, salt-water bonefishing, while Berry Islands will satisfy the hunger to hook a flying blue marlin. Whether looking for mobile private island isolation or a week of watersports action, The Bahamas’ balmy shallow waters and state-of-the-art marinas have it all.

Reasons to visit The Bahamas

Shallow sheltered waters and myriad islands make this destination a yachting nirvana
Shallow sheltered waters and myriad islands make this destination a yachting nirvana

Enjoying a Caribbean climate, calm trade winds and a well-developed yachting infrastructure, the 700 islands and cays that make up The Bahamas are a must-visit by boat. The popular option of bareboating makes spontaneous daytrips on the water a reality, but to immerse in the experience fully, a superyacht charter is where it’s at. Pink sandy beaches elevate an already stunning location to memorable status, as do wild swimming pigs, championship golf courses and the allure of diving with sharks.

Deserted bays are yours for the day, all you need to do is find them
Deserted bays are yours for the day, all you need to do is find them

Top attractions

The Allan's Cay iguana is critically endangered, with a population of just 1,000 on three Bahamian islands
The Allan's Cay iguana is critically endangered, with a population of just 1,000 on three Bahamian islands

Situated within the Lucayan Archipelago of the West Indies in the Atlantic, The Bahamas’ exotic location has many top draw tourist attractions. Anchorages in Exuma Cays Park are gateways to kaleidoscopic marine wildlife. Feed the endangered Bahamian iguanas or catch a glimpse of the elusive hutia (the islands’ native rodent). The brave should snorkel or dive the country’s famed blue holes, where pastel-hued turquoise turns into navy as the bottom of the ocean appears to fall away. On Long Island, located a few metres from the 80-mile shoreline, the 663-foot blue hole is thought to be the deepest in the world.

The 202m-deep Dean's Blue Hole is reputed to be the world's deepest
The 202m-deep Dean's Blue Hole is reputed to be the world's deepest

Head to Pig Beach at Big Major Cay

The famous swimming pigs of Big Major Cay in the Exumas
The famous swimming pigs of Big Major Cay in the Exumas

Swimming with wild pigs in The Bahamas is a rite of passage. Pig Beach near Big Major Cay in The Exumas is famed for its friendly furry hogs that live their days out on the isolated islet. It’s thought the first colony arrived in the 1990s, though exactly how remains unconfirmed. Now firmly established as permanent residents they serve as a year-round tourist attraction. Adept at swimming, the wild animals love to swim out to greet arriving boats, looking for a snack straight from the galley. Not only a memorable photo opportunity it’s a bucket list activity that can’t be ticked off anywhere else in the world.

These cute pigs are a major lure for families
These cute pigs are a major lure for families

Visit Big Farmer's Cay Sandbar

This beautiful stretch of virgin sand that emerges at low tide is also known as the mile-long sandbar
This beautiful stretch of virgin sand that emerges at low tide is also known as the mile-long sandbar

Undeniably one of the best beaches in Bahamas, Big Farmer's Cay Sandbar has everything you could dream of for a beach. Gently lapping waves from the warm, shallow sea merge with a mile-long sandbar made up of powder soft sand the colour of pristine porcelain. But you’ll have to time it right, for this slice of heaven located just south of the Cay only emerges at low tide. Accessible by boat, it’s a firm favourite for shelling, sunbathing or picnicking superyacht style; barbecued conch pulled straight from the Atlantic enjoyed to a soundtrack of popping Champagne corks.

Set up and stay for the day - or at least until the tide comes back in
Set up and stay for the day - or at least until the tide comes back in

Swim with sharks and dolphins

Diving with tiger sharks like these is an incredible sensation, but so is diving with harmless nurse sharks
Diving with tiger sharks like these is an incredible sensation, but so is diving with harmless nurse sharks

Bahamas shark diving is not for the faint hearted. But those who dare will be richly rewarded. Tiger Beach on Grand Bahama has earned its name from being home to the beautiful yet predatory tiger shark. Identified by tiger stripes along its flank, they can grow up to 16.5ft but are now considered an endangered species. They’re not the only species of shark to accumulate here, and certified scuba divers can, along with trained dive guides, can expect to get up close and personal with Caribbean reef sharks, lemon sharks, hammerheads and bull sharks, to name a few. For something a little less deadly, swimming with dolphins is a magical experience. The ambient waters off the Bimini coast offer up encounters with the Atlantic Spotted dolphin and the

Swimming with dolphins is instantly euphoric
Swimming with dolphins is instantly euphoric

Visit Harbour Island’s Pink Beaches

The instantly recognisable pink sands on the east coast of Harbour Island
The instantly recognisable pink sands on the east coast of Harbour Island

The pink sand beaches in The Bahamas are a picture postcard reminder of just how stunning this charter destination is. Pink Sand Beach on Harbour Island is one of the most vibrant of them all, with a rich rose hue reflecting under the rays of the sun, contrasting brilliantly with the dazzling turquoise sea. Formed from the shell of microscopic coral insects, it paints a beautiful natural vista as far as the eye can see. By boat is the best way to get to pink sand beaches, either dropping anchor further out to sea and riding in by tender or heading to Harbour Islands’ dock located a convenient five minutes away. Top the experience off in style by dining at the celebrated restaurant at Rock House to dine under the stars.

Harbour Island marina, just a few steps from the beachside Rock House restaurant
Harbour Island marina, just a few steps from the beachside Rock House restaurant

Explore the Andros Barrier Reef

Andros Barrier Reef is a protected national park and home to a huge variety of widlife
Andros Barrier Reef is a protected national park and home to a huge variety of widlife

The 190-mile long Andros Barrier Reef is the world's third largest barrier reef and the third largest living organism on the planet. Awash with uninhabited cays, the area is rich in marine life and a pristine centre for eco-tourism. Turtles and birds flourish here and crowds are sparse, despite it being home to some of the most stunning beaches in The Bahamas. Private lounging under the warm summer sun is the order of the day. For the active and adventurous, the reef is another must-dive, dropping to around eight feet on the island side and 6,000 feet in the Tongue of the Ocean where vibrant coral wait to be discovered.

The flamingo is the national bird of The Bahamas
The flamingo is the national bird of The Bahamas

Discover Nassau’s Atlantis

Atlantis resort on Paradise island has hotels, restaurants, spas and casinos
Atlantis resort on Paradise island has hotels, restaurants, spas and casinos

The Atlantis in Nassau is an experience not to be missed. Located on Paradise Island, the lush, oceanside resort more than lives up to its name. With no less than six separate Atlantis resorts offering services, amenities and aquaventure, a stay at this luxurious resort is akin to stepping foot in the lost city of Atlantis itself. Dive deep into the Bahamian culture by sampling rejuvenating treatments at its choice of spas. Snorkel from the shore of one of its many private beaches. Take an underwater adventure, or simply sit back and drink in the beauty of the land.

The landscaped gardens are a delight to explore
The landscaped gardens are a delight to explore

Which yachts are available for charter?

The famous plane wreck off Norman Cay
The famous plane wreck off Norman Cay

The Bahamas is where island-hopping charters come into their own. Cruising from cay to cay discovering hidden gems around every corner, Burgess’ fleet of Bahamas-ready charter yachts elevate the experience to life-affirming status. With one of the largest global charter fleets in the world, our team of expert charter brokers will find a yacht that best suits your needs, tailoring the entire trip down to the finest of details.

Nature is reclaiming the wreck and there's plenty to see
Nature is reclaiming the wreck and there's plenty to see

Discover more about charters to the Bahamas with our charter experts

Jump aboard a Bahamian charter to discover a bright new world and let our Burgess team of expert brokers facilitate the charter experience of a lifetime. Get in touch soon for the best choice of yachts and dates.

To find out more about Burgess’ yachts for sale and yachts for charter, please contact a Burgess broker. Alternatively, get in touch with one of our offices directly: London, Monaco, New York, Miami, Singapore or all other locations.

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