(Exuma trip report)
Wasn't sure about the weather in June after reading so many conflicting information...We arrived in Exuma after a 3 day stay in Nassau and Atlantis, with some clouds from "Debbie", but the rest of the week was superb !
We rented a boat from Minn's for 2 days and stopped at different spots: beaches, "sunkened" boat, reefs, took a hicking path across Stocking Island to see the Atlantic from the top. We walked at low tide at Man of War from the begnning of the sand bar to almost the beginning of the land; around 1.5 miles each way, the color of the water was spectacular! On the way, we saw many sized starfish and a ray.
We rented a car for the week: very usefull if you want to move around. Drove to Barraterre for some sightseeing with detour on the western coast, beach hopping and lunch buffet at Exuma Point. At the end of the road at Rolleville, there was a beach with no sign but the tide was low and we could see a sand bar... While we were in the water we saw 2 "small" sharks and saw one coming our way, we didn't wait to take a picture and started to run !! I didn't know then if nurse shark were "friendly"...
We loved our stay, we had planned a few activites and we're able to do them with some jogling because of the weather. We did scuba diving with Dive Exuma, bonefishing with Stevie, a tour in the Cays with Exuma Cays Adventures (amazing day): snorkel in Thunderball grotto, swim with the pigs, the sharks, visit the iguanas, walk on an isolated sand bar and appreciate an amasing view on the way!
We went to different beaches: Man of War, Cocoplum, Tropic of Cancer, Jolly Hall, Rolleville, Ocean Bight (on Emerald bay), Hamburger, Starfish, Sanddollar (on Stocking Island), etc. There were other beaches access on the way, but we didn't had time...
We loved the "adventurous" side of the island, the colors of the water, the "softness" of the sand, the fact that there were a lot of snorkling possibilities, the "friendliness" of the people and, the fact that there's still things we would like to do...
During our stay we went out for lunch and dinner. We ate at (not in order of preference): Peace & Plenty, Bamboo Bistro, Exuma Point, Pallappa, Splash, Augusta Bay, Cha-n-Chill, Exuma Palms, Catch a Fire, Staniel Cay, Big D's Conch Spot (Steventon), Santana's, Catch a Fire, Exuma Yacht Club (drink).
We went to a Rake and Scrape and enjoyed ourselves (at Catch a Fire). I know other restaurants also offer this, bahamian band music, and I highly suggest you experience it !
I loved going in Georgetown to shop in the different shops, the Straw Market and looking for "exotic" finds at the Exuma Market.
I'm happy I did my homework before going, by reading a lot of previous posts on this forum, and I want to thank you all for your help ! I also did a lot of research on the web and contacted the tours companies I was interested in, and was then more informed before my arrival. A few months ago, Exuma was an unknown word and island to me...
I'll try to post reviews on the different tour companies and restaurants in the following days or weeks.
Like the song goes (I heard it at the rake'n scrape) : "... once is not enough, even twice you don't see all the stuff ...cuz once you visit "Exuma", once is not enough..."
Here's a family video of our trip in Nassau and Atlantis, Exuma is coming soon...http://vimeo.com/45652109