Top Tour Operators In Exuma
Many tourists prefer to combine a number of experiences in the Exuma under one day tour package. A typical package will include swimming with pigs at Big Major Cay, meeting Iguanas at Allen’s/ Leaf cay, snorkeling in the Thunderball grotto and swimming with nurse sharks in Compass Cay. 4 C’s Adventure offers a consolidated day trip package for about US$ 160.
Robert Island Adventures
Robert’s Island Adventures is one of the best known names when it comes to tours in Exuma. The vessel is a 33 Go Fast Avanti which takes in 15 passengers in one shot. If your group is larger, Captain Robert Thompson (and his team) will tie up with other boat rentals too. Island adventures offers reef fishing, spear fishing, eco touring, and Exploration of Exuma Cays, snorkeling in blue holes and hiking. The boat is very comfortable and Robert pitches in with the cooking too…overall the food and cocktails are super nice.
They have a daylong Exuma Cay tours which commences on Barraterre Government docks and takes you on most of the famous experiences described above. You need to pre book…Robert and his team are high in demand….prices vary seasonally but they will be cheaper than the tours your resort will arrange for you.
Exuma Water Sports
Phone: +1 242-357-0770
Unlike their name…these tour providers deal in all kinds of experiences right from fishing to swimming with the pigs and diving along with proficiency in water sports. The lightbourns …a true blue Bahamian family operate this tour group and they have showed off the Exuma to celebrities like Taylor swift, Irina Shayk, Muhammed Ali, Royal Family of Qatar, Mike Tyson etc. they have also made an appearance on NBC Extra and City TV Breakfast television…. so you know which tour operator to choose if you are fond of the glamor quotient.
They basically offer 3 types of tours…Ocean safari concentrate on swimming pigs with cay explorations and snorkelling too. The wave runner Jet Ski tour is all about water sports…guests will ride brand new Yamaha wave runners (they will be trained on the spot) and explore rocks, blow holes, aquatic life and some extraordinary coves along with swimming pig’s experience. You can also hire private charters from these guys…the schedule and excursion points are customisable that way. They organise beach events, weddings and photo-shoots too.
Sugar Adventure Company
Phone: +1 242-524-8093 / +1 242-524-8094
These guys offer half a day or full day boat tours (8.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. / 5 p.m.) aboard a 32 feet Contender. Experiences offered are snorkel tour at Thunderball Grotto near Staniel Cay, swimming with nurse sharks at Compass Cay, feeding the swimming pigs at Pig Beach, feeding iguanas, cay exploration etc. along with activities like swimming, snorkelling, deep sea/ spear fishing and lunches on private beaches. The commencing point is Barretarre government docks and the captain is the very experienced Horace smith…he goes by the nickname Sugar….his son Sugar Junior is on the team too!!!
Phone: (242) 524 — TOUR (8687); (242) 524 — 4276
These guys offer all the usual experiences like swimming pigs, iguanas, nurse sharks apart from some other lesser known experiences like starfish picking, celebrity island tours, sand bar retreats etc. which can be very enjoyable. They specialize in day packages that begin from pickup from airport/ hotel and then the day tours along with lunch at Black Point Loraines or Staniel Cay Yacht Club. Lots of personalized attention and island information is shared by Captain Bob Smith.
Island Boy Adventures
Phone: (242) 422-2697 OR (242) 357-0459
This operator offers full day or half day private tours of Exuma cays….and their tours are well known for being always on time. The experiences include swimming with the sharks, pigs, iguana feeding and secluded beach tours apart from swimming, snorkelling and fishing experiences. They are accommodating and will customize the schedule and these are private tours so you won’t feel crammed up with strangers.
The captains are Evvie Munnings and Deon Rolle who have loads of local knowledge and sailing experience. The cons are absence of snacks and refreshments and lack of proactive verbal information about the tour spots….unlike other operator’s local knowledge and intriguing history of the islands is not shared freely.
You can check with the hotel that you are staying in….mostly they will have tie ups with their own tour operators, guides and boat rental agencies so what you get is pretty much a package deal.
They operate daily dive, snorkel and chartered trips to many sites inside the park. They specialize in small groups of up to 8 and take the divers and snorkelers in their 36ft Twin Vee catamaran. They are located at the Government Dock, George Town.
Phone: 242-336-2893; 242-357-0313
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