For those adrenaline seeking guests, dip below the surface at Norman's Cay to unveil the last remaining evidence of a notorious drug smuggling operation for an extraordinary experience. Laying peacefully on the seabed off Norman's Cay, lies the skeleton of a plane which tells the story of how Norman's Cay was at the epicenter of Pablo Escobar's drug-smuggling ring in the 70's and 80's.
Bahamas Yacht Charter Guide
A Yacht Charter is the Ideal Way to Explore the 700 Island Paradises of the Bahamas
Widely considered the Eden island retreat of the boat and yacht charter world, the Bahamas is a hushed haven of islands lapped by crystal clear waters, with a wealth of history, culture, cuisine, and serene views. From Nassau, Boatbookings recommends you venture into the Exumas; home to the famed swimming pigs, wild iguanas and Escobar's sunken plane wreck - for either the ultimate family charter reunion in the Bahamas, a Bahamian boating birthday bash, or a honeymoon yachting escape in the Exumas. Take the time to read through our numerous itineraries!
As one of the favorite global charter destinations, especially in winter, these 700 islands each have their own individual charm. Cruising between these by private boat is the best way to truly embrace the beauty of the Bahamas. Just two hours from New York and only one hour from Florida - or a direct flight from the UK - make the Bahamas the ideal charter destination to hotfoot it to for some barefoot bliss this winter. Our Charter Experts will design your ideal motor yacht itinerary or crewed catamaran itinerary including adventure-rich activities and wonderful must-see destinations.
Our Charter Experts' unrivaled first-hand knowledge of the Bahamas allows us to deliver the finest tailor-made yacht charters. We regularly review all of our yachts and meet Captains and crews so that we can match them with your specific needs. We have hundreds of Five Star Bahamas Charter reviews from our happy customers!
See a complete description of each of these charter types below.
Embark in Nassau and set sail for the Exumas; the Bahamas' most popular island chain. A yacht charter delivered by our Charter Experts will send you to say hello to the Iguanas in Highbourne Cay, rendezvous with sharks at Compass Cay, cruise to Staniel Cay for a swim with the pigs at Big Major's, dive through Thunderball Grotto and jet-jki through the mangroves at Wax Cay.
Embark on your Bahamas luxury yacht charter in Marsh Harbor on the Abaco Islands. From here you can trace the beautiful string of sandy cays: Man-O-War Cay, Treasure Cay, Fowl Cay and Green Turtle Cay, stopping off from time to time for a splash in the sea or to take advantage of the water toys.
Take a look at our 7-day Abacos itinerary to see how a charter exploring these islands could look like. Spot the famous red and white striped lighthouse of Hope Town and spend hours exploring the unique and beautiful marine life in Pelican Cays National Land and Sea Park.
The capital of Grand Bahama Island offers everything you could wish for in a holiday – utopian beaches, contemporary shopping malls, lush golf courses and buzzing nightclubs for those that can’t resist a party. Beyond the hidden beaches and endless wildlife, you'll find the famous underwater cave systems in the Lucayan National Park and the flourishing botanical Garden of the Groves.
Nassau is one of the most fascinating destinations in the Bahamas, boasting a rich history and beautiful sailing. Made up of over 100,000 square miles of technicoloured coral reefs, you are constantly surrounded by overwhelming beauty.
As the capital city, Nassau contains 70% of the Bahamas' entire population making it incredibly dynamic and exciting. On top of this, Nassau is home to some of the best resorts, restaurants, and casinos in the world. From Nassau, it is a few hour sail or motor to reach the start of the Exuma islands, making it the best place to embark on your charter.
1 - Paddle with the Pigs
Head to the uninhabited island of Big Major’s Cay, also known as Pig Beach. Although no one knows how the pigs arrived, this adorable family of pigs is loved by tourists and the locals. They live freely on the sun-soaked sands and after basking in the sun for hours, enjoy a swim in the surf.
The pigs are very friendly and love nothing more than to greet visitors that bring them treats to coax them from the shade of the almond trees. Conveniently located five minutes away from Staniel Cay Yacht Club, you can enjoy a conch burger at one of the most atmospheric restaurants in the Exumas following a paddle with the pigs.
2 - Swim with the Sharks
In the Bahamas you can dive amongst eagle rays, a family of friendly reef sharks and, if you’re lucky, you might even catch sight of turtles! While these creatures are slightly less surprising than swimming pigs, they are uniquely fascinating and will provide all ages with an experience that they will never forget. The sharks are typically friendly nurse sharks. Whilst mooring your boat, expect to see nurse sharks swimming round in search of food.
3 - Andros Barrier Reef
The Andros Barrier Reef is not only the third longest reef in the world but also the third-largest living organism on Earth, making it both a diver and a snorkeller’s dream. Delve into shipwrecks, blue holes, caves and be greeted by a myriad of sea creatures of all shapes and sizes - the Andros Barrier Reef is well worth a visit during your charter holiday.
4 - Dive with Dolphins
Wild dolphins thrive in the Abacos, and you can experience the sheer energy and thrill of these incredible creatures during your Bahamas yacht charter holiday. Our expert crews know exactly when and where to take you to find these tranquil and friendly beasts.
5 - Pelican Cays Land & Sea Park
Snorkel with sea turtles and eagle rays in this stunning conservation, sparkling with precious coral. Just south of Marsh Harbor it is easy to access and is home to some of the world's most stunning underwater caves, flora, and fauna.
6 - X Marks the Spot at Treasure Cay
Treasure Cay is a 3 ½ mile-long sandy beach consistently listed as one of the world’s top beaches. Arrive by water in your charter catamaran and soak up the picture-perfect views. Explore the wildlife, hire some golf equipment or simply take the time to unwind in absolute paradise.
7 - Thunderball Grotto has a License to Thrill
With a barely-there secret entrance, this fascinating underwater cave system is located just west of Staniel Cay and is perfect for snorkeling, diving, and wading. The famous grotto got its name from the 1965 James Bond film "Thunderball," which was shot there. The grotto is filled with brilliantly colored coral reefs and exotic fish, ideal for snorkeling at low tide. Be sure to take your tender to Thunderball Grotto to see some of the most exotic fish in the Exumas.
8 - Harbour Island's Pink Beaches
Harbour Island is known for its stunning candy floss-pink sand beaches. The pink sand is made up from a composition of coral, broken shells, minute rocks and calcium carbonate from tiny marine invertebrates which gives the whole island a magical, dreamy, utopian feel. For a picture your friends won't believe back home, Harbour Island has to go on your bucket list.
9 - Shroud Cay's Wonderous Washing Machine
Shroud Cay is located at the northern ridge of the Bahamas National Trust Land and Sea Park. Here you can drop the toys in the water and head through the mangroves on the wave runners, before experiencing the "washing machine". Swirling currents whip you along at an exhilarating pace in what can only be described as the world's best wave machine. Not for the faint-hearted!
10 - Nassau's Very Own Atlantis
The Atlantis resort is a destination the kids will love, with the opportunity to get up close and personal with a whole array of the exceptional marine life that flourishes in the Bahamas. For the adults, the Atlantis resort boasts many fine restaurants and bars to spend the evening, as well as a thrilling casino.
The Bahamas enjoy an amiable climate due to gentle trade winds and the Gulf Stream which flows throughout the area. The most pleasant time of year is between September and May when the temperature averages between 70-75°F (21-24°C). Summer brings warmer sunshine yet more humidity, with temperatures reaching between 80-85°F (27 and 29°C). For more information on the Bahamas climate and weather, please check our weather page here.
With yearly temperatures that rarely fluctuate more than 5°C, these island chains provide ideal crusing conditions year round. The area is superb for all types of charters and our itineraries, meticulously prepared by our expert yacht brokers, will show you the most exquisite destinations the Bahamas has to discover.
You can find nearly any type of yacht for charter in the Bahamas. The favorites tend to be motor yachts that can get you to many islands, and catamarans that keep you close to the water and can sail in even the shallowest areas. Below please find a description of the Bahamas charter yacht categories, with links to our selection of the best yachts in the Bahamas.
Rent a crewed motor yacht in the Bahamas for an exclusive and luxurious experience in the Bahamas. A motor yacht allows you to cover vast distances, whilst the tender means you can enjoy days on your own private beaches and access the usually inaccessible. Usually host to a great array of water toys, you can explore the surroundings in a fun and adventurous way, be it whizzing around mangroves on jet-skis or dipping below the surface on sea-bobs.
A catamaran charter is a truly unrivalled way of sailing the Bahamas. Catamarans generally have shallow drafts, which enables you to sail through the web of sandbars and anchor just meters off deserted beaches.
Guided by a dedicated crew, you will be treated like royalty as you cruise from one glorious cay to the next on your crewed catamaran charter in the Bahamas. For groups who are looking to unwind and enjoy unparalleled waters, stunning scenery and world-class diving, look no further than a crewed catamaran in this island oasis for your next vacation.
Having the freedom and privacy to sail your own boat is one of the joys of bareboat chartering in the Bahamas and there are few places as open and vast as here. Hundreds of islands and thousands of beaches, cays, and lagoons are waiting for you to discover, drop anchor and bask in. Your holiday is entirely within your power, and we are on hand to help create your perfect Bahamian sailing itinerary.
The comfort and stability of catamarans make them the favorite choice for bareboat charterers in the Bahamas, as they also allow you to cruise over the countless sandbars and to anchor closer to the incredible white sand beaches. Both the Abacos and Exumas are home to crystal blue waters, island hopping opportunities, and lots of undisturbed wildlife to spot from your yacht.
Island hop and enjoy private beach set-ups with your loved one, sip on sundowners on the aft-deck whilst the low sun casts a dreamy mesh of pastels into the sky, and delight in your chef's culinary excellence beneath the breathtaking blanket of stars.
The service onboard a crewed yacht exceeds that of 5-star resort, allowing you to explore the Bahamas in utter privacy and experience a honeymoon adventure like no other.
Boatbookings has been arranging charters in the Bahamas since 2005 and will find you the charter yacht that best meets your needs. Wherever possible, we regularly inspect the boats and catch up with the Captains and crews, so you get the quality and service you expect. To begin planning the ultimate vacation, contact our Charter Experts and we'll recommend the best boat for you.
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