Luxury yacht charters Bahamas
Boasting 700 idyllic islands, the Bahamas is one of the most popular destinations for a yacht charter within easy reach of the United States. From the luxury resorts and activities of Nassau to the stunning remote island chain of the Exumas, the Bahamas have been attracting superyachts to its shores for decades.
It is easy to get to the Bahamas from both the United States as well as Europe, with a large commercial airport on New Providence island as well as a number of private airports scattered across the island nation. The most developed of the islands is New Providence, home to the large town of Nassau with its sugar-pink buildings and the fun annual Junkanoo carnival. Within a short cruise, guests on luxury yacht charters in the Bahamas can find themselves in the less populated islands including the charming Exumas, Eleuthra, the Berry Islands or the Abacos.
What kind of experiences are there to enjoy on a yacht charter in the Bahamas?
The Bahamas has something for everyone. New Providence – one of the most populated islands – is home to a number of luxury resorts. Golf fans can head over to the Albany course, which is regularly frequented by owner-investor Tiger Woods. The One&Only Ocean Club with its classic colonial style is recognisable for the early scenes of Casino Royale. Take the whole family along to the world-renowned Atlantis water park, which has a number of rides and activities as well as an aquarium and opportunities to get up close with the local wildlife.
Junkanoo is a lively carnival celebration in the Bahamas dating back hundreds of years that takes place over a number of weeks each year. There are a variety of events during Junkanoo, from concerts and cultural shows to street parades where participants wear colourful costumes with masks and dance or play musical instruments in a whirlwind for the senses.
A yacht charter in the Bahamas wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the clear blue waters of the Exumas, an archipelago of 365 mostly uninhabited islands surrounded by coral reefs and Pirates of the Caribbean vistas. A stop at Staniel Cay will offer the chance to visit the famous swimming pigs of Big Major Cay and a snorkel in 007’s Thunderball Grotto, rounded off with a stop at Staniel Cay Yacht Club, of Jimmy Buffet fame, for a legendary frozen piña colada and plate of conch salad.
Whether you enjoy deep-sea fishing or the challenge of shallow-water bonefishing, the Bahamas is a mecca for many who like to enjoy a sports fishing yacht charter. Cast off directly from the back of your yacht or head out in one of the tenders to explore the local hotspots known for sailfish, wahoo, tuna and many more.
The blue holes towards the south of the Bahamas are a truly unique experience for any scuba diver, while the underwater visibility in the Exumas and the Tongue of the Ocean and Bahamas Banks is famous. Whether you are looking for an advanced scuba expedition or a simple snorkel off the back of the yacht, there is something on offer in the Bahamas.
When is the best time to charter a yacht in the Bahamas?
Although it is a great destination to rent a yacht year-round, the main charter season the Bahamas falls between November and April.
Average temperatures in the Bahamas range between highs of approximately 28C (82F) in November to 27C (81F) in April. The sea temperature in November is usually around 27C (81F) and 26C (79F) in August.
Where can you visit on a yacht charter in the Bahamas?
Many people on luxury yacht charters in the Bahamas will fly into Nassau on New Providence or George Town on Great Exuma, both of which have private and commercial terminals. New Providence is the most built-up of the islands in the Bahamas, with a number of luxury resorts and various shore-based activities from golf courses designed by world champions to water parks and high-rolling casinos.
The Exumas are one of the most popular destinations for a yacht charterer, offering a chance to experience rugged limestone islets encircled by teeming coral reefs and postcard-worthy sandspits perfect for a private beach barbecue.
Eleuthra is a large island lying to the east of New Providence. As well as a number of interesting scuba diving sites, it is a stone’s throw from Harbour Island, holiday destination of choice for those seeking laid-back island charm with a hint of uptown grandeur.
More remote spots such as Cat Island and Conception Island are the last frontier before the Atlantic, with superb opportunities for game fishing and pelagic diving as well as snorkelling and surfing. Or jump in a seaplane for a day trip to the famous Pink Sands Beach, where supermodels and CEOs rub shoulders and enjoy the barefoot luxury on relaxed but refined Harbour Island.
What are the major yachting ports in the Bahamas?
New Providence has the most comprehensive infrastructure for superyachts in the Bahamas, with the cruise ship port being used by many of the largest superyachts. Albany and Lyford Cay residential resorts to the west of the island also have purpose-built superyacht marinas, with the larger capacity being found at Albany.
The Bimini Islands, the Berry Islands and the Abacos to the north and west of New Providence are also regular stopover points for yachts making the crossing to the Bahamas from the United States, or for smaller yachts cruising the islands, but superyachts tend to spend more time in the central and south Bahamas, in the Exumas and beyond. A number of smaller marinas can be found in this region, but the largest superyachts tend to remain at anchor when cruising the majority of the Bahamas.