1: Upon arriving in Nassau,
you are greeted by Captain Matt and escorted back to
the Independence 2 at the beautiful Marina at Atlantis.
Settle in and get to know your crew over some appetizers,
before exploring Atlantis.
Today we are off to Shroud Cay in the northern Exumas.
An uninhabited island cross-hatched with many tidal
creeks, it is perfect for exploring by kayak or wave
runner. Some of the creeks dead-end and others lead
you to the other side of the island. One leads to Camp
Driftwood, best described as a scene from Robinson Crusoe.
Days 3 & 4: After
breakfast and a quick swim, it’s off to Staniel
Cay. We will use Staniel Cay Yacht Club as our base
for the next two nights. Slack tide is the perfect time
to explore Thunderball Grotto, the cave used James Bond’s
Thunderball and also Splash. The cays around Staniel
provide spectacular beaches and sandbars, surpassed
only by the abundance of reefs to snorkel. These islands
are best explored using our 32' tender. Before we can
set out for the day, however, we have to pay a food
“toll” to Emily, the local wild pig.
Leaving Staniel Cay, we move up to Highbourne Cay. Once
settled, we take the tender out to explore. First to
Normans Cay for some snorkeling and a visit to a downed
plane. Then to Allan’s Cay where we will feed
rock iguanas and try to entice wild birds to land on
your hand with some grapes.
Today it’s off
to Harbor Island. This voyage takes us through the settlement
of Spanish Wells; where we pick up our pilot “Little
Woody” to help guide us through Devil’s
Backbone. Once docked, explore the island by golf cart.
One of the unique features about Harbor Island is its
pink sand beach, which is perfect for horse back riding.
Day 7: Unfortunately
we have to say goodbye today, but not before one last
excursion. We set out for some final treasures: sea
biscuits and sand dollars. These can be found in abundance
just a couple of hundred yards from the dock. After
one last ride in the tender to the airport, you depart
for home. Remember to sit on the right side of the plane
for one last look at the Independence 2 and her crew.
Itinerary Courtesy of Captain Matt