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The Exumas in the Bahamas are a spectacular island group comprising 365 islands. Join us aboard a sexy new catamaran for a week as you learn how to sail and earn your ASA certifications (ASA 101, 103, 104 and 114 are offered). An amazing place to embark on your own sailing journey.
The Exumas are a sailors playground! Consistent winds, warm weather and hundreds of idyllic islands offer endless opportunities for beach exploration, paddle boarding and snorkeling healthy reefs teeming with life. We love being able to snorkel Thunderball Grotto, a spectacular cave and the wreck of a drug lord's plane!
Fly into Nassau (airport code NAS) and catch a taxi to the beautiful gated community and marina at Palm Cay. Hang out at the beach club, enjoying the private beach and a drink. We board the boat at 5pm, will get settled aboard and then head out for dinner at the Pink Octopus, where you should plan on sampling the famous conch fritters!
Do a chart briefing, systems overview and check all the equipment on the boat. Set sail for the the Allen Cays, a beautiful group of islands a 4 hour sail across a shallow bank. After some fun exploring the local beach and meeting the resident iguanas, do your first formal lessons aboard.
After a detailed look at engine operation and maintenance, head out and learn how to sail! We'II learn points of sail, sail theory, and then head out to practice sail trim. Sail south towards Shroud Cay and once anchored, dinghy in through the mangroves to experience The Rapids, a memorable swimming hole.
After a brief morning lesson, set sail for Warderick Wells and the famous Exumas Land and Sea Park. This pristine marine park features breathtaking anchorages and incredible reefs to snorkel and paddle board. Hike up to Boo Boo hill to watch the sunset over the anchorage.
After a morning swim, we once again set sail, heading towards Staniel Cay. Here we snorkel Thunderball grotto which was featured in an early James Bond movie, go ashore to relax at the famous bar, and eat a delicious dinner at the restaurant.
Today is a passage north and if conditions permit, we love to sail in the deep water to the east of the island chain. If lucky, we can might Mahi Mahi, Tuna or Wahoo to throw on the grill this evening. Tonight's destination, after completing the next ASA test, is Norman Island where we will snorkel the wreck of drug lord Pablo Esobar's plane.
We weigh anchor early and sail set sail on a downwind passage back across the shallow Exuma bank to Palm Cay marina. Friday night we will go out to celebrate all our new captains, then spend that final night on the boat.
We are off the boat by 8am and you are free to fly home, or take a couple of extra days to explore the rest island!
“Perfect way to jump head first into learning to sail. A seven day live aboard sailing course in the gorgeous Exumas. My instructor Skipper Troy M was patient and knowledgeable, and kind.
An awesome educational week of sailing basics wrapped up in adventure with cool folks. (Snorkeling, cooking aboard, exploring marinas, feeding iguanas). I had my own cabin and head which made the seven days very comfortable. I would do it all again but I passed all my tests so now off to put my new skills to work.
I recommend this company for a live aboard sailing school!”
BLAIR, Texas (USA)
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