There is nothing better in this world than island hopping in the Bahamas on a fast and comfortable boat. Not to piss off you sailors, I will re-iterate “vacation”. On a sailboat it’s an excursion and unless you are of right mind, newbie sailors quickly realize the romantic idea is in reality a long and although soothing, boring ride.
The trip I am talking about is done at a minimum cruise speed of 45mph and occurs when my circle of Captains using various tools and apps have all agreed that “it’s gonna be mirrors!”. As boaters we watch wind speed like a trader watches the Dow Jones. The inside joke amongst all recreational boat Captains is how owners and charters are always planning their trips long it advance with inflexible dates and getting beaten up and even sick on slow miserable journeys in rough seas.
Soooooo, fast, comfortable boat and flat seas. Where are we going? I would depart from Miami around noon and after an hour of the Gulf Stream I would spend the day playing around the small but developed island of Bimini. The must see attractions are feeding and petting the friendliest stingrays you will ever meet, chumming the Bull sharks at triangle rocks and of course the Sepona shipwreck. Once we have taken ample pictures of the amazing sunsets that Bimini is famous for we pull up to our rental property with less than 20 feet from dock to door. Shoes remain optional for nearly the entire trip. Below is a video we made of a recent trip to Bimini.
The next morning, after the Captain has completed our checkin to the country, we are off to Nassau. This is the longest portion of the trip and takes about 2 hours. There is a nice stop in the Berry Islands that has some very cool cliff diving into a massive blue hole that was created by an asteroid long ago slamming into the earths surface. Nassau includes one of the worlds largest aquariums and our last chance to enjoy civilization. If dressing up and enjoying a steak dinner is your thing, enjoy the glamour of the famous Atlantis Resort.
The rest of the trip would take place in the Exumas and Great Bahamas. This is the vacation hotspot to the stars and for good reason. Never are we running more than 30 minutes before pulling up to such attractions as sunken treasures and exotic wildlife. Some examples are the barely sunken airplane wrecks from the drug running days, friendly pigs that are a treat to swim with and sharks with personality that will eat out of the Palm of your hand. At David Copperfields island there even a mermaid playing a piano about 10 feet underwater just for you to enjoy. Below is a short video of our last trip to the Exumas.
Whatever your budget, this trip can cost from $5000 to $100,000