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Beaches here will blind you

One of the ‘out’ islands of the Bahamas, the 365-plus cays of Exuma have a distinct natural beauty that has featured in three 007 movies. The Abaco islands are one of the sailing capitals of the world.

Essential information for the Exumas

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Currency

Bahamian Dollar $
Official currency of the Bahamas

Flight information

10 hrs (1 stop)
Nassau (NAS)
Indirect flight

Flight schedule

  • Fly daily from the UK to Nassau via New York then on to your island of choice.

Do I need a visa?

Yes, if you are travelling via the US you'll need to obtain approval no less than 72 hours prior to travel to the US via the ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) scheme.

Find out more about Travel Visas here »

Getting around

Most of the cays that make up the Exumas are only accessible by boat, arranged via your hotel. Georgetown is easily explored on foot or fix a price with a local taxi driver. Alternatively, hire a car, stopping en-route to admire the various sights and sounds. Motor scooters are also available for hire or peddle your way round on the non-motorised variety!

Exuma holidays – A tropical paradise for chic adventurers

Want to feel like James Bond? Like your Martinis shaken, not stirred? Exuma might feel familiar if you’re a 007 fan – it’s featured in three of the films with our favourite secret agent. You may also recognise it from the Pirates of the Caribbean films, so you know from the second you arrive that you’re slap-bang in the middle of a Caribbean tropical paradise. Exuma holidays introduce you to a laid-back lifestyle with fabulous beaches, crystal-clear water and rum that’ll knock you off your feet. Welcome to Exuma holidays, where the days are long and hot and the drinks are cool.

Exuma isn’t a single island – it’s a chain of over 360 little dots of land in the middle of the Caribbean Sea, most of them privately owned. The biggest island is Great Exuma, which is only 37 miles long and linked to its neighbour, Little Exuma, by a bridge. You really are in the tropics here, as the Tropic of Cancer runs right across Exuma’s Pelican beach. If you’ve been searching for holidays in the Bahamas but didn’t fancy the usual offerings, Exuma resorts offer you a much more laid-back and easy-going atmosphere, great food, and fabulous accommodation.

Exuma holidays are all about relaxation — lying back on sugar-soft white sand, blue Caribbean Sea lapping at your toes, cocktail in hand as the sun sets. It’s idyllic, it’s glorious, and it’s all-inclusive. Exuma all-inclusive holidays are designed specifically to cater to your every need, from the moment you get up to the moment you slip into your luxury king-size bed at the end of another perfect day.

Our top spot in this tiny island chain is the fabulous Sandals Emerald Bay Golf, Tennis and Spa Resort. Sandals really know how to do Caribbean holidays, and this gorgeous beachfront resort with its own mile-long private beach, golf course, and full spa ticks every single box. It’s much smaller than the usual Caribbean resorts, with just 249 rooms and suites. That means everyone gets a beachfront view and Club Level or Personal Butler Service included.

Don’t feel that you have to do something different every day. Exuma holidays are designed to make you slow down, relax, and unwind. If you want to play 18 holes of golf, go horseback riding or diving in the clear blue water, then you can. But if you just want to lie back and do nothing, that’s fine too!

  • Golf – part of the Sandals complex is a championship-standard 18-hole golf course. Designed by golf impresario Greg Norman, its bunkers, greens, and fairways will challenge even the most accomplished ball thwacker. If you don’t know a nine-iron from a steam iron, the course’s professionals will show you how to get your ball straight down the fairway every time.
  • Fishing – this part of the Caribbean is famous for its big game fishing, so whether you’re a regular rodder or it’s your first time throwing some chum in the water, this is definitely the place to bait your hook.
  • Diving and snorkelling – the water is crystal clear here, so even if you just dip your head under the surface you’re bound to see a watery wonderland. If you feel like going a little deeper then there are PADI-approved diving instructors who’ll take you to some of the island’s top diving spots.
  • Spa treatments – The Red Lane® Spa will make absolutely sure every muscle is relaxed, every knot is teased out, and every shred of tension soothed away. To be honest, you probably won’t want to move ever again after a full massage or a spa treatment here.
  • Thunderball Grotto – this is where the James Bond film Thunderball was filmed, and consequently renamed to honour its Hollywood connection.
  • The swimming pigs – you may have seen these on the adverts for holidays to the Caribbean. This is your chance to see these adorable pigs in person. The uninhabited island of Big Major Cay is home to the feral pigs, who love having a splash about on their very own Pig Beach.

The whole point of an all-inclusive holiday is to make sure you don’t have to think about a thing, including food and drink. Exuma all-inclusive packages include your meals from breakfast through to dinner. You have a huge choice of cuisine to choose from, ranging from traditional British pub grub to authentic Caribbean jerk chicken, rice and peas. The islands are famous for their abundance of fresh fish, including more unusual offerings like sailfish, wahoo, bonefish, and conch. When they’re in season, the lobsters are amazing, while the snapper is melt-in-the-mouth fabulous, down to the last bite.

You probably won’t want to go too far from the resort, but if you do decide to go island hopping then there are local charter and tour boats that can be booked through your resort concierge.

By Car – if you’re staying on Great Exuma then you can hire a car and explore the island by road. (It doesn’t take long!)

This is the Caribbean – there’s probably no ‘wrong’ time to travel! Throughout the year you’ll rarely dip below 25°C during the day, while during June, July and August you’ll see temperatures up in the 30s. The average water temperature ranges from a very pleasant 24°C in January and February, to a positively bubble-bath temperature of around 29°C in July. You might catch a very brief shower or two in June, but even that’s warm!

If all this talk of glorious sunshine and a laid-back lifestyle has made you yearn for Exuma holiday for yourself and your tribe, check out our Exuma hotels to find out more.

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The Foreign & Commonwealth Office UK have advised against all but essential travel. Depending on when you are due to travel, your holiday may be affected.

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Your holiday will not be going ahead as planned

Due to the ongoing situation regarding COVID-19, the Foreign Commonwealth Office have advised against all but essential travel. Therefore, with known airline cancellations, the following holidays will not go ahead as planned:

  • Any holidays departing before 27th April 2020.
  • Any Caribbean holidays departing before 1 May 2020.

We’re flexible with your holiday plans

We understand you may want to change your holiday plans. You can postpone your holiday to any time before 31 December 2021, and even choose a different destination. We won’t charge you to make these changes.

For now, we do ask you not to contact us. As a priority, we are currently supporting those customers whose holidays have already been directly affected by cancellations. We will contact you as soon as we can, or if there are any further changes that could affect your holiday.

We know you’ll want to get this sorted as soon as possible, and we’re very grateful for your understanding.

Please look out for an email from us in the coming days and weeks with our latest advice. See our Covid-19 (Coronavirus) page for latest updates.

You’re good to go

In line with the advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office UK, and known airline cancellations, all trips booked from June onwards are currently going ahead as planned.

As a priority, we are currently supporting those customers whose holidays have been directly affected by cancellations.

So, for now, we ask you not to contact us. Rest assured we are contacting all of our customers by email in departure date order to support them with options, and we will absolutely let you know if your situation changes.

If your remaining balance is due within two weeks, and you’d like to know what your options are, please log into Manage my Booking for further information.

Please look out for an email from us in the coming weeks. See our Covid-19 (Coronavirus) page for latest updates.

Rebook your holiday


We are sending all affected customers a voucher by email that is valid for the full value of your cancelled holiday. When you rebook, we’d like to gift you with 4,000 Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Miles too.

There’s no rush. You can redeem your holiday voucher on a new booking with us any time before 31 July 2020.

We know you’ll be wanting to get this sorted as soon as possible. So please look out for our email for more details of how to amend your holiday plans.

Cancel your holiday


We're sending all affected customers a voucher by email that is valid for the full value of your cancelled holiday.  

Rather than cancel, if you’d like to travel with us sometime in the future, we would still love to find a great holiday for you (and gift you with 4,000 Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Miles as a thank you).

If you'd prefer to cancel completely, we understand. We will refund you in full. We’re currently dealing with a huge volume of enquiries from our customers, including refund requests. Because of this, it’s likely it will take much longer than usual to process your refund. We’re very grateful for your continued patience, and we’ll work as quickly as we can to get to you.

We know you’ll be wanting to get this sorted as soon as possible. So please look out for our email for more details of how to amend your holiday plans.

Your holiday is in safe hands


No need to contact us. Be assured, that if the situation changes, we will contact you as soon as this happens with the options available to you.

Change it up


You can postpone your holiday to travel any time before 31 December 2021, and even choose a different destination. We won’t charge you to make these changes and our Service Team are there to help – just give us a call.

Please bear in mind our wait times are currently longer than usual due to high demand.

Your holiday is in safe hands


Your holiday is scheduled to depart as booked. Continue to pay off your holiday balance with the assurance that your money is fully protected through ATOL. Be assured, that if the situation changes, we will contact you as soon as this happens with the options available to you.

The choice is yours


No problem! To amend your holiday dates, just give us a call. Any amendments to your booking can be made for £50pp, and our Service Team can help you decide on dates, or even a different destination.

Please bear in mind our wait times are currently longer than usual due to high demand.

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