Welcome to Out Islands

It's trite to say this is the 'real' Bahamas, but if you're seeking solitude, world-class diving, beaches of rare magnificence and a laid-back, welcoming culture then you'll probably say it anyway, about any number of these gorgeous specks of land.

The Out Islands Promotion Board (www.myoutislands.com) is the place to begin planning.

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Out Islands activities

$160 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Great Exuma Eco-Adventure Tour

Pickup will be provided starting at 7:30am from various locations around the Island. The tour will begin at 9am, from George Town or Barratarre, Government Dock. On this tour you will visit many sites including the Pictorial Elizabeth Harbour, classified as the third most weather protected harbor in the world. At the Stocking Island Blue Hole and at Fowl Cay you can experience amazing snorkeling sites. Also, in the harbor you can find the "wreck" of the freighter Exuma Pride. These snorkel sites display the splendor of the coral reef with a vast array of colors and sea life!You will also visit Starfish Beach where many starfish can be found or Turtle Cove to discover the many green turtles and hawksbill turtles that live and breed there. During the tour you will venture through hundreds of islands, cays and breath taking beaches while viewing, points of interest such as the Double Blue Hole, the blue coral head snorkel reef and the hidden "pirates" cave.Stops can also be made at the Swimming Pigs and Iguana Island, a favorite for the kids. Please note the captain may alter the tour depending on weather tide and sea conditions. After the completion of the tour you will be returned to your hotel or residence.

$185 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

High Cay Private Island Excursion on San Salvador Island

After your complimentary hotel pickup we will leave from the Riding Rock Marina to start your unforgettable day.From there we will sail south along the west coast of San Salvador just as Christopher Columbus did in 1492 and experience the untamed shoreline of San Salvador all the way to first snorkel spot at Grotto Bay. Here you can dive into the Grotto Bay Beach for snorkeling rich in in color and marine life. Next, we sail around the southern tip of the island to the mouth of the lagoon (a.k.a Pigeon Creek) and the private Island High Cay.Then, enter the lagoon to swim/snorkel with or watch the stingrays, sharks, turtles and starfish in their natural habitat.Finally, moor on High Cay, a private island where the signature lunch will be served.Enjoy punch, lobster, steak skewers, salads, cheese, fruit, and an open bar with wine, beer and other refreshments!Enjoy the afternoon to relax in this heavenly place.

$45 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Bahamas Sunset Cruise from San Salvador

Make your own way to the meeting point at Bonefish Bay Beach to board the power catamaran for your cruise. Listen to Caribbean music as your captain steers your boat out to the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. Depending on weather conditions, your captain heads to the north where you can view the settlement of North Victoria Hill, or to the south along the western coast of the island. At the right moment, the captain will position the boat towards the setting sun so that you can capture the perfect photograph. Your tour includes light refreshments of hors d’oeuvres and unlimited beverages including wine, beer, High Cay rum punch, soft drinks, and other non-alcoholic beverages. Once the sun has slipped below the horizon, your boat returns to Bonefish Bay Beach where your tour ends.

$100 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Pigeon Creek Pontoon Boat Tour and Snorkeling at High Cay

In the morning or afternoon, make your way to the designated meetup point and greet your guide. Climb aboard a pontoon boat and get ready for an adventure.As you sail to Pigeon Creek, listen as your guide offers insight into San Salvador and the Bahamas. Visit the monument to Christopher Columbus on the way.Cruise the mangrove-lined creek, stopping at various spots where your guide shows you the fragile ecosystem of the mangroves and turtles in their natural habitat. Disembark on a sandbank where you can wade and spot starfish and conch, or just sit and enjoy nature. Along the entire route, you may see various species of sharks, rays, turtles and many tropical fish. From the lagoon, travel over open water to the nearby High Cay where you can snorkel a vibrant reef or just relax on the beach. A light snack including wine, cheese, and fruit is served on board.Your tour concludes back at the original departure point.

$135 Water Sports

San Salvador Island Small-Group Jet Ski Excursion

After a quick orientation and safety briefing on the beach at the northern boundary of Club Med we will launch north to Green Cay. At Green Cay we stop, disembark and get close to the iguanas then explore the cliff and plunge pool for a few minutes or simply soak up the wonderful vista.Next we race to Catto Cay (Bird Island) where we will slow idle around the shallows and peek at the Magnificent Frigate, Fish Hawks, Red-foot Booby or whatever creature that decides to make an appearance. If you have selected the "15-mile Circuit" you will then follow your guide through a barrier reef into Grahams Harbor where Eagle Ray and Shark sightings are common. You will then head back to Bonefish Bay (the beach at Club Med) for a total circuit of about 15 miles.If you choose the "Full-Island Circuit" you will visit Green Cay (Iguana Island) and Catto Cay (Bird Island) just like the "15-mile Circuit" but instead of heading back to the beach at Club Med we will continue around to the Atlantic (east facing) side of San Salvador. On the east side of San Salvador which is rugged and mostly uninhabited we will pull into Pink Sand Beach cove to rest. On this beach we usually scour the pale pink sand for Sand Dollars and simply soak in the sights of absolutely unspoiled and untouched nature.After Pink Sand Beach we head south for about 20min to the Lagoon (Pigeon Creek) where it is always calm and super quiet. In the Lagoon we will stop on a sandbar, lay with the starfish and swim with the turtles and sting rays that make this area home. Next we shoot out of the lagoon around the southeastern tip of San Salvador for an all out thrill ride complete with with big open water swells as we head west and calm shoreline as we hug the beach heading northward back to the beach at Club Med. All in all this adventure totals about 3-3.5 hours covering about 36 miles.

$20 Tours & Sightseeing

San Salvador Island Bicycle Rental

Choose a morning or afternoon bike rental, then make your way to Bonefish Bay Beach, where you can present this voucher for a half- or full-day cruiser bike rental. Your rental includes a bike in good working order and a map of San Salvador island, as well as emergency contact numbers for support throughout the ride. Bikes are equipped with baskets that are perfect for carrying beach towels and snorkel gear.With two wheels and a map you can go wherever you please, pausing to swim at San Salvador’s beaches, or stopping for a cool drink at a shady café. Take in the slow-moving rhythm of life on the island, and chat with locals along the way to San Salvador sights. Pedal to the 1887 Dixon Hill Lighthouse, which still signals to boats with a 400,000 candle lens, and continue to the Christopher Columbus monument at Long Bay. Explore the atmospheric ruins of Watling’s Castle, then head into Cockburn Town to browse souvenir shops and boutiques. This rental concludes back at Bonefish Bay Beach.

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