For those who have been there, the Exumas and sailing are synonymous. It’s no accident that many believe the waters surrounding the sparkling islands and cays that make up this 120 mile long archipelago to be the most stunning sailing grounds in the world. The Exumas consist of Great and Little Exuma, Allan’s and Leaf Cays, Highbourne Cay, Norman’s Cay, and Sampson Cay. Leaf Cay is home to the Bahamian iguana, a rare two-foot lizard which are a protected species. The beauty of the Exumas soon becomes apparent from the fact that you don’t see many people. As you travel from one deserted cay to the next, this solitary existence with nature soon makes you wonder how you ever survived in the "real" world with all its crowds.
About the only real crowds you will see around here can be found just south of Highbourne and Norman’s Cays. Starting at the south end of Norman’s Cay, at Wax Cay Cut, is the northern boundary of Exuma Cay Land and Sea Trust. The Trust boundaries run south for another 22 miles and extend about 7 miles to the east and west on either side of the islands. Within these invisible demarcation lines, all commercial fishing is banned. As a result, the waters below are virtually overflowing with marine life. Snorkelling here, in an average depth of 8 feet, doesn’t get much better than this.