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The Exuma Islands: Fifty Shades of Blue

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David Copperfield’s Piano and Mermaid at Rudder Cay. Photography by Rosie Burr
David Copperfield’s Piano and Mermaid at Rudder Cay. Photography by Rosie Burr

Your draft dictates which islands you get to see on your way north and whether you take the inside or outside route. Perhaps you want to stop at a private island like Musha Cay, belonging to the famous illusionist David Copperfield, and find the underwater sculpture of a mermaid and full sized piano created for him by well-known sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor. Or explore the caves and snorkel the colourful coral heads off Rudder Cay. If you want to visit a local community in action, undeveloped by major tourism, then don’t miss Black Point on Great Guana Cay or Little Farmers Cay. Sample the local bread, try the local bars, visit the driftwood garden or do your laundry and catch up on Emails via wifi. If you fancy something a little more unusual then try the swimming pigs at Big Majors Spot or snorkel the underwater caves at Thunderball Grotto – the film site for not one but two James Bond films. Go at slack water and make sure you swim the vibrant coral around the outside of the grotto, too. Warderick Wells is the headquarters for the Exumas Land and Sea Park. If it’s natural beauty you want, the popular north mooring field is a palette of unsurpassed blues. Ashore, you can check out the skeleton of a 53ft sperm whale at Power Beach or look for the native hutia – a rodent-like animal. You can explore the myriad of trails that crisscross the island perhaps taking the Boo Boo trail to Boo Boo Hill on the eastern side where you pass a blowhole, or leave your boat name on a piece of driftwood at the top of Boo Boo Hill. At Allans Cay, you can mingle on the beach with the indigenous Rock Iguana. And if none of this satisfies and you simply want a stunning secluded beach where the sea gently laps the rippled shoreline, then Shroud Cay or Hawksbill Cay are spectacular.

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Rosie Burr
Rosie Burr
Rosie and her husband Sim Hoggarth on yacht Wandering Star have cruised the Caribbean and North America fulltime for nine years.
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