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Eumas, The Bahamas: Beyond Staniel & Black Point

Old 08-11-2017, 01:57 PM
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Default Eumas, The Bahamas: Beyond Staniel & Black Point

After doing two weeks in the Exumas and one week in Key West... it is becoming clear that that Exumas have spoiled us.

Having done just about all we wanted do between Allen's Cay and Black Point (which is a pretty nice stretch!)... I'm interested to see if there are other THTers that have gone beyond and if so... what they thought.

Yes... I've got the books, etc... but I'd like some input from you guys. I know that not many people really go much else in the Exumas between Highbourne and Staniel... but truth be told, we liked the less-traveled areas (Warderick, Rocky Dundas, etc.)...

We're interested in Dean's Blue Hole and some others...

Thanks!
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Old 08-11-2017, 08:49 PM
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Pete,

I've been down to Long Island numerous times. Its worth the trip. I normally rent a house about a 1/4 mile from Dean's Blue Hole on the beach. On Long Island you're going to want to rent a car. There is limited dockage though so you'll want to make a reservation.
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Old 08-11-2017, 09:04 PM
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Subscribed. Came back from Staniel early July and haven't wanted to use the boat locally. Water here seems like a sewer compared to pipe creek and compass
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Just returned from 3+ weeks in Abacos, Spanish Wells, Staniel and Long Island. After going to the Abacos for 15+ years, this was our second year in the Exumas. The Exumas are by far our favorite destination, however this year the dynamics have changed with a major increase in tour boats from both Nassau and mainland Exuma. With that said, it's still a must see destination and an incredible place to visit. Did Normans Cay plane wreck, Compass Cay, Rocky Dundas, Pipe Creek, Thunderball Grotto, Iguanas, Aquarium, DECCA station, Waderick, Pigs at Big Majors, Copperfield's Mermaid, Farmer's Cay Turtles, etc, etc.
Long Island is awesome. A rental car is a must. Stayed at Flying Fish Marina which is all brand new. Visited Deans Blue Hole and drove up to Stella Maris on the north end of the island. Very cool island.. I'll try to post some pics when I get a chance. There's not much down there to see, but would highly recommend visiting at least once.
After everything was said and done, the Exumas still win out by far for us. There's no place in the Caribbean that compares.
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Originally Posted by Deep_Dropper View Post
Just returned from 3+ weeks in Abacos, Spanish Wells, Staniel and Long Island. After going to the Abacos for 15+ years, this was our second year in the Exumas. The Exumas are by far our favorite destination, however this year the dynamics have changed with a major increase in tour boats from both Nassau and mainland Exuma. With that said, it's still a must see destination and an incredible place to visit. Did Normans Cay plane wreck, Compass Cay, Rocky Dundas, Pipe Creek, Thunderball Grotto, Iguanas, Aquarium, DECCA station, Waderick, Pigs at Big Majors, Copperfield's Mermaid, Farmer's Cay Turtles, etc, etc.
Long Island is awesome. A rental car is a must. Stayed at Flying Fish Marina which is all brand new. Visited Deans Blue Hole and drove up to Stella Maris on the north end of the island. Very cool island.. I'll try to post some pics when I get a chance. There's not much down there to see, but would highly recommend visiting at least once.
After everything was said and done, the Exumas still win out by far for us. There's no place in the Caribbean that compares.
For me it's really tough since the ONLY place I've been to in the Caribbean is the Exumas (and Atlantis on account of my kids LOL)... so I have NOTHING to compare it to. I look at pictures of other places (that are closer) and it looks nice. But then I look at my pictures (that I took) of Hawksbill or Dundas and it isn't even close.

So now I'm like a junkie - trying to get an even better fix. LOL.

The tour boats were a bit thick up North... but once you got to the less traveled areas, it was better. There was NOBODY at Dundas when we were there... and we were the only ones on the plane @ Normans...
Thunderball - there were a few people, but not bad. The tide sucked more than the people. LOL... which was our fault.

Warderick is just awesome. I didn't mind the people... and you can't beat $20 for a mooring ball. LOL.

We stay on the hook and never went to a marina except for fuel (Highbourne)... so I don't care much about dockage, etc. (I won't rule it out, but it isn't needed)... I'm going to check out the places you mentioned. If you have anything else... please, post up!

I'm interested in stuff between Black Point and Crooked Island... and just about anything else less explored.
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If you like fishing, I would strongly suggest going east to cat island,
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Originally Posted by biminibrad View Post
If you like fishing, I would strongly suggest going east to cat island,
I'll check it out!
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Long Island is rustic but unspoiled, you won't see many boats when you're out fishing/diving. We had a goat run thru the "restaurant" we were at one night, we had to call ahead on vhf to order dinner. The N end of the island is imo the prettiest place in The Bahamas, elevated cliffs at the Columbus Monument and a bay that incredible. Cape Santa Maria beach is also one of, if not, the most picturesque beach in the islands.
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Originally Posted by LWLoadie View Post
Long Island is rustic but unspoiled, you won't see many boats when you're out fishing/diving. We had a goat run thru the "restaurant" we were at one night, we had to call ahead on vhf to order dinner. The N end of the island is imo the prettiest place in The Bahamas, elevated cliffs at the Columbus Monument and a bay that incredible. Cape Santa Maria beach is also one of, if not, the most picturesque beach in the islands.
This is sort of what I was thinking... as we got more and more South it got more and more amazing. I'm thinking that this is the direction we need to go on the next trip. I can by-pass all the stuff we did already -- which will literally save a week...

Just need to nail down fuel in those areas, which - from what I understand... isn't always easy?
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There are still a few "less traveled" places in the Bahamas that are worth traveling. Best to visit them by air before visiting by boat. Just keep in mind if you break down you'd better have a plan B.
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Another thing to consider when traveling further south is weather. We spend a fair amount of time in the southern Bahamas and have noticed on average 5-10kts on top of say the forecast for the Abaco's. A nice day for us this past June in Cat was ESE 15 most days 15-20.

Obviously, this varies greatly day to day, but something to consider when trying to get to say Long Island.
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Originally Posted by Ironworker View Post
There are still a few "less traveled" places in the Bahamas that are worth traveling. Best to visit them by air before visiting by boat. Just keep in mind if you break down you'd better have a plan B.
Yes... it seems that way...

It really is addicting. I think, however, that I would stop at Turks.
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Originally Posted by sailfish18 View Post
Another thing to consider when traveling further south is weather. We spend a fair amount of time in the southern Bahamas and have noticed on average 5-10kts on top of say the forecast for the Abaco's. A nice day for us this past June in Cat was ESE 15 most days 15-20.

Obviously, this varies greatly day to day, but something to consider when trying to get to say Long Island.
I believe that. The difference between the windward side of Black Point v. the Sound side was nuts. Night and Day.
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There is a whole nother world east of the T & C to be seen. Truly a boaters paradise. Just got to be damn careful this time of year with the storms cranking up.
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