About The Abaco Islands

The Abacos are a gorgeous 120-mile-long chain of islands located in northern region of The Bahamas. Travelers from all over the world flock to these colorful islands every year for the quintessential Bahamian vacation. The many islands in this area are scalloped with bays and coves that give birth to multicolor fish and other exotic invertebrates. After a long day on the water, you’re welcome ashore for the beautiful Bahamian culture, a rich blend of island-time living with pastel beach bars & bungalows.

Join CetoSea for a unique sustainable trip of the Bahamas aboard our catamaran. Our multi-day voyage across the turquoise waters of the Abacos will take you to snorkel the world renowned Sandy Cay Coral Sanctuary, experience true Bahamian culture in Hope Town, sink your toes into sand of the 7-mile-long beach of Guana Cay, and much more. Best of all, you’ll feel great knowing that your conservation efforts throughout the cruise are leaving these ecosystems healthier than when you arrived.

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Abaco Islands, Bahamas Spotlight

Population: 17,224

Currency: Bahamian Dollar, USD

Highest Point: Rolling Harbor (134 ft)

Marine Reserves: 6 National Parks & 30+ dive sites

CetoSea Recorded Microplastic Data: 299,663 fragments / sq. mile

Famous For: Hope Town light house, Guana Cay beach bars & Noname Cay Pigs!

Map of the Cruising Area

Sample Trip Overview

Recommended duration: 7 Days

Distance Sailed: 76 nautical miles

5 Microplastic Samplings

5 Beach Clean-up Options

6 Snorkeling & Dive Spots

3 Marine Protected Areas Visited

2 Guided Nature Walk Options

(MHH) Leonard M. Thompson Int’l Airport

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Sample Itinerary Option

Day 1

Welcome To Marsh Harbour, The Bahamas

Arrive in Marsh Harbour where a taxi will take you from MHH airport to our yacht in the bay. Climb aboard for a brief history lesson on the Abacos Islands and an introduction to our conservation efforts. We’ll then sail to Mermaid Reef for an afternoon of snorkeling before dropping anchor in Matt Lowe’s Cay. Experience your first night aboard by sleeping under the stars of the Bahamas.

Day 2

Exclusive Snorkelling In Lush Protected Waters

Depart Matt Lowe’s Cay for a morning journey across the Sea of Abaco. Learn about Citizen Science Research and how to trawl for microplastic samples while we sail the open waters. We’ll stop at Fowl Cay Marine Reserve to snorkel and dive in the lush protected waters. Our afternoon on the water ends in Great Guana Cay to explore the town of Guana, sink or toes into the 7-mile-long beach, and dine at the famous Nipper’s Beach Bar.

1 Dive / Snorkel Option

8 Nautical Miles Sailed

1 Microplastic Samples

1 Beach Clean-up

Day 3

Play With Pigs And Swim With Stingray

Sail two hours north out of Guana for a truly unique opportunity to play with the pigs of “Piggyville” and snorkel among the mangroves at Noname Cay. Uncover the huge variety of starfish, barracuda, and juvenile species hidden between the dense roots. Cruise to neighbouring Manjack (pronounced “Nunjack”) Cay for an afternoon beach survey before swimming with the playful sharks and stingrays that favour this secret oasis.

1 Dive / Snorkel Options

16 Nautical Miles Sailed

1 Microplastic Sample

1 Beach Clean-up

Day 4

Bonfires And BBQ On A Deserted Island

Awaken to a delectable brunch at the famed Green Turtle Club in the town of New Plymouth, just a short sail from our anchorage in Manjack Cay. Don’t eat too much though if you want to dive the nearby barrier reef before we depart. Our afternoon destination is another secret anchorage in Spoil Cay, aka “Shell Island. When we arrive, we will conduct a beach clean up so we can enjoy an afternoon of shell hunting, hermit crab races, and snorkelling. When the sun begins to set, we’ll begin feasting upon our beach BBQ dinner.

1 Dive / Snorkel Option

14 Nautical Miles Sailed

1 Microplastic Samples

1 Beach Clean-up

Day 5

World Renowned Snorkeling At Sandy Cay Coral Sanctuary

Venture to Pelican Cay Land & Sea Park in the southern Abaco for an afternoon stop at Tahiti Beach. Arriving during low tide allows us to walk halfway across the channel on a narrow sand bar and snorkel the Tilloo Cay cut. Continuing south by boat, we’ll reach the remarkable Sandy Cay. Dive & snorkel this world-renowned coral sanctuary and marine reserve for the rest of the day.

1 Dive / Snorkel Option

20 Nautical Miles Sailed

2 Microplastic Samples

1 Beach Clean-up

Day 6

Indulge in True Bahamian Culture in Hope Town

After a day of snorkeling, we’re bound for Hope Town In Elbow Cay for a taste of true Bahamian culture. Hop in a golf cart to experience this charming colonial town full of pastel residences, fresh seafood restaurants, unique gift shops, and stunning beaches. Bring your snorkel gear and check out the massive coral heads on the Atlantic Side of town. Don’t miss a visit to the famed Hope Town Lighthouse, the world’s last kerosene man-powered lighthouse, and meet it’s keeper, Elvis. If you’re lucky, he’ll let you light the flame and initiate the spin at dusk!

1 Dive / Snorkel Option

8 Nautical Miles Sailed

1 Microplastic Sample

1 Beach Clean-up

Day 7

Return To Port & Farewell!

A quick sail from Hope Town back to Marsh Harbour marks the end of our tour. The Captain & Crew will share concluding remarks and reflect on the positive impact we made over the past seven days. Say your last goodbyes to new found friends before you disembark the yacht. Our airport taxi driver, Brenda, will take any passengers going to MHH airport from the marina. If you have some extra time, join us in a visit to the Abaco Dog Rescue or try out some of the fresh bakeries around town.

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