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Blackbeard’s Cruises

Exuma Cays – Bahamas

 The best adventure at a bang for your buck price

 

An Introduction to the Bahamas

 

Does the real-world craziness make you feel like you are at the end of your rope? Try hanging out with Black beards Cruises instead! You will spend a week diving and relaxing in the warm waters of the Exuma Cays in the Bahamas! Do you love an adventure? Is meeting other like minded travelers up your alley?   Shipmates are usually a motley crew of interesting folks from all over. You won’t know if the diver sitting next to you is a CEO or an average “Joe.” And the best part is … no one cares.   Divers enjoy sharing their stories, each other’s company and the stunning views while cruising from one great dive site to the next…Blackbeard’s Cruises is known for the high camaraderie on board and the great diving!   If you like the outdoors, you’ll love the atmosphere on Blackbeard’s sloops!

By the end of the week, divers have usually logged 20 dives that are all unique and memorable in their own special ways.  The incredible variety of diving offered is unparalleled!  Dive colorful reefs, walls, wrecks, flying drifts and even experience a thrilling shark dive- all on one vacation!  Divers with all levels of experience are welcome.  The easy going and relaxed attitude on board makes this diving cruise more than just a dive trip, it’s an adventure and life experience no one should miss!  Spend the week swashbuckling the Exuma Cays with our crew! It’s a no-brainer — all-inclusive format with dormitory-style cabins, picnic-style meals, all beverages (beer, wine and rum, too) and all the diving will make this a trip to remember. 

Blackbeards scuba liveaboard sailboats accommodate singles and couples in 4 air-conditioned cabin areas. Berths are single upper and lower, or double upper and lower, each with its own privacy curtain similar to a sleeperette on a train. She does not have private accommodations, all berths are dormitory style. Berths are 74″ in length, with doubles 48″ wide and singles 24″ to 36″ wide. 

Blackbeard’s 65 ft sailing sloops, the Morning Star & Sea Explorer have 18 bunks in dormitory style cabins. Single & double berths in fully air-conditioned cabins will assure a peaceful night’s sleep. Each sailboat is crewed with two captains, a dive instructor, engineer and cook. The incredible variety of diving paired with the camaraderie you will develop among your fellow passengers combined with the low price are why Blackbeard’s slogan is “Twice the Fun, Half the Cost”. 

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Bahamas Travel Tips

An Introduction to the Bahamas

 

Sun, sand, and sea are merely perimeters of the Islands of the Bahamas. At the core of the islands, you’ll find a big heart, open arms, and a way of life that is both timeless and new. It is the Bahamian heritage. It is your departure from everyday life. Welcome.

Blessed with the perfect location (less than 100 miles off the coast of Florida), the perfect climate (averaging a little over 75F degrees) and the perfect environment (crystal clear turquoise blue waters and pearly white sandy beaches), the Islands of the Bahamas are the perfect travel destination for your wedding, siesta, party, honeymoon, or family vacation.

According to the Bahamas Tourism office, the Islands of the Bahamas are unique with their individual character and charm--and there is truth to this. Visit the main islands like beautiful Grand Bahama Island (Freeport/Lucaya) and bustling New Providence (Nassau and Paradise Island).

Or, if you really want to get away from the crowds, visit one of the many out islands like Abaco, Andros, Acklins and Crooked Island, Biminis, Berry Islands, Cat Island, Eleuthera, Exumas, Inaguas, Mayaguana, and San Salvador.

New Providence Island and Paradise Island

This pair of islands, at the heart of The Bahamas, greets visitors with a genuine Bahamian blend of experiences. City slickers, family packs, water lovers, and land lovers alike will find no shortage of fun in the sun on Nassau and Paradise Island. Feel what it’s like to be both satisfied and hungry for more. Nassau, capital city of the Islands of the Bahamas, resides on New Providence Island, neighbor to Paradise Island. This island pair maintains a distinct blend of international glamour and tropical ease, giving travelers freedom to do everything or nothing at all.

What to Expect in the Bahamas

BANKS: Banking hours are Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There are Automatic Bank Machines in the main tourist areas. These machines are on the +PLUS and Cirrus systems.

CURRENCY: The legal tender is the Bahamian dollar (B$1), which is equivalent in value to the US dollar. Both U.S. and Bahamian dollars are accepted interchangeably throughout the islands.

CLIMATE: The trade winds that blow almost continually throughout the Islands of the Bahamas give the islands a warm, agreeable climate which varies little year-round. The most refreshing time is September through May, when the temperature averages 70-75F degrees. The rest of the year is a bit warmer with temperatures between 80-85F degrees.

DEPARTURE TAX: The departure tax of $15 is normally included in the price of your ticket. Please check with your airline or ticketing agent for details. If it is not, you must pay it when you check in for your flight home. It is payable in Bahamian or U.S. Dollars only.

DRINKING WATER: The water in the more developed islands such as New Providence and Grand Bahamas is distilled from seawater and is perfectly safe to drink, however they are only able to desalinize 95% of it, so it does have a strong taste. When on the outer islands, it is recommended you drink only bottled water.

DRIVING LICENSE: British rules apply, so please drive on the left and be extra careful on roundabouts. Visitors may use their home licenses for up to three months or may apply for an international driver's license. Pedestrians should remember to look right before crossing streets.

ELECTRICITY: With standard North American 120-volt/60-cycle AC electrical current, you and your delegates will be able to operate American or Canadian appliances without adapters.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: U.S. and Canadian citizens must have a valid Passport and a return or ongoing ticket.

TOURISM SEASONS: The Islands of the Bahamas have a temperate climate ranging from 80-90F degrees with high humidity in the summer months to 70-80F degrees in the winter. Nighttime temperatures are generally cooler by 5-7 degrees. In the more northerly islands, winter temperatures are approximately 5 degrees lower than the southern islands. Sea surface temperatures vary between 74F degrees in February and 84F degrees in August. The months of June to November constitute the hurricane season. The weather does influence travel decisions and, often, inaccurate reporting of information on hurricanes results in needless cancellations by U.S. travelers. Many Bahamas hoteliers have instituted a Hurricane Hotel Policy for vacationers which states that visitors who cancel a Bahamas vacation during a hurricane will receive an immediate refund with no penalties. If caught on-island during a hurricane, hoteliers would extend the lowest possible rate and all possible courtesies.

VACCINATIONS: No vaccinations or preventative medications are required for travel to the Bahamas. However, we always suggest that you speak to your family physician for a personal recommendation.

WATER TEMPERATURES AND WETSUITS: Water temperatures generally range between 75 – 80°F. Most people find wearing a 1mm – 3mm wetsuit keeps them comfortable in the summer. Consider a 5mm in the winter.

Bahamas - "Top Side" Activities and Adventures

 

Below are just some of the activities and attractions that await you in the Bahamas. We will be happy to arrange any of these and more to complete your customized itinerary. Please contact us for more information.

Ardastra Gardens and Conservation Center:

More than 300 birds, mammals and reptiles from The Islands Of The Bahamas, the Caribbean, Latin America and around the world are on display among acres of lush tropical gardens.

City and Country Tours:

You can cover a lot of ground and capture a real feel for life on the island when you sign up for a tour by air, taxi or aboard a colourful, horse-drawn surrey. Chances are you’ll enjoy the company of one of our most experienced guides as part of the bargain. (Few Bahamians are more expert about everything on the islands than these friendly guides.) A walking tour is another alternative, where you can take a leisurely stroll around Nassau’s Market Plaza on Bay Street. There you will experience Bahamian life close-up and can polish your bartering skills while sampling the work of some of the local artisans. You can set out on your own, or check for a government-certified guide.

Dolphin Experiences::

After an educational talk on the deck, wade into waist-deep water for close-up contact with the dolphins. Swim with the Dolphins: Spend approximately 30 unforgettable minutes in the water with the most intelligent creatures next to man. Includes the thrilling "Foot Push." Home of Universal Pictures' Flipper.

Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park:

The Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park was created in 1958, this 176 square mile park was the first of its kind in the world and is famous for its pristine beauty, outstanding anchorages and breathtaking marine environment. It is the first marine fishery reserve in the Carribbean. Accessible by boat only

Fort Charlotte:

If you have time to visit only one fort, see this one. It is by far the largest and covers 100 acres. Located on a hill overlooking the far west end of the harbour, Fort Charlotte commands an impressive view of Paradise Island, a good part of Nassau and the harbour. Built in 1788 by Lord Dunmore, this fort has a moat, dungeons, underground passageways and 42 cannons, which have never been fired in an act of aggression. Tour guides (working for tips) are happy to give you a complete history of the fort.

Lost City of Atlantis:

In 1968 the discovery of huge limestone blocks off the coast of North Bimini led many to believe that this was once an undersea road to the Lost City of Atlantis. Many divers have examined this half-mile stretch of neatly aligned relics, and everyone seems to have an opinion of what this may, or may not, be. You can get a look for yourself; it is near the shore in only 20 feet of water.

Lucayan National Park:

Upland forests, rare flower species, mangrove creeks, and a magnificent beach in this 40-acre national park provide an unparalleled glimpse into the complexities of the Grand Bahamian environment. Lucayan National Park, established in 1982, is the only place where you can see all six of the islands’ ecosystems. It is also home to one of the world’s longest underwater system of limestone caves, which is also among the most environmentally distinct. The vast tunnel system, accessible by both land and sea, was created over eons by the seepage of acidified rainwater into the island's limestone base. After exploring the caves, you’ll want to stroll the trails through native pines, cross the tidal creek on a wooden boardwalk, and at the end, discover Gold Rock Beach. It is the perfect spot to relax, swim or enjoy a picnic lunch.

Pirates of Nassau:

Pirates of Nassau is a world-class pirate attraction in the heart of downtown Nassau. Experience the true story of pirates in an amazing, historically accurate, interactive environment, which will entertain, excite and educate visitors of all ages.

Powerboat Tours:

Experience an exciting high-speed boat ride around Paradise Island, Cable Beach or surrounding islands on a custom-built, 55-ft off-shore racing powerboat.

Seaplane Tours:

Get away for the day to one of The Bahamas treasured Out Islands on a scheduled seaplane adventure. Flying off the water, low over stunning blue-water seascapes is a special treat. In only 30 minutes you'll arrive into another world. Your choice of destinations includes The Exumas, featuring secluded beaches and hungry iguanas, or colorful Harbour Island, with its famous pink-sand beaches and gaily decorated village.

The Heritage Trail:

Before 1955, the main transportation artery on Grand Bahama Island was the Old Freetown Road, a dirt path leading from Old Freetown in the East to Eight Mile Rock and other settlements in the West. After the foundation of Freeport brought in a modern highway, the old road was abandoned and left to nature. Eventually, nature did such a good job of reclaiming it that a stretch of the road near Freetown has become one of the island's chief nature walks. Along the easy, five-mile trek are over 30 species of plants, 18 kinds of birds, 7 species of butterfly, and what remains of "The Hermitage," the oldest intact building on Grand Bahama, dating back to 1901. You'll also see remnants of the early settlement and a cemetery.

Undersea Tour:

Grab your swimsuit and towel and get ready for an experience of a life time, exploring the reefs the way the earliest marine biologists did before scuba was invented. It is like taking a walk in a botanical garden under the sea. The helmet keeps your head completely dry so you can breath as you would on land, wear glasses or contacts. It is the safest way to dive for all ages 5 to 85, great for non swimmers (swimming is not permitted as it scares the fish). Even the certified scuba diver and avid snorkel will get a kick out of it and find it a great way to get a friend introduced to the undersea.



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