Exuma Islands Paddling Trip

Exuma Islands in the Bahamas are listed as a "top ten" kayaking destination in the world. The Exumas contain over 100 pristine islands with white sandy beaches surrounded by clear blue water.  Typical temperature in December is 80 degrees during day and 70 degrees at night. We will plan to paddle about 60 miles in seven days of kayaking, and camping for 6 nights on islands.  Lots of opportunities for swimming, snorkeling and observing coral reef fishes. Possibilities to see  dolphins and stingrays.

Trip Rating: IV-B –Open ocean water up to 6 miles, possibility of strong winds and surf landing.


Logistics

We will leave from Seattle Friday Dec 1, 2017 evening on an overnight flight, arriving in Georgetown on the Island of Great Exuma on Saturday afternoon. Night before and night after the trip we will stay at a hotel in Gorgetown. We will rent kayaks from a local outfitter, who also provides transportation for us and our gears from the hotel to lunching place and back to the hotel after the trip. We need to bring our own food for the trip and water containers for 8 gallons of water for each person. Some fresh fruits/vegetables can be purchased at a local grocery store. Fuel can be ordered through the outfitter.

Proposed Itinerary:

  • Friday, December 1 – Leave Seattle in the evening.  American Airlines and Delta have flights to Georgetown, Bahamas.
  • Saturday, December 2 – Arriving into Georgetown in the afternoon.   Check into hotel, pack food, water and paddling clothes. Dinner at a local restaurant.
  • Sunday, December 3 – Have breakfast at a local restaurant. The Outfitter will pick us up at the hotel at 9:00 in the morning to a launching place on north side of the Great Exuma Island (about 1 hour drive) with goal of start paddling at 11:00 AM. Explore chain of sandy islets on the way to Norman’s Pond Cay for the night (8 miles).
  • Monday, December 4 – Paddle to Lignumvitae Cay for two nights camping (7 miles plus).
  • Tuesday, December 5 – Day paddling and exploration of the area with opportunities for swimming and snorkeling (about 10 miles of paddling).
  • Wednesday, December 6 – Paddle to Big Farmer’s Cay for the night (10 miles).
  • Thursday, December 7 – Paddle to Lee Stocking Island for the night (12 miles).
  • Friday, December 8 – Paddle to Brigatine Cays, exploring this little archipelago and continue to Rat Cay for last night camping (8 miles)
  • Saturday, December 9 – Paddle 4 miles to Great Exuma Island for takeout about noon time. Meet the outfitter and ride back to Georgetown. Check into hotel. Explore town and have dinner at a local restaurant.
  • Sunday, December 10 – After breakfast at a local restaurant, check out from the hotel and take taxi to the airport. Take early afternoon flight, arriving in Seattle late at night.

The itinerary may need to be adjusted due to weather (like passing cold front with strong winds)


Cost Estimates

  • Airfare: $850 round trip from Seattle to Georgetown
  • Hotel: $180 per room per night (up to 2 people)
  • Taxi from airport to Georgetown: $30 (up to 4 people)
  • Kayak rental: $340 per week (including transportation between hotel and beginning/ending of the paddling)


Useful Websites for Planning

Local outfitter in Georgetown: http://www.outislandexplorers.com/ 

Exuma charts:  http://www.explorercharts.com/index.php?option=com_weblinks&view=category&id=39&Itemid=70


Kaz (the trip organizer) will need a $100 non-refundable deposit by March 31, 2017 so that he can reserve kayaks and secure your commitment to the trip. Please send a check to Kaz Furmanczyk, 7406 58th PL NE, Marysville, WA 98270. 

Airplane and hotel reservations would be responsibility of each participant and should be completed by April 30, 2017. We will decide on hotel selection in early April, when the paddling group is  established.  

Email or call Kaz Furmanczyk at kfurmanc@msn.com (425-308-1615) to ask any questions.

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