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What could be more thrilling than Swimming with Sharks on a tropical island paradise. Discover the beauty of the Bahamas Exumas with a visit to the Compass Cay Marina in the Exuma Cays.
Compass Cay Marina is a marina located in the Exuma Cays in the Bahamas. It’s known for its unique attraction called the “Bahamas Swim with Sharks Experience” where visitors have the opportunity to swim with nurse sharks in a natural setting.
The nurse sharks in Compass Cay Marina are accustomed to human presence due to years of interactions. They often congregate near the marina’s dock, providing visitors with an opportunity to observe and swim with them.
To get to Compass Cay, you’ll need to travel to the Exuma Cays in the Bahamas. Compass Cay is a part of the Exuma Cays chain of 365 islands. Here’s how you can reach Compass Cay:
1. Fly from Nassau
Most travelers start their journey by flying into Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas. Nassau has an international airport, Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS), that is well-connected to major cities in North America and beyond. From Nassau you can book onto a Day Tour to Compass Cay Exuma.
2. Fly from Miami Florida
Enjoy a Bahamas Day Trip by Plane with Bahamas Air Tours, and go swimming with sharks Bahamas on their guided boat tour to Compass Cay Marina.
3. Guided Tours
There are guided tours and boat excursions available that offer trips to Compass Cay and the Bahamas swim with sharks experience as part of a larger itinerary. These tours often include swimming with nurse sharks and exploring other attractions in the Exuma Cays. Learn More about Tours to Exuma from Nassau.
Compass Cay Marina is located in the Exuma Cays, which is a chain of islands in the Bahamas. Specifically, it’s situated on Compass Cay, one of the islands within the Exuma Cays. Compass Cay Bahamas is known for its marina and the unique opportunity to swim with nurse sharks Nassau in the marina’s waters.
To provide more context, the Exuma Cays are a group of 365 islands and cays stretching southeast of Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas. Compass Cay is one of the islands in this chain. The Exuma Cays are renowned for their stunning natural beauty, clear turquoise waters, and marine life.
Compass Cay Marina offers a range of activities and experiences for visitors who want to enjoy the natural beauty of the Exuma Cays and the unique attractions the marina has to offer. While specific offerings may vary, here are some of the things you might be able to do at Compass Cay Marina:
1. Bahamas Swim with Sharks Experience
One of the main attractions at Compass Cay Marina is the opportunity to swim with nurse sharks in the marina’s clear waters. These gentle creatures are accustomed to human presence and often approach boats and visitors.
2. Relax on the Beach
Compass Cay features beautiful beaches where you can relax, sunbathe, and enjoy the stunning views of the turquoise waters. The highlight is the Crescent Beach on the Eastern coastline of Compass Cay island.
3. Boating and Water Activities
The marina is well-equipped for boaters. You can rent boats, go kayaking, or embark on snorkeling and diving adventures to explore the underwater wonders of the Exuma Cays. As a marina, Compass Cay offers facilities for boaters, including docking, fuel services, and maintenance assistance.
4. Explore the Exuma Cays
The marina is situated within the Exuma Cays, a chain of islands known for their natural beauty. You can explore nearby cays, sandbars, and snorkeling sites including the James Bond Thunderball Grotto.
5. Go Swimming with Pigs at nearby Pig Beach, Big Major Cay
Swimming with pigs is a popular tourist attraction on nearby Big Major Cay island, known as Pig Beach. Swimming with pigs involves the unique experience of interacting with friendly and docile pigs that swim in the clear turquoise waters of the cove.
The Bahamas Swim with Sharks Experience in the Exuma Cays, including from Nassau, can be a thrilling and unforgettable experience for those seeking unique and adventurous activities. Interacting with sharks in their natural habitat is a rare opportunity that can provide a deeper understanding of these majestic creatures and their role in the marine ecosystem. For adrenaline seekers, swimming with sharks offers an adrenaline rush and an exciting adventure that’s quite different from typical beach activities. Capturing moments of yourself swimming with sharks in the crystal-clear waters can result in stunning and unforgettable photos and videos to share with friends and family. If you have a fear of sharks, swimming with them in a controlled and safe environment can help dispel misconceptions and alleviate fears.
It’s important to note that swimming with sharks should always be done responsibly and with reputable operators who prioritize safety and ethical wildlife interactions. If you’re interested in this experience, research and choose operators that have a good track record, follow guidelines for safe interactions, and contribute positively to shark conservation efforts. The memories of swimming alongside these impressive creatures are likely to stay with you for a lifetime.
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