Close your eyes, take a deep breath and open yourself up to a land of wander and splendor, in the breath-taking Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park. This one-of-a-kind attraction is a conservation park, unlike no other.
Visitors here are able to enjoy the very best that marine and tropical life has to offer, without disrupting the fragile ecosystem. This conservation park is one sight that you do not want to miss. Let’s take a journey through this wonder land.
Beyond the Water
Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park is comprised of anchorages, cays made up of beautiful varieties of coral and rock, and pristine water that extends further than the eye can see. Exuma was founded in 1958 and designated by the Bahamas National Trust as one of 25 parks and protected areas nationally.
It is believed to be the only non-profit, non-government funded park of its kind, managed by a national system of parks and protected areas.
Enjoying the Beauty
In order to truly enjoy the park, there are some simple rules that must be followed
- Keep in mind that Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park is a No Take Zone. This means that there is no fishing, shelling, lobstering or conching allowed. No organism can be taken from the park – living or dead.
- Poachers face violations and confiscation of contraband.
- While either on the cays or in the sea, you may take photos to document your experiences.
- There is no trash disposal available.
- Anchoring is not permitted in certain areas.
- Visitors must remain on the marked trails to ensure safety.
- A permit is required to camp.
- Vessels must maintain an idle speed.
Preserving the Beauty
Since conservation is the main purpose of the park, it is important to know exactly what is protected:
- The hutia, which are cave-like rodents that are native to the Bahamas. Nearly 1/3 of their population is already extinct.
- Seabird breeding habitats
- Stromatolite reefs, which provide the oldest living fossil records in the world.
- All plants and their habitats
Enjoying the Cays
There are a multitude of cays to visit while at Exuma.
A few examples include:
- Little Wax Cay which is home to the nearly extinct Hutia.
- Shroud Cay which is uninhabited and serves as a nursery to birds, turtles, lobster and so many other species.
- Halls Pond Cay which is privately-owned and requires an invitation to visit.
Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park is the very best that nature has to offer ---with its unique life forms, splendid views and historical significance. Not only are you’re seeing nature in its most natural state, but you’re also serving your duty as a responsible citizen, to preserve this beautiful land and its inhabitants.
Until you visit this magnificent place, it is almost impossible to believe that there could be a place as gorgeous and serene as Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park.