Visit the most magnificent islands in the world. With sapphire-blue water everywhere, The Exumas are an exotic collection of little, mostly deserted islands. Here, nature outnumbers man, coastlines remain flawless and private homes play host to some of the world’s most famous stars. The Exumas truly are the ultimate escape. The Exumas are an archipelago of 365 cays and islands, beginning just 35 miles southeast of Nassau. Today, they’re divided into three major areas—Great Exuma, Little Exuma and The Exuma Cays. Each offers its own unique Bahamian experience. Great Exuma and Little Exuma are known for their laid-back surroundings, while The Exuma Cays act as a playground for the rich and famous, boasting numerous private homes, luxury resorts and beachside condos.
The is where you can win in Thunderball Grotto. Located just west of Staniel Cay, this fantastic underwater cave system is great for snorkeling, diving and wading. The grotto got its name from the 1965 James Bond spy film "Thunderball," which was shot there. It was also the site of another James Bond film, "Never Say Never Again" in 1983, also based on the Thunderball novel. Or feed the Iguanas at Allan Cay - one of the few places you can still find these fearsome looking, yet gentle lizards. These friendly creatures welcome visitors bearing gifts of vegetables and other goodies. They are protected by law.
Then, of course, there are the Swimming Pigs. Just north of Staniel Cay on an island of their own called Big Major's Cay, live a drove of pigs. When visitors stop by to snorkel or swim at Big Major's Cay, they are greeted by the welcoming pigs.
The trips to the Exumas are full day excursions by speed boat from Nassau and make for very full and tiring days. In fact, to really enjoy these islands (and especially the pigs in the south) the best way is to fly. Some companies offering service include Exuma Escapes (http://www.exumaescapes.com) and Powerboat Adventures (http://www.powerboatadventures.com).