The sailing trip begins and ends in Marsh Harbour on Great Abaco Cay in the Bahamas. Setting off from Marsh Harbour, we will spend the week sailing and exploring the string of island cays that make up the Abaco Islands. The Great Abaco barrier reef lies just off the coast of the islands, some parts easily reached from the beach. The brilliant-blue Sea of Abaco lies between the islands and offers miles of sailing and island exploring.
Itinerary and Daily Activities
On Day 1, you board Kiskeedee, have your orientation and then, time and weather permitting, set off to find the first perfect anchorage for some swimming and snorkeling and eventually settle in for the night. The rest of the week will be guided by the weather and your preferences.
Most days begin by sailing to our chosen destination in the island chain. You can try your luck trolling for fish as we sail, take the helm and help with the sails or just sit back and relax in our comfortable deck chairs or on our cockpit cushions. You might spot some dolphins or a turtle in the crystal clear waters.
Snorkeling is the number one favorite activity. Abaco is known for its coral reefs. You’ll have a blast spotting sea turtles, rays and tropical fishes most any time you are in the water. Don’t forget to peek under the rocks to find the spiny lobsters! We have snorkeling equipment on board if you choose not to bring your own. The water in March and April is cool and you may want to bring or rent wet suits to comfortably spend more time in the water.
Our “car” for the week is our inflatable dinghy powered by an outboard motor. We will ferry you back and forth to explore the sandy beaches and visit the local settlements. We will spend each night at anchor and be back in port on the final night for departures the following morning.
Some Favorite Spots to Visit During Your Abaco Sailing Charter
- Fowl Cay National Marine Preserve
- Great Guana Cay for Beach Bars, Coral Reef and famous Nipper Beach Resort
- Hopetown with its 150-year old hand-cranked lighthouse, beautiful reefs and beaches and charming village
- Man O War Cay, known for boat building and its neatly laid out lanes abundant with flowers
- Sandy Cay National Preserve coral reef and uninhabited cays
- Treasure Cay with its crescent-shaped white sandy beach
- Little Harbour, known for its foundry for casting of bronzes and Pete’s Pub
- Tahiti Beach with a great sandbar
Life on Board
Kiskeedee is a 44-ft. Ketch (2-masted sailboat for you landlubbers!) We have 2 double cabins available for guests, each equipped with a double bed, sink and cabinets and a shared head with shower. The crew has its own separate cabin with head and shower. Cabins are equipped with quiet fans and port holes for ventilation. We do not have air-conditioning, but the Bahama night breezes keep things cool for sleeping.
The salon area is spacious and comfortable for indoor eating, playing games on the large table or relaxing in front of a video on a rainy day. The large cockpit is equipped with cushions and a sun awning and a barbecue grill. The cockpit is perfect for sailing as well as outdoor dining or even sleeping under the stars. You will love Kiskeedee’s deck space, comfortable deck chairs as well as our favorite seat at the bow where you can spot dolphins and wet your toes. Read more about the boat.
Dining on Board
This is a fully crewed yacht charter, which means that we will be stocking all of our food for the week and preparing and serving the meals. When planning your sailing charter we will ask you about your food preferences and restrictions, if any. Our delicious meals are prepared on-board with fresh ingredients. You will also have the opportunity to try out the local fare at any of the numerous island restaurants– we will tell you our favorites.