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Cape Santa Maria Sandy Cay & Iguana Tour

Guide or Outfitter, Nature-Based Experience
Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort

This tour allows you to observe Bahamian rock iguanas in their natural habitat ̶̶ dry scrub forests and beaches on deserted islands like Sandy Cay. These animals are rare and The Bahamas has more species of them than any other country in the Caribbean. Each of these species is unique to the island that they inhabit, with their colors varying from solid gray to a kaleidoscope of green, orange, red, blue, yellow and pink.

According to a local legend, Sandy Cay has some hidden treasure buried there, so be on the lookout for it while you're beachcombing. And, if you're very lucky, you might even see the ghost of Captain Jack Sparrow!

Accessibility Notes

This activity is not recommended for persons who are physically challenged.

Eco-Friendly Notes

Sandy Cay, surrounded by a large shallow white sand bank, is a sanctuary home for the curly tail iguanas. There are also unspoiled sea gardens to the east.

Pet Friendly Notes

No pets are allowed.

Types of Experiences and Trips Provided

The tour takes you by boat to explore Long Island’s Caribbean coast and then on to Sandy Cay, home of the blockbuster Hollywood movie Pirates of the Caribbean. On the Cay, you will spend some time exploring the island and meeting the resident iguanas.


Seasons Open and Departure

The Sandy Cay and Iguana Tour takes place all year around, except during the last week in August through to the first week in November.The tour departs on Thursdays and Sundays; it runs from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


  • A minimum of six persons are required or a $480.00 minimum boat fee.
  • Adults $80.00 / Children $60.00 (12 and under), plus lunch.Sign up and order your picnic lunch from the hotel's Front Desk in advance.

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