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Staniel Cay

Beach, Caves, Cayes, and Islands
Bahamas Ministry of Tourism

This tiny picturesque island covers less than two square miles in area and is accessible by boat or a 3,000 ft. airstrip which allows for an easy commute to Nassau and Florida. Staniel Cay is a haven for cruisers and home to the annual New Year's Day Cruising Regatta. It is also the hub of the Exuma Cays, where a landing strip at the Staniel Cay Yacht Club serves as the gateway to the northern stretch of Cays.

Within sight of the Club is the famous Thunderball Cave – seen in diving scenes from the James Bond film of the same name, as well as "Never Say Never Again" and the movie, "Splash." There you can duck inside a small hollow cave and snorkel in a fantastic underwater cave system that’s filled with brilliant coral reefs and friendly fish, such as yellowtail snappers, Angel fish, Sergeant Majors and the like, which are accustomed to being hand-fed. It is advised to enter the Grotto at low (slack) tide; snorkeling equipment is optional. At high tide however, diving equipment is necessary to access this natural underwater paradise.

The island has a population of less than 90 full-time residents and a small Bahamian village on its western shore, just south of the Staniel Cay Yacht Club. It has everything that anyone could need: a church, post office, library, three small retail shops and a marine supply store.

Accessibility Notes

The island is primarily accessed by boat and the journey might not be suitable for persons with mobility impairments.

Recreational Opportunities

  • Boating
  • Eco-tours
  • Exploring
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking
  • Picnicking
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming
  • Stand-up paddle board


Seasons Accessible

Year Round



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