Touch paradise with an adventure on the best Exuma Sand Bar at Pipe Creek in the Bahamas. This beautiful white sand bar is best visited during low tide and is only a short boat ride from Compass Cay or Staniel Cay.
The Exuma sand bar is the definition of an oasis deep in the Bahamas. Its white sand exquisiteness and tropical waters make for an excellent destination on any Bahamas day trip to the Exumas. It is just one of many attractions within the vicinity of Staniel Cay – a stopping off point for many Exuma tourists.
Of all the sand bars in the Exumas, the Exuma sand bar at Pipe Creek stands out as one of the most spectacular in the Bahamas. Those that venture out to it will be treated to amazing shallow and narrow channels of crystal clear blues and stunning white sand beaches that peek out of the water at low tide. They will see exotic life under the sea and experience quiet seclusion like you can’t get in other parts of the Bahamas.
The Exuma sand bar at Pipe Creek is situated north of Staniel Cay about five miles and is only accessible in a small boat with calm waters at high tide. The surrounding creek is made up of a series of islands and cays; Major and Little Majors Spot, Sampson Cay, Over Yonder Cay, Thomas Cay, Joe Cay, and Compass Cay all sit near the famous Exuma Cays sand bar.
Pipe Creek at Pipe Cay is a bunch of Bahamas sand bars made of shallow water cays and white sand flats at low tide which sit in fifty shades of beautiful blues.
Use your dinghy or small fishing boat to explore this haven as you will learn the waters are not suitable for larger boats. Bring a camera and get ready to drop your jaw in awe.
Not every visitor to the Bahamas visits the Exuma Cays and even fewer tour around the remote Exuma sand bar at Pipe Creek. However, those looking for an escape from the hoards of tourism which come to Pig Beach or Staniel Cay will seek refuge at this soft sand, turquoise water oasis just near to many other Bahamas attractions which may be referred to as the Staniel Cay sand bar.
Just a short skip away, tourists can visit a sea turtle sanctuary and many of the turtles often float on over to Pipe Creek. You can also skim the beach for sand dollars or take a hike on nearby Thomas Cay which affords a great lookout over the Exumas Sound.
Many of the cays around the area are owned privately and you can get an outsiders view of large mansions and a look at the lifestyles of the rich and famous with their pristine beach paradise.
To add onto the list of things to do, we must mention snorkeling over the exotic underwater sea life of the Exuma Cays as one of the best things to do. Vibrantly colored fish and corals, and even the occasional eagle ray will skim the sea floor.
The Exuma sand bar can be visited mostly only at certain times of the day due to dramatic tide changes. Sometimes, the sand bar won’t even be visitble until the around noon. The surest way to guarantee you get to experience the beauty is to ask a local about the tide schedule before leaving on your adventure.
You can also study the sea depth charts and make sure you have a depth finder aboard your boat before taking off. Occasionally, boats will get stuck in the sand and cause a situation no one likes to deal with on their vacation.
If you are not sure, it is safer to stay anchored in the back part of the cay in the deeper waters where a majority of the boats stay parked while they swim through the creek. If you are new to boat navigation, this may be one of the more difficult areas to get around in the Bahamas because of the constantly changing tides.
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