The swim with Nurse Sharks Bahamas experience is now one of the top things to do in the Bahamas Islands! Made famous alongside the Swimming Pigs that live on the nearby Pig Island, the pet sharks that live at Compass Cay Marina have become the biggest attraction across the Bahamas and South Florida!
Visitors flock from Nassau, Georgetown and Florida to experience the Swimming with Nurse Sharks at Compass Cay Exuma.
Its relatively easy to visit the swim with nurse sharks Bahamas experience now that many Exuma Tours operators offer day excursions and charters to these Nurse Sharks. You wont want to organize your own travel from Nassau to Exuma, as this would be both time consuming and very costly. What you need to do is take one of the many pre-packaged day excursions, that offers a Day Trip from Nassau that stops at all the Exuma Attractions; of which one of these stops would be the Sharks at Compass Cay.
Compass Cay Marina & Island
Compass Cay Marina is a privately owned marina in the Exuma Cays. Compass Cay is a small island, uninhabited, except for a few rental properties and the marina; it is one of 365 islands that make up the stunning Exuma Cays archipelago.
As well as being home to the Swim with Nurse Sharks Bahamas, the island has a spectacular Crescent beach which should not be missed. The beach has a beautiful crescent shape with rolling sand dunes and swaying palms.
Swimming with Nurse Sharks on Day Tour
The best way to visit Compass Cay is to take an organized Bahamas Day Tour from Nassau or Miami. On your stop to Compass Cay the tour guide will show you around the marina that has a small gift shop and bar, perfect for Bahamian souvenirs!
The guides are normally very cautious about taking guests into the water. The reason for this is that whilst Nurse Sharks are for the most part totally harmless to humans, there can sometimes be instances where people having not followed their guidance of their tour guide, decide to put fingers or feet to close to the mouths of the Nurse sharks – with unexpected consequences! These Nurse sharks will bite anything that enters near their mouths! For this reason the tour guides will brief and stress the safety of visitors that they do not feed sharks whilst in the water and never to put their hands or any body parts close to the mouths of these Nurse Sharks.
Once in the water the tour guide will expertly handle the Sharks, this includes being able to feed and pet them!
Other Exuma Attractions close to Compass Cay Exuma
The swim with Nurse sharks Bahamas experience, isn’t the only thing to behold in these tropical turquoise waters!
When booking onto a full day tour from Nassau or Miami, you can also visit one of 6 other unique Exuma Cays attractions:
- Swimming with Pigs at Pig Beach
- Roaming with Iguanas at Bitter Guana Cay
- Exploring the Exuma Sand Bar
- Snorkeling into the James Bond Thunderball Grotto Cave
- Seeing the underwater plane wreck at Staniel Cay
- Visiting the Staniel Cay Yacht Club restaurant and bar
Swim with Nurse Sharks Bahamas from Nassau
By far the most popular way to visit the Compass Cay Marina is to take one of the Nassau to Exuma Day Trips by plane. Then having landed into Staniel Cay airport from Nassau, guests take their boat excursion to the Compass Cay Sharks.
A Day excursion form Nassau is usually in the region of $500 per person.
Visit Compass Cay Sharks from Miami
Another exciting option for travelers staying in Southern Florida, is to take a one of a kind Miami to Bahamas Day Trip, to go visit the Exumas by plane directly from Miami!