The Exumas are an archipelago of 365 cays (keys) and islands beginning about 35 miles southeast of Nassau. They offer a unique and fascinating adventure. The west side of the islands are on the edge of the Great Bahama Bank and the east side of the chain is the Exuma Sound. This offers the chance to go snorkeling in shallow water but also in 10-15' of water that is so clear you can see the activity on the reefs. You can also go scuba diving on the reef or on the wall to see the bigger reef fish.
While sailing you can actually see the coral heads we are passing as you lay out on the trampolines. About half way down the chain you can explore the Exuma Land & Sea Park. The waters and land are protected so you can explore and see many water and land species that yoiu may not be able to see anywhere else.
The Florida Keys are a coral archipelago that begins at the southeast corner of the Florida peninsula. The keys stretch to the Dry Tortugas west of Key West. The keys are surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other. On the Atlantic side just offshore along the edge of the Florida Straits is the Florida Reef. It stretches from Fowey Rocks just east of Soldier Key to just south of the Marquesas Keys.
The reef is full of a wide assortment of tropical fish as wells as shrimp, lobsters, conch, bluewater game fish, and edible reef fish. Whether you like to fish, dive, SNUBA, snorkel, paddleboard, or kayak, the keys offer an abundance of opportunities.
Not interested in the water? There are also plenty of areas to investigate on land. There are several state parks that offer plenty of bird watching, butterflies, iguanas, and other interesting animals. Big Pine Key is home to the Key deer. Some are so tame they'll actually try to have lunch with you.
Want to do a little of both? Fort Jefferson is located on the Dry Tortugas. It is the largest all masonary fort in the United States. It was built between 1846 and 1875 to protect the nation's gateway to the Gulf of Mexico.
The park's coral and sea grass beds are among the most vibrant in the keys. See large sea turtles bury to Fort Jefferson.
The Alabama/Florida Gulfcoast has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The coast offers miles of pristine white-sand beaches stretching along the Gulf of Mexico. The water colors range from sapphire blue to emerald green.
The fishing and diving are phenominal. There are state parks from Gulf Shores, Alabama to Apalachicola, Florida located right on the beaches. You can explore, bird watch, watch dolphins, or just relax and play in the gorgeous waters. Sail along the gulfcoast at leisure. Watch the beautiful sunrises and sunsets away from the crowds.