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Reviewed 4 July 2018

Stopped here to eat, drink and see the nurse sharks! Food was good, drinks were better but worth the stop to see the nurse sharks for free! You can get in the water with them as they feed them some scraps. fun times

  • Stayed: June 2018, travelled with friends
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1  Thank christine b
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Reviewed 30 June 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed two action packed days at this wonderful island. We swam with sharks, swam with pigs, relaxed on a sandbar, swam a plan wreck and so much more. The staff was very helpful and WiFi was good.

Stayed: June 2018, travelled with family
Thank 424joanneg
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Reviewed 14 June 2018

This was our 2nd stay at SCYC, 2 years after our first stay, and we added an extra night to stay for 6 nights this time. We stayed the exact same time of year, May 4-10, and we stayed in the same cottage, blue. We travelled with my parents, same as last time, and they had the pink cottage, right next door. We shared a dock between the two cottages. Once again, our trip was spectacular and we will plan another one, probably again in 2 years, mostly because booking is so difficult, and you need to book basically a year in advance.

We flew Watermakers air and we took the early flight this time which allowed us most of the day at SCYC, including boat time on our first day! We arrived a little late, due to weather, at around 10:00 am. A storm was just ending, but by 1:00 pm the sun was shining and it was gorgeous. Arriving early, our cottages weren’t ready, but we expected that. We walked to the pink store to pick up some essentials-beer, soda, and bottled water. I had brought some bourbon and rum in my suitcase so didn’t need that to start. Later in the week, as provisions were running low, we found that you could walk to the laundromat, directly outside SCYC to the left and get more beer, wine, and alcohol, a much quicker trip! We went back to SCYC, grabbed some lunch off the bar menu, and sure enough, just as we were finishing, our cottages were ready for us. We moved in and Renee provided us a 17 ft skiff for the 4 of us to share- an upgrade from the 2 13 ft skiffs we should’ve had with our cottages.

I told Renee at the beginning of our stay that if any day there was an opportunity to upgrade our boats from two 13 fts to one 17 ft skiff, we’d love to have that due to the ease of driving and the four of us being together. Renee was amazing and made it happen 4 out of our 6 days! One day we each had 13 ft skiffs which are more difficult to steer and don’t handle rough water nearly as well. During our days of boating, we visited most of the same places we visited the first time and got more adventurous and went further this time. We love Sandy Cay beach and going as the tide goes out to see the sandbar appear between the 2 islands. A great place for a picnic! Pipe Cay is also absolutely beautiful, also at low tide, but you need to watch your depth getting into and out of Pipe Cay because the whole area gets pretty shallow. Follow the Windex blue water! We visited the iguanas, snorkeled the sunken plane right near SCYC, went down to Blackpoint and little past it (we didn’t make it to Little Farmer’s Cay/swimming turtles, although we probably could have in the 17ft boat, but it’s something new for next time!). We snorkeled Thunderball Grotto, but you really have to get lucky on your timing because it’s often busy with tours coming and going and it can get very crowded in the cave. There’s also some good snorkeling outside the cave to the left of the entrance. One day we went to Compass Cay and rather than visiting the marina with the nurse sharks, we went to the other side of the island where there is a conch sanctuary and explored that part of the island. From shore we saw a lemon shark, a turtle, and multiple stingrays.

Prior to our trip, I had coordinated with Exuma Vacations (a company based out of Blackpoint) to rent a 17 foot boat through them, just in case we weren’t able to get a 17 foot boat at SCYC. They dropped the boat off at 9:45 am with a full tank of gas, and north we went, with the intent of making it well up into the Land and Sea Park to Warderick Wells, where the ranger station is and where the sperm whale bones can be seen. We stopped at the very first island in the Land and Sea Park, very small, not sure it even has a name, but there’s a sign and many people have stopped and built stone/rock sculptures there. Next stop was snorkeling at the Aquarium. It was our 2nd time there, and I could stay there all day and watch the amazing sea life underneath me! So many species of fish! We also saw a barracuda off in the distance (and made sure he stayed that way!). That is some of the best snorkeling we’ve ever seen. After that, onward we went, using our rented boat’s GPS, and we did in fact make it all the way to Warderick Wells, probably another 35-45 minutes north. We saw the whale bones, read a lot of interesting signs, visited the ranger station, and explored the island a little bit. I would have like to explore more but we noticed the wind had picked up and didn’t want to have too rough of a trip back. The waves had definitely picked up a bit for the ride back south, but it really wasn’t that bad in the bigger boat. We stopped at the northern point of Big Farmer’s Cay (pig island) and had lunch there and then took the boat south to where the pigs are and fed them scraps and gave them fresh water. The pigs have some guardian angels that have provided them large water troughs since the last time we were there. We had to have the boat back by 5:00 pm so the Exuma Vacations could pick it up from us. We made it back in plenty of time.

One day we had a fairly rainy day, but it worked out perfect because it gave us the opportunity to rent a golf cart and fully explore all of Staniel Cay by land. Renee called 3 Ns rentals and they picked us up and we got the golf cart. The island is pretty small, but there are plenty of little side roads you can explore until you see a private drive sign. We stopped at pirate beach and took in the beautiful views from there. Staniel has a few other small beaches we checked out as well. You can make your way around the airport runway which is pretty neat to see small planes landing so close.
Every afternoon we found ourselves relaxing at the small pool in the courtyard with a couple of cold beverages before getting cleaned up for dinner. We’d bring a small speaker out if no one else was around or we’d play cards or just relax in the pool.
For meals, breakfast was always good. A typical breakfast menu that would have something for everyone. And they serve a side of fruit for everyone. For lunch, we’d typically order sandwiches for our cooler while eating breakfast, but we also took advantage of eating in the bar off their lunch menu a couple of times. They have the best onion rings on the bar menu! Dinner seatings are at 6:30 or 8:30. You order your dinner during the day, before 4:30 pm and tell them which seating you’d like. All our meals were excellent! SCYC offers amazing steaks and even though it wasn’t lobster season, they keep a good amount frozen and those were good as well. I had the pasta with chicken one night and it was fabulous! Dinner also comes with a daily soup, salad, and dessert, so you certainly don’t go hungry!

Every night after dinner we’d make our way to the bar to hang out, talk with other guests or boat owners, watch whatever sporting event was on tv, or talk with Carl, Filisha, or David, whoever was bartending that night. They all provide excellent service with a smile!

I have to end by saying that Renee is absolutely spectacular and she keeps SCYC running without any hiccups! She was so accommodating for us and our request for the larger boat. Santos was also fabulous with ensuring each boat is gassed up and working properly before sending you out for the day. He’s genuinely a guy who wants his customers to be happy!

Staniel Cay and it’s surrounding islands are like a little slice of heaven on earth and we’ll be back-there’s always someplace new to explore!

  • Stayed: May 2018, travelled with family
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8  Thank Sunbunny34
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Reviewed 14 June 2018

We so loved our trip to the Exumas…

We booked the package deal (meals and boat included) and traveled with our kids ages 1 and 3.

The setup is amazing. You eat breakfast. They pack lunch for you in a cooler, then you go out in a boat every day and explore random beautiful islands. You come back, have a swim and do whatever. You can have formal dinner or order from the lunch menu and bring it to your room (which we did some nights so our kids could eat early and get more sleep).

The flight in is like a free air tour. We got so many beautiful pictures from above!

There are so many amazing places within a short boat ride of the hotel (all of which we did):
1) Swim with pigs at big major cay.
2) Enjoy the beautiful cave at Thunderball Grotto
3) There are so many random places to picnic, but we liked cruiser's beach on the same island as the swimming pigs.
4) Play with nurse sharks on the staniel cay docks!
5) Hang out with iguanas on bitter guana cay
6) We loved this random sand bar on the way home from bitter guana cay.
7) Pipe creek was really a highlight; such an amazing sandbar.
8) Compass cay nurse sharks were a level up from those at Staniel Cay. The water was so much clearer and there were more fish.
9) It was fun too see a part of the ocean at Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park that had so many fish it’s referred to as “The Aquarium.”
10) little Farmer’s Cay to play with sea turtles. It was amazing to feed them and pat them and the neighboring fishes. I had to be careful not to step on the nearby rays as people can get seriously injured if they do or even die — but it was beautiful to see them and as long as you keep your feet in one position you’re fine.
11) Blackpoint cave was cool, and we saw some more iguanas, saw the sunken plane, saw the pigs again. We even dove for conch and had fresh conch salad.

If I had another day, I’d go back to Pipe Cay and see Sandy Cay and more sandbars and just do more exploring, take more pictures (we took 4000) and take in more of the beauty. I would also like to explore Staniel Cay more and look for places for shelling. I would like to find another sand dollar; I found a massive 4 inch sand dollar but it broke on the way home — pack your sand dollars carefully!

Things to know:

1. It may be wise to bring mosquito spray. Our kids got eaten alive the first night.
2. You’ll need to bring a bucket and shovel or other beach toys because the hotel doesn’t have them.
3. Don't bring a cooler to pig beach.
4. The sun is way stronger than what I was used to in places like Florida and the ocean washed off our sun cream so easily. Keep reapplying!!!!

1. The bar music was so loud I couldn’t sleep until it ended around midnight and because our kids sometimes got up at 6am or before, I didn’t get a lot of sleep. Fortunately I had brought some ear protectors for my daughter and she wasn’t using them, so I started using them on the 2nd or third night and was able to get to sleep earlier. Don’t think every cottage would have this problem though; we were right next to the bar.
2. The spiral staircase in Ocean Blue (our cottage) was a potential hazard for our kids and we had to watch our one year old so carefully. I may have just been paranoid, but that’s something we were worried about.
3. We lost power twice three times, water once, and internet once. The hotel blamed the local utility.
4. We had boat trouble on one of our boats.

Suggestions for management:
1. Love the Bahamanian lobster salad on your lunch menu! It would be great if you could add a traditional conch salad to your lunch menu. It’s so good and it’s all over nearby islands. It would be great if there were more healthy local options on the menu.
2. It would be great if you could buy a few shovels and beach toys for young kids. You have a hut full of snorkeling equipment but there is nothing for young kids.
3. Let guests know in advance about the bar music noise level in those cottages.
4. Upgrade your boats so that more of them have sun shades. It’s critical in the hot sun.
5. Consider offering fresh coconut to your guests. Great hydration after being out on a boat. One of the staff made one for us but I think most guests don’t enjoy this.

  • Stayed: June 2018, travelled with family
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2  Thank willwister
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Reviewed 14 June 2018

Over a year since we've been (June 2017) and can't wait to return. It was a great place to stay. Our kids had so much fun boating and enjoying the different areas. I think they enjoyed Thunderball grotto the most - it was a great way to end our days before returning the boat. It was also great to have the pool in the late afternoons. I enjoyed not having to cook every meal - the food was great and the staff were so friendly. Nice "digital detox" vacation - something we all need more of!! There is access in certain areas, of course, but who needs all that when you are in the exumas?? Enjoy the natural beauty!! I do wish we were able to upgrade to a larger boat for one day, but all were taken. Regardless, it was a wonderful trip!

Room Tip: We stayed in both Key Lime and Yellow. I liked being on that side of SCYC - further away from the restaurant and marina at night.
  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled with family
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Thank nolamom2
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