Important COVID-19 Travel Information

All guests visiting and/or traveling with Staniel Air are required to wear CDC-approved face protection/masks when entering the lounge, hangar, and on the plane. Temperatures will be taken and anyone with a temperature over 98.6 Deg F (37 Deg C) will be denied access into the Bahamas as per current Bahamian regulations.  COVID protocols for both the U.S. and the Bahamas apply.  See comments at bottom for more detail.***

Flying from Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, this once-in-a-lifetime adventure is not to be missed. Beginning with a stunning sight-seeing flight over the spectacular Exuma island chain, you will transfer to one of our luxurious and roomy boats for an ‘insiders’ island tour.

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Book now and save $200 off our original price of $999 per person when you book your Bahamas Day Tour!
Your VIP rate: only $799 + taxes, total $835.60 * Group rates at even more savings are available. For parties of 7 or more, please call!

Our tour is approved by the Bahamas Tourism Board

Bahamas Tours and Flights

Bahamas Bucket List Day Tour Itinerary

6:45 AM: Check-in at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport
7:30 AM: Flight Departs
8:45 AM: Arrival at Bahamas Immigration and Customs
9:15 AM: Arrival at Staniel Cay & Escort to Marina
9:30 AM: Guided Boat Tour Begins
1:00 PM: Lunch at local island eatery*
4:30 PM: Returning flight departs Staniel Cay
6:00 PM: Approximate Arrival at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport

Swimming Pigs of Big Major Cay

Big Major Cay’s “Pig Beach” famous residents are clearly at home in the tropics. Although they aren’t native to the island, they are just as comfortable as any other islander basking in the sunshine and taking to the seas. Friendly and gentle, these highly intelligent creatures nuzzle right up to visitors for a sampling of whatever’s on the menu. Of course, they love the attention as well so petting is certainly appreciated by some.
Since visitors (us humans) have become somewhat normal, the pigs don’t forage for food so they will be hungry! There are no humans who live on the island.

The swimming pigs are really a mystery. Local legends tell the tales of numerous shipwrecks and pirates all having to do something with the origin of the pigs. There’s even a businessman who feared a Y2K, millennial apocalypse who says he brought the pigs down to the island as a source of food. Whatever the case, it’s certainly become a popular, yet still a secluded attraction. And since Staniel Air’s Day Tour makes it easy to see these playful piggies, you could very well have them all to your own.

Thunderball Grotto

Located next to Staniel Cay, this fantastic sight is great for snorkeling, diving, and wading around the warm waters of the Bahamas. It is teeming with exotic marine life and a kaleidoscope of brilliantly colored coral reefs and fish, including vibrant yellow-tail snappers, huge blue and gold Angelfish. Enter the grotto via a small hidden entrance that’s completely submerged during high tide. We supply all the snorkeling equipment necessary so you can experience this unbelievably beautiful locale. The grotto is actually a naturally occurring limestone cave situated on the western coast of Staniel Cay. It’s a short boat ride and usually the first stop on the Day Tour if the tides are low.

The grotto got its name from the 1965 James Bond film “Thunderball”. The underwater scenes were filmed here and the cast and crew frequented the Staniel Cay Yacht Club. There are a few pictures hanging in the club of the crew lounging after a long day in the Bahamian sun shooting the film. The grotto was also used much later in the series for the James Bond film, “Never Say Never Again”. Sean Connery once again playing the part of James Bond for his seventh and final time.

Nurse Sharks At Compass Cay

In Compass Cay you’ll be greeted by what some say is a frenzy of fish. Not any fish but a rather large school of scurrying nurse sharks. The marina’s staff throw scraps of fish into the water making these animals very friendly. Also, it keeps them quite full so they are less likely to get curious about the humans wading around the waters with them.

Within minutes you’ll feel right at home with these beautiful creatures. They swim right up to you, bask on the docks during high tide and let you pet them as they pass by. Nurse sharks are bottom feeders and rarely harm humans. Of course, they are animals who get curious and they don’t like to be provoked. So keep little fingers at bay and enjoy these mystical creatures close up and in their natural environment.

Bahamian Rock Iguanas

The Exuma Island Rock Iguana (known as Cyclura cychlura figginsi) is native to eight of the islands around Staniel Cay and the Great Exuma Cays and are listed as an endangered species. They are protected by the “Wild Animals” Protection Act.

Arriving at Bitter Guana Cay, you will be welcomed by hundreds of the Rock Iguanas coming to see if you have brought them any fruit; the feeling is almost surreal, like something out of a dinosaur movie. Their coloring is beautiful & vibrant. They will happily pose for photos in exchange for fruits or vegetables. Ladies beware! Painted red toenails are often confused for fruits and these curious and hungry creatures are not shy!

Serene Sandbar

Pure white sand emerges from blue-green waters at low tide. This little stretch of paradise is a perfect stop on your tour for shelling, sunbathing, and taking in the Bahamian breezes. Often, you and your guests will be the only ones there having it all to yourselves.

The Sandbar is completely covered at high tide and our boat captains schedule your tour stops based on the tides so you can enjoy every one of the attractions. Like Thunderball Grotto, the Sandbar is enjoyed at low tide where you can walk on the white sands and take in the Bahamian sun as long as you like. Wade in the cool, crystal waters and enjoy the surrounding scenery, perfect for photos and group shots.

Staniel Cay Yacht Club

Staniel Cay is approximately 75 miles south of Nassau and 250 miles southeast of Florida. The island itself is less than 2 square miles in area. There’s a small Bahamian village located on the western shore, just a short walk south from the Staniel Cay Yacht Club. The island has a population of less than 90 full-time residents and has the necessities for island living.

This is an ideal way to experience island living and enjoy a captivating day on, and under, the waters of the Bahamas.

Sunken Plane Wreck

The plane was used for drug trafficking during the 1970’s and ditched here in an effort to elude authorities. So the locals say. No one really knows for sure but what we do know is that it’s a great place to explore and snorkel in the shallows. Nurse sharks sometimes hide under the hull and it’s often times surrounded by vibrant tropical fish. If time permits, we’ll stop by so you can take a look. Depending on tides and time, this attraction isn’t always included on the tour.

Pricing & Important Notes

Bucket list day tour regular price per person: $999

Your VIP rate: only $799 + taxes, total $835.60

The Day Tour runs several days a week (please call for flight information and to book the tour). Upon request for groups of 6 or more, we will offer the Day Tour any day of the week with advance notice. Please contact our concierge for more information and pricing.
Prices include flights, boat excursion, immigration & customs clearance, and transfers in the Bahamas. For private group charters, please contact us for group pricing and availability.

*Price per person. Please see our Cancellation Policy for details. Please note, guests accept the terms and conditions described in the policy and agree to all upon confirmation of your tour. Weather and other delays do seldom occur. The tour guides do everything possible to include all the sights however, time permitting, may not include some stops.  A local eatery will be visited for lunch.  Guests can also bring a packed lunch for themselves. Between 15-31 October, the Staniel Cay Yacht Club closes for annual maintenance.

**Please note, while we encourage guests to enjoy every aspect of the day tour, it is important to pay special attention to your guide’s recommendations and instructions. Do not go near the sharks in the marina at Staniel Cay. Please wait until Compass Cay to interact with the sharks. This is for your safety!

*** COVID requirements for both The Bahamas and U.S. must be followed.  They currently apply as follows:

  • Unvaccinated travelers, 12 and older: You must provide a negative PCR COVID test to Staniel Air within 5 days of your outbound flight.
  • Effective Aug 6, 2021 – fully vaccinated travelers must provide a negative Antigen or PCR COVID test to Staniel Air within 5 days of your outbound flight.
  • Children ages 2-11 must provide a negative Antigen or PCR COVID test to Staniel Air within 5 days of your outbound flight,
  • Children age 2 and below do not require testing.
  • In addition, the United States requires proof of a negative COVID test to return, within 3 days of the return flight, regardless of vaccination status.
  • If you can complete the outbound test and Day Tour all within 72 hours, you do not have to do another COVID test in the Bahamas.  Your first test will meet the U.S. requirement.  For example, take the COVID test on Wednesday, receive results on Thursday, do the Day Tour on Friday, and you should be within the required window.
  • If you cannot meet the 72-hour window, we have a reliable and rapid resource in Staniel Cay that provides quick and credible testing at no charge to travelers.
  • Please note:  This sounds more complicated than it is.  Our staff and many Day Tour guests have done this many times, and it’s very easy.  We can walk you through it, offer recommendations and answer any questions you may have about it.

Do I need a Passport?

Yes. Passports are required for all guests regardless of age when flying from Florida to the Bahamas. US ID Cards or Birth Certificates are not an adequate substitute for a passport. International flights requiring entry to both the Bahamas and re-entry into the United States mandate a valid Passport.

Required Guests

This tour operates with a minimum of 6 confirmed guests. In the uncommon event, we do not have the minimum required guests, you will receive the option to reschedule at a later date with our concierge.

Departure Location

The Bahamas Day Tour From Fort Lauderdale departs from the Staniel Air Hangar and Lounge at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE). 2201 NW 55th Ct, Hangar 11 Fort. Lauderdale, FL 33309. Free daily parking is available. If you’re from the area or staying in one of the surrounding locales, our hangar is easy to get to. We are less than 45 minutes from Miami and just an hour from the Palm Beaches.

Snacks, Lunch & Provisions

Snacks and drinks are included with your tour. Lunch is available for purchase at Staniel Cay Yacht Club or other island eateries. SCYC current lunch menu can be found here. Please do bring your own preferred snacks if you have any dietary restrictions. Other recommended provisions can be found here.