Explore Eleuthera on your luxury yacht charter in the Bahamas
Derived from the Greek word Freedom, Eleuthera, is one of the most beautiful islands of the Bahamas and a perfect destination for yacht charters. Eleuthera is blessed with some of the most magnificent pink and white sand beaches in the world – very often featured on top 10 lists.
Eleuthera offers beautiful weather and the best time of year for a yacht charter in Eleuthera is from December to May when the temperature is around 70-75 degrees F. The water is pristine, and perfectly sandy, with no drop offs or jagged rocks. Just 200 miles southeast of Miami and 60 miles east of Nassau, Eleuthera is 110 miles long, and charming to explore.
The island is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Caribbean Sea on the other, with breathtaking cliffs reaching up to 70 feet above sea level. Harbour Island, off the northeast coast of Eleuthera, is located on its own islet.
Eleuthera is known for bonefishing, and deep-sea fishing. Spear-fishing and reef fishing are also popular activities. The Caribbean side of the island provides excellent conditions for snorkeling, diving, sailing, kayaking and windsurfing. Trails through the woods and fields are perfect for mountain biking, hiking or jogging.
The main village, Dunmore Town, is located on Harbour Island and Spanish Wells, a fishing village, both boast quaint New England architecture with colorful pastel cottages and white picket fences overflowing with bougainvillea and hibiscus. Gregory Town, which hosts the annual Pineapple Festival held every June, has a popular gift shop showcasing local handicrafts. Don’t miss attending a “Friday Night’s Fish Fry” in Governor’s Harbour for great food, music and dancing!
Things to Do & See on Your Eleuthera Yacht Charter
This beach is located in South Eleuthera near Cape Eleuthera and is known for its miles of pure pink, soft, sandy beaches, as well as an old lighthouse located on a limestone jetty overlooking the ocean. Lighthouse Bay is toward the end of Lighthouse beach, to the right, and yacht charter guests can climb on top of the cliffs where they can explore the old East End Lighthouse. Lighthouse Beach also features great snorkeling and is a perfect setting to have a picnic on a nice afternoon or to take a sunset stroll.
Just to the west of the northern tip of the island of Eleuthera is St. George’s Cay. The entire cay, is where you can find the fishing village of Spanish Wells. It was first inhabited in 1649 when the Spanish Conquistadors sunk a well there to provide their ships with drinkable water. The main catch gathered from the sea by the fishermen is the Bahamian lobster, or crawfish as it is locally referred to. Sample some of Spanish Wells native dishes, such as souse chicken, cracked conch, stone crab claws, and fish burgers. Stretching from Spanish Wells to the northeast tip of mainland Eleuthera, is a spectacular barrier reef called the Devil’s Backbone which is teeming with marine life. A must for snorkelers!
Glass Window Bridge
Just north of Gregory Town and south of the pink sand beaches of Harbour Island, is the Glass Window Bridge. Described as the narrowest part of Eleuthera Island, at just 30 feet wide, the Glass Window Bridge is comprised of rock formations which provide a very special view. Yacht charter guests can stand on this one lane bridge in one spot and see the deep, dark, blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean to the west, and the calm, exquisite, turquoise Caribbean sea to the east. Don’t forget your camera, as watching the waves crashing through the window in the rocks under the bridge offers a great photo opportunity!
Preachers Cave is a large unique cave (no flashlights needed!) about two miles east of Gene’s Bay. The road to the cave is unpaved, and it’s recommended to get there by a 4×4. Preacher’s Cave is where the founders of Eleuthera, the Eleutheran Adventurers, landed after being shipwrecked in 1648. They took shelter in the cave and made an altar and held vigils there, giving the cave its name. The alter was made from a large boulder at the far end of the cave, which incredibly still stands. After exploring the cave, follow a grassy, sandy path overgrown with sea grapes to a charming white sandy beach where you can find a comfortable picnic spot.
Hatchet Bay Cave
Located south of Gregory Town, is Hatchet Bay Cave which offers an unparalleled experience for the courageous: exploration of a mile-deep cave filled with stalagmites and stalactites that comes complete with bats. The path to the cave is unmarked, so you’ll need a local to guide you. Visitors step into a hole in the ground to enter the cave. The space is tight, slippery and dark, so bring non-slip shoes and flashlight/headlamp. The right equipment to help you navigate will make this fun experience even better, as you carefully make your way on the uneven ground exploring the circuitous caverns.
Egg Island Wreck
This 260 foot Lebanese freighter is also known as the Freighter Wreck. The Arimoroa ran aground in 1970 after catching fire in her galley. Today, the rusting and badly burnt remains of the Arimoroa sit upright in 25 feet of water on a hard limestone bottom. Divers and snorkelers alike can gaze at the vast schools of fish gathered around its hull. Masses of gray angels, snappers, groupers, parrot fish and yellow stingrays can be seen along with the ship’s deck winches, hull plates and varied other machinery. Experts say that the incredible sea life is due to the organic qualities of the ships fertilizer cargo. Even the most experienced Caribbean diver will surely be impressed!
Contact our charter specialists to help you find the perfect yacht to visit Eleuthera and explore all the breathtaking beaches and quaint towns that make Elethera a desirable yacht charter destination.