7 Day Sailing Journey
Designed to provide the perfect combination of activity and relaxation, this trip is the ultimate, exclusive ‘get-away-from-it-all' treat for any open water swimmer. Based around the chain of low slung islands and barrier cays in the northern Bahamas known as the Abaco Islands, swimmers can explore the shallow turquoise paradise of the Abaco Sea which is home to pristine white sands, gin-clear waters, and an array of marine life from dolphins and rays to brightly colored reef fish and swimming pigs! Live on a private yacht in a place where each day begins and ends under skies of soft pinks and savor magnificent food, panoramic ocean views, and unbeatable swimming in one of the largest coral reefs in the Northern Hemisphere. Your home for the week is a modern catamaran sailboat with comfortable accommodations and a Sailing Collective captain and chef on hand to make this journey an experience of a lifetime.
This is an all levels trip. You do not need prior open water swimming experience to join the fun. Renowned swim coach Mia Russel is onboard to guide you and offer helpful feedback as well as monitor safety. Small group size means that daily swims are tailored to your abilities and you'll benefit from the safety of having a Coach and crew nearby at all times. The luxury of an onboard chef makes this a truly relaxing adventure even as you swim to heart's content each day.
Double occupancy cabins available from $5,400
Single occupancy cabins available from $3,400
Included in the total trip cost:
• Private captain, chef, and swim coach
• Travel support to help customize and guide your journey
• Daily swimming experiences personalized and supervised by the swim coach who will be nearby at all times in the safety boat
• Delicious family style meals with seven breakfasts, six lunches, three dinners and snacks aboard, all prepared by your private chefs
• Marina fees, dockage, and moorings for overnight anchorages
• Boat incidentals including fuel, water, local taxes, park fees, etc.
• And of course unabashed adventure and epic memories!
Convinced she could swim before she could walk, Mia has been swimming competitively since the age of five. Her love of the water, be it pool, lake or sea, is inordinate. A national Masters swimmer, she regularly competes in the pool and at various open water events. Mia has worked as an adventure holiday swim guide for 11 years, guiding and swimming in some of the world’s most beautiful places. She has also has 20 years of experience as a swim coach. Currently, she is the head swim coach at a private school in Cape Town and is a freelance journalist when she is not swimming or coaching. Mia is also an avid ocean-lover and conservationist and takes part in marine conservation projects around the world. Her ethos is, “Life is better in the water.”
The Bahamas is comprised of 700 islands and over 2,000 rocks and cays, sprinkled over 100,000 square miles of ocean. The archipelago is an ecological oasis, boasting some of the clearest ocean water on the planet. With visibility of over 200 feet in places; you'll have incredible swimming along the world’s third-largest fringing barrier reef.
Starting with a short sail to a small cay who’s less than 200 residents have been boatbuilders for generations. Selling alcohol isn’t legal in this community but we can enjoy refreshments on the boat and sample the renowned local cuisine ashore.
On our Journey North we will stop at a marine park with a protected reef. Stopped for lunch on a mooring, you will have an opportunity to explore the world below or lounge on deck and enjoy the seascape above with a cold beverage by your side. Moving North again after lunch will put us at Great Guana Cay where you can take a short trip ashore to explore miles of white sand beach. At our anchorage, for the night the sun will set over the sea of Abaco.
Today we weave between islands on a passage that crosses into the Atlantic ocean and back into the Sea of Abaco navigating tricky reefs on the way to a populated outpost with plenty to explore. Museums and restaurants, a sculpture garden, and a lively marina can be found in New Plymouth.
A busy day will have us hauling anchor early to continue exploring North then South. The first stop is the Manjack Cay (population of 2 people) where you can easily find your own stretch of uncrowded paradise to settle down for a few hours. Here you can walk the paths or relax and swim. Resisting the urge to become castaways, we’ll row back to the boat and sail south to Treasure Cay where we rejoin civilisation for the comforts of bars, restaurants, shops, a bakery, and a ceramic shop of handcrafted items made on premises. The beach here is world famous and stretches for miles in a gently arching crescent.
Today’s sail takes you past the historic Elbow Reef Lighthouse which was first built to guide sailors in 1862 and is one of the last operating kerosene lighthouse in the world, It has a weight mechanism that has to be hand cranked every several hours to maintain its sequence of five white flashes every 15 seconds. Hope town is a walking city, no cars are allowed in the downtown area, and that combined with the architecture will whisk you back in time to when the light was first built. You’ll want time here to explore and visit the museums and galleries.
Heading South now we’ll pass places with amazing names like “Lubbers Quarters” and “Garbanzo Beach” heading to the Pelican Cays land and sea park. In the undersea caves and on unspoilt islands you’ll have the opportunity to see amazing sea creatures, and birds of over 150 varieties. Little harbor is the stop for the night where we’ll cook a delicious dinner on board before taking the dinghy to a laid back pub/art gallery ashore.
Passing Tilloo Bank we’ll sail towards an anchorage aptly named Tahiti beach for it’s exotic vistas and giant starfish visible on the seafloor below. From there a night on the dock at Elbow Cay will give opportunities for fine dining or exploring the Atlantic coastline beaches of the island.
Your swim coach will be alongside in a safety boat as you swim.
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