Activities

Boat tours to see the "Swimming Pigs"

Many of our guests do the "Out Island Adventure Tour" managed by local operators. The tours start at 8:00 am and run all day up into the uninhabited Exuma cays. The trip includes seeing the "swimming pigs", iguanas, a disappearing sand bar near Copperfield Cay, swimming with the sharks at Compass Cay, snorkeling the 007 Thunderball grotto; and a final stop for lunch and refreshments at the Staniel Cay yacht club. The cost is about $175 per person for the day, including refreshments

Kayaking

The Villa rental includes several sit on top kayaks for one or two that can be launched from the beach for local excursions or snorkeling trips.

Sailing

A Hobie Cat 16' catamaran sailing boat is included in the Villa rental. The boat can be launched from the beach and sailed to one of several uninhabited islands nearby.

Boat Rentals

Boston Whalers and twin engine Power Cat boats are available for rent from Minns Water Sports in George Town; for about $300 per day, and can be rented by the day or by the week. No experience is required to navigate to one of many uninhabited islands, or to visit Chat N Chill, Peace and Plenty beach, or St Francis Resort.

Stand Up Paddle boarding (SUP)

We include the use of several stand up paddleboards (SUP), new in 2013, for use on the beach in front of the house.

Kiteboarding

Shallow waters around the Exuma Cays offers spectacular conditions for experienced kiteboarders. Exuma kitesurfing offers lessons for beginners and rental equipment for experienced riders.

Fishing

Whether you like deep-sea fishing, reef fishing, bottom fishing, fly-fishing, or spear fishing; look no further than the Exumas. The Exuma flats are world-renowned for challenging bone fishing, and the 6,000-foot depths of the Exuma Sound typically bring in record numbers of Marlin, Tuna, Wahoo, Mahi-mahi, Swordfish, Grouper, and other spectacular species; as well as Spiny Lobster and Conch. There is a wide selection of charter boats, experienced charter boat captains, and bone fishing guides to choose from.

Shelling

Sea beans from the Amazon, Japanese and Portuguese glass balls from the fishing fleets, large conch shells, sand dollars, sea biscuits, starfish, and rare sea glass are among some of the treasures that our guests have stumbled across in their beachcombing adventures on the beaches in front of the house. Hundreds of deserted beaches exist throughout the Exuma Cays, and they are all accessible by car or by small boat. Because the islands are virtually uninhabited, there is no telling what might have washed up within the last 24 hours.

Snorkeling

Snorkeling in the Exuma Islands (or Cays) is unlike anywhere else in the world. Crystal clear waters, protected bays, beaches, and hundreds of reefs provide for spectacular sightseeing in an underwater world that is full of tropical marine life. Even first time snorkelers and boaters are amazed at how easily they become comfortable with the snorkeling experience.

Scuba Diving

SCUBA equipment and charter boats are available from Exuma Scuba and from Sandals Resort. Rental boats are available from Minns Water Sports. Full and half day shelling and snorkeling adventures are available from Off Island Adventure Tours. Starfish Tours offers various kayaking and snorkeling adventures. Your concierge at Bougainvillea House will be pleased to make arrangements on your behalf.

Stocking Island

Stocking Island is one mile from George Town harbor and is served by regular ferries from Chat n Chill, Club Peace and Plenty, Palm Bay Beach Club, St Francis Resort, as well as water taxis, and rental boats from Minns Water Sports. The island is four miles long and features spectacular beaches, hiking trails, historical monuments, volleyball courts, a blue hole, dozens of secluded beaches, and snorkeling sites. It also features several beach bars and conch shacks, such as Chat n Chill who host a popular pig roast on Sundays, as well as the Peace and Plenty Beach. Lee Stocking Island is farther north and is the location for the Perry Institute for Marine Research.

Golf

The Golf Club at Emerald Bay is a championship, 18-hole course, designed by golf legend, Greg Norman. Set to become one of the world's greatest ocean-side clubs, the course uses an environmentally friendly seashore Paspalum grass, which offers a lush, deep green canopy. Nestled in a series of dramatic fairways that wind through seaside dunes, the course finishes on a rocky peninsula with a spectacular view of the ocean. Six signature holes hug the perimeter of Emerald Bay's scenic peninsula, providing unparalleled vistas along its turquoise waters. The Pro Shop is open from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm and tee times are offered from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm. Clubs and shoes are available for rent. Other courses are planned or under construction for the island.

Tennis

The Sandals Resort tennis facilities, offer six Hydro Har-Tru courts, which are all lit for night play. Har-Tru is a preferred clay-like surface that provides an exceptional playing experience. Equipment is available at the pro shop, where lessons can also be arranged with the tennis pro. The tennis pro offers a complete range of instructional programs, including private and semi-private lessons, weekly clinics, and vigorous drill sessions. These programs teach you how to become your own coach and stress practical techniques that provide immediate results. The courts are open from 7:00 am until 9:00 pm.

Spa

The Spa at the Sandals Resort is open to the public and offers 17 indoor treatment rooms and 2 outdoor treatment cabanas. A secluded, tranquil garden peacefully anchors the Resort's wellness program. Homeopathic spa therapies, using natural salts extracted from local salt beds and indigenous herbs, flowers and oils, relax the body and activate its natural healing processes. The Spa is open from 8:00 am until 9:00 pm.