Swimming With Sea Turtles in Great Exuma

by Anthony Losanno
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We’re in Great Exuma for the long weekend and I finally got to check off visiting another of the animal residents off my list. In the Exumas, you can swim with pigs, sharks, and go to a beach filled with iguanas. I met all of those creatures on a past visit and recommend each of those experiences. When you go to see the pigs, sharks, or iguanas, there are tons of them. Sea turtles are harder to find and I lucked out on this trip.

Hooper's Bay Beach

We’re staying near Hooper’s Bay. This is the best spot in Great Exuma to see the turtles from what I’ve been told. The trek down from the road is a bit treacherous in that it’s littered with rocks and the ramp/steps that were built there have been destroyed. It’s not a long walk, but be careful not to fall. Once you make it down, you’re rewarded with this pristine beach.

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We swam for a bit not seeing anything until we saw a dark blob in the water. It got closer to shore and we were able to easily see it was a sea turtle.

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I sat down and the turtle swam right over to me.

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The turtle knew I had treats.

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You should never feed them anything processed or prepared. They’re omnivores. Squid and lettuce are two foods they love.

Anthony’s Take: These gentle creatures are thankfully protected by the government of the Bahamas. They’re curious, intelligent, and cute. We saw several others further out and went over to swim with them. They swam by or sat down on the bottom and watched us as we watched them. This was a highlight of the trip and one that I won’t ever forget.

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Christian May 28, 2023 - 6:29 pm

That’s amazing. Will you be going into hotels/your hotel. From what you’ve written I’m highly interested in visiting for the first time but would like to know more about possible places to stay.

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Anthony Losanno May 28, 2023 - 7:28 pm

Yes. I’ll be posting more. We stayed at an Airbnb. I’ll have a full review.


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