What to Bring
The tropical climate of the Bahamas means our guests spend most of their time in shorts and T – shirts but certain other items are necessary to be comfortable. Space and weight factors on our support boat mean that we travel light with just the necessary equipment and a few changes of clothes. Guests taking part in our 5 day expeditions are expected to bring the following articles:
- Sandals or suitable shoes for walking on beaches and sharp rock. Although the cays all feature beautiful white sand beaches where shoes are not necessary, an explore in land will require suitable footwear as there are prickly bushes and sharp rocks. We recommend sockless footwear such as sandals as the most comfortable. Wet shoes may be worn whilst sailing / windsurfing or swimming but is the decision of each individual guest
- A long sleeved shirt (X 2) as protection from the sun. Bear in mind very light shirts may have a low SP factor!
- A hat. We recommend a wide brim for maximum protection and a chin strap (or tight fit!) to avoid losing it in the wind.
- Sunglasses. Polaroid glasses are most suitable as they take the glare off the water and allow water depths to be discerned more easily
- Wetsuit. A Shorty wetsuit may be required some days, especially in winter months, but most of the time will not be necessary. In our experience windsurfers need them more than cat sailors due to wind-chill from spray and more likely immersion
- Windsurfing harness. Bring your own its more comfortable. Cat sailors bring your own if you wish.
- Shorts. Especially for cat sailors, longer shorts offer sun protection for more of your legs whilst hiking out or trapezing
- Sun cream SPF 15+ (preferably a waterproof, non – greasy variety)
- Bug spray Usually we find the cays do not have mosquitos, no-see-ums or sandflys especially during the winter, but after heavy rain some locations may become a little buggy!
- Light sleeping bag suitable for warm climates
- A fleece. Despite the Bahamas tropical climate, sometimes it is cool at night during the winter months
- Any personal medication needs. (Expeditions are amongst largely uninhabited small cays and medical care beyond first aid is unavailable. The nearest clinic is back at Rolleville. Guests take part at their own risk and must have their own travel insurance covering any medical emergencies) Extra luggage can be deposited in a separate travel bag at the guesthouse before departing on expedition and returned at the end.
- A light rain coat. The Bahamian climate is generally very arid but when it does occasionally rain it can be heavy!