The first park of its kind in the world, the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park is famous for its pristine beauty, outstanding anchorages and breathtaking marine environment. It is the largest underwater park in the Caribbean.
The island was selected to be the headquarters for the Park due to the wide variety of naturally occurring ecosystems, and it's centrally located geographical position within the park. From rocky bluffs to sand dunes, mangrove creeks and sand flats, this island has it all! The Park Visitor Center sits on a point overlooking this harbor, and a pleasant afternoon can be had just sitting on the deck and watching the tide transform the harbor over a five hour period.
The skeleton of a 53' Sperm Whale (died after swallowing a plastic bag) watches guard over Powerful Beach near the park office. On Saturday nights, cruisers frequently gather around the small tiki hut on the beach for a happy hour. Over 7 miles of trails cross throughout the island allowing visitors to hike from one end of the island to the other.
As the highest point on the island, Boo Boo Hill has become the spot for visitors to bring a piece of driftwood with the name of their boat on it as an appeasement to the gods.
The southwest end of the island, called Pirate‘ Lair, is the former pirates hangout. Stromatolites, an ancient and very rare form of early life on earth, line the sand bank between the two cays, and anchoring is prohibited anywhere in this harbor. A nature trail leads from the beach and goes by a fresh water spring the pirates used. Numerous snorkeling and exploring opportunities abound in this area.
The Visitor Center is open from 9:00 AM until Noon and from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM Monday through Saturday, and from 9:00 AM till Noon on Sunday. Liveaboards may contact the park during normal office hours to schedule overnight mooring balls. Park Staff monitor VHF 16 24 hours a day for emergency calls. Warderick Wells may only be visited by boats like the 12 passenger charter liveaboard sailboat Cat Ppalu.
There is excellent scuba diving and snorkeling just north of Warderick Wells. Due to the lack of fishing in the park there is a very healthy population of fish including grouper.