Staniel Cay

Staniel Cay is a small island in the Exuma chain of islands of the Bahamas and is within the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.


There are 365 islands in the Exuma chain, with Staniel Cay in the centre of a chain of small islands stretching 100 miles southeast of Nassau. They are flanked by Exuma Sound to the east with deep water reefs. The cay is less than a mile square and it is the home to about eighty full-time residents. Although Staniel Cay is small, it has the basic needs a tourist might need. It has a church, library, post office, three small retail stores and marine supply store. There are many different beaches to be enjoyed on the island. If you are seeking solitude then the rule is; if someone is already occupying a beach, then just go to the next one.

Staniel Cay is protected by the Bahamas National Trust so it is required for tourist to stop by the main entrance of the island and not go off exploring on their own, unless they have been staying on the island.

Get in

Getting to Staniel Cay is easy. Visitors to the island arrive by both sea and air. If arriving by air many visitors have departed from either Fort Lauderdale or Nassau.

Staniel Cay Airport (IATA: TYM) is a public airport with a 900m (3,000 ft) runway.

The airport is served by several airlines.

Get around

Since the island is very small, it is very easy to get around whether is by foot or by golf cart which can be rented on the island.


Staniel Cay its known for the Thunderball grotto. The Thunderball Grotto is one of the most outstanding snorkeling attractions in the Bahamas. It is also known for being the locations of movies such as Thunderball, Never Say Never Again and Splash.


Staniel Cay’s main focus is to make sure every person that visits the island leaves wanting to stay much longer. When it comes to recreation and activities all water activities are encouraged. Whalers, snorkeling, and kayaks rides are always on a “weather permitting” basis. Unfortunately, once equipment has been rented, no refunds are given due to weather conditions.

Staniel Cay offers a variety of activities for everyone. Besides its different beaches, the island offers scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, boating, fishing, golf carts and more.


Staniel Cay provides visitors with a choice of three restaurants, the Yacht club, Thunderball and the Happy People restaurant.



On Staniel Cay specific extra charges may be applied to the base accommodation rates. A 6% Bahamas Out Island Promotion Board levy is charged as well as ten percent Ministry of Tourism Hotel Tax and a 5% housekeeping gratuity.

Stay safe

Staniel Cay is protected by Bahamas National Trust, it is prohibited to touch, hurt, or eat any creatures or other wild life.

Go next

Boating trips to Pig Island as well as Lizard island are offered or travelers are able to rent boats and go explore on their own. Both islands are located adjacent to Staniel Cay. The left over food from the restaurants at Staniel Cay is saved and used to feed the pigs at Pig Island.

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