Sampson Cay, Exumas a Private Island

Note: In Mid 2013 the owner of Sampson Cay closed the island to the public and it is now a Private Island

Explorer Chart:
EX-18, 18A

  • There is a private airstrip on N Sampson Cay.
Air Service
  • Air service is available at nearby Staniel Cay with launch service to Sampson Cay.
  • There is a large anchorage with good depths and good holding available to the W of the marina with good protection except from the W.
Area Information / Tourism
  • Sampson Cay is a small private cay N of Staniel Cay. The major attraction for cruisers is the great marina / resort on S Sampson Cay.
  • Bahamas Area Websites. Sites that can be searched for tourist and business information throughout the Bahamas.
  • Exumas Visitors Guide. An free guide booklet available at many local businesses. It provides a good directory of services and attractions throughout the Exumas.
Internet & WiFi
  • Internet services is available from Exuma WiFi, the same provider that serves Staniel Cay. Feb 11: $10 / day and or 200 MB.
  • The Explorer chart for the approach to the cay from the Banks is a bit off-putting as it shows some areas of thin water. However, in practice SV Onward (draft 6.2') has not encountered any shallows when following a course tracking the deeper water on the chart. [Note: This data is provided for information only. Navigation decisions are the responsibility of each captain and should be based on appropriate navigation charts for the area supplemented by local knowledge.]
  • Highborne Cay Marina broadcasts weather daily at 0730 on VHF Ch 06.
  • Marine Weather Center; Daily SSB, webcast, & email forecasts by Chris Parker. Note: Best reception in this area is usually on 4045 KHz USB Simplex at 0630 AST.
  • Bahamas Met Office website provides weather forecast for local areas throughout the Bahamas.
  • "Blue Yonder" (C6AGJ) based on MV Emerald at Staniel Cay broadcasts a weather summery from multiple sources at 0800 on VHF Ch-12. The service is provided during the period of late November to May.

Updated: 1 Nov 13