Conception Island

Pristine. Peaceful. Pure.

The Loveliest Island in the Bahamas?

It’s been 500 years since Columbus discovered Conception Island on his voyage to the New World. Since then, barely anything has changed. Uninhabited for over 100 years and a National Park for over 50, it remains a vital nesting grounds for a bevy of tropical birds and green turtles. For yacht guests aboard a luxury YCO charter, it’s a chance to feel the real, wild Bahamas.



Reasons to Visit Conception Island

At One With Nature

Just 19nm from the northerly tip of Long Island to the south west, these 2,000 acres of protected paradise feel a world away. In particular, Conception Island’s wildlife-teeming mangroves are a kayaker’s dream. Hikers, meanwhile, will get a kick out of the trails that take them to village ruins, tidal pools and cosseted coves. Read on for more reasons to charter a Y.CO yacht to Conception Island.

A Peek at the Creek

Part of Conception Island’s end-of-the-world charm are the mangroves that cover its interior. Half-way down the west of the island you’ll find the entrance to a creek that wends its way through them. Grab a kayak from your superyacht’s garage, wait for high tide (there’s a sandbar across the threshold) and then go for it. Don’t forget your flippers – it’s going to be one hell of a swim.


The Real Blue Planet

Trip-defining snorkelling starts in the island’s large protected cove (head north east and you’ll find it) where groves of staghorn coral shine bright. You might see Conception’s other visitors while you’re there: green turtles, Nassau grouper and lobsters – not to mention the sharks, conch and crawfish who call this their nursery. Best not to forget that underwater camera, eh?

Take a Hike

It won’t take long to hike across Conception Island, but you and your luxury Y.CO charter gang will have fun finding the ruins of the island’s five buildings, hidden amid its palms. (Clue: paddle into the creek and head north.) They housed a small settlement at the beginning of the 20th century. Today, they’re favoured by magnificent migrating boobys, sooty terns and frigatebirds who call them home over winter.