Camping & Kayak Policy
July 9, 2018
To camp and kayak in the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park you must:
- Acquire a camping permit $250 (valid for a maximum of 10 days).
- Pay the prescribed daily user fee. This is collected daily by the Warden or can also be made at Warderick Wells Cay, the location of the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park (ECLSP) Headquarters. The daily user fee for Kayaking & Camping is $25.00 per person per day.
- Obey all Park Rules and Regulations (By-Laws) and ensure that all persons in your camping party obey all rules and regulations. Copies of the Bye-Laws are available at the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) and ECLSP Headquarters upon request.
- Notify the ECLSP Headquarters at least two weeks in advance of the planned camping date to ensure there are no conflicts with other park users. Notification should be by telephone, fax, or e-mail. The ECLSP Headquarters can be reached by telephone or Email.
- Keep the number of persons camping to within the number outlined in the arrangement made when notifying the park headquarters.
- Remove from the Park all debris/trash resulting from camping activities. You should also ensure that no camping equipment or gear is left behind. The Park should be left in the pristine condition that it was in before your arrival.
- Use portable stoves for cooking purposes only. Any other means of producing fire is prohibited. Open wood burning fires are prohibited. Collection of wood, debris or other materials to use for fires of any type or magnitude are also strictly prohibited.
- Be sensitive to the nocturnal fauna that inhabit the islands and make every effort not to disturb them. This includes, but is not limited to, minimizing the use of lighting.
- Ensure that all camping equipment is in good working condition before entering the park. Tents must be freestanding systems only and should be erected according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. If kayaking, a handheld VHF radio is highly recommended for safety.
- Ensure that there are no environmental impacts and minimize any negative visual impacts. In keeping with this requirement, the total useable camping area should be no greater than two times the size of the tent footprint. (This total area includes the footprint of the tent.) Tents should be low profile, for minimal visual impacts, with a sleeping capacity/tent rating of no more than two persons per tent. Battery operated portable tape and CD players can be used at a level that will not be disturbing to or heard by wildlife/marine-life or users of the park.
- Ensure that you are prepared for any minor changes in weather/climatic conditions. There are no assigned campgrounds, bathroom facilities, refuse or refuge areas. Drinking water is available at the park headquarters.
- Ensure that tents are erected on the beaches only.
Camping is only allowed at Hawksbill, Warderick Wells and O’briens.