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Sampson Cay is an anchorage in Central Exumas.

Central Exumas is a charter location in The Exumas, a yacht charter area in the Bahamas.

The anchorages on Central Exumas:

Sampson Cay Overview

Till recent times, Sampson Cay used to be one of the most-visited cays in the whole of Exumas. After its central enterprise, Sampson Cay Club and Marina, was shut down, the cay was pushed into oblivion. However, it still attracts visitors who like to explore its 50-foot-high hills and shallow valleys.

Trivia – Sampson Cay was named after Israel Sampson who was granted the cay in 1810. The cay is also known as Little Birnea.

Navigation and Anchoring

Navigating to Sampson Cay is pretty straightforward. Head southeast via the banks route to lead to the southwest of Twin Cays. Round Twin Cays, head eastward while staying away from the rocks and maintaining a distance of 150 yards off the shores. Head straight to enjoy 9-foot waters to the anchorage by the marina. It should be instantly visible as there are some decrepit storefronts with possible human activity on the dock.

There’s a cover between Sampson Cay and Dennis Cay where you can anchor in 9 feet of water. Holding is not great, so a double anchor is suggested.

If entering from the south via the banks route, round Sandy Cay and head northeast. Pass Big Major’s Spot and Fowl Cay to find 6-foot waters for easy anchorage. Watch out for the rocky patch and stray heads off Big Major’s Spot channel.

Entrance to Sampson Cay - Thomas Mertens, Google
A beach in Sampson Cay - Thomas Mertens, Google

Places of Interest In and Around Sampson Cay

Sampson Cay has white beaches with mid-sized casuarinas lining some of them. You may also find decrepit shops and some leftover “modern artefacts” that are reminiscent of a bygone era when the cay enjoyed extreme popularity.

Sampson Cay is highly preferred for dinghy explorations. It has some nice inlets and beaches worth exploring. There is a lone house on a long beach on the southwestern side of the cay. If you plan to walk around, please respect the privacy of its owners.

There’s a dilapidated airstrip and a seaplane hangar near the center of the cay.

Services

At the time of writing, Sampson Cay was closed. It’s now a private island and visitation is by invitation only. At the time of writing, the 121-acre Sampson Cay was up for sale.

    Yachts available in Sampson Cay

    SOVEREIGN

    From $40,000/week
    4 cabins
    102 ft
    Burger
    7 guests
    Refit: 2019
    40 US Gall/Hr

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    Jetskis: 2
    Jacuzzi

    AQUANOVA

    From $180,000/week
    5 cabins
    150 ft
    Palmer Johnson
    10 guests
    Refit: 2019/2020
    120 US Gall/Hr

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    RECORD YEAR

    From $60,000/week
    4 cabins
    85 ft
    Princess, UK
    8 guests
    Built: 2021

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    La Gatta

    From $49,000/week
    4 cabins
    76 ft
    CNB Bordeaux
    8 guests
    Built: 2019
    20 Litres/Hr

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    Jacuzzi

    AVALON

    From $180,000/week
    5 cabins
    151 ft
    Delta
    12 guests
    Refit: 2017
    60 US Gall/Hr

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    Jetski
    Jacuzzi

    She’s a Peach

    From $55,000/week
    5 cabins
    108 ft
    Johnson
    10 guests
    Built: 2016

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    Jetskis: 2
    Jacuzzi

    FAR NIENTE

    From $125,000/week
    5 cabins
    130 ft
    Westport
    10 guests
    Refit: Annually
    75 US Gall/Hr

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    SOVEREIGN

    From $40,500/week
    4 cabins
    100 ft
    Burger
    7 guests
    Refit: 2020
    28 US Gall/Hr

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    LEXINGTON

    From $49,000/week
    4 cabins
    84 ft
    Horizon
    8 guests
    Refit: 2022
    43 US Gall/Hr

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    3 cabins
    46 ft
    Leopard
    6 guests
    Refit: 2017

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    HAVEN

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    3 cabins
    64 ft
    Hampton Yachts
    6 guests
    Built: 2014

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    OMAKASE

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    3 cabins
    68 ft
    Horizon
    6 guests
    Built: 2023
    48 US Gall/Hr

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    RENA

    From $105,000/week
    5 cabins
    145 ft
    NQEA Yachts Jack Hargrave design
    12 guests
    Refit: 2010
    65 US Gall/Hr

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    Buena Vida

    From $20,000/week
    5 cabins
    50 ft
    Lagoon
    10 guests
    Built: 2023

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    Jacuzzi

    JUS CHILL’N 3

    From $95,000/week
    5 cabins
    108 ft
    Benetti
    10 guests
    Refit: 2021
    75 US Gall/Hr

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