Warderick Wells is typically the center of activity in the Park. In comparison with most of the other islands, it truly is a congregation, recreation, and relaxation location. Just click any of these photos to view a larger image.
The island was selected to be the headquarters for the Park due to the wide variety of naturally occurring ecosystems, and it’s centrally located geographical position within the park. From rocky bluffs to sand dunes, mangrove creeks and sand flats, this island has it all. Click here to see information on three separate mooring fields adjacent to the island provide plenty of safe moorage for visiting yachts.
The Park Visitor Center sits on a point overlooking this harbor, and a pleasant afternoon can be had just sitting on the deck and watching the tide transform the harbor over a five hour period.
The Visitor Center has a dinghy dock for tying up to, and features guest check in, books, charts, t-shirts, and a variety of other essential items to make your visit more enjoyable. A number of artifacts and educational displays are also setup to allow you to make the most of your visit.
The Visitor Center is open from 9:00 AM until Noon and from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM Monday through Saturday, and from 9:00 AM till Noon on Sunday. Park Staff monitor VHF 16 24 hours a day for emergency calls.
The skeleton of a 53’ Sperm Whale (died after swallowing a plastic bag) watches guard over Powerful Beach near the park office. On Saturday nights, cruisers frequently gather around the small tiki hut on the beach for a happy hour. Over 7 miles of trails cross throughout the island allowing visitors to hike from one end of the island to the other.
Trail Guides will lead you to Boo Boo Hill and the blow holes dominate the landscape on the eastern shore. As the highest point on the island, Boo Boo Hill has become the spot for visitors to bring a piece of driftwood with the name of their boat on it as an appeasement to the gods.
Also on the island are the Staff Residence, maintenance shops, and generator building. These facilities are not open to the public. There are no public restroom facilities available on the island.
Just south of the Park Visitor Center is the Emerald Rock Mooring Field. The wide shallow beach area at Beryls Beach is a an excellent swimming spot, and the Wall Trail which leads east from this beach provides stunning panoramic views of the banks and sound. For history buffs, a side trail leads off to the ruins of the Loyalist plantation that occupied the island during the late 1700’s. Snorkel Guides will direct you to numerous coral heads for low current snorkeling also are available and marked with buoys for tying off tenders.
The southwest end of the island is the pirates hangout. Stromatolites, an ancient and very rare form of early life on earth, line the sand bank between the two cays, and anchoring is prohibited anywhere in this harbor. A short trail leads from the beach to the Pirates Lair on Warderick Wells. Numerous snorkeling and exploring opportunities abound in this area.
Some things to remember to make your visit to Warderick Wells more pleasant (see Exuma Park Rules):
All Warderick Wells moorings are specific to vessel length and draft and must be assigned by the Park Office. You can call one day in advance and request to be put on the mooring list for the following day.
The Park Office monitors channel 9 during office hours, and channel 16 24 hours a day for emergency calls. Non-emergency calls before 9:00 AM each morning are not answered.
Trash disposal is not available within the park.
Anchoring is not permitted in the main north harbor, in the area surrounding Emerald rock, or in the south mooring field. Space for anchoring is available south of the park headquarters between Emerald Rock and the Malabar Cays.
No restrooms are available on the island.
No food or beverages are sold at the visitor center.
Leashed pets are permitted on the beaches. If you have a pet on board, be sure to read the Pet Policy.
Click here for more information on the services available at the Visitor Center.
Trail Maps and Dinghy & Snorkel Guides are available at the visitor center, or online.