Thursday, June 20, 2024

35 Prime Actions & Issues to Do

Visiting The Bahamas was like a dream come for me! I imply, who doesn’t love stunning seashores and a laidback vibe? And now I wish to share my favourite picks for the highest issues to do on this dreamy vacation spot.

With over 700 islands and cays to discover, there’s at all times one thing thrilling ready for you right here. Whether or not you wish to calm down on gorgeous white sandy seashores, swim with lovely pigs, or uncover hidden treasures, the Bahamas has all of it.

So, seize your sunscreen, slip into your flip-flops, and prepare to test off some severe objects out of your bucket record.

The Best Activities, Attractions & Things to Do in The Bahamas

The Greatest Actions, Sights & Issues to Do in The Bahamas

1. Snorkel (or Scuba Dive) Andros Nice Barrier Reef 

Submerged shipwrecks, underwater blue holes and the third largest barrier reef on this planet make the waters round Andros Nice Barrier Reef a number of the finest and most scenic to scuba dive in. The underwater blue holes are dwelling to a number of the most colourful trumpetfish, parrotfish and speckled scorpionfish in these seas. Right here you’ll undoubtedly discover essentially the most stunning array of marine life in your amazement.

2. Journey the Leap of Religion Water Slide on the Atlantis

Think about driving an virtually vertical water slide by way of a shark-infested tank!! Sure, on the 141-acre Atlantis Aquaventure waterpark, you’re going to get to do exactly that and extra. There are a number of waterslides on premise, however for me it’s the sheer drop of the “Leap of Religion” that’s the most thrilling.

The Atlantis Leap of Faith

3. Eat the Fish Fry at Arawak Cay

Whereas there are many superb eating alternatives in all of the high-end resorts on the islands, if you wish to have probably the most genuine culinary experiences then it’s best to actually check out the Fish Fry at Arawak Cay, a brief strolling distance from the Western Esplanade of Nassau.

Right here you’ll discover a cluster of shacks that whip up a number of the finest conventional Bahamian barbeque. I ordered the cracked conch and it was delish!

TIP: Should you go on a Sunday the place shall be buzzing with locals, and also you may get the possibility to be entertained by Bahamaian tunes. Don’t overlook to carry some money, since many distributors want it over playing cards.

4. Go to Ardastra Gardens, Zoo, and Conservation Middle

Positioned on the coronary heart of Nassau, the Ardastra Gardens, Zoo, and Conservation Middle contains over 4 acres of dense tropical gardens dwelling to a spectacular assortment of flowers, bushes, and animal species (most of that are birds).

It additionally serves because the breeding floor for Bahama’s nationwide chicken (and what the zoo is thought for), the Caribbean flamingo.

From hand-feeding parrots to assembly the majestic Bahamian boa constrictor to watching the marching efficiency from the Caribbean flamingos, it can absolutely be a panoramic expertise for the entire household!

Flamingos at Ardastra Gardens

5. Get Perception on the Bahamas Historic Society Museum

Each place has a narrative to inform, and the Bahamas has its fair proportion of wealthy historical past behind it. In case you are searching for an enriching expertise of the islands’ previous, you needn’t look additional than the Bahamas Historic Society Museum!

Woman Arthur, the spouse of then-governor Sir Raynor Arthur, based the museum in 1959. It homes a group of artifacts, memorabilia, pictures, and artwork, from completely different factors of the Bahamas historical past, together with ones courting again to the island’s natives: the Lucayan folks.

6. Discover Blue Holes Nationwide Park

In case you are keen on diving, you’ve most likely encounter the time period ‘blue gap’ no less than as soon as, and there’s loads of that in Blue Holes Nationwide Park on the island of Andros.

Because the title implies, it’s recognized for its many blue holes that include distinctive and unique cavefish and invertebrates inside its 40,000-acre space. And as you will have guessed, it’s a haven for divers trying to discover these underwater wonders!

Other than the blue holes and engaging marine life, pine bushes and several other species of birds have additionally made the park their dwelling.

Blue Holes National Park

7. Loosen up on the Personal Blue Lagoon Island (Salt Cay)

On the subject of a calming and genuine Bahamian expertise, the privately-owned Blue Lagoon Island is the place to be.

From its breathtaking blue waters, hidden lagoons, pristine white sands, stunning vegetation, and quite a few wildlife, which incorporates dolphins and sea lions, it’s no surprise the island is likely one of the prime vacationer sights in The Bahamas.

So whether or not you’re going on a strolling or Segway tour across the island, swimming with dolphins, taking within the many scenic websites round (don’t miss The Tower!), and extra, that is one bucket record expertise that won’t disappoint!

Blue Lagoon Island

8. Stroll Alongside Cable Seaside

One of the crucial standard (if not the preferred) seashores in New Windfall Island, Cable Seaside is a two-and-a-half-mile stretch of heat white sands lined up by 5 luxurious resorts and loads of alternatives to calm down and have enjoyable.

Although the waters and the vibe from vacationers are definitely inviting, a (quiet) stroll in and round Cable Seaside is one exercise that’s usually missed.

In case you are planning to get pleasure from a quiet stroll alongside the seashore, I recommend going early within the morning simply because the solar rises. Inland, there’s additionally a pleasant little spot of nature alongside the Baha Mar Boulevard (south of the conference heart), full with wood pathways that result in a small lake.

Cable Beach

9. Discover Clifton Heritage Park

Positioned on the western finish of New Windfall Island, Clifton Heritage Nationwide Park is thought for its historic and archaeological websites spanning 208 acres.

Among the notable websites embody the remnants of the Nice Home, the Sacred House (also referred to as Genesis Backyard), underwater sculptures, and the James Bond wrecks!

10. Swim with the Nurse Sharks at Compass Cay

Very similar to the swimming pigs, this shall be one other distinctive and attention-grabbing wildlife exercise so as to add to your record of life experiences. Nurse sharks aren’t fairly as huge, or harmful, as their white shark cousins, and so that you get to truly swim within the water with them with no cages or something separating the 2 of you! It’d sound scary however, I guarantee you, it’s extra thrilling in a optimistic method than something!

That is one other exercise that until you guide a non-public constitution, most excursions embody many different stops too. Exuma Water Sports activities gives a full-day day tour that features the sunken airplane wreck, Thunderball grotto and the swimming pigs.

Nurse Sharks at Compass Cay

11. Plunge Into Dean’s Blue Gap

What’s a Blue Gap? A “Blue Gap” is a sinkhole that’s not solely crammed with water however has a submerged entrance discovered beneath the floor. Whereas there are lots of blue holes on this planet, Dean’s Blue Gap stands out as a result of it’s the deepest recognized to man. At 663 ft (202 meters), Dean’s Blue Gap is simply west of Clarence City on Lengthy Island and on good days, the water is so clear that you would be able to see as much as 115 ft! It’s a great web site for divers prepared to check their mettle.

You possibly can guide a tour to Dean’s Blue Gap by way of Robert’s Island Adventures.

Dean's Blue Hole

12. Go Deep-Sea Fishing

Being surrounded by giant our bodies of water, together with the Atlantic Ocean, the Bahamas can be a haven for deep-sea fishing. Among the hottest spots embody the Rum Cay and Bimini islands, the place you may catch giant ocean fish like marlin, wahoo, yellow tuna, and extra. Plus, the picturesque backdrop of the islands is just breathtaking.

So whether or not you simply wish to expertise the joys of battling towards huge sport fish or searching for that greatest catch to test off your bucket record, that is one expertise you’ll absolutely bear in mind for years to return!

13. Eat Conch

Pronounced “conk”, this savory sea snail might sound weird to many vacationers however it’s really an area delicacy within the Bahamas (and you may simply get some at Arawak Cay!). The normal method to eat it’s in a “conch salad” the place it’s served uncooked with onions, candy peppers and citrus juices. If, nonetheless, you aren’t too positive about consuming uncooked snail then you may attempt the “cracked” model that’s fried and buttered or the curried model. I ate one straight from the ocean!

14. Discover Elbow Cay (Don’t Miss the Elbow Reef Lighthouse!)

Elbow Cay is likely one of the Bahamas’ hidden gems, situated within the Abaco Islands a few miles north of Nassau. Though it is just eight miles lengthy, it doesn’t imply there’s not a lot to see and expertise on this charming island.

Beginning on the north a part of the cay, don’t miss the possibility to see one among its iconic landmarks: the red-and-white striped Elbow Reef Lighthouse! You can too enrich your self with the island’s historical past on the Wyannie Malone Museum or go to the island’s essential village of Hope City, the place you may pay your respects on the Cholera Cemetery.

There’s additionally a well-liked browsing spot on the island’s heart, exterior the Abaco Inn. In fact, the gorgeous seashores across the coastlines are value a go to, particularly Tahiti Seaside on the southern a part of the cay.

15. See the Glass Window Bridge on Eleuthera Island

Initially a pure arch bridge that has lengthy been destroyed by hurricanes, the now man-made Glass Window Bridge on the island chain of Eleuthera (50 miles east of Nassau) is a sight to behold. With solely a width of 30 ft, it is usually dubbed because the ‘narrowest place on Earth.’

It received its title from an paintings named ‘Glass Home windows, Bahamas’ by Winslow Homer (a panorama artist) in 1885, who was additionally one of many lucky folks to have seen the unique land bridge and put it in portray kind.

What makes this place a must-see is that you’re going to get to see a distinction of colours between two our bodies of water: the dark-blue colour of the Atlantic Ocean on one aspect and the bright-turquoise waters of the Bight of Eleuthera on the opposite.

There’s additionally a spot below the bridge known as the ‘Slim Passage’ the place you will note the 2 our bodies of water come collectively.

16. Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park

Exuma Cays Land & Sea Park is a shocking stretch of water that’s the world’s first land and sea park, in addition to an ecological protect and wildlife refuge recognized for its magnificent marine setting.

Hold your eyes peeled for some fascinating critters on land, just like the uncommon Bahamian rock iguanas and the native rodent-like hutias. Nevertheless, essentially the most thrilling half is below the ocean, the place you get to see completely different marine life comparable to angelfish, reef sharks, Nassau groupers, and extra.

The completely different cays that make up the nationwide park provide numerous actions, with scuba diving and snorkeling being the preferred. Sights you shouldn’t miss out on embody the Submerged Airplane and Sea Aquarium, and lots of extra.

17. Play a Spherical at Exuma’s Greg Norman Championship Course

In case you are into {golfing} or wish to expertise it no less than as soon as (or extra), why not go for a spherical or two on the 18-hole championship golf course on the Sandals Emerald Bay Resort & Spa?

Designed by golf legend Greg Norman, the 18-hole golf course gives gorgeous views of the shoreline and is likely one of the most scenic golf programs within the Caribbean.

For the extra skilled golfer, six signature holes will certainly check your expertise, particularly those on the rocky a part of the peninsula.

18. Be Amongst the Crops on the Backyard of the Groves

Backyard of the Groves is a botanical backyard in Freeport, situated on the jap finish of Midshipman Highway. It additionally stays probably the most standard vacationer locations within the Bahamas.

Whereas the backyard is finest recognized for its many native and unique wildlife and cascading waterfalls, you’ll additionally discover fairly just a few surprises inside its 12-acre space.

One in every of these is the attractive hilltop chapel surrounded by nature, which is a favourite place for weddings and, in fact, prayer and meditation. There’s additionally the Grand Bahama Labyrinth, which is a reproduction of an historical sacred Christian pathway.

19. Go Bonefishing

Attempt your hand at fly-fishing for the elusive bonefish within the place that’s world-renowned for bonefishing. When discovered, the difficult fish can put up a struggle which makes it on each anglers bucket record. You possibly can expertise it on a half-day tour with Island Routes or give Bonefish Stevie a name.

20. Attempt Snuba Diving

Nope, that’s not a typo! Snuba diving is claimed to be a mix of the phrases snorkeling and scuba diving. It brings the most effective of each worlds: the liberty of getting no heavy tools to hold round whereas nonetheless attending to breathe oxygen as you swim and dive.

It entails an extended hose with which to breathe in related to air cylinders floating on a raft. Plus, you don’t should be an important swimmer or perhaps a certification to get began on this distinctive expertise!

Try Snuba Diving

21. Stroll the Pink Sands Seaside on Harbor Island

You hear folks speak of sunbathing on pristine white sandy seashores around the globe however have you ever ever been to a pink sandy seaside? Within the Bahamas, you’ve gotten each choices. There are the white sand seashores which might be very a lot a dime a dozen right here after which there are the uncommon pink sandy seashores.

Essentially the most well-known is Pink Sands Seaside that may be discovered on Harbor Island. That is three miles of image excellent pink sand fading off into aqua blue waters. This phenomenal pink colour comes from a microorganism known as foraminifera and minuscule items of coral and shells which might be washed ashore. You actually should see it to consider it!

Pink Sands Beach on Harbor Island

22. See Iguanas

Do you know that these Northern Bahamian Rock Iguanas can solely be discovered on Exuma Island? They will not be as fluffy and cute and pleasant as our domesticated pet associates, however they’re nonetheless endearing to see out and about. Particularly as they’re endangered, chances are you’ll wish to put some warning into what you’ll feed them.

PS: this tour from Nassau will take you there: Exuma Swimming Pigs, Sharks and Extra

23. Do a Tasting at John Watling’s Distillery

A brief stroll from Downtown Nassau to the historic 1789 Buena Vista Property at Delany Road will take you to one of many prime (rum) distilleries within the Bahamas, the John Watling’s Distillery.

From tasting their premium-quality rums, cocktails, and different drinks of their English-style tavern to studying a couple of little bit of Bahamian historical past and the founding of the model to exploring the property and its artwork galleries, it can absolutely be an immersive expertise that it’s best to attempt within the Bahamas!

A enjoyable truth concerning the property is that it was featured on the opening scene of the 2006 James Bond movie On line casino Royale starring Daniel Craig. There’s additionally signage the place the actor landed after leaping the property’s wall.

24. Take the Trails By means of Leon Levy Native Plant Protect

The Leon Levy Native Plant Protect is a nationwide park in Governor’s Harbor at Eleuthera that research and propagates completely different plant species native and endemic in The Bahamas.

There are tons of trails you may observe contained in the park, which can take you to completely different plant (and wildlife) species starting from mangroves to medicinal crops to decorative crops to edible ones. You’ll find the paths and the record of crops on every path right here.

Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve

25. Discover Lucayan Nationwide Park

Lucayan Nationwide Park is a bit of misplaced in a land riddled with white sandy seashores (and a few pink ones). Nevertheless, this 40-acre jungle makes for the right getaway for birdwatchers who nonetheless wish to get pleasure from island life. The wild and delightful panorama has mangrove swamps, seashores, boardwalks and pine forests that play host to some unimaginable creatures. It is usually dwelling to a number of the longest underwater cave techniques on this planet.

26. Gamble at Atlantis Paradise Island On line casino

In case you are searching for some enjoyable and thrilling video games that may check your ability and luck, then come play on the Atlantis Paradise Island On line casino!

Take your decide on any of its video games and casinos: from the state-of-the-art Atlantis On line casino to an adults-only poolscape (unique for company of The Cove) to having fun with a drink or two whereas taking part in on the Sea Glass.

There are additionally different actions to get pleasure from, like seeing and interacting with dolphins and sea lions at Dolphin Cay, pampering your self on the Mandara Spa, and a lot extra!

27. Store at Port Lucaya Market

When visiting Freeport within the Grand Bahama Island, don’t miss the Port Lucaya Market. Also referred to as “The Jewel of Grand Bahama Island,” this open-air market is a haven for buyers of every kind.

Whether or not you’re attempting to find objects comparable to garments or souvenirs, thrilling your style buds at one among their eating places, and even dancing to the sound of music throughout an evening of partying, you should have a good time at Port Lucaya Market!

28. Stroll Up (& Down) Queen’s Staircase

Also referred to as the 66 steps, it’s a notable landmark situated within the Fort Fincastle Historic Complicated close to Bennet’s Hill in Downtown Nassau. Between 1793 and 1794, slaves hewed out the limestone rock to make the steps, with water cascading down from the edges to a pool beneath.

The steps had been named in honor of Queen Victoria in the course of the nineteenth century, who ended slavery within the British Empire. Coincidentally, the variety of steps within the stairs was equal to the variety of years Queen Victoria reigned.

29. Eat Rum Cake

Who doesn’t love an excellent cake once in a while? At Mother’s Bakery the cake is not only good, it’s spectacular! And whereas they’ve a few choices to select from, why not go Caribbean fashion and get the to-die-for rum cake that crumbles to the contact and melts in your mouth? I can promise that you simply gained’t be dissatisfied by its unimaginable flavors.

For added recollections, if mama herself is there, get a selfie collectively (I did!). FYI: Mother’s Bakery is true subsequent door to Santana’s. 

Rum Cake bought at Mom's Bakery

30. Spend the Afternoon on Stocking Island

Stocking Island is a five-minute ferry trip from Nassau, and although the island is evenly inhabited, it’s dwelling to some fascinating locations and experiences in The Bahamas.

In case you are trying to spend a day right here, the right place to go to is the Chat ‘N’ Chill Bar & Restaurant, situated at a sandbar seaside known as the Spit. Their Sunday Pig Roast is certainly a must-try!

Reverse the Chat ‘N’ Chill, there’s additionally an inlet often called the Hurricane Gap, which includes a blue gap that’s excellent for snorkelers and divers.

Spend the Afternoon on Stocking Island

31. See the Swimming Pigs

Someplace on the market within the Outer Exuma Islands is Massive Main Cay, a small island dominated by pigs—that’s proper, precise pigs! It’s in truth one of many greatest sights on this island. The pigs will swim out to your boat as you strategy the island and relying on how pleasant they’re on the day they may grasp round, swim with you guys and have a few of your lunch as properly.

In case you are pressed for time, there’s a nearer piggy island known as White Bay. I booked the half-day tour there with Exuma Water Sports activities and it was GREAT! You possibly can examine is right here: Pig Seaside: The Bahama’s Swimming Pigs of Exuma Island. For the complete day tour that features a nurse shark swim try this tour (FYI it begins from Nassau): Well-known Swimming Pigs Tour Bahamas or From Nassau: Exuma Swimming Pigs, Sharks and Extra

32. See Versailles Gardens & The Cloisters

The Versailles Terraced Gardens is likely one of the highlights of The Ocean Membership resort at Paradise Island, stretching over 75 ft huge in a multi-terraced panorama set in an oblong design.

Serving because the centerpiece of the gardens is the French Cloister. It’s a 14th-century Augustinian monastery that has been dismantled and imported from Europe after which reassembled stone by stone right here.

Not solely is the entire panorama Instagrammable, however it is usually excellent for events comparable to weddings and galas!

33. Go on a Stingray Journey

In case you are searching for one thing extra completely different apart from swimming with dolphins or nurse sharks, then it’s best to attempt occurring a stingray journey as an alternative!

On the Nice Harbour Cay, The Berry Islands, you’ll discover the personal island known as Stingray Metropolis. Right here, you’re going to get to study rather a lot about (Bahamian) stingrays and tips on how to deal with them, in addition to an opportunity to swim, pet, and even feed them.


Stingray Adventure

34. Discover Thunderball Grotto

Having acquired its title from a James Bond film, and having been the filming location to a choice of Hollywood films, Thunderball Grotto is a beautiful spot within the waters of Exuma Islands. It will not be a looker from the surface, however you actually shouldn’t choose the entire thing by its covers. When you attain the within space of the quirky island, you’ll see for your self simply how particular it’s. There are caves, holes, and underwater areas to swim by way of, and never solely will there be spots the place you’ll be greeted by beaming solar rays, you’ll additionally end up surrounded by a whole bunch of colourful fishes.

Except you guide a non-public constitution, most excursions to Thunderball Grotto embody many different stops too (bonus!). Exuma Water Sports activities gives a full-day day tour that features the sunken airplane wreck, swimming pigs, a sand bar and nurse sharks.

35. Tiki Bikini Hut

There are many spectacular bars to go round in The Bahamas, and Tiki Bikini Hut is one among them.

Positioned at Junkanoo Seaside, near Downtown Nassau and the cruise line docks, you may benefit from the upbeat environment whereas having some drinks and meals (attempt the conch fritters!) after an extended day of adventuring. And for the reason that seats prolong out to the seaside, you may benefit from the views of the ocean and the cruise ships as properly.

36. Wyannie Malone Historic Museum

The Wyannie Malone Historic Museum is one other must-see place in Elbow Cay, the place you should have an enriching expertise concerning the Bahamas’ heritage by way of historic photographs, manuscripts, artifacts, and lots of different vintage objects.

Through the month of March, the museum sponsors Heritage Day for the neighborhood, which highlights occasions of the Bahamas’ historical past by way of skits, songs, and dance.

37. Journey in a Private Underwater Sub

Other than the 700 islands, the Bahamas has about 2,400 cays (coral reefs). These reefs are dwelling to a number of the most colourful and spectacular marine life recognized to man. One of the crucial distinctive methods to discover a few of these reefs is in a private underwater Sub, which appears like a moped with a helmet.

Your underwater expertise will start with a fast lesson on tips on how to pilot a submarine. You’ll then head out to one of many superb coral reefs to feed the fish, discover the residing coral and take stunning footage/movies of the underwater world of the Bahamas. You possibly can guide your underwater SUB right here and don’t overlook to carry your GoPro so you will get photographs like these:

38. Keep at Membership Med on Columbus Isle

In case you are searching for pure luxurious, pristine white sand seashores and world-class scuba diving, Membership Med Columbus Isle undoubtedly delivers. The secluded, all-inclusive resort is tucked away on the island of San Salvador removed from the bustle of vacationers.

Listed here are just some the explanation why it’s best to strongly take into account holidays within the Bahamas with Membership Med on Columbus Isle:

  • It has a beautiful white sand seaside that stretches alongside Bonefish Bay
  • The bungalows are every painted a special colour of the rainbow and have quaint wraparound porches
  • The superior Spa is completely rejuvenating with many companies to select from

From the service to the delicacies and even the setting at Membership Med on Columbus Isle…every thing is simply world class. It should make your Bahamas go to completely stress-free and splendid.

The Bahamas is certainly one among each vacationer and vacationers’ dream locations, with its picturesque magnificence, wealthy historical past, and enjoyable, stress-free vibe. If the white sands of its many seashores or its crystal-like turquoise waters will not be sufficient to attract you in, the numerous distinctive experiences and issues to do within the Bahamas definitely will.

So hold these adventures coming and begin making recollections by way of your bucket record, one checkmark at a time!

Important Ideas for Visiting The Bahamas

Getting There: Nassau Airport is a significant hub and most airways will fly into it. You possibly can simply test for the most effective fare offers at Skyscanner, which additionally has the choice to decide on ‘least expensive month’ because the departure to seek out the bottom priced dates to fly to your vacation spot. From the airport to the town heart, you should utilize the take a bus, taxi or lease a automotive.

The place to Keep in The Bahamas: It’s finest to remain close to the town heart, public transportation or the world that you may be spending essentially the most time in. Membership Med Columbus Isle is a superb selection within the Cockburn City district. For one thing on the cheaper aspect, attempt Pelican Bay Lodge situated in Freeport. For a resort with a bit of extra extravagance, guide a room on the The Cove Eleuthera. Or search some nice offers on accommodations of your selection at Should you’re searching for extra of a house environment (or are touring with a bunch of individuals), head over to VRBO that has homes, residences and even only a room for lease in each worth vary. 

Getting Round: Driving in a brand new vacation spot is usually a little bit of a problem, however should you select to lease a automotive, has nice offers. In case you are not renting a automotive, there are many different choices. Taxis can be found all around the metropolis. For a extra price range pleasant possibility, you may take the jitney buses which can be found for a number of the islands however renting a automotive is essentially the most handy and essentially the most price range pleasant possibility. 

Greatest Excursions in The Bahamas: You’ll find a number of the prime excursions at Get Your Information or Viator, and listed below are a number of the prime ones. excursions:

Insurance coverage: It’s at all times a good suggestion to journey absolutely insured so you’re protected in case of journey cancellations or medical emergencies. You possibly can try pricing at Travelex Insurance coverage

Common Adapter: Your American plugged tools will want an adapter. I exploit the Celtic Common Adapter, which has introduced me around the globe with no issues.

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