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 need 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 need to chill out on gorgeous white sandy seashores, swim with lovable pigs, or uncover hidden treasures, the Bahamas has all of it.

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

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

The Finest Actions, Points of interest & 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 among the finest and most scenic to scuba dive in. The underwater blue holes are residence to among the most colourful trumpetfish, parrotfish and speckled scorpionfish in these seas. Right here you’ll undoubtedly discover probably the most stunning array of marine life in your amazement.

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

Think about driving an nearly vertical water slide by a shark-infested tank!! Sure, on the 141-acre Atlantis Aquaventure waterpark, you’ll 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 high-quality eating alternatives in all of the high-end resorts on the islands, if you wish to have one of the vital genuine culinary experiences then you need to actually check out the Fish Fry at Arawak Cay, a brief strolling distance from the Western Esplanade of Nassau.

Right here you will see a cluster of shacks that whip up among the finest conventional Bahamian barbecue. I ordered the cracked conch and it was delish!

TIP: Should you go on a Sunday the place might be buzzing with locals, and also you would possibly get the prospect to be entertained by Bahamaian tunes. Don’t neglect to deliver some money, since many distributors favor it over playing cards.

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

Positioned on the coronary heart of Nassau, the Ardastra Gardens, Zoo, and Conservation Heart contains over 4 acres of dense tropical gardens residence 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 understood 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’ll 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 set of artifacts, memorabilia, pictures, and artwork, from totally 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 stumble upon 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 identify implies, it’s recognized for its many blue holes that comprise 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!

Apart from the blue holes and interesting marine life, pine bushes and several other species of birds have additionally made the park their residence.

Blue Holes National Park

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

In relation to a soothing 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 marvel the island is among the prime vacationer points of interest 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 Seashore

Some of the widespread (if not the most well-liked) seashores in New Windfall Island, Cable Seashore is a two-and-a-half-mile stretch of heat white sands lined up by 5 luxurious resorts and loads of alternatives to chill out and have enjoyable.

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

In case you are planning to take pleasure in a quiet stroll alongside the seashore, I counsel 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 picket 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 understood for its historic and archaeological websites spanning 208 acres.

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

10. Swim with the Nurse Sharks at Compass Cay

Very like the swimming pigs, this might 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 would sound scary however, I guarantee you, it’s extra thrilling in a optimistic manner 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 provides 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 isn’t solely full of water however has a submerged entrance discovered beneath the floor. Whereas there are various 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 could see as much as 115 ft! It’s a fantastic website for divers prepared to check their mettle.

You’ll be able to guide a tour to Dean’s Blue Gap by Robert’s Island Adventures.

Dean's Blue Hole

12. Go Deep-Sea Fishing

Being surrounded by massive 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 possibly can catch massive ocean fish like marlin, wahoo, yellow tuna, and extra. Plus, the picturesque backdrop of the islands is solely breathtaking.

So whether or not you simply need to expertise the fun of battling in opposition to huge recreation fish or searching for that largest catch to examine off your bucket record, that is one expertise you’ll absolutely keep in mind for years to return!

13. Eat Conch

Pronounced “conk”, this savory sea snail may appear weird to many vacationers nevertheless it’s really a neighborhood delicacy within the Bahamas (and you’ll simply get some at Arawak Cay!). The normal solution 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 possibly can strive 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 among the Bahamas’ hidden gems, situated within the Abaco Islands a few miles north of Nassau. Although it’s only 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 prospect to see considered one of its iconic landmarks: the red-and-white striped Elbow Reef Lighthouse! It’s also possible to enrich your self with the island’s historical past on the Wyannie Malone Museum or go to the island’s foremost village of Hope City, the place you possibly can pay your respects on the Cholera Cemetery.

There may be additionally a well-liked browsing spot on the island’s heart, outdoors the Abaco Inn. After all, the gorgeous seashores across the coastlines are price a go to, particularly Tahiti Seashore 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 acquired its identify from an art work 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’ll get to see a distinction of colours between two our bodies of water: the dark-blue coloration of the Atlantic Ocean on one facet and the bright-turquoise waters of the Bight of Eleuthera on the opposite.

There may be additionally a spot underneath the bridge known as the ‘Slim Passage’ the place you will notice the 2 our bodies of water come collectively.

16. Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park

Exuma Cays Land & Sea Park is a surprising 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 surroundings.

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

The totally different cays that make up the nationwide park provide varied actions, with scuba diving and snorkeling being the most well-liked. Points of interest you shouldn’t miss out on embody the Submerged Airplane and Sea Aquarium, and plenty of extra.

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

In case you are into {golfing} or need 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 provides gorgeous views of the shoreline and is among the most scenic golf programs within the Caribbean.

For the extra skilled golfer, six signature holes will certainly check your abilities, 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 Street. It additionally stays one of the vital widespread 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 may be additionally the Grand Bahama Labyrinth, which is a duplicate of an historic sacred Christian pathway.

19. Go Bonefishing

Strive 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 combat which makes it on each anglers bucket record. You’ll be able to expertise it on a half-day tour with Island Routes or give Bonefish Stevie a name.

20. Strive Snuba Diving

Nope, that isn’t a typo! Snuba diving is alleged 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 a protracted hose with which to breathe in related to air cylinders floating on a raft. Plus, you don’t must be an excellent swimmer or perhaps a certification to get began on this distinctive expertise!

Try Snuba Diving

21. Stroll the Pink Sands Seashore on Harbor Island

You hear folks speak of sunbathing on pristine white sandy seashores world wide however have you ever ever been to a pink sandy seashore? Within the Bahamas, you will have each choices. There are the white sand seashores which are very a lot a dime a dozen right here after which there are the uncommon pink sandy seashores.

Probably the most well-known is Pink Sands Seashore 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 coloration comes from a microorganism known as foraminifera and minuscule items of coral and shells which are 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 might not be as fluffy and cute and pleasant as our domesticated pet pals, however they’re nonetheless endearing to see out and about. Particularly as they’re endangered, it’s possible you’ll need 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 few little bit of Bahamian historical past and the founding of the model to exploring the property and its artwork galleries, it’ll absolutely be an immersive expertise that you need to strive within the Bahamas!

A enjoyable reality in regards to 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 may be additionally signage the place the actor landed after leaping the property’s wall.

24. Take the Trails By way 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 totally different plant species native and endemic in The Bahamas.

There are tons of trails you possibly can comply with contained in the park, which can take you to totally different plant (and wildlife) species starting from mangroves to medicinal vegetation to decorative vegetation to edible ones. Yow will discover the paths and the record of vegetation on every path right here.

Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve

25. Discover Lucayan Nationwide Park

Lucayan Nationwide Park is a bit misplaced in a land riddled with white sandy seashores (and a few pink ones). Nevertheless, this 40-acre jungle makes for the proper getaway for birdwatchers who nonetheless need to take pleasure in island life. The wild and delightful panorama has mangrove swamps, seashores, boardwalks and pine forests that play host to some unbelievable creatures. Additionally it is residence to among the longest underwater cave programs 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 can check your talent 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 take pleasure in, 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 customers of all types.

Whether or not you’re attempting to find objects similar to garments or souvenirs, thrilling your style buds at considered one of 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 Advanced 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 have 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 a great cake once in a while? At Mother’s Bakery the cake isn’t just good, it’s spectacular! And whereas they’ve a few choices to select from, why not go Caribbean type and get the to-die-for rum cake that crumbles to the contact and melts in your mouth? I can promise that you just received’t be disenchanted by its unbelievable flavors.

For added recollections, if mama herself is there, get a selfie collectively (I did!). FYI: Mother’s Bakery is correct 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 though the island is frivolously inhabited, it’s residence to some fascinating locations and experiences in The Bahamas.

In case you are trying to spend a day right here, the proper place to go to is the Chat ‘N’ Chill Bar & Restaurant, situated at a sandbar seashore known as the Spit. Their Sunday Pig Roast is unquestionably 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 largest points of interest on this island. The pigs will swim out to your boat as you method the island and relying on how pleasant they’re on the day they may dangle round, swim with you guys and have a few of your lunch as nicely.

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’ll be able to examine is right here: Pig Seashore: The Bahama’s Swimming Pigs of Exuma Island. For the total day tour that features a nurse shark swim take a look at 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 among the highlights of The Ocean Membership resort at Paradise Island, stretching over 75 ft broad 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 similar to weddings and galas!

33. Go on a Stingray Journey

In case you are searching for one thing extra totally different apart from swimming with dolphins or nurse sharks, then you need to strive occurring a stingray journey as an alternative!

On the Nice Harbour Cay, The Berry Islands, you will see the non-public island known as Stingray Metropolis. Right here, you’ll get to be taught loads about (Bahamian) stingrays and learn 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 identify from a James Bond film, and having been the filming location to a choice of Hollywood motion pictures, Thunderball Grotto is a beautiful spot within the waters of Exuma Islands. It might not be a looker from the surface, however you actually shouldn’t decide 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, 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 lot of colourful fishes.

Until you guide a non-public constitution, most excursions to Thunderball Grotto embody many different stops too (bonus!). Exuma Water Sports activities provides 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 considered one of them.

Positioned at Junkanoo Seashore, near Downtown Nassau and the cruise line docks, you possibly can benefit from the upbeat ambiance whereas having some drinks and meals (strive the conch fritters!) after a protracted day of adventuring. And for the reason that seats prolong out to the seashore, you possibly can benefit from the views of the ocean and the cruise ships as nicely.

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 in regards to the Bahamas’ heritage by historic pictures, manuscripts, artifacts, and plenty of different vintage objects.

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

37. Trip in a Private Underwater Sub

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

Your underwater expertise will start with a fast lesson on learn how to pilot a submarine. You’ll then head out to one of many wonderful coral reefs to feed the fish, discover the dwelling coral and take stunning photos/movies of the underwater world of the Bahamas. You’ll be able to guide your underwater SUB right here and don’t neglect to deliver your GoPro so you may get pictures 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 positively delivers. The secluded, all-inclusive resort is tucked away on the island of San Salvador removed from the bustle of vacationers.

Listed below are just some the reason why you need to strongly think about holidays within the Bahamas with Membership Med on Columbus Isle:

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

From the service to the delicacies and even the setting at Membership Med on Columbus Isle…all the pieces is simply world class. It would make your Bahamas go to completely enjoyable and opulent.

The Bahamas is certainly considered one of each vacationer and vacationers’ dream locations, with its picturesque magnificence, wealthy historical past, and enjoyable, enjoyable vibe. If the white sands of its many seashores or its crystal-like turquoise waters usually are not 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 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’ll be able to simply examine for the most effective fare offers at Skyscanner, which additionally has the choice to decide on ‘most cost-effective month’ because the departure to search out the bottom priced dates to fly to your vacation spot. From the airport to the town heart, you need to use the take a bus, taxi or hire 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 probably the most time in. Membership Med Columbus Isle is a good selection within the Cockburn City district. For one thing on the inexpensive facet, strive Pelican Bay Lodge situated in Freeport. For a lodge with a bit extra extravagance, guide a room on the The Cove Eleuthera. Or search some nice offers on accommodations of your selection at Reserving.com. Should you’re searching for extra of a house ambiance (or are touring with a bunch of individuals), head over to VRBO that has homes, residences and even only a room for hire in each worth vary. 

Getting Round: Driving in a brand new vacation spot could be a little bit of a problem, however should you select to hire a automotive, RentalCars.com 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 funds pleasant possibility, you possibly can take the jitney buses which can be found for among the islands however renting a automotive is probably the most handy and probably the most funds pleasant possibility. 

Finest Excursions in The Bahamas: Yow will discover among the prime excursions at Get Your Information or Viator, and listed here are among 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’ll be able to take a look at 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 world wide with no issues.

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