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Nassau

Sun, sea, and sand, the Bahamas’ capital is a tropical paradise with history and culture to boot.

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Nassau: 2-Hour Bahamian Adventure Package

1. Nassau: 2-Hour Bahamian Adventure Package

The tour provides complimentary pick-up and drop off from local hotels and the cruise ship port. You will be transported to your destination where a highly competent water sport operator will guide you through your water sport activities. First, jet ski for 30 minutes and experience the thrill of splashing through the water as you ride the wave runners in the tropical waters of the Bahamas. The adventure is perfect for individuals as well as for couples as you can ride a 2-seater waverunner which is safe and easy to operate and a must for any island vacation. Next, go parasailing for 5 to 7 minutes and parasail over the clear blue waters of Cabbage Beach, located on Paradise Island. The amazing ride will leave you breathless and wanting to come back for more. It is an experience unlike any other and one the whole family can enjoy. Then, travel for 3.5-miles on a banana boat. A highly competent water sports team will assist you on-board the banana boat and explain all the safety measures. Each passenger will be provided with a flotation device and life vest. You will soon be bumping and bouncing across the warm Bahamian waters. Your ride, which will last for approximately 15 minutes, is the perfect adventure for a family, couple, or group of friends.

Bahamas: Full-Day Beach Excursion to Sandy Toes, Rose Island

2. Bahamas: Full-Day Beach Excursion to Sandy Toes, Rose Island

Spend the day snorkeling and kayaking or lazing on a hammock on the private beach at Sandy Toes. If you feel like some adventure, take a tube ride in a water-ski tubes, or socialize with other guests during a game of volleyball or dizzy lizard. Rent a water float and bask in the sun or hang out at the Sandy Toes Beach Bar for music and a famous Sandy Toes drink. Whatever you fancy, your experience on the beach is sure to be a memorable one. Your full-day excursion includes a scenic boat ride to and from the Sandy Toes private island. Once on the island, an array of activities are available, including guided snorkeling and fish feedings. See the swimming pigs that inhabit Sandy Toes. Watch the animals come out to play in the habitat in which they have been raised. Dine on a buffet lunch, served on a southern pavilion overlooking the picturesque Lower Harbor, or shop in the Sandy Toes Gift Shop with one-of-a-kind souvenirs available for purchase.

One Hour Jet Ski Adventure

3. One Hour Jet Ski Adventure

The safe and easy to operate two seater wave runners are a must as part of your island vacation. Experience the thrill of speed and splashing water as you ride your wave runners in the tropical waters of The Bahamas. This half hour jet ski adventure is perfect for individuals as well as couples. You will get a complimentary pick-up from local hotels and the cruise ship port. You will be transported to your destination, where a highly competent water sport operator will explain safety measures and show you how to operate the jet ski. You have the option to ride alone, with a partner, or with one of the water sport operators. Rides are offered daily with time slots every half hour.

Nassau: Guided ATV City and Beach Tour

4. Nassau: Guided ATV City and Beach Tour

Choose to either start in the morning or afternoon. Roundtrip transportation is provided from your accommodation or cruise port. Receive your ATV safety briefing.  See the sights of Nassau with a narrated tour; including the Government House, Fort Charlotte, Arawak Cay, Bahamar, and the Bob Marley Resort. Ride along a scenic beach route to discover Nassau's most popular attraction, the Caves. Shop at the straw market where you will find authentic Bahamian made souvenirs and native straw work. Enjoy a full Bahamian lunch at one of the local restaurants. 

Nassau: Glass Bottom Boat, Banana Boat and Snorkelling Tour

5. Nassau: Glass Bottom Boat, Banana Boat and Snorkelling Tour

Come along on this special summer only tour and enjoy three tours for the price of one.  You'll depart from Cable Beach, where you will board the ship and start the tour. See many different forms of sea life that call the Bahamas home, including the Nassau grouper, Snapper, Jacks and possibly some turtles too. While on the cruise, you'll also see many different landmarks and sites. The boat will make a stop at a popular snorkelling site. Here, you'll get the chance to see the marine environment up close.  After the snorkelling stop, you'll get back on the boat and head back to Cable Beach. Once back at Cable Beach, guests will be directed towards the banana boat by a tour guide.

Nassau Catamaran Sail & Eco-Snorkel at Sea Garden

6. Nassau Catamaran Sail & Eco-Snorkel at Sea Garden

Enjoy a half-day of sailing and snorkeling on a catamaran that was built for Caribbean sea conditions and weather. You’ll experience the vibrant, aquatic world of the Sea Garden conservation area, as you snorkel on the coral reef system off Nassau. You’ll sail through historic Nassau harbor, admiring the backdrop of the famed Atlantis Hotel, rustic mail boats bobbing in the water, and panoramic views of the island. If the winds are favorable, the captain will turn off the engines and hoist the sails, and you’ll be on your way to the snorkeling site. Note that the operator supports the preservation of the local coral reef system, aware that healthy coral reefs are the foundation of many tropical ecosystems and provide livelihood, food, enjoyment, and cultural significance for millions of people around the globe.

From Nassau: Exuma Swimming Pigs, Sharks and More

7. From Nassau: Exuma Swimming Pigs, Sharks and More

Enjoy a tour that includes everything you need for a full day of Exuma Cays awesomeness. Experience the Exumas from the perspective of a local guide, and make 7 different stops at local highlights. This bucket list experience includes everything from swimming with sharks at Compass Cay to feeding the most famous celebrities in the Bahamas: the original swimming pigs. Start your day on cloud nine by flying into Staniel Cay from Nassau. Upon arrival, you'll be escorted to your captain to start your day of adventure. The order of the tour depends greatly on the tides, so your expert captain will ensure you get the most out of the day. Meet the local swimming pigs and have an opportunity to feed them, as well as take a selfie with them. Next up, delight in the thrill of swimming with sharks. Don't worry: these sharks are super friendly and will even come up to the docks to greet you and offer you their back to pet. For more wildlife encounters, head to see the indigenous iguanas on Guana Cay. An adventure in the Exuma Cays is not complete without some snorkeling. View the gorgeous Thunderball Grotto where movies like Splash, 007 Thunderball, and many others were filmed. Later, enjoy a dreamy stop on a white sandy beach at the mile-long beautiful sandbar. After your adventure, you'll be taken for a local Bahamian lunch (not included) before heading back to the airport for your return flight to Nassau.

Nassau: 6-Seater Beach Buggy Rental

8. Nassau: 6-Seater Beach Buggy Rental

Do something different during your time in the Bahamas, whether on vacation or visiting as a cruise ship passenger. Rent a fun beach buggy for periods of up to 24 hours and venture outside of Nassau to explore the island at leisure. Rent a buggy for 4, 6, 8, or 24 hours and visit the historic Queen's Staircase, where the 65 steps indicate each year of Queen Victoria’s reign. Drive to the Water Tower, built in 1928 to maintain water pressure in the capital, or go to the small spit of Arawak Cay, named after the original West Indian inhabitants. Venture further to Fort Charlotte, built in 1789 by Lord Dunmore and named in honor of the wife of King George III. Visit the old cave dwellings of the Lucayans who lived on the islands until Christopher Columbus arrived, and look for the resident Buffy Flower Bats!

Parasail Over Cabbage Beach

9. Parasail Over Cabbage Beach

Parasailing is the ultimate, exciting sea adventure.  You wear  parachute and are pulled behind a motorboat to sail through the air. What could be more thrilling and exhilirating? Complimentary pick-up and drop off from local hotels or the cruise ship port is included in this activity. You will be transported to your destination, where the highly competent water sport team will assist you onboard the parasail boat. They will then explain safety measures and attach a harness from you to your parasail. You will soon be flying approximately 500 feet above sea level and gazing over the crystal clear blue waters of The Bahamas. You will be in the air for approximately 5-7 minutes.

Nassau: Glass-Bottom Boat and Snorkeling Tour

10. Nassau: Glass-Bottom Boat and Snorkeling Tour

You will be picked up at the dock or hotel for your Nassau tour and transferred to the glass bottom boat, which is 35 minutes away. When you arrive, you will check in and receive your equipment. When everyone is ready, you will board the twin-engine boat built for a snorkeling excursion. The boat has a spacious top sun deck for lounging on the short excursions between sites, a broad beam (width) for plenty of space, and a huge platform at the back for easy access and egress. To make the experience more comfortable, it also includes fresh drinking water, freshwater baths, and storage for all snorkeling equipment on board. During your two-hour boat ride, you will see an underwater spectacle of live coral and tropical aquatic life. You'll be swimming alongside schools of colorful fish in the shallows of Nassau's famed reefs, Hollywood movie sets, or enigmatic submerged shipwrecks. Each excursion visits a variety of underwater places. Based on the water and weather conditions that day, your skipper will select two of the clearest and calmest spots to begin your snorkeling trip. Each snorkeling stop lasts about 40 to 50 minutes. If the weather permits and your other passengers are brave enough, you may snorkel alongside sharks, one of the most gorgeous and misunderstood aquatic creatures! Snorkel with your guide while the sharks swim quietly below you, or observe from the boat if you prefer.

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What people are saying about Nassau

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 370 reviews

Lisa was a great guide! She was very knowledgeable, had a great personality & knew her way around Nassau. The food tastings were all very good. Our favorite was the Bahama Kitchen. The food was excellent & everyone was friendly. I would recommend this tour to anyone who is interested in the culture &/or the native food. We really enjoyed the tour.

Had an amazing experience and was treated like royalty. I cannot say enough wonderful things about it and would definitely do it again

It was nice seeing the city on a bike instead of walking. I had to adjust to food brakes, but we didn't go real fast, so it was okay.

Great service, conversation, and knowledge of the equipment. Very fun time!

Wonderful experience, kind, helpful and entertaining driver!