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Nassau Shore excursions

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Nassau: 3-Stop Snorkel, Turtles, and Pigs Speedboat Tour

1. Nassau: 3-Stop Snorkel, Turtles, and Pigs Speedboat Tour

Take some time to explore three different islands off the coast of Nassau by speedboat. Visit the coral reef by Pearl Island, snorkel in the waters, and spot the colorful and majestic fish. Then, admire turtles at Turtle Cay, before getting playful with the local pigs of Rose Island. Meet your guide and board a private speedboat to ride the waves to Pearl Island. Make a stop for snorkeling and let yourself explore the underwater world of fish and marine life. Then, find yourself at Turtle Cay, a small untouched and uninhabited cay where local turtles and other wildlife thrive. Walk the stunning turquoise beach, where kids of all ages can play, run, and enjoy family fun. Take some time to enjoy some snacks, snorkel, and bask in the sun. Afterward, get excited for swimming with the pigs on Rose Island. Feel like a kid again as you splash and snort with these little animals and love experiencing something truly unique to this part of the world. Eat some lunch and sit back and relax before taking the scenic route back to your pickup point.

From Paradise Island: Bahamas Beach Excursion to Sandy Toes

2. From Paradise Island: Bahamas Beach Excursion to Sandy Toes

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.

Nas Speed boat 3 Island! snorkel 2 reefs and turtle viewing

3. Nas Speed boat 3 Island! snorkel 2 reefs and turtle viewing

Embark on a thrilling 15-minute speedboat ride from Nassau out to Pearl Island and over to Green Turtle Cay where you observe green turtles swim in the shallow waters. Take photos of the turtles and other thriving marine life. Take off from Bay Shore Marina toward Pearl Island via a 40-ft speedboat and escape over to Green Turtle Cay to snorkel and take photos of the green turtles and other thriving marine life. Stay here for 30 minutes up to 1 hour. Then, head over to Rose Island for more snorkeling with colorful fish. Relax and unwind with some private beach time enjoying the balmy Bahama breeze and calm sounds of the ocean. Bottled water and light snacks are provided. At the end of the tour, take a scenic return ride back to Bay Shore Marina.

Pearl Island: Private Ocean View Cabana with Lunch

4. Pearl Island: Private Ocean View Cabana with Lunch

Feel on cloud nine as you enjoy a day on Pearl Island, on your luxurious cabana. Walk along the two idyllic beaches and discover the island's lighthouse with stunning views of the surrounding seascape. Start your trip from Nassau, hop on the boat and enjoy a quick ride to Pearl Island. Fancy a swim? No worries, dip your toes in the warm turquoise waters. If you're feeling adventurous, you can try paddleboarding or Kayaking. Put on a snorkeling mask, a set of fins and swim to the vivid coral reefs with your instructor. Discover the colorful marine life that lies beneath the surface. If you're lucky, you might even see stingrays and small reef sharks. Enjoy a traditional Bahamian lunch which includes BBQ Chicken, fish fingers, peas, rice, and plantains served at your cabana. Finally, finish your day relaxing on a lounger, sunning yourself before getting the ferry back to Nassau.

Nassau: Island Highlights Tour with Rum Tasting

5. Nassau: Island Highlights Tour with Rum Tasting

Make the most of your stop in Nassau with the help of a local guide. Snap pictures of Queen Victoria's staircase – the photos are well worth the climb – and try some local flavors at the Graycliff Chocolate Factory and John Watling's Distillery. Meet your guide in a central location and hop into the comfortable, air-conditioned van. Enjoy historical and cultural commentary as you make you way to the first stop, Queen Victoria's staircase. Continue on past the famous Atlantis Resort and stop for a pick me up at the Bahamas Rum Cake Factory. The culinary journey continues at the Graycliff Chocolate Factory and John Watling's Distillery, where you can sample some of their famous products. At the end of the day, your guide will bring you back to the centrally located meeting point.

Nassau: Cultural Walking Tour of Downtown Nassau

6. Nassau: Cultural Walking Tour of Downtown Nassau

Begin your adventure in downtown Nassau and follow your guide as you stroll to some of the most historic landmarks and sites in town. Walk up to the top of Elizabeth Avenue for a 15-minute stop at the famous Queen’s Staircase, a major limestone staircase that consists of 66 steps. Here you will get the chance to capture its majestic beauty with your camera as your guide shares the history of this 18th-century staircase, including how 600 slaves constructed it in honor of Queen Victoria’s assistance in abolishing slavery in the Bahamas. Continue up Elizabeth Avenue for a five-minute stop at Nassau’s tallest structure, the historic 126-foot Water Tower that supplied water to the island of New Providence back in the early 20th century. Next, your tour will take you to the top of Bennet’s Hill to spend 15 minutes at Fort Fincastle, a fort built in the late 18th century to protect Nassau from pirates. Next, grab your cameras for the chance to take beautiful pictures of the exterior of the Government House. During a 10-minute stop, your tour guide will share tales from this historic site’s past as you admire the architectural excellence of this Georgian Colonial-style residence of the Bahamas’ Governor-General. Now that you have worked up an appetite, make a stop at Graycliff Chocolatier and indulge in a sampling of these locally made delicious treats. Next, tour the galleries of the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas and learn about the history of Junkanoo at the Educulture Museum. Afterwards, you will travel to John Watling's Distillery where you may sample rum and tour the facility. From here your next will stop at Tasty Teas where you will learn about the Bahamian bush teas and traditional medicines. Next up is the Nassau Straw Market for a brief history and shopping break. The last stop is at Rawson and Parliament Square where you can learn about the history of the buildings and statues from the colonial era up to present day.

Nassau: Guided ATV City and Beach Tour

7. Nassau: Guided ATV City and Beach Tour

Choose to either start in the morning or afternoon. Roundtrip transportation is provided from most major hotels 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 Queens Staircase and Water tower. Ride along a scenic beach route to discover Nassau's most popular attraction, the Caves. Enjoy a full Bahamian lunch at one of the local restaurants. 

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!

Nassau: ATV Rental

9. Nassau: ATV Rental

Once picked up from your hotel, you will be taken to the storage location where you will be given a brief orientation on the ATV and directions of recommended places to visit if needed. After which you depart to begin your adventure. Explore Nassau's historic landmarks and colonial architecture such as the Neoclassical façade of the Government House painted a bright pink, or stop by the famous Queen's Staircase that connects Nassau with Fort Fincastle. Enjoy the freedom to go wherever you want, whenever you want, as the entire island is open to you.  Cruise down seaside West Bay Street and look for a spot to relax, or make your way to Cable Beach and kick back on the white-sand shore. Cross the long bridge to Paradise Island and discover a world of watery fun in Atlantis Resort, a water park hosted in a luxury resort. Before your day comes to an end, be sure to stop by the Nassau Straw Market and browse hand-woven crafts in an open-air setting. Once your adventure is complete, return your ATV where you started.

Nassau: Historical Sightseeing Guided Half-Day Tour

10. Nassau: Historical Sightseeing Guided Half-Day Tour

Begin the tour with a drive through the historic city of Nassau. Stop at the Bahamas Rum Cake Factory. Sample scrumptious flavors like pina colada, banana, and chocolate. Next, head across the 65-foot bridge that connects Nassau to Paradise Island. Pass by the beautiful Cloisters and take memorable photos of the lovely marble statute Silence. The Queen's Staircase will be your next stop. Carved out of solid limestone in the late 18th century, this 102-foot staircase is a must-see attraction. Climb the 65 steps to the top of Bennet's Hill the highest point in Nassau and access Fort. Guests not able to climb the staircase can stay on board and be driven to the top. At the top, you'll find a mini-market with authentic handmade goods at bargain prices. Then, go to the Graycliff Chocolate Factory for about 20 minutes to see how this famous chocolate is made and sample some of the 17 different flavors. Head to the John Watling's Distillery, a local producer of rum where you'll have a chance to sample. Next, visit Junkanoo Beach to take photos of the beautiful crystal clear waters. The last stop of the tour will be at the interactive Pirates Museum in the heart of downtown Nassau where you'll be transported to the year 1716 when pirates ruled the Caribbean.

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What people are saying about Nassau

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 48 reviews

Tyrone was very friendly and made sure we all stuck together. He wasn’t rushed and was great at letting us take our time to enjoy our surroundings. He was full of information about all sorts of things. We took our parents on this tour who have knee and hip issues and they didn’t feel rushed or pressured to do a lot of walking. They really enjoyed the tour! This was a fun yet educational tour. Highly recommend this tour!!!

Fun tour that had a great pace to it. Snorkeling was really enjoyable, the sea turtles are fun to see and I didn’t want to leave the island with the pigs it was so beautiful. Captains Goodie and Molly were terrific as well. A+ 10/10 would recommend.

We loved this experience 100%! Captain John & first mate Mali were so much fun and accommodating! The rum punch was also AMAZING! snorkeling was unreal & the pigs were so cute and fun! Worth the money and worth the adventure!

The 4 hour speedboat was perfectly timing, enough to enjoy the ride and the snorkellings. The highlight was the pigs. But we really enjoyed every bit of the tour. Fantastic!

Very friendly and professional crew, great, varied program and fantastic impressions!