Bahamas

Highlights

Cruise lines offer a variety of boating and snorkeling excursions for passengers who want to enjoy an outing on the Bahamian waters. Glass-bottom boat tours are available at most island ports, during which the boat cruises over a local reef system, affording passengers an intimate view of reefs teeming with tropical fish. Guides are on hand to explain the reef’s ecosystem and describe the various species on display. Passengers also can embark on sailing excursions, cruising along their port island’s coast on yachts or catamarans. Most boat trips include beverages and snacks or a light lunch. Cruisers who want a close-up view of their island’s reef system can book snorkeling excursions, suitable for anyone from first-time to experienced snorkelers. These excursions provide all the equipment guests need along with experienced guides and instructors to ensure safety.
Cruisers can book encounters with dolphins and sea lions through their cruise lines or directly with the centers offering them. These encounters begin with a short orientation session, during which staff provides information on the animals and lays the ground rules for the encounter. Shallow water encounters place guests within a pool shallow enough to stand in or a deeper enclosure with a platform to stand on. Cruisers interacting with dolphins typically are allowed to lightly pet or kiss the dolphins, and guests at sea lion encounters can pet or embrace the lions swimming among them. Some operators also provide swimming excursions, where guests can frolic alongside their new animal friends in deeper water. Staff members are on hand to take pictures and videos, which guests can purchase for an additional fee.
Grand Bahama and Paradise Island are both home to 18-hole golf courses that offer players the visual beauty of the islands’ coastlines while challenging them with the winds sweeping in from the Atlantic. Paradise Island’s Atlantis resort engaged Tom Weiskopf to design its Ocean Club Golf Course. Travelers to Grand Bahama can choose between two 18-hole courses: the Robert Trent Jones, Jr.-designed Reef Club Golf Course and the Ruby Golf Course, a Jim Fazio design.
Bahamian cities host a number of duty-free stores, offering products such as perfume, jewelry and spirits, which Fodor’s notes are discounted up to 40 percent from the same products in American stores. The Bahamas’ port cities also host straw markets, collections of street vendors selling a variety of merchandise, with the price ultimately determined by how skillfully a customer haggles with the vendor. The Atlantis Casino on Paradise Island offers machines, table games and a race and sports book with a cocktail lounge and large-screen monitors displaying the day’s events.
Dominating the skyline on Paradise Island, this splashy, salmon-pink resort evocatively recreates the legend of Atlantis in a luxury hotel, entertainment complex, aquarium, and water park. Guests at the hotel score free entry into the popular 141-acre Aquaventure, a waterscape packed with high-speed slides, more than 20 swimming areas, and a long Lazy River Ride. In the marine habitat, hammerhead sharks and swordfish swim through sparkling open-air pools. Guests will also find many shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues on site. The fantasy sea theme continues throughout, capturing the imagination of young and old alike.
Andros, the largest landmass in the Bahamas, has the third largest barrier reef in the world, as well as many freshwater blue holes and underwater caves. It’s no surprise then, that this is a popular destination for divers. The island’s vast wetlands create channels, which are prime boating and fishing areas. Fly fishing is big here, and Andros is often called “the bonefishing capital of the world.” Andros also has the largest protected area in the Bahamas with five national parks. Nature lovers will appreciate the rich bird life in the mud flats, mangrove swamps, and forests, as well as the island’s eco-resorts. In addition to all these natural attractions, tourists can visit the Androsia Hand Made Batik Factory, which sells brightly-colored fabrics featuring bold Bahamian motifs.

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Best time to Go

Mid December to Mid April

It is peak season for parties and festival. Also the weather is optimal and the hurricanes are no longer a threat.

Tips

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If you’re heading to the beach, pack casual clothing, bathing suits and plenty of sunscreen. If you’re in need of a culture fix, pack comfortable shoes for walking around forts and lighthouses.

Reviews

Vikas Kutiala


Meticulously planned to the last details and very well executed plan.
Great and thoroughly enjoyable holiday.

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