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Nassau’s Most Unforgettable Boating Day Trips And Excursions 2016

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Nassau and Paradise Island have lots of activities, toursrestaurants, bars, and great beaches, but sometimes the inner explorer in us says, ‘let’s get away’ There are many day trip excursions available from Nassau to the Out Islands of The Bahamas that will neither take up too much of your time nor eat up too much of your vacation budget.

From private islands with aquatic sanctuaries to the no worries beach bar, there is so much fun to be had during an excursion off of mainland Nassau. Experience the Tru-Tru Bahamas as it is meant to be seen, up close and personal…

 Blue Lagoon Island

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Credit: PanoramioBlue Lagoon Island is just a short boat ride, located roughly 3 scenic miles, from Paradise Island. There’s a lot of unexpected history to the island, known locally as Salt Cay, which was originally owned by a British Knight named Charles King-Harmon and eventually bought by L.A. Meister, who with his family, still own and operate the island. Now a sanctuary for marine life, visitors from all over the world make it a point to spend a day at this natural lagoon beach.

With so much to do at Blue Lagoon Island, the toughest decision you’ll make all day is choosing your activities. Relax on the beach, take a tour of the island by Segway, or get active with a variety of watersports. Animal lovers also have the opportunity to take part in dolphin and sea lion interactions (these can be booked on the island but we recommend you reserve your encounter in advance). Foodies are welcomed to indulge in a delicious grilled lunch and sip frozen daiquiris as you unwind on your personal hammock. Luckily, at Blue Lagoon Island you can have it all!

Activities: Beaching, swimming, snorkeling, paddle boarding, watersports, volleyball

Departures: Paradise Island Ferry Terminal- 8:30am, 10:30am, 1:30pm, and 3:30pm (Mon – Sun)

Price: $69/adult, $45/child

Includes: Transportation to the island, lunch, non-alcoholic beverages, snorkel gear, beach access and activities

Extras: Dolphin and sealion interactions (advanced booking recommended), Segway island tour

Contact: Phone: (242) 363-1003  FacebookInstagramWebsite

Sandy Toes Rose Island

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Credit: Sandy ToesIf you’re looking for an easy-breezy afternoon of sun, sea, and sand, Sandy Toes the private beach oasis on Rose Island might be just what you need to complete your Nassau vacation. Equipped with beachside hammocks and massages, kayaks and snorkeling gear, you’ll find any excuse to unwind and relax or dive into our amazingly clear Bahamian waters. No matter what moves you, the staff here are always ready to help you have a good time.

Flavourful lunch options and a fully stocked beach bar make Sandy Toes a favourite island watering hole of visitors and locals alike. Enjoy a Bahamian buffet lunch, consisting of BBQ chicken and local sides such as peas n’ ricebaked macaroni n’ cheese and fresh greens or opt for casual fare of cheeseburgers, grilled hotdogs, and chicken wings, cooked on an open fire grill at the beach.

Activities: Beaching, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, volleyball, massages, boutique shopping

Departs: Paradise Island Ferry Terminal

– All Inclusive Day Trip- (Mon-Sun) $89/person
– Sunday Party Pass- 12PM (Sun), $40/person (boat ride only)

Includes: Transportation to island, non-alcoholic beverages, lunch

Extras: Alcoholic beverages, beachside massages, kayaks and tubes, hotel pickup, overnight stay at their exclusive Rose Island beach bungalow

Contact: Phone: (242) 363-8637, FacebookInstagramWebsite

Powerboat Adventures

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Credit: Powerboat AdventuresGet whisked away at high speeds to the incomparable Exuma Cays, easily viewed as some of the most beautiful waters in the world. Ship Channel Cay in the Exuma chain of islands is 38 miles away- a short trip when traveling by boat at speeds of 50mph! This is a must-do experience if you have a full day to spend away from Nassau and Paradise Island.

Filled with wildlife, this excursion gives you a one-of-a-kind tour of the Bahamas’ most unique inhabitants, including native iguanas on Allan’s Cay. Watch the experienced shark-wrangler feed Caribbean reef sharks on the beach and get the chance to personally hand-feed docile stingrays. When Powerboat Adventures takes you into the heart of the Bahama Out Islands, you’ll think you stepped into the pages of National Geographic.

As an all inclusive day package, the excursion offers a variety of Bahamian and traditional dishes at the lunch buffet, alongside a bottomless open bar. Experience the conch salad making demonstration and take part in a guided snorkeling tour. The lighthearted and friendly crew make this day an exciting and memorable Bahamian adventure.

Activities: High-speed boating, beaching, swimming, snorkeling, feeding sharks, stingrays, and iguanas

Departures: Paradise Island Ferry Terminal – 9:30am returns 5:00pm (Mon-Sun)

Price: $199/adult, $140/child

Includes: Lunch, alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages

Contact: Phone: (242) 363-2265, Facebook,  Website

Flying Cloud Sailing Excursion

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Credit: Get My BoatAn exhilarating adventure starts as soon as you board this 57ft catamaran. This large, yet intimate vessel allows you to experience the thrill of sailing atop our calm seas, without worrying about the work! Let Captain Craig and his crew take care of you for the day- and if you behave, they may even let you steer the ship!

Immerse yourself in the action, take in the beautiful waters, snorkel, and enjoy the ride. The Flying Cloud takes passengers to a fantastic coral reef just a few miles off shore for snorkeling and swimming. Half day trips are offered during the week, but on Sundays a full 5-hour cruise is available for extra leisure at one of the most beautiful beaches around, Rose Island.

What makes the Flying Cloud spectacular, aside from the divine rum punch on offer, is their amazing sunset cruise. Recommended for romantics is the special evening cruise where couples can watch the Bahamian sunset with an uninhibited view aboard the boat, clink glasses of champagne, and enjoy light nibbles.

Activities: Sailing, cruising, snorkeling, swimming

Departs: Paradise Island Ferry Terminal

– Half Day- 9:30am, 2:00pm (Mon-Sat), $80/person
– Full Day- 10:00am (Sun), $95/person
– Evening-  6:00pm (Mon, Wed, Fri), $70/person

Includes: Snorkeling, swimming, soft drinks

Extras: Alcoholic beverages

Contact: Phone: (242) 934-5067, Website

Harbour Safaris

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Credit: Harbour SafarisAdventure-seeking individuals and groups will get a kick out of travelling at top speeds aboard theHarbour Safaris rib boat towards The Exumas. This 2.5-hour ride is lead by a skilled captain and knowledgeable first mate, who gives a great tour of the cays and their natural surrounding habitats, including salt water mangroves in the protected area of The Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park.

Visit our most recognizable local celebrities- the swimming pigs at Pig Beach! Our four-legged friends are extremely welcoming (they’ll swim right up to you upon approach), playful, and love food (our kind of pigs!). Speaking of which, humans enjoy a light lunch at the Staniel Cay Yacht Club, a boater’s haven, and then swim with the resident nurse sharks (don’t worry they get lunch first too:).

The popular last stop on this full day excursion involves meeting some of the last native Bahamian rock iguanas- an endangered species native to our islands.

Activities: High-speed boating, tour of Exuma protected park, feeding the wildlife, swimming with pigs

Departures: Bay Street Marina, 9:00am returns 4:00pm (refer to weekly schedule on their website)

Price: $369/person

Includes: Water, light snack, lunch

Extras: Alcoholic beverages

Contact: Phone: (242) 394-8687, Facebook, InstagramWebsite