There is definitely no shortage of activities, attractions in the Bahamas. Every island is different and has unique offerings for visitors, so whether your interests lie with shopping, sightseeing, or diving, there is something for you. On Andros, you can find some of the best snorkeling opportunities in the Caribbean along the Andros Barrier Reef, and diving in the underwater caves of Abaco is a thrilling and unforgettable experience. Nature tours on Grand Bahama offer another great way to see the island as you hike, kayak, bike, or ride in a Jeep to explore the island. When it comes to filling your time, the Bahamas has a diverse collection of fun activities to keep you entertained.
The Grand Bahamas Garden of the Groves is home to over 12 acres of exotic wildlife and botanical gardens. It's the most photographed spot in the Bahamas and frequently used for weddings ceremonies. Children come for the farm animal petting zoo. There are also parrots, alligators, ducks and turtles and hundreds of tropical plants. Garden of the Groves is located on the corner of Magellan Drive and Midshipmann Road on Grand Bahama Island. It is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., and Sundays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Admission is $3.95 for children 3 through 10 and $9.95 for adults.
Travel & Leisure and Caribbean Travel & Life magazines both recognized Our Lucaya Resort on Grand Bahamas Island as one of the best for golf. Experience it for yourself on one of two 18-hole, par of 72 golf courses. The Reef Course has been called a "Scottish-like course, but a lot warmer". It opened in 2000 with deceptively open fairways, rolling greens, and an assortment of tall grasses, treacherous bunkers and huge lakes. It's rated one of the Top 5 courses in the Caribbean. The Lucayan Course, which was originally laid out in 1964, features tree-lined fairways, small elevated greens and Dick Wilson bunkers. To help you play your best, the resort is home to one of the finest golf schools in the world.
Bahamas is a collective term for the 2000 cays and 700 islands 50 miles off the coast of Florida. The main cities of Nassau and Freeport are on two of the smaller islands in the chain. The other populated islands and cays are known as the Out Islands. These remote gems are not hard to get to if you're looking for a secluded vacation spot where you won't find cruise ships, high-rise hotels or crowds. It's the perfect romantic get-away or honeymoon spot for beach-lovers and sun-gods. You'll find excellent snorkeling and diving, fishing, kayaking, boating and sailing, eco-tours and a unique, colorful culture that welcomes the relaxed Bahamian lifestyle. The Abacos Islands are known as the world's top boating and sailing destination. The islands of Acklins and Bimini lure fishermen, divers and snorkelers. Andros is a natural wonder boasting the third largest barrier reef in the world. Cat Island is a fishhook-shaped island that's only 48 miles long and 4 miles across. Though small, there's plenty to see and do with miles of hiking trails and clear water filled with coral reefs, blue holes caves and shipwrecks. Eleuthera Island is known for the high cliffs on the eastern side and also the pineapple plantations. If you're looking for pink sand and luxurious resorts, check out Harbour or Exumas Islands. And finally, Long Island has the deepest blue hole in the Bahamas (more than 600 feet). It's also a haven for fishing, sailing and yachting.
From Nassau you can see a giant arching bridge. Scale this 1/4-mile monster and you'll run right into the world-famous Atlantis hotel, frequented by celebrities. Some don't leave the resort; there's so much to do inside - 35 restaurants and bars, miles of pools, rivers and lagoons, a theater, shopping and a huge marine habitat. Branch out and you'll find sparkling white-sand beaches spooning the crystal, clear turquoise water. Jump in for a day of snorkeling, diving or a dolphin swim. On land you can tee off at one of two spectacular golf courses. If you still have some energy come evening, there's plenty for night-owls like the 9,000-square-foot nightclub called Aura or try your luck at the 2 largest casinos in the Caribbean.
Venture into the heart of Nassau, near Bay Street Shopping Center and George Street, and you'll find the Straw Market tent. Here you can shop for handcrafted Bahamian treasures including signature straw hats, beautiful handmade woodcarvings, tubs of Guava Jelly and other island souvenirs. You might also run into vendors selling knock-off Rolex, Prada, and other luxury items. Just don't be shy about bargaining. Those that don't usually over pay. Open 7 days a week from about 7am to 8pm.
Experts in bareboat chartering. As the area's oldest, most experienced charter service, Abaco Bahamas Charters, Ltd has been helping to create exciting sailing experiences for more than 43 years. With the addition of brand new 2007 & 2008 boats in bristol condition, they have beautiful sailing catamarans, mono hulls, mid-size and mega power yachts and catamarans, kayaks, and runabout fishing boats. All are especially made for navigating the beautiful crystal blue Bahamian waters.
Abaco Bahamas Charters, ltd now offers Day Cruises, Weddings, and Corporate Team Building Packages.
Departure from homeport of Hope Town harbour leads you to a large inland sea, tailor-made for cruising. Once you set sail, the next island is never more than a few miles from the last.
Deep sea sport fishing charters from Port Lucaya / Freeport Grand Bahama. Professional US licensed captain with over 30 years experience. Fish for Blue Marlin, Sailfish, Wahoo, Dolphin and Tuna. 50ft. Hatteras airconditioned with Penn International tackle.
The Albert Lowe Museum is located on Green Turtle Cay, Abaco. It was opened on November 6, 1976, by Bahamian artist, Alton R. Lowe who is a native of Green Turtle Cay. The museum was named in honor of his father who is a well-known woodcarver of ship models.
The museum is located in a restored Victorian-era family home, which is over one hundred years old. It was established to preserve the unique history and development of Abaco from the time of the Loyalists. Displays include model ships carved by Albert Lowe, various historical artifacts, photographs, paintings, writings and other exhibits. Highlighted are various industries and occupations that have supported Abaconians over the years.
One of the world's longest barrier reefs, and the second largest and most unexplored reef system in the Atlantic, the Andros Barrier Reef offers a dazzling variety of geological and coral formations. There are shallow reefs beginning at ten feet - perfect for snorkeling or shallow diving - to 90 feet or deeper off the wall. There are a plethora of dive sites and diversity in this area including the Ocean Blue Hole dive starting at 60 feet with deeper swim thrus around this beautiful natural phenomenon.
Andros Island Bonefish Club sits on property that was once a sisal plantation. Owned by the British, the plantation's main function was to make ropes for boats. In the year 1984, Captain Rupert Leadon purchased this property from the government of the Bahamas with a dream to create the lodge which stands today.
Located approximately 150 miles southeast of Miami, Andros Island is the largest island in the Bahamas chain, yet it remains the least populated. The AIBC is located at the confluence of the Atlantic Ocean, Cargill Creek and the eastern end of the North Bight. This places us just 100 yards from a productive, wadable flat where bonefish are frequently spotted tailing in the nearby waters. In this ideal position we are able to offer out guests direct access to some of the best saltwater sport fishing in all the world and more fishable flats than any area of the Caribbean. These waters are renowned for both the incomparable sheer numbers of bonefish in large schools averaging 3-5 pounds, as well as the great potential for trophy-size, double-digit bonefish swimming in its waters. Andros has long been known as the home of the worldâs largest bonefish.
Androsia is a batik fabric and garment manufacturing factory located on the island of Andros in the Bahamas. Androsia has a complete line of women's, men's, and children's batik clothing as well as accessories, home goods, and fabric sold by the yard. In 1973, at the same time the Bahamas became an independent country, a small cottage industry was formed by Dick and Rosi Birch of Small Hope Bay Lodge. The idea started when they watched a guest occupy children on a rainy day with a batik craft project. This was a product that they reasoned could be unique, colorful, and 100% Bahamian done. Once the fabric was made, it could be sewn into easy care island garments. This would help employ single women with families, an objective that was especially important to the Birches. They developed the concept that each yard would be hand done. Every print would symbolize a natural element found in the Bahamas, and all the colors would be colors pulled right from the islands. Androsia is sold throughout the inhabited islands of the Bahamas as well as at the factory outlet store in Fresh Creek, Andros, and online.
Next to Lighthouse Club, Fresh Creek, Andros, Bahamas.
The Bahamas Underground is the Bahamas only technical and cave diving oriented training and adventure facility. Located in Marsh Harbor, Abaco, Bahamas, the Bahamas Underground provides training and guiding services to some of the best blue holes and underwater caves in the Bahamas. The Bahamas Underground is operated by Brian Kakuk. With more than 15 years of cave exploration experience in the Bahamas, Brian can provide training in all levels of cave and technical diving as well as provide guiding services for small groups of cave divers (3 divers). The warm and highly decorated blue holes and underwater caves of Abaco offers exciting experiences for all training levels, from cavern tours, to deep mixed gas cave penetrations. Photos by Curt Bowen.
Escape to another world and sail the Half Day Sail & Snorkel Adventure, the All Day Island Cruise, Sunset Champagne Cruise, Private Dinner Charters, or even sail your own boat or speedboat. Complimentary Rum Punch, snacks, a BBQ lunch or evening dinner are a few of the amenities you'll take advantage of (depending on the package). There's no better way to experience the Bahamas.
Comprising 20,500 acres in Southern Abaco near Hole In The Wall, this National Park has been designated as a preservation area by the Bahamas Government and is managed by The Bahamas National Trust. Nesting within this 5,000 acres of pine forest are about 1,000 endangered Bahama or "Abaco" Parrots. In addition to the parrot, a large variety of birdlife are protected in this area. As a result, the Abaco National Park has been designated an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society and Bird Life International.
A bit of a journey, but a great spot for anyone looking for a secluded powder sand beach. Added bonus - sweeping views from the cliff that separates the blue hole and protected beach from the Atlantic Ocean. Snorkeling over the blue hole is a unique experience.
Brendal's Dive Center will guide you to experience the sea and the coral reefs surrounding the beautiful island of Abaco in the Bahamas. Brendal's Dive Center is located on historic Green Turtle Cay, a short ferry ride from the Treasure Cay airport.
Come experience the beautiful shallow coral gardens with elk and stag horn corals and abundant marine life. Explore coral catacombs and sparkling sand channels or dive a fascinating wreck. They offer one or two dives per day from 10 to 100 feet. Green Turtle Cay is surrounded by numerous uninhabited islands with sparkling beaches.
Brendal's Dive Center is internationally accredited and a full service dive center with a retail shop.
WINNER of the BAHAMAS TOURISM CACIQUE AWARD
for Sustainable TOURISM'S Finest on ......... January 13, 2006
In April 2002, the Bahamian government created the Central Andros National Park. Encompassing more than 300,000 acres, the sanctuary protects major terrestrial and marine habitats. The combination of a relatively small population of 9,000 citizens and local support for conserving natural resources means protection efforts can be advanced.
The island's reef system is one of the longest and best preserved in the world. However, it is threatened by unsustainable fishing practices and damage caused by boats and irresponsible divers. Other threats include water pollution and offshore channeling and dredging.
In 2006, the Conservancy led a team of scientists, researchers and students on a scientific expedition to explore the west side of Andros Island. They discovered here a haven for baby sharks, turtles and a wealth of other natural life. There is now an in-depth stakeholder analysis going on to determine the expansion of a national park on the west side of the island.
The Conservancy is also working with local partner organizations, the Andros Conservancy and Trust (ANCAT) and the Bahamas National Trust, to develop management plans and activities for the Central Andros National Park. The goal is to continue to work with island residents to support their wishes for an island-wide network of parks.
Choose from three beautiful sailboats! Lokadune and Alpha Cat are bareboat by night captained by day. Your captain is on board to guide you through the crystal waters with local knowledge by day and then leaves you safely moored each evening. The boat is yours to enjoy the sunrises and sunsets in private. This is the best of both worlds of chartering. Opportunity is available for bareboat charters as well as captained by day. We offer day sails with stops at the underwater parks for snorkeling or a day of island hopping.
Scuba and snorkeling trips. Instructions. PADI, NAUI, YMCA & CMAS. Equipment rentals and sales; guided underwater tours, reefs, tunnels and caverns. Night, shark and wreck dives. Sunset cruises, island tours, private charters.
Conveniently located in the heart of Marsh Harbour at the Conch Inn Resort & Marina.
Experience interacting with these amazing animals firsthand.... A short ferry ride will take you along the south shore of Grand Bahama Island to Sanctuary Bay, home of The Dolphin Experience. Here you'll be able to observe--up close and personal--the friendly Atlantic bottlenose dolphins as they swim around your feet. Learn more about these unique creatures and have your questions answered by one of the expert animal care staff. Touch the dolphins, take pictures, and hear interesting facts. Who says fun can't be educational?
The Out Islands of the Bahamas are home to some of the greatest fishing in the world. If youâre looking for bone fishing, flats, fly or deep sea fishing, youâll find it all when you book exclusive fishing trips in the Bahamas. Angling enthusiasts travel from thousands of miles away to engage in the ultimate fishing experience.
Two very different fish top the list of the most sought after â bonefish, the ghost of the flats, and blue marlin, the magnificent monster of the deep. Both, though, are available in the Out Islands, along with a veritable whoâs who of other prized game fish such as tuna, wahoo, kingfish, mahi-mahi, permit and tarpon.
Based in Freeport, Bahamas, Grand Bahama Nature Tours is one of the leading Eco-tour operators on Grand Bahama Island. Find your own adventure: kayaking, snorkeling, biking, hiking, jeep and bird-watching tours. All tours involve light to moderate activity and are fully guided by friendly, highly trained, professional personnel. Most of their guides are natives of the Bahamas and the Freeport area and take great pleasure in acquainting visitors with the flora, fauna, history and culture of the islands.
Inside Cat Island, one of the Out Islands, it's quieter and less crowded. Greenwood Beach stretches for 8 miles of picture-perfect pink sand. Cat Island coasts are filled with reefs, wrecks and beautiful fish, and you can snorkel and scuba dive right from the beach. It really is a haven of sorts--a truly memorable experience.
Daily tours (closed on sunday) including over an hour's riding in one of the more remote areas of New Providence Island. Included in your reservation is a complimentary bus ride from your hotel across the island to the southwestern shore where the stables are located at Coral Harbour (return transportation, as well). On the way, you'll have a chance to see many different parts of the island. After your arrival at the stables, you'll receive basic riding instructions and then set off on an hour and a half leisurely, guided Nassau horseback riding tour through the woods and onto the beach.
Provides deep-sea fishing, snorkeling, beach-picnics, sightseeing and offshore cruises in the Nassau / Paradise Island area of the Bahamas.
Conde Nast Traveler Hot Spas 2008 includes Mandara Spa. They called it the swank new addition to the Atlantis resort on Paradise Island, where "there are 30,000 square feet of tropical gardens, plunge pools, and saunas. The two-story Asian-inspired retreat is Vegas-sized - with 35 treatment rooms, including four suites and two villas - and has a lengthy treatment menu. Many therapies were designed by top British brand Elemis; the Exotic Coconut Rub and Milk Ritual ($175) includes a gentle aromatic scrub, a soothing milk bath, and a warm wrap. The spa also offers quasi-medical treatments such as micro-dermabrasion and GoSmile whitening." Massages $120 - $130.
Located at Smith's Point, Freeport, Bahamas, this event is held weekly on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 9:30pm. A great way to experience local cuisine and culture, this is authentic Bahamian backyard dining at its best! Watch fresh catches being fried in a unique, local style, along with other specialties unique to the islands. Try a conch salad, burger or fritters! Be sure to try the potato bread and freshly made salads. Prices vary, but you can plan on spending about $10 USD for an ample platter and beverage.
Music lovers will be jammin' to their hearts' content in the Natural Mystic Spa at Marley Resort, the former family home of Bob, Rita and the entire Marley clan. Treatments at the Nassau, Bahamas, resort mix secrets from Asia, Africa and the Caribbean in a menu of Marley family favorites, including Rita's own herbal bath rituals, infused with orange blossom, red clay and roses. The Hot Stone massage uses an aromatic blend of cinnamon, orange and vanilla oils to melt away tension. A Caribbean mocha rum wrap will not only stimulate your appetite - you can satisfy your soul with the gourmet cuisine at Simmer Down - but also have you singing "Let's get together and feel all right" until it's time to make your way back home. Listed in recent NY Daily News Travel "Hot Spas of the Caribbean."
Reel Candy Fishing Charter Boat offers Bahamas Charter Fishing in the Abacos and Marsh Harbor areas for Billfish, Wahoo, and dolphin. We can also arrange air transportation and discount hotel accommodations.
It's one of Harbour Island's most likely spots to be jamming with live, local music. Sample the Brilanders--Caribbean style Bahamian artists who have toured with Jimmy Buffet. Occasional guest performers from in and around Nassau entertain at Seagrapes, also.
Fish with legendary Abaco guide, Robert Lowe. Half-day and full-day charters from Elbow Cay, Marsh Harbour, Man-O-War Cay and Guana Cay. Their specialty is trolling for tuna, dolphin, wahoo, bill fish, but they also go reef fishing.
Call Karen Huff-Lowe at SeaGull Cottages & Fishing Charters
Hope Town, Abaco, Bahamas
Senses Spa at the Westin Grand Bahama Island Our Lucaya Resort has a menu to refresh sun-worshipping beach bums as well as one of the more tantalizing ways to enjoy a Caribbean cocktail without the hangover: a concoction of local lime, rum and spices called the Bahamian Wrapsody, a combination scrub, wrap, massage and hydrotherapy treatment. It is recently listed in NY Daily News Travel as a "Hot Spa of the Caribbean."
Fun water-based treatments (it's an island, isn't it?) include submerged massages, rain massages and hydro baths in seaweed, sea salt or algae.
Andros is considered the Bone Fishing Capital of the World. Stafford Creek Lodge offers spectacular, secluded Bahamas bonefishing as well as access to some of the few consistent permit and tarpon fisheries in the Bahamas. From Stafford Creek Lodge anglers will enjoy convenient access to the famous Bahamas bonefishing grounds of the Joulter Cays and the west side of Andros. Stafford Creek Lodge also fishes the countless tidal creeks and lakes that pepper Andros Island.
Prescott Smtih and his team of Bahamas bonefishing guides are experts at utilizing resources efficiently according to tides, weather and time of year. The fishing guides also do a splendid job of catering to specific clients' fishing preferences and abilities.
The fishing staff at Stafford Creek Lodge take advantage of
several different boat launch sites up and down the coast of Andros Island. This means that anglers can fish a great diversity of bonefish flats without added travel time over water. Quicker access to the flats, of course, means more time bonefishing.
Starfish offers many tours including snorkeling, kayaking, deep sea fishing, private island excursions, private charters, Chat-n-Chill tour, and Staniel Cay tour w/ thunderball grotto and swimming pigs. They are bahamian owned and offer small group tours at a reasonable price with excellent customer service.
Play a round of golf on the 72-par Dick Wilson designed golf course. At 6,985 yards from the blue tees and with 66 strategically placed sand bunkers, the Treasure Cay, Abaco, Bahamas, golf course presents a formidable challenge with ocean winds, tight fairways and a layout that makes you ponder every club selection. There are no tee times necessary.
Treasure Divers is a full service PADI Scuba Diving Facility situated on the grounds of the Treasure Cay Hotel Resort and Marina, located in the center of Treasure Cay on the main island of Great Abaco in the Bahamas. Considered an out island getaway, yet less than 200 miles from East Coast of Florida.
At Treasure Divers, many repeat divers keep coming back to enjoy the underwater world. Well known for a casual atmosphere, spacious comfortable dive boat, complete rental and retail center, and personable energetic experienced staff to help you with all your needs.
Most of the dive sites are a short boat ride from the dock. Open everyday at 8:30 am, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year, with check-in time at 9 am, and back in time for a late lunch. Both scuba divers and snorkelers can experience various different sites from a labyrinth of reefs and formations to shipwrecks and caverns.
The crystal clear waters and abundance of marine life are very inviting to all ages and experiences. They snorkel and scuba dive all their sites, as the formations are often exposed at low tide for the snorkelers, and descend to depths, which are great for all experiences of divers.
Take a stroll through George Town, connected to Elizabeth Harbour, and visit St. Andrew's Anglican Church, the Straw Market, local craft and clothing stores and the unique neoclassical Government Administration Building.