It’s exciting! You’re on your way to the Bahamas, and the name alone already conjures up visions of seas, sun, sand, and island pleasures. Whilst finding a great beach and just chilling out for the duration of your stay may be tempting, you’ll be missing out on a great deal of fun. So, what could there possibly be to do that makes it worth getting up from that deckchair? It turns out there’s more to do than you could possibly fit into your average holiday, so pick your activities with care, while still leaving room for relaxation in your schedule.
Go island-hopping around The Bahamas on your very own chartered sailing boat complete with crew – or if you have sailing experience, just opt for the boat. You call the shots and get a taste of the champagne lifestyle. 12Knots.com is a good place to start your search for the ideal boat for the trip. Looking to cut costs? Find out about sharing the charter. Many boat owners are happy to oblige by helping you to find travel partners. Now, all you have to worry about is what you’ll wear for the occasion.
Have you seen all those photos of people gambolling with Bahaman pigs? What’s that all about? A visit to Pig Beach is a memorable excursion for animal-lovers, and since it’s only accessible by boat, you may want to make it part of your charter adventure. The pigs don’t actually belong to anyone, but they’re quite tame and used to interacting with people. Locals have set up systems to see to their wellbeing, so they’re more like mascots than wild animals. And, in case you haven’t seen the photos, they love a swim in the sea! Fancy an unusual bathing companion?
Clifton Heritage National Park is one of those places you won’t be able to take in on a single day. Book a snorkelling experience in the bay that’s acted as a sought-after movie location, hike through the lush walking trails dotted with ruins that speak of the varied and eventful history of the Bahamas, or find peace in the “Sacred Space.” Into the arts? This is the home to a coral reef sculpture garden: possibly the world’s only underwater art exhibition.
Looking for a bit of adrenaline in a holiday spot with a family-friendly setting? Then a day at the Aquaventure water park is a must. This incredible water playground features super-fast water slides, “rapids rides,” beaches, swimming pools and kiddie safe adventures. It’s run by the Atlantis Resort and as you’ll have guessed from the name, the design is meant to make you feel as if you’ve entered the lost city of Atlantis – supposing that Atlanteans wore bathing suits! It’s not the cheapest excursion, but well worth your time. Expect the unexpected!
Take a guided walking tour or go exploring on your own. Nassau is a colourful city with an even more colourful history. From pirates to colonists and from adventurers to artists, there’s a lot waiting for you in the city. Get in a spot of souvenir shopping and be sure to try some of the local cuisine. While you’re here, don’t miss the stunning view from Fort Fincastle, an edifice erected to repel pirates. Don’t miss out on this great photo opportunity.
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It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that the Bahamas have something to offer to suit every taste and to stimulate every sense. Nightlife? You bet! History? Oodles of it! Wildlife and nature walks? You couldn’t possibly do them all on a single holiday. Skydiving? Why not? Although you’re definitely in the modern world, the Bahamas remain a place for excitement and adventure as well as just kicking back and relaxing.