The Bahamas offers a variety of vacation experiences to suit everyone’s different needs and comfort levels. To help you plan your next great adventure in 2022, with safe travel protocols in place here is a selection of 10 memorable experiences the Bahamas has to offer:
DISCOVER LOCAL LIFE WITH THE PEOPLE-TO-PEOPLE EXPERIENCE, AVAILABLE ON SEVERAL ISLANDS
Unique to the Bahamas, the People-To-People experience connects curious travelers with locals from different islands and backgrounds. Depending on the traveler’s interests and favorite Bahamian island, the program will match them with a like-minded local to provide the best possible immersion in Bahamian life. Program experiences include a snack at the historic Government House in Nassau, a visit to the Fish Fry on Arawak Cay to sample island favorites like conch salad, and a “sip-sip” session (aka good-natured chatting with neighbors!. Booking & more information here
LONG ISLAND’S HISTORIC SITES
For a touch of Caribbean history, explore Long Island’s historic sites, including Hamilton’s Cave – the largest cave system in the Bahamian Islands, where the Lucayan Indians are believed to have lived in 500 A.D. and where many Lucayan artifacts were discovered in 1936. You can also explore the Long Island Museum, which features exhibits on the history, culture and customs of Long Island.
ON THE CULINARY SIDE, CHECK OUT CONCH 40 WAYS ON POTTER’S CAY, NASSAU
Conch is an iconic Bahamian dish, and there’s no better place to experience it than Potter’s Cay in Nassau, where 40 conch shacks cook it in 40 different ways. The colorful shacks, located on the waterfront, are one of Nassau’s hidden gems for foodies. A popular stall to try is McKenzie’s Shack, run by a former conch fisherman turned restaurateur, who has been in the same place for twenty years.
EXPLORE THE WORLD’S THIRD LARGEST BARRIER REEF OFF ANDROS
The Bahamas offers many remarkable dive sites with countless blue holes, thriving coral reefs and numerous shipwrecks, all in waters that are warm most of the year. Andros’ unique geography allows it to offer breathtaking dive sites with shallow coral gardens and the spectacular Andros Barrier Reef Trail off the island’s east coast. Home to over 160 species of fish and coral and measuring over 300 km in length, it is the third largest barrier reef in the world. Andros Diving offers scuba diving from 143 € per person. Booking & more information here
TAKE PART IN A FISHING MIRACLE ON THE BERRY ISLANDS
Off the coast of the Berry Islands is a deep underwater haven for marine life, with some of the most abundant fishing in the Bahamas. Sometimes referred to as the fishbowl of the Bahamas, the Berry Islands are ideal for the novice angler or the experienced fisherman looking for a spectacular catch. Stay at Chub Cay Resort & Marina, a boutique hotel that offers 11 rooms with beach views and fishing trips starting at €355 per 4 hours for 4 people. Booking & more information here
A ROMANTIC GETAWAY IN ELEUTHERA
Hailed as one of the Bahamas’ best-kept secrets for anyone looking for a quiet getaway, Eleuthera is a vast expanse of rugged beauty with gorgeous beaches and laid-back Bahamian charm. This pencil-thin island has over 200 miles of coastline, with a tranquil bay on one side and the rolling waves of the Atlantic Ocean on the other. Settle in at Bahama House, a retro 1950s hotel set in tropical gardens. From there, explore the white-sand beaches, jump and swim in the Sapphire Blue Hole, paddle with turtles at Edwin’s Turtle Lake Marine Reserve and hike the Leon Levy Native Plant Reserve. Cost €390 for a double room. Booking & more information here
TAKE A FAMILY HIKE ON EXUMAS ISLAND
Families looking for an adventure-filled day trip should spend a day exploring the 365 islands of the Exumas. Known for their pristine beaches, deserted cays and beautiful coastlines, these islands are the perfect setting for an unforgettable family adventure. See Exuma’s famous pigs, swim and even pet nurse sharks at Compass Cay and swim in Thunderball Cave, made famous by the James Bond movie Thunderball (1965). Exuma Sunrise Tour offers a private, full-day boat tour to the Exumas from €980, including a captain, swimming with pigs, iguana beach, snorkeling, sea turtles and a lunch stop (meals not included). Booking & more information here
BIRDWATCHING AND ECOTOURISM IN INAGUA
Inagua, consisting of Great Inagua Island and Little Inagua, is the southernmost island of the Bahamas. It has remained raw and untouched and consists mainly of protected national parks. Fly or take the weekly mail boat from Nassau to the islands to see over 80,000 flamingos and 140 species of native migratory birds. Look out for the Bahamian parrot, West Indian whistling duck, Kirtland’s warbler and a rare species of heron found on Little Inagua. Stay in one of the eco-friendly accommodations, such as the seven-room Brensville Suites, where you can sit in a hammock and watch the wild birds pecking at their feeders. For reservations: BrensVille Suites – Hotels in the Bahamas – The Official Site of the Bahamas
GO ON AN UNDERWATER MOTORCYCLE ADVENTURE IN NASSAU
For those who have explored tropical waters by snorkeling, diving and swimming and are looking for the newest mode of underwater transportation, why not try underwater motorcycling? Explore the ocean floor while sitting on an underwater motorcycle. You’ll ride along the ocean floor passing sea turtles, manta rays, beautiful mollusks and schools of brightly colored tropical fish. The Bahamas Tour Centre offers a three-hour Mini SUB Adventure from €123 per person. Booking & more information here
DANCE AT JUNKANOO
One of the most colorful and lively weeks on the Bahamian calendar is the Junkanoo Festival, which takes place in Nassau every Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Unique to the Bahamas, this is the heart and soul of the islands, with costumes prepared months in advance. Watch as Bahamians of all ages parade through the streets with joyful singing, banging goatskin drums, playing trumpets and ringing cowbells.