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Bucket List: Water Activities in Nassau Paradise Island

Posted by: Nassau Paradise Island on June 02, 2023

If the pristine, white-sand Bahamian beaches drew you to Nassau Paradise Island, you’re not alone. The beauty of The Bahamas is something to behold, and beyond the stunning seascape views, adventure awaits! Whether you’re after a once-in-a-lifetime snorkelling experience or a tranquil sunset cruise, we’ve put together the top five bucket list water activities that you simply must try on your next visit to Paradise. 

A family snorkeling in Nassau Paradise Island

Boat Tours

The crystal-clear waters surrounding The Bahamas will draw you in as soon as you set eyes on the ocean. Naturally, you’ll be excited to get out on the open seas, and there are many unforgettable tours and cruises for you to set sail on.

Flying Cloud offers half-day and full-day excursions on a 57-foot Catamaran that will tour you through the tropical Paradise. A full-day tour will see you snorkelling among coral reefs, spotting sea turtles in their natural habitat, and having fun in the sun at Rose Island Beach. Of course, you’ll need to refuel after all that adventure, so a tasty barbeque chicken and rib lunch buffet is provided on board, along with an all-inclusive bar to quench your thirst.

If you prefer to take the helm of the ship, join Barefoot Sailing Cruises on one of their many sailing or snorkelling experiences. Relax and enjoy as you coast through Paradise on a Sunset Champagne Cruise around Nassau Harbour, or be your own Captain and learn to sail on a “Sail Your Own Boat” private charter excursion. 

People swimming in the ocean near a boat

Fishing Charters

The turquoise waters of The Bahamas are teeming with marine life. If you’re an angler in search 
of world-class inshore and offshore deep-sea fishing, don’t pass up the opportunity to get out on one of Nassau Paradise Island’s fishing charters.

Do you have high hopes of reeling in a big one on your next island getaway? Whether you’re a seasoned angler or a first-time fisher, Reel Dreams has everything you need to make the most of your day out on the water. They provide the crew, the gear, and the local’s know-how to ensure you can get your dream catch. On this charter, you’ll typically be fishing for mahi-mahi, snapper, yellowfin tuna, blue marlin, and more.

For the family of fishermen looking for an easygoing day on the boat with a high chance of a catch, inshore fishing guarantees a fun day for everyone. Born Free Fishing Charters offer light tackle fishing charters that utilize light tackle trolling and bottom fishing methods to target barracuda, kingfish, mackerel, and others. All charters include a licensed Captain, fishing gear, bait, snorkelling gear, bottled water, and a cooler. 

A man and woman fishing
Fish swimming in Nassau Paradise Island

Island Excursions

The Bahamas is an archipelago made up of nearly 700 coral islands, so it only makes sense to add island hopping to your Nassau Paradise Island bucket list. Sandy Toes Rose Island is an uninhabited private island located just a short 25-minute boat ride from our shores, so you can feel like a castaway for the day in no time. You’ll receive a welcome drink on arrival, and then you can choose to spend your day snorkelling, kayaking, or taking in the serenity of the island in a hammock by the beach.

If you want to add another island to your itinerary, let Pearl Island Adventures take you on the luxury getaway of a lifetime. Spend the day on their two pristine beaches, stroll around the iconic lighthouse, or rent a private Ocean View Cabana to elevate your private island escape. 

beach with bright blue water
a couple walking on the beach hand in hand
Family snorkeling in Nassau Paradise Island, The Bahamas

Snorkelling & Diving Adventures

The clear blue waters of The Bahamas are abundant with marine life, and a snorkelling or scuba excursion is the perfect way to explore our extraordinary sub-aquatic world.

Snorkel the Ruins Lagoon at Atlantis while you swim alongside spotted rays and bright tropical fish, or venture offshore with Seahorse Snorkelling & Sailing Tours, where you’ll receive expert instruction before diving in to explore the diverse Bahamian marine life.

Thrill-seekers can deep dive into adventure with a scuba excursion. With Stuart Cove's Dive, certified divers can explore the walls, reefs, and wrecks surrounding New Providence Island on half or full-day 2-tank dives. This underwater escapade includes your dive gear and wetsuit, snacks, and water on board.

New divers can partake in their Discover Scuba Diving course, where they’ll go on their very first dive and learn the art of the craft from certified instructors. The course is three hours long, and includes diving equipment. Participants will be required to rent a wetsuit. 

Scuba diving in Nassau Paradise Island

Pools & Waterparks  

Add a splash of fun to your Bahamian getaway by visiting one of the epic pools and waterparks in Nassau Paradise Island.

There’s something for everyone at the Fins Up Waterpark at Margaritaville Beach Resort, Nassau Bahamas. Between four waterslides, a sprawling lazy river, a rock climbing wall, and more, your day will be filled with so much fun that you won’t know where to start! Margaritaville offers day passes for non-hotel guests, so everyone can get in on the excitement!

Baha Bay Waterpark at Baha Mar is set on 15 acres of beachfront and offers fun for visitors of all ages. Relax and let the river current lead you through lush tropical foliage, head to the wave pool, or rocket throughout the Duelling Riptide Coaster or Pirates Plunge. You’ll find family-friendly fun at every turn!

Aquaventure at Atlantis is the Caribbean’s biggest water-themed attraction, and it’s not to be missed. Take on the colossal, six-story Mayan Temple and plummet into a shark-filled lagoon, or ride the mile-long Rapids River through wave surges, elevations, and drops of up to seven feet! Alongside all of this adventure, you’ll also have access to the white sands of Paradise Beach. Can you imagine a more ideal getaway? 

Water park at Margaritaville
Baha Bay at Baha Mar in Nassau Paradise Island

If you want to trade out the adventure for a more peaceful pool day, rent a cabana and set up camp at the Adult Only Pool at The Cove. This slice of Paradise will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

Splash, dance, and sip the day away in a cabana at Privilege Pool & Bar. Your dedicated concierge ensures that you have everything you need, from craft cocktails to light bites. You’ll enjoy every moment of this luxury poolside experience in paradise.

Nassau Paradise Island has so many refreshing water activities to offer. Book your next getaway and find out for yourself why it’s better in The Bahamas. 

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