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Travel Tip of the Month: Planning a Day at Sea

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Travel Tip of the Month: Planning a Day at Sea

There are more than 700 islands in The Bahamas and the clear turquoise waters that surround them are so vibrant they can be seen from space. To make your next tropical getaway the best yet, we’ve rounded up our travel tips for planning—and enjoying—the perfect day at sea.

Island Hopping

If you’re looking to set off and explore the Islands of The Bahamas, there are several options to choose from if you’re looking to enjoy escaping to another island for a day.

Pearl Island Adventures

Pearl Island Adventures is a great choice for a family looking for an island adventure. The facilities on Pearl Island include kayaks, paddleboards, guided snorkel tours, even a waterpark! There's also a kitchen and outdoor dining area to enjoy a delicious, freshly prepared Bahamian lunch (included in your tour). 

Balmoral Island

Take a ferry to Balmoral Island and spend the day relaxing on their private white sand beach, enjoying the pool and private Beach Club, or having an up-close-and-personal encounter with marine life like stingrays and dolphins.

Sandy Toes Rose Island

From the first sip of your welcome beverage to swimming with pigs, a trip to Sandy Toes Rose Island makes for an extraordinary day. Snorkel and kayak the private island’s cove or relax in a hammock under the shade of palm trees and spend the day living the island life.

Wildlife Watching

The warm turquoise waters of The Bahamas are home to a colorful array of marine life so why not plan to set out to sea to see what you can see? From vibrant coral reefs brimming with life to dolphins, rays, sea turtles, and more, catching a glimpse of marine life in their natural habitat makes for an unforgettable travel experience.

Hop aboard the luxe 50’ catamarans at Seahorse Sailing Adventures and spend a half a day sailing the ocean blue, snorkeling in the Seahorse captain’s go-to snorkeling spots. Or call upon the experts at Bahama Divers to show you the best coral reefs and diving wrecks.

Hoist a Sail

For a different on-the-water experience, head out for dinner with Seahorse Sailing Adventures and enjoy unparalleled views of a Bahamas sunset as you sail in a 50’ catamaran around Paradise Island Harbor.

If the idea of sailing around in a catamaran sounds idyllic, contact Flying Cloud Catamaran Cruises and choose from a variety of half-day sailing cruises that’ll have you island hopping and enjoying the Bahamas’ turquoise waters.

Are you an experienced sailor? Would you like to be? Spend the day sheeting the sails and taking the helm with Barefoot Sailing Cruises, where the adventure is entirely up to you.  

Cast a Line

Guests of Atlantis have access to Atlantis Yacht & Fishing Charters, each beautiful boat moored within walking distance of your hotel room. You can choose from half or full-day fishing tours, all suitable for first-timers and pro anglers alike.

Hop aboard a speedboat with Bahama Boat Excursions and let them take you to the best place to reel in a photo-worthy catch. Into adventure more than angling? Check out their Wave Rider package and spend three hours tubing and wakeboarding. 

If sportfishing is one of your hobbies or something you've always wanted to try, Reel Dreams Bahamas has all of the equipment and know-how you need to reel in prize catches like wahoo, mahi-mahi, and yellowfin tuna.

The pros at Chubasco Fishing Charters are so confident in their fishing locations and top-of-the-line tackle that if you can’t catch a fish on a day-long fishing trip with them, your trip is free!   

 

What to Bring

It’s important to be prepared for your day at sea. That way you’ll stay comfortable and enjoy the entire experience. Most boat charters provide bottled water but it’s always nice to make sure you’ve got some on hand. Check if lunch or appetizers are provided during your sea adventure. If not, you may want to pack some snacks.

You’ll definitely want to make sure you have:

  • Swimsuit and towel, because that clear turquoise water will be too tempting to resist!  
  • Sunscreen (Waterproof if you have it.)
  • Hat and sunglasses. (Polarized sunglasses are best when you’re out on the water.)
  • A long-sleeved shirt or light jacket in case the wind picks up offshore.
  • If you’re prone to motion sickness, consider packing some motion-sickness pills or remedies, just in case.
  • A camera. If you’ve got a waterproof camera or underwater attachment, this is the perfect excuse to put it to use.

Make sure you listen to the safety procedures upon boarding and wear a life jacket if your captain requires it.

Tips for Booking A Boat Charter

As you plan your day at sea, there are a few things to keep in mind. First of all, know exactly how many people will be in your party. Many charter companies have a sizable fleet but some boats will be larger—and fit more people—than others. You’ll also want to decide whether you’d like to explore solo on a private charter or as part of a larger group.

Plan whether or not you’d like to spend a full day at sea or just part of a day. Experiences can last anywhere from three to eight hours. If you'll be out exploring for a long period, inquire about food options. Sometimes snacks or even a complete lunch will be included and some charters may charge an additional fee.

To make the most of your excursion, we suggest planning an early departure. Some charters and excursions will arrange pick-up at your hotel but it’s always best to double check. Ask your concierge or front desk to book a car for you to get both to and from your boat’s departure point. You’ll be so tired and exhilarated from your water adventures that you’ll want to be able to head home with ease.

You’re ready to hit the high seas! Enjoy exploring our turquoise waters and don’t forget to share your experience using #ItsBetterinTheBahamas.