Top 10 things to see and do in The Bahamas
Bahamian People-to-People afternoon tea
In Nassau have afternoon tea at the historic and imposing Government House, the official residence of The Governor of The Bahamas. On the last weekday of the month, the Bahamian People-to-People programme offers complimentary tea with a fashion show, live music and shuttle transfer to your edifice, providing luxury and colonial history for no charge.
Bahama Barrels: blend-your-own-wine experience
The luxurious 18th century Graycliff Hotel is a Nassau institution and has recently introduced a range of experiences including Bahama Barrels, where you learn to blend your own wine in the oldest Church in the Bahamas (across the road from the main hotel). Guided by Jason, a Californian winemaker, you learn all about wine production, grapes, and tasting. The experience concludes when you blend, name and bottle your very own bottle of wine to take home.
Island Hopping – Harbour Island or Eleuthera
Take a day trip from the capital of the Bahamas to Harbour Island or Eleuthera with Bahamas Ferries and navigate between the islands. Harbour Island is known for its miles of candy-floss pink sand and celebrity guests, whereas Eleuthera has sweet pineapple farms dotting the landscape and ideal conditions for surfriding on the Atlantic facet. And if you fancy staying on the island, strive glamping at The different facet, a set of luxury tents commanding the ocean.
Meet the Dolphins at Blue Lagoon
Just three miles from Nassau, Blue Lagoon Island, also known as Salt Cay, has water sports including paddle boarding and water bikes, as well as dolphins and sea lions. Visitors can swim with the animals and spend the day relaxing on a tranquil beach. It’s a great family day out.
Dive with Hammered Sharks
The iconic hammerhead sharks can be seen in The Out Island of Bimini from December to April. The Bahamas was made a shark sanctuary in 2011, making killing sharks illegal and shark tourism has flourished. Diving with the hammerhead sharks is an unforgettable adventure as the huge creatures swim around you and come within an arm’s length.
Swim with Pigs
The swimming pigs of The Exumas have become world famous but they can also be spotted on other islands including The Abacos. It is AN ironical however fascinating issue to examine entire families of pigs running on a tropical beach in the sunshine and trotting into the water for a refreshing swim. Visitors can join them in the sea for a dip when the pigs swim up for any free carrots.
Sail and dive in Abaco Islands
The 120-mile–long chain of The Abacos is right for water travel and sailing. Book on a daily basis trip with Brendal, United Nations agency has run the dive center on sea turtle key for thirty-five years. He can treat you with tall tales whereas showing you the way to feed rays by putting bits of fish between your toes. Stop for skin diving before a BBQ lunch on a deserted beach with cannon fodder and lobster ready by Brendal himself.
Or ocean dogs can hire a boat for the day and create their own tour around the coast stopping at abandoned cays or the historic New town with its colorful 18th-century buildings. Daily rates from $90
Grand Bahama Island Fish Fry
Fish Fry in The Bahamas dates back to pre-Colombian times and is a regular event throughout the islands with beach shacks serving food with a party atmosphere or small stalls cooking for locals. On Grand Bahama Island Wednesday night is the time to head to Smith Point. Get there early (about 6) before the queues form. Eat at tables overlooking the lovely beach and watch the sunset, then party until the small hours with music and dancing enjoyed by locals and tourists alike.
A fish dinner with fresh snapper or grouper, rice and peas and sides is about $12. Don’t miss the guava duff for pudding and wash it down with a rum punch or local Kalik beer. No need to book in advance – just take a taxi or shuttle, anyone will tell you where it is.
Dive into The Blue Hole
Dean’s Blue Hole on Long Island is the world’s second deepest blue hole at 633 feet below ground. It leads to the world’s eighth largest underwater cavern – filled with amazing marine life and fabulous colors. Perfect for shore divers, Dean’s Hole is also a mecca for free divers since the world Free Diving record was set here in 2007. Head here to snorkel and spot seahorses, rays, turtles, and tarpons.
Try Conch Fritters
Conch (or conk as it is called here) is a pretty, pink, edible mollusk eaten throughout the region but a particular favorite in The Bahamas. Don’t leave without trying Conch Fritters: just one of the myriad ways of eating, these bite-size fritters are the ideal appetizer at any time of the day and go especially well with a Bahama Mama cocktail or local beer like Kalik or Sands Radler which is a light fruity beer flavored with grapefruit. Stop off at one of the many colorful conk stalls dotted throughout the islands.