Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island
The first decision you will have to make is where to stay—Atlantis is not just a resort, but it’s also a water park and a marine habitat. While staying here you will have access to a variety of water slides in an area over 141 acres (57 hectares). On top of that, it is also the world’s largest open-air marine habitat, housing over 50,000 marine animals in 15 exhibit lagoons. Other notable attractions are an ocean-side golf course, a full spa, a yacht and fishing charters. Lastly, it is located on Paradise Island, this island is a connected to the Capital of the Bahamas via two bridges. You will be minutes away from a large variety of shopping outlets and have full access to the Paradise Island beach where the majority of the water sports activities take place.
This is the type of experience most people envision when they think of The Bahamas. Dolphin Encounters is a marine habitat, with trained dolphins that perform for and interact with visitors. The dolphins do diving tricks, raise and hold their bodies out of the water and will even give out kisses to tourists. You will have opportunity swim with them, take pictures, feed them and get a full appreciation for just how smart and friendly they are.
These activities take full advantage of the ocean surrounding the islands. Water sports includes a number of activities such as jet skiing, parasailing, banana boat riding and snorkelling. One of most amazing features of the archipelago are its coral reefs, which are home to hundreds of different fish species—snorkelling will give you an opportunity to get within reaching distance of all of the animals. Fortunately for visitors, there are several companies that combine all of these into a convenient package. They will provide you with the equipment, transportation and supervise you to make sure you’re safe the whole time.
This is the most famous and celebrated local dish in the Bahamas. Conch salad is made from a marine mollusc that lives inside a large spiral shell. This shell has become quite famous and grown to be associated with the Caribbean. The salad is made using the meat inside shell—cut up and served with a mix of other vegetables and seasonings. You should definitely try this dish before leaving the island, the best version can be found at Arawak Cay Fish Fry.
Pirates of Nassau Interactive Museum
The idea of piracy has been popularized by movie series such as Pirates of the Caribbean, but it was in fact a very real period in Caribbean history. The ‘Golden Age of Piracy’ lasted from about 1690 to 1720 and heavily affected The Bahamas as its capital, Nassau, hosted the largest concentration of pirates of any Caribbean island. Visitors can see how pirates where executed, the type of weapons they used and learn about some of the most favorite pirate legends. I especially recommend it if you have young children traveling with you as they tend to enjoy the role playing.
One good place to try these is The Cricket Club Restaurant & Pub, a great place for anyone who is a sports fan. It serves a mix of Bahamian and British foods—such as the above-named fritters—while live streaming up to four different major sporting events at a time. It is open seven days a week from early morning until the last major sporting event has ended. The balcony overlooks a local cricket pitch and on Saturdays and Sundays you can watch the local teams play, with matches going from morning into the late evening.
The Marching Flamingoes
This is a must see for any animal lovers. Ardastra Gardens, Zoo & Conservation Centre features a variety of animals that are indigenous to The Bahamas, the most famous being our national bird, the Flamingo. They have even created a performance called the ‘Marching Flamingoes’, which takes place daily at 10:30, 14:15 and 16:00.
Andros Great Barrier Reef
This is the third largest barrier reef in the world and stretches for over 190 mi. (306km). Here you can find a wide variety of fish, sharks, turtles, rays, eels and much more. The reef begins about 8 ft. (2.4m) off of the east coast of Andros, making it a very accessible snorkelling spot for tourists.
The Bahamas has one of the most diverse underwater cave systems in the world, filled with marine life such as sponges, lobsters, crabs and shrimps. The network consists of submerged caves, as well as blue holes, which are extremely large marine sinkholes and can go as deep as 354 ft. (108m). Bahamas Underground offers training and guide services for those interested.
Exploring The Island
Bahamas has many ‘little’ things to be appreciated, such as walking on as many of the beaches as you can, walking around the area where you’re staying, talking to the locals and making sure you make the most of each of the activities listed in this article by having a positive attitude and being adventurous.