Greetings from…The Bahamas! Jk I’m not currently in the Bahamas, although I seriously wish I was! I miss that clear, turquoise water. Our trip back in December was mostly relaxation, with a few fun excursions sprinkled in, so I don’t have a full travel guide like usual. But I do have a list of top 10 things to do in the Bahamas!
- Shark Dive. My dad is crazy and he really, really wanted to do a shark dive. We talked about it a lot before our trip, but I was still very on the fence about it when I got to the Bahamas. On the one hand, it sounded awesome. On the other hand, sharks are scary! 🦈 But I didn’t have much of a choice when I arrived and my dad said, “I booked us the shark dive!” He had booked this one through Stuart’s Cove, and you can either do a scuba dive where you hang out up close and personal with the sharks, or a half day snorkel where you go to a couple different spots and then they throw a bait box in the water to attract the sharks that circle around it (we did the snorkel trip). The guys at Stuart’s Cove have excellent reviews and we had a great time. The shark dive was definitely one of the highlights of our trip! While it’s a bit unnerving to see them circling about and then occasionally coming very close (a couple swam RIGHT underneath me. Like, 2 – 3 feet under me), it was also such a thrill and I’m glad we did it.
- Swimming with the pigs. Ok, you can’t come to The Bahamas and not do a day trip to Exuma. The water out there is the most turquoise I’ve ever seen, and of course you have to see the famous swimming pigs. We did a day trip with Powerboat Adventures, and it was one of the best excursions I’ve ever done! They took us out to Exuma and their own private little island.
- Feed the iguanas. On our way out to the island with Powerboat Adventures, we stopped at an island that was totally infested with iguanas. It sounds so silly, but it was so fun to feed them grapes and watch them scurry up and over the sand.
- Go drift snorkeling. Again, with Powerboat Adventures (you guys I’m telling you, one of the best excursions we’ve ever booked!), we went drift snorkeling during our day trip. Just off the island where you hang out at you can go out with a couple of guides and catch a very strong current in between two islands. You just sit back and let the current pull you along, as you watch all the fish, turtles, and sharks go by. It was awesome and we did it twice but I wish we could have gone over and over again!
- Feed sting rays. Last one that was also with Powerboat Adventures. We were able to pet and feed sting rays that came right up to us at the beach. So. Cool!
- Try conch at The Fish Fry. Ask any local where the best place to eat in town is and they’ll tell you at the Fish Fry. The Fish Fry is a strip of a bunch of restaurants, and our favorite there was Oh Andros. You absolutely must try conch! Conch fritters, conch burger, conch ceviche…and now I’m drooling. If you’ve had abalone before, it’s similar to that, but I think more flavorful.
- Shopping at the Straw Market. The Straw Market in Nassau is where all the tourists go to do their souvenir shopping. While most everything among the sky-hall stalls are crap, you can find a few gems. I got my “Greetings from…” hat there, and my dad picked up a bunch of different, beautiful conch shells to give as gifts.
- Snorkel at the underwater sculpture garden. Visit Clifton Heritage National Park and snorkel in the underwater sculpture garden. Tour groups can take you out there as well.
- Swim with dolphins at Blue Lagoon Island. Book a trip out to Blue Lagoon Island, and swim with dolphins!
- Visit the Pink Sands Beach at Harbor Island. Visit Pink Sands Beach, known for having red shells mixed in with the sand that give the beach a pink hue.
If you’re looking for where to stay, I wrote up a whole post about where we stayed at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, here!