Your Bahamas vacation should be enjoyed through amazing cultural and unique experiences. No need to sift through a million sites to find the top excursions from Nassau- we have compiled a list for your convenience. Let’s Explore the top 5 excursions from Nassau Bahamas- if you spend your money on one thing, I highly recommend having that one thing be an excursion, if you can do two, that’s even better!
Vacation is all about relaxing, having fun, and exploring the culture of a new place. Through these excursions, you can knock off all the items off your bucket list and explore the natural beauty of the Bahamas.
Group Tour Vs. Private Excursion
I always opt for a private excursion. You have more flexibility in how you spend your day, you can do the things you want and omit the things you don’t care for. You will make memories of a lifetime with your group that you will never forget. On private excursions, you avoid the touristic feel of a usual tour, and you can really get a unique experience. Connect with your guide and ask any and all the questions you have. No unwanted loud obnoxious people to ruin your day, or complainers that are messing up the vibe. Just you and your group enjoying an experience privately, and just how you like it.
There are some benefits of a group excursion as well, they could be more cost-effective, usually saving around $100 per person. Group tours are also beneficial for smaller groups, of 1-2 passengers. Through group excursions, you can meet new people and enjoy other people’s energy on the trip. Group tours also usually include things like lunch, drinks, etc. So, if you are looking for something easy and all-inclusive then this is a good option for you.
Booking tours can be expensive, ranging from $100-$1,000 per person, but they are worth every penny. If you are trying to avoid breaking the bank on this vacation, I suggest renting an AIRBNB, cooking some meals at home, and splurging on your excursions, you won’t regret it!
Let’s face it, the best part of the Bahamas is the beautiful turquoise clear water, naturally all the best things to do in the Bahamas will involve exploring the ocean. Let us dive into the best excursions offered from Nassau!
Top 5 Excursions from Nassau, Bahamas
#1. Exuma Day Trip
This is undeniably the best trip ever. Everyone rants and raves about the Exuma Excursion, and here’s why. Exuma has some of the most beautiful calm and blue waters in the world. It is simply unmatched, nowhere in the world has waters quite like Exuma. In addition to its beauty, the Exuma Excursion day trip is filled with non-stop adventure. Swimming with the pigs, snorkeling the Thunderball Grotto, exploring the Pipe Cay Sandbar, swimming with the famous sharks, having lunch at the iconic Staniel Cay Yacht Club and feeding the endangered iguanas! PHEW! Can you believe we can pack that all in one day? Luckily Staniel Cay is located right in the middle of all that, so each spot is 5-10 minutes away from each other via boat.
So what’s the itinerary? Depending on if you book with a group or solo, your itinerary could be very different.
Private Charter to Staniel Cay, Exuma
We run our private charters out of Nassau via plane. You hop on a small private group charter, but everything else is private. Someone from our professional driving team picks you up, drops you to the airport where you will board a quick 30-minute beautiful flight. You’ll have white glove service all the way. When you land in Staniel Cay, your captain will be waiting for you. Choose to do all the spots or omit what you don’t want to see. Avoid the crowds, do what you want and with who you want.
Our charters are $550 per person and are worth every penny. Get the most unique experience out of this day with locals that know the area and can navigate the ins & outs of Staniel Cay. Avoid rushing around and not having time to see the things you really want; on your private tour you can design the day just how you want to.
Group Charters to Staniel Cay, Exuma
Group charters to Staniel Cay are generally run via a boat, departing from Nassau. Just the boat ride alone takes about 2.5 hours to get to Staniel Cay. You jump from spot to spot having about 15-20 min to explore each attraction. Generally, group charters will include lunch and drinks in the price and will cost you between $400-500 per person. This is a bit more rushed, but also offers the group experience if that is what you are looking for! Plus, if you don’t like to fly this is a great option for you.
I personally have done the Staniel Cay Exuma excursion over 20 times and I can tell you it never gets old, its simply unmatched!
#2. Rose Island Half-Day Excursion
This is a must-do for all travelers to Nassau. It is easy, convenient, and the most affordable tour option if you are looking to explore the Bahamas via boat. Rose Island has spectacular beaches, swimming with the pigs, turtles, and beautiful snorkeling. This is a 4-hour tour (could be extended if you wish) and it’s only a 15-minute ride from Nassau!
If you are hesitant to travel far and long, or just don’t want to be out on an all-day excursion, this is the perfect option for you!
Group tour Vs. Private
Tours to Rose Island are quick and easy and filled with tons of fun! Group tours start at around $150 per person. However, if you are in a larger group, you can do a private tour for around the same price. Just as always choosing whether to do private or group will be specific to you and your group.
Private tours allow for more flexibility and design of the day. Enjoy whatever you want to and even add a little fishing on your excursion!
#3. Eleuthera Day Trip
Eleuthera is known for its endless adventures, beautiful white sand beaches, Harbour Island, and much more! We offer two ways to explore Eleuthera- one is simply by taking a boat over from Nassau (about a 1.5-hour ride), and the next is not for the faint-hearted, you will be out all day and on planes, boats, cars, and endless adventure! If you are looking for a unique and completely custom-made experience then this is for you, let’s dive in!
Eleuthera Tour By Boat from Nassau
Take a quick 1.5-hour private boat ride from Nassau to Spanish Wells, Eleuthera. One of the most adventurous spots you can explore when visiting The Bahamas. Swing on rope swings on a sandbar, explore beautiful snorkeling, see stingrays, starfish, and turtles, swim with the pigs and enjoy the bright crystal blue waters. This is a unique experience and is the perfect place to explore if you want to do a full-day experience without hopping on a plane. It’s literally jam-packed with adventure but also filled with a relaxing boat ride on the way and return.
There aren’t many options for this experience as a group tour, so booking private will be your best bet- the cost starts at around $2,500 for the day. If you’ve already done Rose Island and are looking to spice up your next trip, this is the one!
Eleuthera Land & Boat Tour
This is the adventurer’s dream, but not for those who aren’t willing for a lot of moving around and going with the flow. If you are willing to let go and just experience this amazing day you will not regret it!
This tour starts in Nassau, early in the morning, where you will head to the airport and hop on a quick 20-minute flight into North Eleuthera. Upon arriving your driver will pick you up and take you on a land excursion to see the most adventurous and unique destinations in North Eleuthera, including the Queen’s Bath, Glass Window Bridge, The Sapphire Blue Hole (yes you can jump in, and I highly recommend doing so) and Preachers Cave. Just when you thought the day couldn’t get any more epic, you will meet your boat captain and head out on your boat adventure to all the top spots in Spanish Wells! Grab a quick bite to eat, and head out to explore the rope swings, swim with the pigs, hang with the stingrays and starfish, see the turtles & snorkel beautiful reefs. After this jam-packed day of adventure, your captain will take you back to the dock where your driver will be waiting for you to catch your plane home.
This is a 100% unique tour to Float Your Boat Bahamas, no one else offers this experience. Every one of our guests that have done this epic excursion has said it was the best day ever! This tour costs about $800 per person but varies on group size. If you are looking to do something unique, this is the tour for you. As mentioned, we are the only ones who offer this, and it requires much planning but is an epic day!
#4. Snorkel the Atlas Underwater Statues
If you need a budget-friendly experience this is a fantastic option for you! This is a guided snorkeling tour (no boat involved) in Nassau, so it is recommended that you are at least an intermediate swimmer to go on this experience.
Explore the underwater sculpture garden, snorkel the sunken shipwrecks, and explore beautiful bright, and lively coral reefs. You can also explore the shipwrecks, which are old movie props that have been left after filming 007 & Jaws, quite the site to see!
This is offered as a group tour via Clifton Heritage Park for $100 per person. You can also access the statues for free if you stop to them by boat (this is a custom offering that some charter companies will do).
#5. Book a Fishing Excursion
Can you think of anything better than catching your own fish to cook on your vacation? I think that is one of the most rewarding experiences one could have! The Bahamas is filled with delicious fish to catch and cook. Depending on the season you can find Grouper, Tuna, Snappers, Lobster, Mahi, Wahoo & Jacks! Literally all the tastiest options! The great thing about fishing is that you can find a charter from any island you visit. There are tons of fishing experiences all over the Bahamas.
Fishing tours are usually done privately and expect to pay about $800 for reef fishing and $1200 for deep sea. Prices vary depending on which island you are on.
The bottom line is that when you are coming on your Bahamas vacation, make sure to budget for some sort of excursion, something that suits your needs. These experiences are all things you will remember for a lifetime. We are available to book any tour you’d like- remember that Float Your Boat Bahamas offers 100% private and customizable experiences. If there is something you’d like to experience or have questions about booking something, please feel free to reach out!