The Clearest Waters on Earth

April 30, 2014 3 Comments
Dock at Nassau, Bamamas

If the sea is calling, pellucid waters are never far from view in Nassau.

The name Bahamas originates from baja mar, Spanish for “shallow sea.” When the shallowness is combined with the low tidal range, the result is the sublime turquoise hue of the water. With a visibility that often tops 200 feet, the waters are prime for pretty much any activity under the sun—snorkeling with stingrays, dolphin encounters, glass-bottom kayak tours, big-game fishing for blue marlin, and more. Plenty of coral reefs and shipwrecks are waiting to be explored, and there’s even an underwater-scooter tour.

Paddle glass-bottom kayaks through hidden cays, mangroves, and sandbars, or enjoy parasailing, power boating, and catamaran adventures. For those who want to get in the water but not get wet, the glass-encased Atlantis SeaWorld semi-submarine meets your needs. The craft descends five feet below the water’s surface, where the striking seascape is visible through large glass windows.

For those who prefer to simply relax at the water’s edge, Nassau has 17 powdery beaches nearby, including an enticing three-mile stretch along the coast of Paradise Island. Junkanoo Beach, the closest to the cruise terminal, is a 15-minute walk or five-minute taxi ride away.

3 Comments for “The Clearest Waters on Earth

  • Laurie

    I would like to know if we are ready to return to the ship after we complete an excursion or just hang out on the beach awhile, are we able to get back on the ship when we want to?

  • Jennifer

    Can we go to any of the 17 beaches including Junkanoo Beach on our own?

    • Royal PortFolio

      Hi Jennifer,
      You may venture out on your own, but you would miss out on some of the benefits of the official shore excursions. Priority departure off the ship and guaranteed return to the ship (meaning if your particular shore excursion is delayed, the ship will wait for you) are a couple to consider.

      Hope you have a fantastic trip.

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Fly down an enormous waterslide or take the scenic route along the mile-long river ride, filled with active rapids. Be sure to catch a tour of the archaeological “ruins” of Atlantis and excavations known as The Dig.

Swim in the lagoon, relax on the beach, check out the Dolphin Encounter, or do nothing but watch the coconut palms sway as you lounge in a double hammock.

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