The Clearest Waters on Earth
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.
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.
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.
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