Although it isn't as flashy as its sister island, Nassau, sprawling Grand Bahama has an array of things for visitors to do, but many of these attractions are far from the cruise port and are not within walking distance of Port Lucaya. There are plenty of tourism gems, but you'll need help finding them. The island is one place where booking a guided tour will grant access to hidden beaches, restaurants, caves, trails, and other wonders that aren't obvious at first glance.
The island is developing into an eco-tourism hotspot featuring stunning national parks with pristine waters, blue holes, caves, mangroves, and flourishing wildlife. Many tours are geared toward experiencing the beauty of the island, like West End Ecology Tours, which takes you off the beaten path, or Grand Bahama Nature Tours, a company that combines exploring the natural world with thrilling ATV transportation. Divers and snorkelers can explore the vibrant coral reefs teeming with tropical fish, sharks, and other marine life.
There's also motorized sightseeing tours to give first-timers an introduction to the island, horseback riding excursions through hidden trails and secluded beaches, and a local brewery for an authentic, casual afternoon.
The editors at 10Best.com have rounded up their favorite excursions and tours so visitors can experience the real Grand Bahama Island.