Best Tours and Excursions for Experiencing Nassau's Treasures

A vacation to Nassau can be many things, and the wise and adventuresome traveler tries to experience them all. This list guides such travelers to experiences that round out a visit to New Providence Island and Paradise Island. It skirts the usual tourist magnets for guided visions of what lies below the surface.

In the case of the water's surface, snorkeling and diving charters and even a "semi-submarine" boat cruise allow you a peak at the Bahamas' magnificent coral reefs and the creatures that frequent them. But visiting Nassau is only experiencing one level of the diverse Bahamas archipelago. You may want to consider a side trip with Bahamas Ferries to one of the hundreds of charming, time-stilled Out Islands that surround Nassau.

You can glimpse some of that character if you get outside the Nassau comfort zone on New Providence Island, and Happy Trails Stables is a great way to see rural landscapes and beaches from a horseback perspective. 

The list also suggests a few ways to see the sights in downtown Nassau. However you tour the islands, stay tuned to your guides to learn the fascinating history of the destination and pick up a few colorful phrases and a little culture. 

Nassau Water Taxi
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The water taxi that makes the short trip across the harbor between Nassau and Paradise Island is an affordable way to see both islands if you don't have a car to cross the bridge. The boarding docks are convenient - within easy walking...  Read More

John Watling's Distillery
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John Watling's Distillery packages rum at the Buena Vista Estate in downtown Nassau - a lovely collection of buildings with a storied past. Take the short tour of the distillery, sample the rum and enjoy the view of the harbor from the historic...  Read More

Powerboat Adventures

Are you ready to feel the air whip through your hair as you speed across the water at over 40 mph in a 1,000 hp power boat? Hang on for an exhilarating ride and a memorable day. Choose your own agenda from options that include a visit to a...  Read More

Offering the only horseback riding tours on the island, Happy Trails Stables (otherwise known as the Windsor Equestrian Centre) gives visitors a unique opportunity to see nature up close. Trails lead through wooded areas to the untainted beaches...  Read More

Carriage Tours
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Downtown Nassau has some steep hills to walk if you want to see all the important sights. So save your feet and take a leisurely and scenic ride through downtown streets in a horse drawn, pretty little surrey carriage. Tours start and end...  Read More

The Flying Cloud, a 57-foot catamaran, sets sail for entertaining and exciting trips around Nassau Harbor. The half-day sail and snorkel adventure lasts about 3-1/2 hours, and features a high-speed sail to Rose Island, where you can swim in the...  Read More

If your visit to the Bahamas has you confined to one island, consider a Bahamas Ferries trip. The company runs a regular daily schedule of trips to several Out Islands (Eleuthera, Andros, Exuma, Freeport and Abaco), aboard their three...  Read More

Dolphin Encounters places a strong emphasis on animal care, education, conservation and research, but also provides memorable experiences for participants in their "Dolphin Encounter" and "Dolphin Swim" programs and "Sea Lion...  Read More

Chubasco Fishing Charters
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As Nassau's largest fishing fleet, Chubasco Fishing Charters operates four charter sportfishing yachts, all fully equipped for sportfishing, snorkeling, sightseeing and island picnics. Operated by a seventh and eighth generation Bahamian...  Read More

Stuart Cove's is the leading full-service dive center on New Providence, offering equipment sales and rentals in addition to a wide variety of organized trips. Join a snorkeling trip, a thrilling scuba dive or even a ride aboard an...  Read More


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