The Bahamas is consists of more than 700 islands and cays wherein each contains unique offerings that will definitely appeal to every visitor. The idea of the perfect vacation matches what this tropical paradise has in store for those who would like to spend a vacation and achieve ultimate relaxation. From stunning beaches, underwater explorations, tropical drinks, or adrenaline-inducing activities, the Bahamas has it all. And if you’re looking for the best place to stay during your trip, there are various houses for rent in the Bahamas that will further make your visit a remarkable one. Wake up with the spectacular view and admire the beauty of your surroundings far from the hustle and bustle of city life.
1. Join a Junkanoo Rush in Nassau
This is the Bahamas’ National Festival that happens in the capital every year the day after Christmas and New Year’s Day that commences after midnight. Be amazed of the rhythmic beat of the goatskin drums and even the flamboyant dancers with their vibrant feather costumes that flood the Bay Street.
2. Sink Your Toes in Pink Sand in Harbour Island, Cat Island
The Bahamian beaches are notable for its powdery white sand beach. But to further make your trip extra unusual, head to one of the country’s pink sand beaches. The most famous one is the Pink Sands Beach on Harbour Island. It is a three-mile long stretch which consistently tops best beach list and frequently used as a backdrop for photo shoots for a magazine or even weddings. Aside from that, there’s also one on the Cat’s Island’s Greenwood Beach. Here, you can have the entire area all to yourself. This phenomenon is caused but the tiny pieces of shells and corals and even the foraminifera, a micro-organism that gets crushed and eventually mixes with the sand which creates a pink hue.
3. SCUBA Dive a Barrier Reef
Some of the best places to scuba dive are the following: Nassau, Grand Bahama, Abaco, and Andros. The Bahamas is home to the world’s third largest barrier reef. No wonder that this is one of the top choices for SCUBA divers. Be mesmerised by the wonderful world down under from the colourful marine life to ship and plane wrecks and even those blue holes where a variety of sharks and stingrays can be spotted.
The islands of the Bahamas are indeed surrounded by corals making it an idyllic place to snorkel. Expect to see a school of colorful fishes like the Angelfish, Butterflyfish and even Sergeant Majors. If you’re lucky enough you’ll see bigger creatures like turtles, sharks, and stingrays. Avoid touching, breaking or stand on the coral. It is a delicate living creature that can be easily killed by curious humans.
5. Horseback Riding on the Beach
Some of the perfect places to do this are on the New Providence, Harbour Island or Grand Bahama. Regardless of your expertise, galloping along an unspoiled sandy white beach will truly create a memory for a lifetime. Some operators require a saddle while others will just let you ride bareback depending on your preference. Don’t forget to bring your camera with you and your guide to take great photos of you.
6. Swim with Pigs
This is perhaps one of the unusual experiences you’ve ever had in your Bahamian trip. You’ll have a close-up encounter with the world famous swimming pigs. Majority of them lives on Big Major Cay located in the Exuma chain. They will surely welcome you as they swim out to greet boatloads of tourists, asking for a snack and some behind the ears scratching. Please be reminded that the pigs are harmless but you still need to be careful and respectful. You can also have a quick stop at the neighboring Allan’s Cay where you can feed wild iguanas.
7. Kiss a Dolphin
You’ll have an opportunity to interact with the dolphin as you visit the Grand Bahama or New Providence. You can even pet and kiss them or be their trainer for the day. These dolphins will greet your boat and once you jump in the water, they’ll play with you right away
8. Pet a Shark
Drop by to the Compass Cay in the Exumas for a chance to pet a shark. There are nurse sharks around the area and is known as the least dangerous species to humans. It is possible to swim with them in the shallow water and socialize with them, just don’t provoke them.
9. March with Flamingos
Elegant pink Flamingos is the Bahamas’ national bird. They can be found in the southernmost island called Inagua. There are approximately 80,000 West Indian Flamingos. The largest breeding colony of this species in the world which is the Inagua National Park flamboyance are now being protected to prevent them from being extinct. If you can make it to Inagua, you can still see them in the Ardastra Gardens Zoo and Conservation Center located in the New Providence. You‘ll be amazed by the world-famous marching flamingos which have a show three times a day.
10. Conquer a Mountain
If you’re into hiking, there’s a Mount Alvernia in Cat Island which you can conquer. It is known as the highest national point in the Bahamas. Don’t worry, you can make in on top since the steep climb are made even easy by the cut stone staircase. You can pause along the way and admire the hand-carved Stations of the Cross and the spectacular panoramic view it offers from above.