Experiences Not to Miss in the Bahamas

Experiences Not to Miss in the Bahamas

Nobody wants to live with regrets.  So many people on their deathbeds when asked for one single thing they would  tell the living, the most common responses were: “Always Go!” and “In the end, you’re going to regret what you didn’t do more than what you did.”

In essence, they’re telling you that money, drama, and stress mean nothing. It’s about living! Very few people understand this concept, but those who do will truly live their lives. So in the spirit of YOLO if there is one place that you really need to visit, it’s The Bahamas.

Accommodations + Activities

The Bahamas has more than 700 islands, which is going to make it difficult to figure out where to stay and what to do. This article should help you out in that regard. For accommodations, the solution is simple. You’re going to be best off staying in Bahamas luxury villas. I mean, if you are going somewhere like The Bahamas, you need to do it in style.

For attractions and activities, there is so much to do in The Bahamas that you would be reading for days. Therefore, this article will stick to some of the top activities in The Bahamas, which focus on snorkeling and scuba diving. However, I’ve added in a few other surprise experiences as well.

Andros Barrier Reef

Though not as popular as Grand Bahama and Paradise Island, Andros is the largest of all Bahama islands. In fact, it’s larger than all 700+ islands combined. The island is 104 miles long and 40 miles wide. It consists of three sub-islands: North Andros, Mangrove Cay, and South Andros.

Andros Barrier Reef is a popular spot for snorkeling and scuba diving because of the underwater life that lives (and visits) there. This underwater life includes sharks, stingrays, and turtles. There are low currents here, which makes exploration a lot easier and more enjoyable.

You can also visit King Kong’s Blue Hole, which is an underwater river. The river water is dark green and 72 degrees opposed to light blue and 84 degrees like the water above. It’s unlike anything you will see anywhere else in the world, and that fact alone makes it worth visiting.

Thunderball Grotto

Thunderball Grotto is closest to the Exuma Island, which is part of The Bahamas. For a more specific location, Thunderball Grotto is located at Staniel Cay. You can access Staniel Cay from anywhere in The Bahamas. Therefore, this destination should be on your agenda regardless of which Bahamas luxury villas you choose.

Thunderball Grotto was used in two James Bond movies, including Thunderball, which is part of Thunderball Grotto’s fame. Even without being in the movies, this is definitely somewhere you want to visit. It’s basically a large cave where you can snorkel and scuba dive to see exotic fish or you can jump through the hole in the ceiling.

Even if you chose to do neither, you’re going to enjoy being here because it’s such a unique experience. It’s highly recommended that you wear water shoes and arrive early in order to beat the crowds. You can anchor your boat outside the grotto and snorkel or dive your way in. However you choose to enter, you should be mesmerized by the crystal blue water.

Bimini

You can snorkel and scuba dive at the black coral gardens on Bimini, but as hinted at above, there would be other ideas presented here. The first thing you should know about Bimini is that it’s the closest island to the continental United States. It’s only 50 miles from the Florida coastline. What might be more interesting to you are the facts that this was Ernest Hemingway’s favorite spot in the summer and that Jimmy Buffet wrote a book here.

If that doesn’t interest you, then The Healing Hole might. This is known by many to be The Fountain of Youth. It’s a natural freshwater spring that pumps lithium and sulfur into a saltwater swamp. Many who have come here for healing needs have left feeling invigorated.

One last fact about Bimini is that Bimini Road is believed to be remnant of the Lost City of Atlantis. There aren’t many times in your life where you will be able to grace the same land as Ernest Hemingway and Warren Buffet while also snorkeling/scuba diving, finding The Fountain of Youth, and traveling on a road that might have been a remnant of the Lost City of Atlantis.

Final Thoughts

You now have a lot more information on how to enjoy The Bahamas. Be sure to book your luxury villa soon so you can enjoy and explore everything The Bahamas has to offer. Remember, “Always Go!”

Book your trip now

Are you ready to book your trip?  To help you get the best deals and service here are the companies that I personally use to book all of my travel online. I always shop around before booking anything, but these are my tried and tested starting places.

  • Skyscanner – I’m a bit fan of Skyscanner, it is who I use to book all of my flights. I often will check other like Google Flights or Momodo, but I always go here first and it is who I book 99% of my flights with. 
  • Booking.com – I LOVE booking.com especially when I can book and cancel free up until a certain point, mostly because my plans are forever changing. It’s easy to use and has one of the widest selections. 
  • Airbnb – I’m not a huge user of Airbnb, but sometimes I do like to use it, and I ALWAYS check it before I book anything else. You can get some really cool places to stay here, and it is especially good in places like Cuba. If you don’t have an account and you click on this link then you will get $36 off your first booking.
  • Hostelworld – If you are looking for hostels then this is a great place to check first. They often have additional places that you won’t find on Bookin.com.
  • Agoda – Although I don’t use it as much as booking.com, Agonda is especially good if you are traveling in Asia as they really do dominate there. 
  • Worldpackers – If you want to travel on the cheap and save money on accommodation then you need Worldpackers in your life. You can read more about it here. If you click this link to sign up and use the code CLAIRESITCHYFEET then you can get a 40% discount on your membership! 
  • Book a Way – If you are traveling in Asia and want to pre-book your transportation then bookaway.com is a fantastic site to do so. They have buses, trains, and cars.
  • RentalCars – Looking to rent a. car while you are away? I always book through Rental Cars as they do a search of all of the big sites and find the best deals. 
  • Welcome Pickups – Very occasionally getting from the airport to my accommodation is a total pain in the butt, or I’m traveling in a group and it makes sense to arrange a pickup. When I do I use Welcome pickups.
  • World Nomads – If you are looking for flexible travel insurance then it’s World Nomads all the way. I wrote all about insurance here if you want a more thorough review. 
  • SafetyWing – AsI’m a Digital Nomad and not moving around quite so much anymore I personally use SafetyWing now for my health insurance. I wrote a full review here
  • Viatour – Sometimes it can be a little expensive, but I like Viatour for somethings, especially if you can get a discount code! It’s also great for inspiration. 
  • Klook – If you are traveling in Asia, then Klook is great! You can book all kinds of tours, activities, and train tickets, plus they even have sim cards and WiFi.

Claire Summers

Dancer, producer, traveller, photographer, cake maker, dog lover and knitter of Christmas scarfs.

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