What to do and where to go in the Bahamas
Explore and discover the islands of the Bahamas with our guide to things to do and see on your trip, including water sports, tropical wildlife, historical sites and unique underground caves
by Marina Nelson
Swim with dolphins
Often a highlight at places such as the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, swimming with dolphins is major attraction in the Bahamas. Dolphin Encounters on Blue Lagoon Island has a range of programs and boat tours, allowing you to jump aboard and explore the islands of the Bahamas after your dolphin experience.
Get an adrenaline rush from the thrill of parasailing as you ascend from the crystal-clear waters up into the bright blue skies. Available on most of the islands, this activity allows you to enjoy the views in a most unique way.
Dive into Dean’s Blue Hole
Located on Long Island, Dean’s Blue Hole is the world’s deepest known ocean blue hole and measures 663ft deep. Frequented by snorkellers, master divers and freedivers in training, the blue sink hole is also a popular attraction for visitors looking for an unforgettable and thrilling ocean experience.
Try your hand at fishing
Find a fishing spot at one of the many bays or take a fishing tour to one or more of the Bahamas’ 700 islands. You can then enjoy an evening meal of succulent fresh fish, proudly caught that day.
March with the flamingos
The brightly coloured Caribbean flamingos are one of the biggest highlights of the Ardastra Gardens where, three times a day, the birds march into its arena. Visitors are allowed to pet the flamingos and take photos as a memento.
Ardastra Gardens Zoo and Conservation Centre, Chippingham Road, Nassau, Bahamas, +1 242 323 5806
Shop in downtown Nassau
Take a trip downtown and experience Nassau’s shopping streets. The capital city is famous for its small family-run boutiques and markets, and its shops offer an amazing variety of goods ranging from luxury Cuban cigars to signature Bahamian souvenirs.
Horse riding on the beach
Take the scenic route with a stroll or canter along William’s Town Beach on Grand Bahama island, for a unique Bahamian experience.
Enter an underwater world at Lucayan National Park
Featuring the world’s longest known underwater cave system, which measures six-miles long, this 40-acre national park offers swamps and beaches and was established in 1982. Discover bats, burial caves, freshwater reservoirs and more as you explore this magical place.
Lucayan National Park, Grand Bahama Highway, Grand Bahama, Bahamas, +1 242 393 1317
Visit Pig Beach
Enjoy a once in a lifetime swim in the sea with the famous pigs and piglets of the Bahamas. Found on Big Major Cay – also known as Pig Beach – the pigs are a popular attraction as they’re friendly and enjoy the company of visitors. This is definitely one to add to your bucket list.
Unwind in the Cloisters
Take a step back in time with a visit to the remains of this 14th-century French monastery and gardens inspired by the grounds at the Palace of Versailles. Offering views of Nassau harbour and beyond, this picturesque landmark is popular for wedding ceremonies and is a must-visit destination.
One&Only Ocean Club, Nassau, Bahamas, +1 954 809 2700
Find ancient species in the Sawmill Sink blue hole
This unusual sink hole in the middle of a pine forest was once a dry cave which, over time, developed into a blue hole as sea levels rose. Located on Great Abaco island, this historic underwater cave site is home to fossils which are thousands of years old. Discoveries here include a 2,500-year-old giant tortoise shell and the fossilised remains of a crocodile.
Discover Jaws beach
This secluded and isolated beach featured in the final part of the Jaws film series. Far from any local amenities and civilisation, you can escape the main beaches and explore the area in perfect solitude.
Visit Cooper’s Castle
The one and only castle on Grand Bahama island, Cooper’s Castle has the most magical and enchanting architecture and is reminiscent of a film set. The castle was the childhood dream of Harvard Cooper, who started building the landmark in the 1980s. His rags-to-riches story is an inspirational one and the castle is a popular destination for school tours, field trips, events and birthday parties.
Cooper’s Castle, Beachway Drive, Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas, +1 242 727 3314
Find a Sacred Space
Find inner peace and take a break as you consider Sacred Space, a work of art located in the Clifton Heritage National Park. Whether you’re watching the sunset, reflecting on your Bahamian holiday or simply seeking a quiet moment, take time to stop, soak up the atmosphere and relax.
Clifton Heritage National Park, South West Road, New Providence, Bahamas, +1 242 362 4368