Other Activities for Visitors in the Bahamas

Hiking and biking and swimming, oh my!

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Vacationers in the Bahamas can find just about any activity they dream of to participate in.  Whether your interests lie in exciting watersports, exploring the island's interior, or spending time in doors gaming, there is no shortage of things to do.

Watersports

Aside from the ever popular swimming, snorkeling, diving, fishing, and boating, there are other watersports that you can participate in when you visit the Bahamas.  Sea kayaking is one such option.   There are numerous tours that take visitors on sea kayaking tours, or you can choose to rent the equipment yourself and go it alone.  Make sure to wear life jackets and take all of the proper precautions when you go on a kayaking trip.

Maps

Parasailing is another fun option.  You can find a few towboats around the islands that will take you out for a five minute flight for around $60 to $70(USD) per person.  If you prefer to take control of the reigns, jet skiing might be more your kind of activity. 

One final option is the visit the Aquaventure Water Park at Atlantis Paradise Island.  Here you can splash around in the pools, fly down the water slides, and much more.  There are activities appropriate for people of all ages.  Waterscape on New Providence Island is a similar option, though they also have an aquarium.

Biking

The best place for biking in the Bahamas is on Grand Bahama Island or New Providence Island, where the roads are better kept, and the terrain is relatively flat.  Still, if you're up for a challenge, biking is a great way to explore the country regardless of which island you are on.  You can rent a bike, or in some cases borrow one from your resort or hotel, for around $20(USD) per day.  Unfortunately, there are very few bike rental facilities in the out islands, so unless your resort has some on hand you may be out of luck.

Hiking

While hiking is not the Bahamas most sought after recreational pursuit, it can be done if you have the inclination.  Some of the best hiking in the Bahamas can be done on Grand Bahama island, at the Rand Nature Center or the Lucayan National Park

Horseback Riding

Horseback riding is another activity that can be done in the Bahamas, though options are slightly limited.  When it comes to horseback riding, you will have to book a time and a guide, because stables will rarely let you take their horses out on their own.  Pinetree Stables on Grand Bahama Island and Windsor Equestrian Centre & Happy Trails Stables on New Providence are your best options.

More Activities

Maybe you'd like to take your Bahamas vacation as an opportunity to do something you'd never done before, like swimming with the dolphins or hanging with some sea lions.  Both of these activities can be done in the Bahamas at the Blue Lagoon on New Providence Island.  When you participate in one of these activities, you get some educational instruction, a tour of the animals habitat, then the chance to put on a wet suit and play with the animals.  Stingray Adventure, also on New Providence Island is another such facility that allows you to pet stingrays.

If you enjoy sealife, but don't necessarily want to get up close and personal, check out the The Dig Aquarium on Paradise Island instead.

Another fun option is to visit an arcade or game center.  There is one on Grand Bahama Island called Rotation, where you can play video games, go go-carting, or zip around the skating rink.  This is a great option for families with younger children. 

Activities in the Bahamas range from laid back and fun to thrilling and adventurous.  Take your pick, or mix it up a bit.  Whatever you do, make sure you make the most of your island vacation.

 

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