The Clearest Waters on Earth

April 30, 2014 No Comments
Dock at Nassau, Bamamas

If the sea is calling, pellucid waters are never far from view in Nassau.

The name Bahamas originates from baja mar, Spanish for “shallow sea.” When the shallowness is combined with the low tidal range, the result is the sublime turquoise hue of the water. With a visibility that often tops 200 feet, the waters are prime for pretty much any activity under the sun—snorkeling with stingrays, dolphin encounters, glass-bottom kayak tours, big-game fishing for blue marlin, and more. Plenty of coral reefs and shipwrecks are waiting to be explored, and there’s even an underwater-scooter tour.

Paddle glass-bottom kayaks through hidden cays, mangroves, and sandbars, or enjoy parasailing, power boating, catamaran adventures, and big-game fishing for blue marlin—there’s even an underwater scooter tour. For those who want to get in the water but not get wet, the glass-encased Atlantis Seaworld semi-submarine meets your needs. The craft descends five feet below the water’s surface, where the striking seascape is visible through large glass windows.

For those who prefer to simply relax at the water’s edge, Nassau has 17 powdery beaches nearby, including an enticing three-mile stretch along the coast of Paradise Island. Junkanoo Beach, the closest to the cruise terminal, is a 15-minute walk or five-minute taxi ride away.


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Enjoy a 4-hour beach escape on beautiful Pearl Island. Rent kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, or snorkel gear to explore crystal-clear waters teeming with marine life.

Cruise on a glass-bottom boat through the harbor viewing historical sites, famous homes, reef, and fish. Then enjoy a slow cruise back with music and complimentary rum or fruit punch.

Atlantis, Paradise Island has pools, water coasters, body slides, rivers, and the Leap of Faith, a 60-foot waterslide with a near-vertical drop that propels riders through an acrylic tube submerged in a shark-filled lagoon.


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