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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Swim in the lagoon, relax on the beach, check out the Dolphin Encounter, or do nothing but watch the coconut palms sway as you lounge in a double hammock.

Enjoy a VIP day at Atlantis, Paradise Island. Visit The Dig, home to over 50,000 sea creatures. Head to the beach to kick back and relax, or try your luck in the casino.

It’s a wet ‘n’ wild adventure at the region’s largest water-themed park. Paradise Island has water coasters, body slides, and Leap of Faith, a 60-foot near-vertical drop that propels riders through a tube submerged in a shark-filled lagoon.

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