Welcome to Paradise Island

Before the 1960s, PI was ‘Hog Island’ – flat and undistinguished. A&P supermarket heir Huntington Hartford II renamed it in 1959, resolving to build the next Monte Carlo here. He clearly had some success: over the years it became a bolt-hole for Howard Hughes, Richard Nixon and the deposed shah of Iran. But it was the 1998 opening of the vast resort, casino and shopping complex Atlantis that did the most to realize Hartford's dream. It's now synonymous with Bahamian luxury for families, honeymooners, high-stakes gamblers and bachelor partiers.

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$35 Shore Excursions

Nassau Island Highlights Sightseeing and History 2.5-Hour Tour

You will be introduced to your driver waiting by an air-conditioned full-size van. Your 2.5-hour sightseeing, tasting and shopping tour will be talked about for years to come. Your tour begins with a drive through the historic city of Nassau before you land at your first stop (for approximately 15 minutes) at the Bahamas Rum Cake Factory. The factory produces several scrumptious flavors of rum cakes like, pina colada, banana, and chocolate. Free sampling is available at this stop! Next, head across the 65-foot bridge that connects Nassau to Paradise Island and visit the beauties of paradise island for about 30-minute stop. Afterward, stop at the Queen's Staircase, one of the most visited attractions in Nassau. Climb 65 hand-carved steps from the bottom to the top where you will arrive at Bennet's Hill and home of Fort Fincastle, the fort that overlooks the city of Nassau. If you are not able to walk the staircase you can stay on-board and be driven to the top where you will have an opportunity to do some light shopping for authentic handmade goods at bargain prices. Ready for a sweet treat? Try a free sample of chocolate at the Graycliff Chocolate Factory who manufactures some of the best chocolate in town. The last stop of the tour is John Watling's Distillery home to locally made rum sample their famous rum. If you are looking for a public beach at the end of the tour you can visit Junkanoo Beach. The beach is a 10-minute walk back to town or stay on-board and conclude your tour in the main shopping district.

$28.99 Transfers & Ground Transport

Shared Round-Trip Transfer: Nassau Airport

When you arrive at Nassau’s Lynden Pindling International Airport , meet your professional driver who will take you to your Nassau-area hotel in comfort so all you have to do is sit back and relax. Transfers are available for hotels in downtown Nassau, Cable Beach, Montague Island, Paradise Island, South Ocean and the Nassau pier. At the end of your stay, your driver will pick you up at the same location and take you back to the airport.When making a booking for this shared round-trip transfer, you will need to advise your flight details and your hotel details. Your transfer will be confirmed within 24 hours of booking, and you will be provided with a travel voucher to present to the driver. It's that easy!

$74 Day Trips & Excursions

Blue Lagoon Island All-Inclusive Beach Day from Nassau

The ferry terminal on nearby Paradise Island serves as the departure point for excursions to Blue Lagoon Island from Nassau. You can get to Paradise Island in one of three ways: hike up and over the bridge, take a taxi, or ride a ferry from Woodes Rogers Wharf in downtown Nassau. Upon arrival at Paradise Island Ferry Terminal, climb aboard your boat and during the scenic cruise that takes you through Nassau’s historic harbor, capture prime views of mansions, yachts and smaller islands nearby.Soon you’ll also have elite status when you arrive at Blue Lagoon Island (aka Salt Cay), a private and secluded tropical island surrounded by clear turquoise waters. Enjoy access to its beaches, facilities, and nature and marine parks. On this day, the only item on your to-do list is ‘relax and have fun.’ Sprawl out onto the velvety sand and work hard on that tan, or snooze on a double hammock under the breezy shade of coconut palm trees. Swim in the hidden turquoise lagoon, or float lazily on an inner tube, which you can pick up from the island’s main facility, along with noodles and unsinkable mats. Perhaps you’d like to take on more water adventures — rent a kayak, water bike or snorkeling gear, or check out the coral reefs teeming with brightly colored fish on a snorkeling tour (own expense). Amble without direction and explore the island’s lush vegetation, hearing native birds cawing along the way. Maybe stumble into the game area, and spike a volleyball or challenge friends and family to a match of ping-pong or foosball. The quieter ones in your group can play chess or board games. When it’s time to eat, dig into a burger or hot dog, and wash it down with cool juice or lemonade. At the beach bar, you can purchase pina coladas, daiquiris, other cocktails, a selection of local and imported beers, water and soda. Try sky juice, a Bahamian specialty combining coconut water, condensed milk and gin.After lunch, maybe wander inside the marine park and watch braying sea lions or dolphins frolicking with visitors. When your perfect day or afternoon on the beach draws to a close, return to the docks and board the catamaran, which takes you back to Paradise Island Ferry Terminal. Sample lunch menu (subject to change):Choose one of the following: • Eight-ounce angus beef burger • Eight-ounce angus beef cheeseburger • Quarter-pound all-beef hot dog • Chicken burger (chicken breast) • Veggie burgerSides and drinks: • Chips • Fresh fruit • Fruit punch • Lemonade

$108.50 Shore Excursions

Nassau Historical Sightseeing Tour with Pirates Museum

Begin the tour with driving through the historic city of Nassau with the first stop (approximately 15 minutes) at the Bahamas Rum Cake Factory. The factory produces several scrumptious flavors of rum cake like, pina colada, banana and chocolate. Free samples available at this stop. Next, head across the 65-foot bridge that connects Nassau to Paradise Island drive by the beautiful Cloisters and  take memorable photos of the lovely marble statute Silence. This monastery was built in the 12th to 13th century in Montrejau France by the Augustinian Order and was rebuilt in 1968 by J. J. Castremanne for Huntington Hartford. The Queen's Staircase will be the next stop! Carved out of solid limestone in the late 18th century, this 102-foot staircase is a must-see attraction. Climb the 65 steps to the top of Bennet's Hill the highest point in Nassau and access Fort Fincastle built in 1793 by Lord Dunmore. Guests not able to climb the staircase can stay on board and be driven to the top. At the top you will find a mini market with authentic handmade goods at bargain prices. This is a 30 minutes stop. Ready for a sweet treat? you will stop at the Graycliff Chocolate Factory for about 20 minutes to see how this famous chocolate is made and sample some of the 17 different flavors. The John Watlings Distillery, a local producer of rum where you'II have a chance to sample. Next visit Junkanoo Beach to take photos of the beautiful crystal clear waters this is a 20-minute stop. The last stop of the tour will be at the Pirates Museum this interactive pirate attraction in the heart of downtown Nassau transports you to the year 1716 where pirates ruled the Caribbean.

$200 Water Sports

The Ultimate Bahamian Adventure Package

Complimentary pick up and drop off from local hotels and the cruise ship port are provided in this tour. You will be transported to your destination, where the highly competent water sport operator will guide you through your water sport activities:First you will jet ski for 15 minutes. Experience the thrill of speed and splashing water as you ride our wave runners in the tropical waters of The Bahamas. This adventure is perfect for individuals as well as a couple. The safe and easy to operate two seater wave runners are a must as part of your island vacation.Next is 5-7 minutes of parasailing. Parasail over the clear blue crystal waters of Cabbage Beach, Paradise Island. This amazing ride will leave you breathless and keep you coming back for more. This is an experience like no other that the whole family will enjoy.3.5 miles on the banana boat is next. The highly competent water sport team will assist you onboard the banana boat. They will then explain safety measures. Each passenger will be provided with floatation device and life vest. You will soon be bumping and bouncing across the warm Bahamian waters. This is the perfect adventure for a family, group or friends! Your ride will last for approximately 15 minutes.Next is time to snorkel for an hour. Your water sport team will assist you onboard the boat and transported to a local reef. They will then explain safety measures. Every passenger will be provided with a floatation device, life vest and snorkeling gear. You will soon be experiencing marine life and surrounded by the tropical fishes of The Bahamas! You will be at the reef for approximately one hour.Complimentary lunch at the beach underneath a cool beach umbrella and chair.

$59 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Nassau Land and Sea Sightseeing Tour

Your excursion will begin at the Prince George Dock where you will board a custom catamaran. You will start with a leisurely cruise through the crystal teal waters of Paradise Island Harbor. You will experience breathtaking views of the Atlantis, celebrity homes and mega yachts. Your guide will keep you entertained while pointing out historic sites including Hog Island Lighthouse, Fort Montagu, the Nassau Sailing Club, the Cloisters and many others. After the cruise you will return to the dock where you will continue your adventure by boarding an air-conditioned vehicle. Along the way you will make stops at the historic Fort Fincastle and visit the Queen Victoria Staircase for many photo opportunities. Your tour continues along Bay Street, the heart of Nassau’s shopping district and home to the Native Straw Market, where you will have views of the Governor’s Mansion, Gregory’s Arch and many other historic sites. Throughout this tour, your knowledgeable guide will keep you entertained with tales of Nassau’s rich history. The tour will then continue on to Paradise Island for your final stop at the Atlantis Resort with plenty of photo opportunities.After the stop at Atlantis you will be returned to Prince George Wharf.

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