Island Hopping in The Bahamas…with a twist

The Bahamas can be an overwhelming destination to tackle. I’m here to help! Normally, I’m all about getting everyone to stay in the Family islands, but today I wanted to try something different. Let’s talk about Island Hopping in The Bahamas…with a twist. Unfamiliar with Island hopping? No worries. I’ll explain it. The Bahamas is an archipelago of over 700 islands and cays. Huge, right? I know. It is near impossible to really enjoy all that we offer by staying on one island.

 

is·land-hop

/ˈīləndˌhäp/

 

verb

gerund or present participle: island-hopping

  1. travel from one island to another, especially as a tourist in an area of small islands

 

I am a big advocate for island hopping. It’s important to really understand The Bahamas as a whole. I know sometimes there simply is not enough time. So, I’ll give some tips on how to visit multiple islands in a short space of time. Usually, to me, island-hopping requires 2 or more days on each island, but like stated earlier, we’re island hopping… with a twist.

Let’s start with Nassau, the capital city, on the island of New Providence. This is the hub of tourism within the country and the easiest island to get to. This is the best place to start your island-hopping journey. From here, The Bahamas is at your fingertips – literally! From here we can pivot to the many islands that are relatively close to the capital.

Here are a few islands that are near New Providence:

Paradise Island

Although technically considered a part of New Providence, you can check this off the list. It is connected to New Providence by a bridge. Therefore, it is easy to get to. No trip to Paradise Island would be complete without checking out the world-renowned Cabbage Beach. If available, book a day pass at Atlantis and explore the myth of the lost city of Atlantis while enjoying the facilities.

Panoramic Aerial View of Paradise Island in The Bahamas

Rose Island

A short boat ride can land you on Rose Island. It takes about 20 minutes to get there via boat, but it is worth it. There are many boat charters that list this island as their destination. If taking a private charter, be sure to stop at Footprints Beach Bar and Grill for drinks and snacks while there. If you’d prefer a more cohesive experience, check out Sandytoes Bahamas. This excursion includes lunch, snorkelling, access to water toys, a chance to see the swimming pigs, and a full bar.

Views from Rose Island.

Blue Lagoon Island

Also known as Salt Cay, this is another island that is near to New Providence and offers a unique experience. Here you can swim with dolphins (Dolphin encounters), encounter sea lions, take nature tours, and take advantage of all the activities this island offers. Ultimately, this will feel like your own private island playground.

Island Hopping
Blue Lagoon Island also known as Salt Cay.

 

Explore Harbour Island

Unlike previously listen, for this island, we move outside of the New Providence district. Harbour Island is one of the northerly sister islands to Eleuthera. Known for its colourful homes and beautiful pink sand beaches – this one is a must-visit. Take a day away and explore this little picturesque gem of an island. Bahamas Ferries offers daily boat rides to Harbour Island. Therefore, it can easily fit into any plans that have been previously made. Rent a golf cart and explore ‘Brisland.

Biking in picturesque Harbour Island.

Explore The Exumas

The Exumas are one of the most popular island destinations within the country. Home to the original Swimming Pigs, these islands are known for their remarkably clear waters. There are a few excursions that allow anyone to experience some highlights in this beautiful island chain. Swim with nurse sharks, feed the iguanas, visit Thunderball grotto, and much more. The island combinations can vary based on your tour company but consider it express island hopping.

Island Hopping Exuma Swimming Pigs
Swimming piglet of the original Swimming Pigs!

 

 

Interested in learning more about islands outside of Nassau? Take a look at The Bahamas: More than just Nassau for a few fun facts.

 

Remember, there is always time to Explore The Bahamas!

 

 

 

 

Lori Sweeting

An island gyal with an appetite for the world. Traveling is my life. Whether internationally or island hopping throughout The Bahamas I'm always looking for adventure. Explore with me as we uncover gems of The Bahamas.

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