Find your thrills island-hopping in The Bahamas. The romance of The Bahamas has long been appreciated, not so well known is the scope of high-octane adventures available for couples looking to spice up their honeymoon.
A powerboat trip to The Exumas, one of the destinations archipelagos, presents a range of natural treats where meeting groups of very exclusive Bahamian residents adds huge excitement to a honeymoon. For example, pull in at small Allan’s Cay and find the scaly dragon-like iguanas scurry along the sand to greet you.
Next stop is Big Major’s Cay for the Instagram-able swimming pigs of The Exumas, where paddling in the water delights visitors and pigs alike – the visitors for their memory-making selfies and the pigs’ obvious enthusiasm for visitors bearing gifts of vegetable snacks.
Further along at Compass Cay slip into the shallow water with nurse sharks … any apprehension quickly dispelled as this species calmly swims around your legs or even doze off while you tickle their chests. These are some of the most laid-back locals.
For perfect pampering after thrilling adventures in The Exumas head to Sandals Emerald Bay, one of two Sandals 5-Star Luxury Included® Resorts in The Bahamas. The resort is set on a magnificent bay of white sand where hammocks and swings gently sway above the turquoise water and, most importantly, the first-class Red Lane® Spa awaits.
In Nassau, the capital of this multi-island nation, romance specialists Sandals has its other all-inclusive property. Sandals Royal Bahamian named its Balmoral Tower after the association the royal romantics, the Duke & Duchess of Windsor, had with the capital of The Bahamas.
Explore the history and culture of The Bahamas in the heart of Nassau, with some gentler pursuits such as shopping for designer jewellery, fashion and handcrafted souvenirs or maybe spend an afternoon making chocolate or blending wine together at Graycliff.
Head over the bridge to Dolphin Cay at Atlantis Paradise Island or take short ferry ride to Blue Lagoon Island for close encounters with dolphins and sea lions in the shallow water. Guaranteed to send the heart rate soaring, though, is one of the various underwater shark adventures. The shark dives of The Bahamas are famed for offering more varieties of shark than anywhere else in the world – real ‘bucket-list’ material.
The Shark Shooter program at Stuart Cove’s is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get up-close-and-personal with sharks and learn how to film these apex predators like a professional filmmaker. If sharks are just a bit too adventurous for your honeymoon activity plans then take advantage of the wealth of shallow, clear water sites for novice divers, as well as wreck and reef dives, an incredible range of blue hole caverns and precipitous sponge encrusted sea walls, all easily accessible.
Take your adventures topside, sail a catamaran in the almost unbelievably blue ocean. Sailing specialists such as Sunsail, The Moorings and Dream Yacht Charters all offer island exploration itineraries with either skippered or bareboat craft.
Kite surfers head for Guanahani Beach on San Salvador, an island beloved by explorers and adventurers, where the private villas of Guanahani Beach Club provide a real get-away-from-it-all honeymoon experience.
One of the country’s best kept secrets is on the island of Eleuthera where the Atlantic ocean rollers break upon Surfers Beach. It is the pink sand beaches of Eleuthera & Harbour Island, however, which lend their special colour to romance. The renowned hotels, producing fairy-tale weddings and honeymoons, overlook the three-mile pink sand beach of Harbour Island, and include Pink Sands Hotel, The Dunmore, and the Coral Sands Hotel. You can even go glamping Bahamas-style at The Other Side, Eleuthera. Find out more about that here.
Days full of every type of exciting escapade are followed by world-class entertainment or simple starlit nights, sure to thrill every adventure-hungry honeymooner. Just pick your islands.
Let Bahamas specialist Bon Voyage take care of your island-hopping. Consider helping to fund your adventure with an alternative wedding gift – call Bon Voyage to set up your ‘Love Fund’ and you will be assigned your own personal ‘Honeymoon Coordinator’.
Call free on 0800 316 3012. For latest travel health advice see bahamas.com/tourism-reopening.
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