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The Bahamas

From swimming with the wild pigs at Pig Beach, diving down into the hidden depths of Dean’s Blue Hole, to sinking your toes into the pink sands on Harbour Island, a holiday to the Bahamas islands has unique natural wonders at every turn.

With more than 700 islands making up The Bahamas, it’s fair to say that there is something for everyone to enjoy on a Bahamas holiday. On the island of New Providence, you will find the Bahamian capital, Nassau. It’s where the majority of Bahamians live and it’s a hubbub of activity, people, mega hotels, restaurants and a vibrant nightlife.

The Out Islands is the name given to describe all the Bahamian islands apart from New Providence and the Grand Bahamas Island. On these remote islands you can expect secluded beaches, ocean-fresh dining, and a sleepy relaxing way of life that’s instantly contagious. If you love pristine nature, this is where you need to go.

Visiting the Pink Sand Beach, rated as one of the top 10 beaches in the world, on Harbour Island is a holiday must. The dusty rose-pink sand, which is formed from the red coral on the sea’s floor, stretches for three miles. Another unique experience in The Bahamas is the wild pigs on the island of Exuma. Nobody is sure how they got there, but these pigs have become icons of the island and swimming with them is truly unique.

The Bahamas: a diver’s paradise

Besides its many natural wonders to marvel at, the archipelago is also an ecological oasis. It boasts some of the clearest waters on the planet, so it’s an ideal destination for diving and snorkelling enthusiasts. Just east of Andros island lies 140 miles of undisturbed barrier reef. Here divers and snorkellers will delight in exploring the stretches of coral forests, sponge grottos, and eerie hidden caves.

Another unforgettable holiday experience is on Long Island, which is home to the world’s deepest blue hole. Dean’s Blue Hole is a 663ft deep plunge hole, which sits right on the shoreline. The deep vertical ‘caves’ are teeming with parrotfish, giant eagle rays and sea turtles.

Experienced divers come here to explore the unique underwater life, and the Vertical Blue Free Diving Competition takes place here every year. Just standing on the cliffs and looking down at the dark navy circumference etched into the turquoise shallow waters is worth the visit alone.

It’s easy to experience different sides of The Bahamas by planning an island-hopping holiday.
Our Destination Specialists can help you put together a tailor-made holiday package. Call us today and we’ll help you to create your dream holiday.

Destination Highlights
  • Hop in the natural hot tubs at the Queen’s Baths on Eleuthera. These natural tide pools carved out by the sea have breathtaking ocean views and shallow warm water to bathe in
  • Stand on the natural stone arch known as the Glass Window Bridge on Eleuthera. Here you can marvel at the sight of the dark navy Atlantic Ocean meeting the light green waters of The Bahama Banks
  • Swim with wild pigs and piglets in the turquoise seas at Pig Beach and Spanish Wells on the islands of Exuma and Eleuthera
  • Marvel at the wonders of the world’s deepest blue hole, Dean’s Blue Hole. Explore the deep-sided underwater cavern and its unique and colourful marine life

Our favourite hotels

From stunning all-inclusive resorts to unique boutique hotels, Hayes & Jarvis will help you find your ideal Bahamas holiday accommodation. Please call us to chat to our Destination Specialists who will be more than happy to help.

Grand Isle Resort & Spa

Bahamas

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 £2,319  pp

Grand Isle Resort & Spa

Hope Town Harbour Lodge

The Abacos

H&J Rating
Average: 3.5 (1 vote)

Guide Price

 £1,359  pp

Hope Town Harbour Lodge
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The Cove Eleuthera

Bahamas

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 £2,619  pp

The Cove Eleuthera
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Warwick Paradise Island

Bahamas

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 £1,839  pp

Warwick Paradise Island

Time Zone

GMT -5 hours

Flight Time

Approx 9 hours; direct flights from the UK are available.

Currency

BSD - Bahamian Dollar

Visa Information

British citizens do not need to obtain a visa for stays under 21 days

Language

English

Health Information

No vaccinations required

Things to do in the Bahamas

There’s no denying the beauty of the Bahamas, a collection of over 700 tropical islands that unveil a treasure trove of heritage sites, underwater caves and diving opportunities. The wildlife is a real talking point. After all, The Bahamas are inhabited by the world’s largest collection of pink flamingos and those famous swimming pigs, a real highlight when you visit the Exumas. Many of the islands are uninhabited and really allow you to explore unspoiled terrain - including Little Water Cay, an island home to just iguanas - known as "Iguana Island". However, if you aren't much of an explorer, the stunning white sand beaches are an attraction all to themselves.

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    Swimming with Pigs

    This group of cute swimming pigs have become one of the Bahamas’ biggest tourist attractions. They live on Big Major Cay Island and are thought to have been the sole survivors of a pirate shipwreck. Today, you can visit the uninhabited island from Great Exuma to meet, feed and swim with the adorable pigs.

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    Bahamas Sailing Holidays

    The Bahamas is best explored by sail boat. Start in Abacos at Marsh Harbour with a fully crewed yacht and roam the topaz seas, dropping anchor on uninhabited islands with idyllic beaches. Stop to snorkel or dive among shipwrecks and visit island highlights such as lighthouses and Moria Harbour National Park.

  • Diving and snorkelling

    Discover an underwater wonderland filled with exotic fish, sea turtles, sharks and shipwrecks. The Bahamas features some of the world’s top dive sites and Andros has the third largest barrier reef on the planet. There’s great year round visibility for wreck and wall diving, with courses for beginners and stunning coral reef gardens off Paradise Island.

Bahamas

The Bahamas is hot and sunny all year round, with average temperatures of 24℃ to 29℃. The best weather - and the best time to go - is December to April. This is the peak season as the summer months are wetter. The hurricane season runs from June to November, peaking in August to October. 

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Average weather in January

Best travel weather

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Bahamas
24ºC
60mm
  • Junkanoo Bahamian Carnival season
  • Nassau & Paradise Island: New Year's Day Sailing Regatta

Average weather in February

Best travel weather

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Bahamas
25ºC
55mm
  • The Exumas: Farmer's Cay Festival.

Average weather in March

Best travel weather

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Bahamas
25ºC
55mm

Average weather in April

Good travel weather

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Bahamas
26ºC
70mm
  • The Exumas: Bahamas Family Island Regatta
  • The Abacos: Bahamas White Marlin Open

Average weather in May

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Bahamas
27ºC
110mm

Average weather in June

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Bahamas
28ºC
267mm
  • The Abacos: Annual Racing Time, week-long sailing regatta

Average weather in July

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Bahamas
28ºC
170mm

Average weather in August

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Bahamas
29ºC
235mm
  • Emancipation Day, first Monday in August

Average weather in September

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Bahamas
28ºC
195mm
  • The Abacos: All Abaco Sailing Regatta

Average weather in October

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Bahamas
28ºC
144mm

Average weather in November

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Bahamas
26ºC
94mm
  • Nassau: Guy Fawkes Day

Average weather in December

Good travel weather

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Bahamas
25ºC
73mm
  • Boxing Day Junkanoo Carnival
  • Martyn, Destination Executive

    Martyn

    Destination Manager

    “Hike to the summit of Mount Alvernia to be on the roof of the Bahamas. At the top there is a hermitage built by a Catholic priest in the mid 1900s. If you climb the bell tower, you can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views across Cat Island and beyond." 

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    Katie

    Brand & Advertising Campaign Manager

    "One of the crown jewels of the Bahamas are the Exuma islands. And a definite holiday must is to snorkel the Thunderball Grotto. This underwater cave has been featured in two James Bond films, Thunderball and Never Say Never Again. But the real draw to visiting Thunderball Grotto is the adventure of swimming through the holes to get into the beautiful sun-dappled cavern inside. The tropical fish and corals are all lit by the sun beams pouring in through the many holes in the cave’s ceilings and walls. In fact the cave has light coming in from all directions. It’s a true underwater paradise!"

  • Jas, Destination Specialist

    Jas

    Destination Specialist

    “Ever wanted to stay on a yacht rather than a hotel? We can tailor make bespoke itineraries for sailing holidays in the Bahamas with fully qualified crew and cooks." 

Events & Festivals

The Bahamas offers a huge selection of fun events throughout the year and you can plan your holiday to ensure you experience them! Here are a few of our favourites:

  • Junkanoo

    Junkanoo is the biggest cultural event in The Bahamas. Taking place in Nassau, it is a street carnival which occurs on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. It has its roots from the African ancestors of the Bahamians, when the slaves were only allowed three days off a year: Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Enjoy the parade on Bay Street with its unique ‘shuffle’ dancing, dramatic costumes, and infectious music. It’s an experience which truly celebrates the Bahamians’ heritage. 

  • Rake and Scrape Festival

    Rake and scrape is a unique type of music that is native to the Bahamas. Its main instruments are goat-skin covered drums, the accordion and the ‘scrape’ of a hand saw. The Rake and Scrape Festival is an annual festival, which showcases and celebrates this deep rhythmic goombay music which is part of The Bahamas’ national identity. The festival is based on Cat Island. You can join the celebration, enjoy the music and sample the local cuisine. And you can also buy some locally made crafts, art and jewellery.

  • Bahamas Carnival

    Every May, this vibrant festival celebrates the cultural heritage of The Bahamas. Taking place in Nassau, locals and tourists enjoy the dancing, the costumes, the street parade and the delicious food and drinks. It’s also a great opportunity to learn about goombay music and listen to rake and scrape bands of the Bahamas.

Local cuisine

The food in the Bahamas unsurprisingly contains a lot of fresh fish and seafood, including rock lobster and conch, as well as tropical fruits, such as guava and pineapple. The Bahamas dishes are often flavoured with chillies, lime, tomatoes, onions, garlic, cinnamon, rum or coconut. Here are a few of our favourite dishes to try on holiday in The Bahamas:

  • Rock lobster

    Also known as spiny lobster, these tasty crustaceans are a Bahamian staple. Served steamed, boiled, in salads, as patties or in Creole-style sauces, these fresh delicacies are a definite must-try. 

  • Guava Duff

    Slices of guava are folded into dough and then cooked and served with a deliciously sweet butter rum sauce.

  • Souse

    This famous Bahamian dish is a meat stew with onions, celery, peppers, potatoes, carrots, lime juice and bay leaves. It’s a delicious savoury broth that’s beloved across the islands.

Types of Bahamas holidays

Hope Town Elbow Cay Abaco Bahamas

Bahamas Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, it’s possible for UK residents to marry in the Bahamas. You need to be in the country for 24 hours before you apply for the Bahamian marriage license and you must have completed a sworn declaration before a Bahamian Notary Public. You need to present your birth certificate, a valid passport, flight tickets, and immigration card.

The Bahamas offers some of the best diving in the world. The clear waters are home to coral reef ridges, underwater caverns, historical shipwrecks, dramatic vertical walls and blue holes. It’s a prime spot for seeing dolphins, sharks, sea turtles, Nassau groupers, lionfish, and spiny lobsters. 

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