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.
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Great sample itineraries
We’ve created an inspiring selection of itineraries that can be included in your Bahamas holiday package. Tailored for couples, families or solo travellers, almost anything is possible, so please give us a call to discuss all your options.
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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.
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.
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.
Best time to visit 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.
- Best Weather
- Good Weather
- Average Weather
Average Weather in January
- Junkanoo Bahamian Carnival season
- Nassau & Paradise Island: New Year's Day Sailing Regatta
Average Weather in February
- The Exumas: Farmer's Cay Festival.
Average Weather in March
Average Weather in April
- The Exumas: Bahamas Family Island Regatta
- The Abacos: Bahamas White Marlin Open
Average Weather in May
Average Weather in June
- The Abacos: Annual Racing Time, week-long sailing regatta
Average Weather in July
Average Weather in August
- Emancipation Day, first Monday in August
Average Weather in September
- The Abacos: All Abaco Sailing Regatta
Average Weather in October
Average Weather in November
- Nassau: Guy Fawkes Day
Average Weather in December
- Boxing Day Junkanoo Carnival
“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."
"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!"
“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 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.
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.
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:
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.
Slices of guava are folded into dough and then cooked and served with a deliciously sweet butter rum sauce.
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.
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