Greetings from…The Bahamas! Jk I’m not currently in the Bahamas, although I seriously wish I was! I miss that clear, turquoise water.
Our trip back in December was mostly relaxation, with a few fun excursions sprinkled in, so I don’t have a full travel guide like usual.
But I do have a list of the top 10 Bahamas attractions that you seriously don’t want to miss!
This post was written pre-panny so make sure locations are still open and be aware of all travel guidelines and restrictions. Check out the Bahamas travel information here.
Top Things to do in the Bahamas
1. Shark Dive
My dad is crazy and he really, really wanted to do a shark dive. We talked about it a lot before our trip, but I was still very on the fence about it when I got to the Bahamas.
On the one hand, it sounded awesome. On the other hand, sharks are scary!? But I didn’t have much of a choice when I arrived and my dad said, “I booked us the shark dive!”
He had booked this one through Stuart’s Cove, and you can either do a scuba dive where you hang out up close and personal with the sharks, or a half-day snorkel where you go to a couple of different spots and then they throw a bait box in the water to attract the sharks that circle around it (we did the snorkel trip).
The guys at Stuart’s Cove have excellent reviews and we had a great time. The shark dive was definitely one of the highlights of our trip!
While it’s a bit unnerving to see them circling about and then occasionally coming very close (a couple swam RIGHT underneath me. Like, 2 – 3 feet under me), it was also such a thrill and I’m glad we did it.
Ok, you can’t come to The Bahamas and not do a day trip to Exuma cays.
The water out there is the most turquoise I’ve ever seen, and of course, you have to see the famous swimming pigs.
We did a day trip with Powerboat Adventures, and it was one of the best excursions I’ve ever done! They took us out to Exuma cays land and their own private little island.
Next time I come out to Exuma, I definitely want to see the blue hole and do a diving adventure.
3. Feed the iguanas
On our way out to the island with Powerboat Adventures, we stopped at an island that was totally infested with iguanas.
It sounds so silly, but it was so fun to feed the iguanas grapes and watch them scurry up and over the sand.
Again, with Powerboat Adventures (you guys I’m telling you, one of the best excursions we’ve ever booked!), we went drift snorkeling during our day trip.
Just off the island where you hang out at you can go out with a couple of guides and catch a very strong current in between two islands.
You just sit back and let the current pull you along, as you watch all the fish, green turtles, and sharks go by. It was awesome and we did it twice but I wish we could have gone over and over again!
5. Feed stingrays
The last one was also with Powerboat Adventures.
We were able to pet and feed stingrays that came right up to us at the sand beaches. It was so cool!
Ask any local where the best place to eat in town is and they’ll tell you at the Fish Fry. The Fish Fry is a strip of a bunch of restaurants, and our favorite there was Oh Andros.
You absolutely must try conch! Conch fritters, conch burger, conch ceviche…and now I’m drooling.
If you’ve had abalone before, it’s similar to that, but I think more flavorful.
While most everything among the sky-hall stalls are crap, you can find a few gems. I got my “Greetings from…” hat there, and my dad picked up a bunch of different, beautiful conch shells to give as gifts.
8. Snorkel at the underwater sculpture garden
9. Swim with dolphins at Blue Lagoon Island
Book a trip out to Blue Lagoon Island, and swim with dolphins!
10. Visit the Pink Sands Beach at Harbor Island
Visit Pink Sands Beach, known for having red shells mixed in with the sand that gives the beach a pink hue.
Since so many of these activities are water-related, make sure you add plenty of cute swimsuits to your Caribbean Packing List.
If you’re looking for where to stay, I wrote up a whole post about where we stayed at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, here! It is located in Nassau on the new providence island.
Here’s a list of some more Bahama attractions that I didn’t get to see, but wish I could have: Atlantis Paradise Island for the water park, Harbour Island, Port Lucaya marketplace in the Grand Bahama, Lucayan National Park, and Cable beach. If you’re considering staying at the Atlantis, check out this post to compare Atlantis hotels.
I also would have liked to have more time to explore the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas to see the art.
There are many places in the world but the Bahamas is definitely a location you want to learn about and experience the beauty it has to offer.
If you plan on crossing the Bahamas off your bucket list be sure to tag me (@wtfab) in your photos during your stay!
It is recommended to spend 3 to 4 days in the Bahamas to get to see most tourist attractions without feeling rushed.
There are so many beautiful islands to visit and explore in the Bahamas. Try visiting New Providence, Paradise Island, Exumas, Grand Bahama Islands, Abacos, and Bimini.
The best time to travel to the Bahamas is between November to mid-April since the weather will be perfect.
Elise Armitage is an entrepreneur and founder of What The Fab, a travel + lifestyle blog based in California. At the beginning of 2019, Elise left her corporate job at Google to chase her dreams: being an entrepreneur and helping women find fabulous in the everyday. Since then, she’s launched her SEO course Six-Figure SEO, where she teaches bloggers how to create a passive revenue stream from their website using SEO. Featured in publications like Forbes, Elle, HerMoney, and Real Simple, Elise is a firm believer that you can be of both substance and style.