Private Islands picture1 of 8
Private Islands2 of 8
André Mellagi/Flickr

Price & Hours

Prices vary
24/7 daily

Details

Beaches, Natural Wonders, Recreation, Swimming/Pools Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.0scorecard
  • 3.5Value
  • 4.5Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Whether you cruise or fly to the Bahamas, chances are you'll visit at least one private island during your stay. A few feature boutique resorts like Kamalame Cay and Fowl Cay Resort, while others (think: Blue Lagoon Island) offer activities like Segway tours and swimming with dolphins. Meanwhile, those who arrive by cruise ship via Carnival Cruise Lines, Disney Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line or Royal Caribbean International have access to their cruise line's private island. Each offers water sports equipment rentals, eco-tours, cabanas and more (for a fee).

Past visitors appreciated the various activities available at Blue Lagoon Island, especially the dolphin encounters. However, some cited poor service at the gift shop and bemoaned the no camera policy enforced at each animal experience. Travelers also praised cruise-affiliated private islands like Castaway Cay (Disney), CocoCay (Royal Caribbean) and Half Moon Cay (Carnival). Many described CocoCay as "paradise" and Half Moon Cay as "beautiful," while Disney cruisers said Castaway Cay was the highlight of their vacations.

Castaway Cay sits by Great Abaco, the largest island in The Abacos; CocoCay is next to Norwegian's Great Stirrup Cay in The Berry Islands; and Half Moon Cay can be found between Cat Island and Eleuthera. Each island is free to visit when traveling to the Bahamas with its affiliated cruise line, but extra charges apply for shore excursions and food, drinks and gifts purchased on-site.

If you do not choose to cruise to the Bahamas or stay at a private island resort, you can spend a day at Blue Lagoon Island. All activities on the island cost $49 to $249 per person. Rates include round-trip boat transfers between Paradise Island (which is about 2 miles away) and the property. To find out more, check out Blue Lagoon Island's website.

See all Hotels in Bahamas »

More Best Things To Do in Bahamas

Bahamas Beaches1 of 9
Bahamas Boat Tours2 of 9
Type
Time to Spend
#1 Bahamas Beaches

The Bahamas' year-round warm weather makes it a prime spot for a relaxing vacation in the sun, and some of the islands' best places to unwind can be found overlooking the country's clear blue waters. Available beaches on the Bahamas' 700 islands range from water sports-focused sands at mega-resorts like Atlantis, Paradise Island to quiet sanctuaries on private islands. Some are great locales for snorkeling or horseback riding, while others are best suited for lounging with a drink.

Gold Rock Beach in Lucayan National Park (which was featured in two "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies), Pink Sand Beach on Harbour Island (named for its stunning blush shoreline) and the beaches on The Exumas' Stocking Island (where you can swim and feed stingrays) are many travelers' favorite stretches of sand.

Read more
zxvisual/Getty Images
See full list of Best Things To Do in Bahamas »

Explore More of Bahamas

If you make a purchase from our site, we may earn a commission. This does not affect the quality or independence of our editorial content.

Recommended

30 Top Florida Weekend Getaways

Spend sun-filled days exploring Florida's beautiful beaches, cities, parks and small towns.

Gwen PratesiDecember 9, 2019

The Best Travel Backpacks for 2020

U.S. News rated the best travel backpacks using recommendations from experts and consumers.

Lyn MettlerNovember 25, 2019

30 Top Wellness Retreats

Rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit at one of these relaxation-focused properties.

Kyle McCarthyNovember 21, 2019

30 Fun All-Inclusive Family Vacations

Book one of these all-inclusive trips that cover food, accommodations and activities galore.

Holly JohnsonNovember 14, 2019

5 Ways Cruise Lines Are Becoming More Environmentally Friendly

Industry considers impact as it looks to the future.

Gwen PratesiNovember 12, 2019

11 Unique and Quirky Cruise Destinations

Venture off the beaten path for an authentic cruising experience.

Christine SmithNovember 12, 2019

The 2020 Best Cruise Lines for Families

Gather up the gang and head out to sea with one of these six kid-friendly cruise lines.

Nicola WoodNovember 12, 2019

The Top Pyramids in Mexico to Visit

Add these ancient marvels to your Mexico vacation itinerary.

Lyn MettlerOctober 28, 2019

30 Top Babymoon Destinations, Trips and Ideas

From romantic beach getaways to big city adventures to glamping in the forest, these locales will inspire your babymoon planning.

Gwen PratesiOctober 15, 2019

15 Tips for Traveling While Pregnant

These tips will help pregnant women travel the world in comfort and style.

Holly JohnsonOctober 10, 2019