Sail and Snorkel Cruise
Nassau Snorkeling & Catamaran Sailing Tour
There's something special about the serenity of a Sail and Snorkel Cruise across the blue waters of the Bahamas. With the whisper of the waves on the hull and the gentle warm ocean breezes across the bow, you will soon feel your cares slipping away on Nassau tours like this.
Board your waiting catamaran and set out on an adventure to one of the most beautiful reefs near Nassau. The boat features spacious deck area, shaded as well as open to the warm Bahamian sun, so there is a place for everyone attending this Nassau catamaran excursion. The boat also has two bathrooms on board. As you sail to the reef, your crew will pass out the included snorkeling gear and give instruction on snorkeling.
Depending on the sea and weather conditions that day, your captain will set a course to a location where you will have the best Nassau snorkeling experience. Upon arrival at the snorkeling spot, your crew will join you in the water to answer any questions or concerns you might have about snorkeling before you explore the wonderful underwater world of coral and marine life. Snorkeling is from the boat in water that will be over your head. Flotation vests are required while in the water and come in large and small sizes. You'll need to provide your own vests for small children and infants. Time at the reef is approximately 60 minutes. As water temperature is usually 75-80 degrees in the winter and warmer in the summer months, wetsuits are not required or provided.
After your time in the water, climb back on board via the snorkeler friendly "Stairway to the Sea," and feel the wind in your hair as your catamaran makes the approximate one-hour sail towards home. You will be treated to a complimentary rum punch, fruit punch or water. There is a cash bar on board for guests wishing additional drinks or snacks. The boat will make a stop near the cruise pier area on the way back into port for those guests wishing to go back to their ship. Or you can stay on as the boat returns to Paradise Island where you can disembark near the Atlantis Resort. Guests disembarking on Paradise Island are responsible for their own transportation back to the cruise pier at their own expense.
Please Note: It is the captain's intention to use the sails as often as possible. If for any reason the captain feels the use of sails is not safe or conducive to a prompt return to the cruise pier, whether it is related to weather, mechanical, or any other unforeseen situation, they will use the motor. Additionally, prescription masks are not offered. Children the ages of 5 and under are free, must be accompanied by an adult at all times and must bring their own life jackets to participate on this tour.
This tour was excellent. Although the water was a bit chilly and the sun wasn't out, there were lots of fish etc. The boat ride was fun.
Reviewer: Carol Vayhinger
Our afternoon snorkel adventure was fabulous. Ride out to the reef was beautiful. So many different species of fish! Much nicer reef than anticipated! Crew was friendly and helpful. Equipment was perfect. Would go again!
Reviewer: Ben Kell
When we met our guide we were quite surprised to find out that there were only going to be 8 guests on the excursion!!! Our catamaran was a top-of-the-line 65' boat with everything you could hope for. Our group of 4 parked on one of the nets and enjoyed a leisurely boat ride out to the snorkel area. They had a crew of 5 and one of them did a great job narrating and engaging us as we passed all the fancy houses. We snorkeled for a while then headed back and broke out the rum punch! Some things to note... They don't feed you They don't serve alcohol until the 45 min ride back They do have a bathroom on board It's too short!!! They drop you off outside the security gate on the far side of the port. It's not the same place as you started. We opted to walk out to Junkanoo Beach from here but just be aware that you will be in a different location than where you started. We would absolutely do this again, especially if we could guarantee such a small party!
Reviewer: Margaret McCann Patterson
I liked the Sail and Snorkel Cruise but one thing I wish they could have told us a little of what we were seeing on the way. We went by Oprahs house and one guy mentioned it as we were almost past, would have been nice to know before hand.
Cool excursion. Not the best for first time snorkelers as it is in open water. Our weather did not cooperate so the waves were challenging to deal with.