Wyndham Nassau Resort & Crystal Palace Casino (West Bay Street, Cable Beach, Nassau) – tourists are amazed to find that this is the only casino on New Providence Island. There’s poker, black jack, roulette wheels, craps, baccarat, and nearly 300 slot machines. For sports fans, there’s also a link to electronic sports betting systems in Las Vegas that cover professional athletic events.
Underwater Explorers Society (UNEXSO) (Lucaya, Grand Bahama) — Conveniently located on the Port Lucaya Marina, the shopping Mecca of beautiful Freeport Grand Bahama, UNEXSO offers a wide variety of diving and dolphin experiences. The most popular is its dolphin swims, this is where you can swim and interact with the dolphins in a protected lagoon. You will enjoy a perfect mix of dolphin behaviors and relaxed swimming.
With seven boats in its fleet, it’s just 30 minutes to reach the vast coral reef cities. UNEXSO itself added a diver’s attraction by sinking the ship Theo’s Wreck in 1982 (with other wrecks later added, and such the Sea Star ship in 2002, and the La Rosa in 2006.
UNEXSO has been the pioneer on the island with the introduction of diving with trained dolphins, feeding Caribbean reef sharks and diving into the unknown at Ben’s Cavern. We also offer reef and night dives along with dive packages that vary throughout the year. Diving prices start at $109. See UNEXSO’s website for more details: www.unexso.com
Treasure Cay Golf Club (Treasure Cay, Great Abaco Island) – this course (which is part of Treasure Cay Resort at Abaco) is popular because it offers both an interesting game and a quiet, relaxing atmosphere. It is a tight Dick Wilson-designed golf course that requires precision, with the back nine being tighter and more difficult than the front nine. In addition to the natural undulation of the terrain, there is strategic contouring to make the course more challenging. Although the bunkering is sparse, the placement of the bunkers was carefully determined to provide a formidable test for golfers. Unlike many other Bahamian golf courses with seaside locations, Treasure Cay Golf Club does not take advantage of the ocean views. Instead, golfers will experience a lush, tropical environment of dense tropical vegetation. See the resort’s website for more details: http://treasurecay.com/golf
Xanadu Beach (Sunken Treasure Drive, Freeport, Grand Bahama) –– Xanadu Beach is a popular tourist beach, three miles from the International Bazaar, offering water sports, straw goods, food and beverages. Its calm waters are great for families.
William’s Town Beach (Freeport, Grand Bahama) — William’s Town Beach is centrally located at William’s Town settlement. The eastern side of the beach offers water activities, such as banana boats, jet skis and snorkeling. You will frequently see horses on the beach.
Stuart Cove’s Dive Bahamas (Nassau, New Providence Island) – this excursion service provides visitors with the chance to explore Bahamas’ waters (mainly off the west coast of New Providence Island) via diving, snorkeling, as well as by an amazing innovation called “SUB” (a personal scenic underwater bubble). Each of these SUB vehicles looks somewhat like a motorcycle with a giant bubble on top. Passengers sit on the “bike” with their head inside the bubble. Fresh air is supplied by scuba equipment that is on board the SUB. Utilizing a boat custom built to support a fleet of 12 SUB units, passengers are taken to a beautiful shallow reef.
After a brief orientation on piloting a SUB, the SUB staff escorts guests to a depth of 20 feet. From there, guests are free to pilot their sub around the reef observing the underwater world on the same level as the fish. The beauty of SUB diving is that you can wear your normal eye glasses, you don’t even have to know how to swim, since all you are doing is driving an underwater motorcycle, and you breath normally since there are no hoses or tubes to breath through. See Stuart Cove’s website for rates and other details: www.stuartcove.com
Parasailing – a fun way to experience the Bahamas is by parasailing. After you are attached to a harness and parachute, a speed-boat offshore pulls you 400 feet into the air for a spin. Truly exhilarating! The views will be so breathtaking; you’ll forget how high in the air you actually are. These outfits provide parasailing services at the Bahamas’ major islands: http://bahamastourcenter.com; www.jractionwatersports.com; www.lucayawatersports.com; and www.oceanmotionwatersportsbahamas.com
Paradise Cove Beach (Warren J. Levarity Hwy., between Eight Mile Rock and West End West End, Grand Bahama Island) – located just a 15-minute drive from Freeport, this beach’s main attraction is its marine life (from sea turtles to rays, dolphins, colorful fish, barracudas, etc.) at a spot located 50 yards offshore, colorfully called “Deadman’s Reef – making this area ideal for snorkelers and divers. There’s a $3 charge to visit the beach.
“Paradise Cove Resort” (deadmansreef.com) – conveniently offers underwater tour packages to visitors, including snorkeling gear, a full lunch or dinner, transport to and from the reef — for those who don’t want to swim out to the site — and a bonfire during the evening. Discounts are available for children, as well as for those who take along their own snorkeling gear.
Taino Beach (Lucaya, Grand Bahama) — the park at Taino Beach is a prized possession of the Freeport/Lucaya Council. The space has been leased from the Grand Bahama Port Authority for 99 years and has been developed into an area to be enjoyed by both Bahamians and visitors. The well-maintained facility is impressive and will appeal to persons from all walks of life. There are restroom facilities, playground equipment and sitting areas.
A memorial to the late Chairman of the Grand Bahama Port Authority, Mr. Edward St. George, is prominently displayed in the park. A trail allows visitors to meander through the nature preserve and bird sanctuary and Grand Bahama’s indigenous vegetation is highlighted along the trail. This attractive facility is the venue for a number of major events, including the annual Junkanoo Summer Festival. The Ministry of Tourism also hosts Tea Parties in the park as a part of the visitor experience in the People to People Program.