Kayaking in the Bahamas

Clear Waters and Warm Sun in a Paddler's Paradise

It would be hard to image a better place for a paddle. Shimmering turquoise bays are ringed in white sand beaches. Coral reefs and tropical fish are revealed as you glide through clear tropical waters. Bluewater passages lead to deserted islands that invite exploration and a stop for a swim. Tidal creeks and the quiet channels of mangrove lagoons are home to flocks of wading birds. Excursions can be as easy as grabbing a boat from the resort's water sports center for a casual run. But longer routes and guided tours are also available for those seeking bigger adventures.

Highlights

  • Best for: Solos, couples and families, beach lovers and adventurers
  • Best season to visit: Year-round, with some areas exposed to cold fronts in winter months
  • Weather: Sub-tropical climate similar to Florida, with warm water temperatures in summer, becoming cooler in winter when cold fronts pass

Bahamas Information

Paddle Sports in the Bahamas Overview

Paddlers can choose from a wide range of on-water experiences from easy jaunts along resort beaches to day-long trips to remote beaches. West and south-facing coastlines and bays are often sheltered from prevailing winds and waves. Fringing reefs and sandbars may provide protection for trips farther from shore, and open water awaits the adventurous. Inland tours typically follow mangrove channels or tidal creeks.

Paddle Sports in the Bahamas Tips

A number of resorts maintain a fleet of kayaks that are free for guest use. But rather than just grab the first boat that looks appealing, make sure it is right for your size and intended use. Larger paddlers will need higher-volume hulls that won't sink low and add drag. Long, thin boats are faster but less stable in the waves.

Best Places for Paddle Sports in the Bahamas

Grand Bahama's south shore provides calm waters inside the reefs, and inland there is a branching network of canals to explore. Kayaks give easy access to the coral-rimmed bays and shallow inland creeks of North Andros. Tours from Emerald Bay lead through mangrove channels between Great and Little Exuma Island to reach secluded Moriah Cay. The waters of Goodman Bay provide relaxed paddling conditions. Follow sea turtles in the lagoon at Long Island's Newton's Cay.

What to Pack for Paddle Sports in the Bahamas

Add a wide-brim cloth hat with chin strap for sun protection. Polarized sunglasses will reduce glare and bring out the colors of the water. Select a waterproof, long-sleeve watersports shirt, sandals and a bathing suit or shorts that can get wet. Pack valuables into a waterproof case or small dry bag.

Specials

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Riding Rock Inn Resort & Marina

SAN SALVADOR 2021 SALE + $250 AIR CREDIT = MEAL INCLUSIVE DIVE ESCAPE SPECIAL includes 7 night standard ocean view air conditioned accommodations, 16 boat day dives, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, free WiFi, cocktail reception, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel taxes and service charges.

Valid through 8/31/21. Book by 1/31/21. Blackout Dates Apr1-Apr4 and Jul1-Jul4.
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Melia Nassau Beach All Inclusive

NASSAU SPRING SUNSHINE PROMO DIVE PACKAGE includes 5 night’s Classic Island View Room accommodations, 3 days of 2-tank boat dives with Stuart Cove's Dive Bahamas, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, snacks and beverages including alcohol, free WiFi, recreational activities, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel taxes and service charges.

Travel 4/11/21-7/2/21 & 8/22/21-10/31/21. Rates from $1353 per person/double diver. Up to 2 kids under 12 years old will stay free (applicable seasons).

Book by 2/16/21.

Optional add-ons for Watersports Activities and Topside Activities available in the shopping cart after room category is selected.

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Small Hope Bay Lodge

ANDROS - INSTANT $250 AIR CREDIT includes 4 night Beach Front accommodations, 3 days of 2-tank boat dives, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, snacks and beverages included alcohol, use of kayaks, paddle boards, bicycles, hotel taxes and service charges.

Purchase of airfare required. Discount included and averaged between two divers. Some blackout dates apply.

Valid 5/18/21-6/30/21 & 7/5/21-8/31/21. From $1607.00 per person/double diver.

Book by 1/31/21.
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Green Turtle Club Resort & Marina

ABACO - INSTANT $250 AIR CREDIT includes 4 nights Deluxe Club Room accommodations, 2 days of 2-tank boat dives + 1 day 1- tank adventure dive/hand feed the rays/turtles, see sharks with beach bbq day and rum punch with Brendal’s Dive Center & Water Sports, hotel taxes and services charges.

Purchase of airfare required. Discount included and averaged between two divers. Some blackout dates may apply.

Valid 1/6/21-2/28/21. From $1024 per person/double diver.

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Riding Rock Inn Resort & Marina

SAN SALVADOR - INSTANT $250 AIR CREDIT includes 4 night Standard Ocean View air conditioned accommodations, 7 boat dives (2 days of 3-tank + 1 day 1-tank), 12 meals (breakfast/lunch/dinner), welcome rum punch, manager’s cocktail reception on Mondays, free WiFi in designated areas, roundtrip airport transfers from San Salvador, hotel taxes, and service charges. (manager’s cocktail reception on Mondays)

Packages exclude: alcoholic beverages, sodas, bottled water, gratuities and transportation to and from San Salvador Island.

Purchase of airfare required. Air Credit Discount included and averaged between 2-divers. Some blackout dates apply.

Valid through 7/31/21. Book by 1/31/21.
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From $923 per person double diver

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Sandals Emerald Bay

GREAT EXUMA INSTANT $250 AIR CREDIT - Unfolding like a grand estate, Sandals Emerald Bay is a 500-acre resort set along a one-mile stretch of white-sand beach. This all-butler resort offers a selection of 183 magnificently appointed, luxurious accommodations with styles that range from beachfront villas to charming bay house settings.

Purchase of airfare required. Discount included and averaged between two divers. Some blackout dates apply.

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Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach

GRAND BAHAMA 2021 SALE - ALL INCLUSIVE DIVE PACKAGE includes 5 nights Superior Room accommodations, 3 days of 2-tank boat dives with Reef Oasis Dive Bahamas, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, snacks and beverages including alcohol, non-motorized watersports, daily scheduled entertainment, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel taxes and service charges.

Valid 3/1/21-4/3/21. Rates from $858 per person/double diver.
Book by 2/2/21.

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Breezes Bahamas

NASSAU 2021 DEAL - ALL INCLUSIVE DIVE PACKAGE includes 5 night’s Classic Room accommodations, 3 days of 2-tank boat dives with Stuart Cove’s Dive Bahamas, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, snacks and beverages including alcohol, free WiFi, recreational activities, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel taxes and service charges.

Optional add-ons for Watersports Activities and Topside Activities available in the shopping cart after room category is selected.

Travel through 8/7/21. Rates from $1298 per person/double diver (rate based on SU-FR combo or SA-TH combo).
Travel 8/8-11/6/21. Rates from $1157 per person/double diver (rate based on SU-FR combo or SA-TH combo).

Book by 2/28/21.
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Small Hope Bay Lodge

ANDROS 2021 SALE + 2 TANK DIVE FREE - ALL INCLUSIVE DIVE PACKAGE includes 7 nights Beachfront Cottage accommodations, 6 days of 2-tank boat dives, breakfast, lunch, dinner daily and all beverages including alcohol, free WiFi, complimentary bikes, kayaks, paddleboards, hotel tax and service charges.

Valid 1/6/21-2/15/21 and 5/18/21-12/15/21. Add $395 per diver for travel 2/16/21-5/17/21 or 12/16/21-1/5/22
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Orange Hill Beach Inn

NASSAU 2021 SALE - DIVE PACKAGE includes 5 night’s Pool Side Room accommodations, 3 days of 2-tank boat dives with Stuart Cove’s Dive Bahamas, free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel taxes and service charges.

Travel 12/18/20-5/1/21. Rates from $862 per person/double diver.
Travel 5/2/21-12/16/21. Rates from $804 per person/double diver.
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Sandals Emerald Bay

GREAT EXUMA2021 SALE- Unfolding like a grand estate, Sandals Emerald Bay is a 500-acre resort set along a one-mile stretch of white-sand beach. This all-butler resort offers a selection of 183 magnificently appointed, luxurious accommodations with styles that range from beachfront villas to charming bay house settings.

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Pelican Bay Hotel

GRAND BAHAMA 2021 SALE includes 5 nights waterside accommodations, 3 days 2-tank boat diving with Unexso Diving, daily breakfast, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel levy and value added tax.

Valid 12/21/20-4/26/21. Rates from $1057 per person/double diver.
Valid 4/27/21-12/20/21. Rates from $997 per person/double diver.
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Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina

BIMINI 2021 SALE-BIMINI SHARK DIVE ADVENTURE PACKAGE includes 4 nights Standard Room accommodations with 3 days of diving, 1 day of 3 tank boat diving including Shipwreck, Reef Shark Safari & Bull Shark Cage, 1 day Hammerhead Diving with 1-2 boat dives, 1 day 2-tank AM boat dive + 1 1-tank afternoon Stingray and Black-Nose Shark Safari. All taxes included.

Valid through 5/5/21.
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Bahamas Master

HAMMERHEAD AND TIGER SHARK EXPERIENCE ITINERARY SAVE $630 per diver - 7 nights Deluxe Cabin accommodations, unlimited diving as scheduled, all meals, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages, alcoholic beverages and port fees are additional.

Hammerhead and Tiger Shark Experience covers the best of the West End of Grand Bahama Island. Expect to see lots of sharks including hammerheads, nurse sharks, lemon sharks, tiger sharks, and even bull sharks, as well as dolphins, rays, grouper, turtles and octopus. Other dive sites include Hawksbill Reef where the turtles rest at 15 meters on the sandy bottom and Alice Island where you can dive with over 50 sting rays and experience the fast and agile black nose shark.

Valid for departures 1/4/21, 1/20/21, 3/11/21, 12/23/21, 12/30/21. Space is based on availability.
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Small Hope Bay Lodge

ANDROS - 7 NIGHT DIVE PACKAGE includes beachfront cottage accommodations, 5 days of 2-tank boat dives, breakfast, lunch, dinner daily and all beverages including alcohol, free WiFi, complimentary bikes, kayaks, paddleboards, hotel tax and service charges.

Resort designed to facilitate relaxation with no televisions, no telephones (WiFi available in the main lounge). Air conditioning is available for a small additional fee in all cabins.
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Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina

BIMINI - 7-NIGHT DIVE PACKAGE includes 7 night Standard room accommodations, 6 days of 2-tank morning boat dives, hotel taxes and service charges. Hotel amenities include fresh water swimming pool, lounge chairs and deck-side hammocks; patio and pool bar; free WIFI, complimentary paddleboards, kayaks, game area with billiard table, access to a pristine sandy beach (3-minute walk) and golf cart rentals (at additional cost).
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Riding Rock Inn Resort & Marina

SAN SALVADOR - 7-NIGHT DIVE PACKAGE includes 7 night standard ocean view air conditioned accommodations, 16 dives, 21 meals, free WiFi, cocktail receptionm roundtrip airport transfers, hotel taxes and service charges.
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Green Turtle Club Resort & Marina

ABACO - Explore Earth's third-largest barrier reef, explore historic wrecks, walls, and swim-through caverns, dive with dolphins, turtles, and sharks, hand feed stingrays, tropical fish , and Brendal's pet groupers - Junkanoo and Calypso - all at exotic Green Turtle Caye.
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Abaco Beach Resort & Boat Harbour Marina

ABACO - Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour Marina is a classic Bahamian getaway that captures the true essence of the Out Island spirit. The resort is a destination for leisure travelers, honeymooners, destination weddings, incentive and corporate groups, boaters, fishermen, adventurers and those simply looking for an authentic Caribbean escape. With 40-beachfront acres and a prime location within Marsh Harbour, Abaco Beach Resort offers guests access to a variety of land- and water-based activities ranging from island-hopping and diving to shopping and dining. The resort caters to families, couples, friends and groups looking to escape the crowds of some of the larger islands and experience the relaxed hassle-free attitude that makes The Abacos so unique.
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Small Hope Bay Lodge

ANDROS - Located on Andros Island, a short boat ride from the world’s third largest coral reef, the diving and bonefishing are nothing less than spectacular at this all-inclusive resort. What really sets Small Hope apart is its unique heritage, its simple and friendly ambiance and a special soulful energy that simply cannot be cloned or imitated.
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Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina

BIMINI - Founded in the 1930’s as an elegant dinner club, and later in 1947 relocated to its current home and expanded, the Bimini Big Game Club is known the world over among “top of class” sportsmen and their families.
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Riding Rock Inn Resort & Marina

SAN SALVADOR - The charming and authentic Bahama Out Island of San Salvador is home to Riding Rock Resort and Marina, a family owned and operated dive resort. The property has 42 rooms, most offering views of a breathtaking white sand beach and the Caribbean Sea. Enjoy their newly renovated great house with its restaurant, bar and expansive waterfront deck. A short stroll from the resort is the marina and their PADI dive shop, Guanahani Divers. Dive boats depart for two-tank morning dives and one-tank afternoon dives to any of the 30+ eye-popping dive sites featuring superb walls, healthy reefs, prolific fish populations, crystal clear visibility and many species of sharks. Packages include accommodations, meals, diving, airport transfers and taxes to ensure a worry-free stay.

Contact us for 5, 6 or 7 night packages.
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Melia Nassau Beach All Inclusive

NASSAU - Meliá Nassau Beach Resort is an all-inclusive luxury resort in The Bahamas. Situated on Cable Beach on the central north coast of the island of Nassau, the resort overlooks the beautiful blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean. The seven-acre property features a spectacular waterscape with a 1,000-foot stretch of white sand beach and a recreation complex centered around three freshwater pools and waterfalls.
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Breezes Bahamas

NASSAU - Miles away from everyday life, but only minutes from the airport. Breezes Bahamas is located on a stretch of the island’s best beach: The powder white sands of Cable Beach. Crystal clear waters gently lap the shore as everyday worries drift away. Just a short stroll along the beach takes you to the excitement of Nassau’s glittering casinos.
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Sandals Emerald Bay

GEORGETOWN, GREAT EXUMA - Unfolding like a grand estate, Sandals Emerald Bay is a 500-acre resort set along a one-mile stretch of white-sand beach. This all-butler resort offers a selection of 183 magnificently appointed, luxurious accommodations with styles that range from beachfront villas to charming bay house settings. **Call for the best available rate**.
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Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach

GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND - Nestled on the southern coast, this 26-acre, 276-room all-inclusive resort features a pool, beautiful white sand beach, three bars, three restaurants, theater, fitness center and onsite Reef Oasis Dive Club. As the only all-inclusive resort on the island, surrounded by tropical forests and park lands, a stay here is like having your own private paradise.
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Orange Hill Beach Inn

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Bahamas Aggressor

TIGER BEACH ITINERARY - From April through August the Bahamas Aggressor departs every Saturday from Old Bahama Bay Resort in West End on 7-night itineraries diving remote areas around West End, Grand Bahama. At least one afternoon during the trip will be dedicated to a dive at the area know as "Tiger Beach" where sharks are attracted using a "scent triangle" filled with bait. Caribbean reef sharks, lemon sharks and tiger sharks are known to frequent the area.
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Bahamas Master

TIGER BEACH EXPERIENCE ITINERARY - The Bahamas Master has 8 well-designed cabins and can comfortably welcome 16 divers aboard. Guests can choose between three cabin types; with two Master cabins on the forward upper deck, with double beds plus private en-suite bathroom, two premier twin cabins with en-suite and four standard cabins sharing two bathrooms with heated showers. All cabins have panoramic windows, so there is plenty of day light and ocean view for all.
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Bahamas Master

DOLPHIN AND TIGER SHARK EXPERIENCE ITINERARY - The Bahamas Master has 8 well-designed cabins and can comfortably welcome 16 divers aboard. Guests can choose between three cabin types; with two Master cabins on the forward upper deck, with double beds plus private en-suite bathroom, two premier twin cabins with en-suite and four standard cabins sharing two bathrooms with heated showers. All cabins have panoramic windows, so there is plenty of day light and ocean view for all.
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Passport and/or Visa Requirements

Entry/Exit Requirements: All U.S. Citizens are required to present a valid passport. No visa is required for American citizens. All persons, six years and over leaving the Bahamas, pay a Government Departure Tax of 29.00 which should be included in your international airline ticket taxes.

Immunizations

Vaccinations are not required for entry into the Bahamas. Check with your doctor and the Centers for Disease Control on recommended vaccinations for travel at Traveler's Health CDC The Bahamas.

 

Culture and Customs

Though still a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, the Bahama's English heritage is obvious only in the historic architecture of Nassau, a love for the Queen, and the nation's parliamentary system of government. The cosmopolitan resorts of Paradise Island and Grand Bahama may be more spiritually aligned with Miami or Las Vegas, but move into the Out Islands and you transition to island time, where the phrase “soon come” is the mantra for a relaxed, welcoming way of life. The big event on the calendar is Junkanoo, which is celebrated from December's Boxing Day to New Years Day. Every island stages a celebration, but the big show happens in Nassau when thousands of lavishly costumed revelers march through the streets to the accompaniment of horns, goombay drums and cowbells. Come March, the island sailboats are packed with passengers headed for the National Family Island Regatta in Georgetown. Here, crews from across the archipelago race traditional island sloops by day, then party the night away at Regatta Village Cricket season lasts from March to November, and ongoing commentary of the matches fills the local airwaves.

Celebrated since the 17th century, Junkanoo has grown into a large, organized event with groups that compete for cash prizes for best music, best costume, best dancing, etc. Traditionally held on New Year’s Day, Boxing Day and Independence Day, parades are also held during the annual “Junkanoo Summer Festival” and the “Just Rush” competition. Many hotels also offer Junkanoo shows for their guests throughout the year.

Electricity, Phone and Internet Access

Electricity in the Bahamas is 120 volts/60 cycles, which is the same as the U.S. and all U.S. appliances are compatible. the country code/area code for the Bahamas is 242. The local phone company BTC (Bahamas Telephone Company) should be available on your cell phone, so check with your carrier for costs for calls and data while in the Bahamas on roaming. There are many public hotspots, and you will find most hotels offer WiFi, as well as many bars, restaurants and shops.

Water Quality

Tap water is safe to drink on the main islands of the Bahamas. Bottled water is available for purchase.

Language & Currency

English is the official language, however you may hear locals speaking "Bahamian English" which has a mixture of African influence, island dialect and the Queen's diction. The H is often dropped so thanks sounds like tanks. The local currency is the Bahamian dollar (BSD) but U.S. Dollars are accepted everywhere. The Bahamian and the U.S. dollar are equivalent so as a visitor you don’t need to exchange any money. Credit cards are accepted at most locations on Nassau, Paradise Island and Grand Bahama Island. Cirrus and +PLUS ATMs can be found on Nassau, Paradise Island, Grand Bahama and most of the major Out Islands.

Time

The Bahamas are in the Eastern Time Zone. The Bahamian Islands do observe Daylight Savings Time. They are 5 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (-5 during Eastern Standard Time) and 4 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time during Daylight Savings Time (-4 Eastern Daylight Time).

Location, Size and Population

The Bahamas are located in the North Atlantic Ocean on the eastern edge of the Caribbean. They are approximately 45 miles Southeast of Florida. The Bahamian Islands are made up of approximately 700 islands and 2,000 cayes of which about only 30 are inhabited. The islands are north of Cuba, northwest of the Turks and Caicos, and Southeast of the Florida Keys. The size of the Bahamas is approximately 5,382 square miles with a coastline of 1,368 square miles. The capital city of the Bahamas is Nassau, located on New Providence and is approximately 80 square miles. The population of the Bahamas is 392,575 (2016).