Half Moon Cay, The Bahamas

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Fulfill your tropical island fantasy on Carnival cruises to Half Moon Cay, the Bahamas. Sway in the sweet Bahamian breezes to the rhythms of calypso and find romance on this private island paradise. Cruises to Half Moon Cay deliver you to an idyllic sun-drenched island hideaway where you can play in the turquoise seas, ride horseback on powdery white sand, and encounter silky stingrays.

  • Sail, swim or snorkel the shallow blue-green Atlantic.
  • Ride horseback along the sea’s edge on Half Moon Cay cruises. 
  • Feel the velvety touch of a stingray’s wings in Stingray Cove.
  • Sip a fruity rum punch in a Bahamian open-air bar.
  • Let the kids loose in the pirate ship at the Water Park.

Things To Do

Local Attractions

Be an island castaway for a day when your Half Moon Cay cruise anchors in Little San Salvador Island’s blue-green bay. This tiny tropical isle has one of the Bahamas’ prettiest beaches and dozens of island activities. Settle in under a coconut palm, dig your toes in the powdery sand, or simply play to your heart’s delight.

  • Snorkel, kayak or take a glass-bottom-boat ride at Stingray Cove.
  • Take a beach horseback ride and enjoy views from the island’s highest point.
  • Spend the day swimming and soaking up the sun on Half Moon Cay Beach.
  • Play with kids of all ages in the Aqua Park.
  • Sip flavorful umbrella drinks at Rumrunner’s beach bar.

Fun Facts

  • Half Moon Cay is one of the Out Islands of the Bahamas, located between Eleuthera and Cat Island.
  • Half Moon Cay, Bahamas was named “Best Private Island” by Porthole Cruise Magazine for the last four years.
  • The entire 2,400 acres of Little San Salvador Island is an international bird sanctuary and nature preserve. Only two percent of the island has been developed—and the other 98 percent will remain pristine wilderness.

Within Walking Distance

170x100-Bahamas House

Tenders ferry passengers on Carnival cruises to Half Moon Cay directly to the sheltered landing marina. Passengers are greeted at the Fort San Salvador Welcome Center, where the full-service facilities include a Bahamian straw market and ice-cream shop. Escape the crowds by finding your own slice of secluded sand or head out for island adventures.

Beyond The Port Area

Half Moon Cay Horse Swim Ride

Half Moon Cay offers any number of island adventures. With your Carnival cruise to Half Moon Cay, you can arrange an offshore snorkel excursion with Half Moon Cay by Boat or Glass Bottom Boat Tour. A popular shore excursion is Horseback Riding by Land & Sea —topped off with a bareback swim in the sparkling bay. Diehard romantics can even wed or renew their vows in the island’s beguiling little wooden chapel.

Beaches in Half Moon Cay

Lounge beneath a "clamshell" sunshade, or enjoy one of the island’s private cabanas with Cabana Rental, which comes complete with air-conditioning, misting shower, and a fridge—for luxurious privacy.

Half Moon Cay Beach

Water-sports enthusiasts can snorkel with Stingray Adventure excursion where you’ll also get to feed these docile creatures and touch their velvety wings as they glide by. Or choose to kayak with Tropical Kayak Adventure.

Dining in Half Moon Cay

Half Moon Cay- Beach Bar

Half Moon Cay has plenty of places to sate your appetite and satisfy your thirst. Enjoy Bahamian restaurants with the accompaniment of steel band music. You’ll share the sentiment as you hoist a cold one at a thatched-roof bar.

Travel Tips


  • English is the official language of the Bahamas.
  • Half Moon Cay enjoys a warm, semi-tropical climate, with average year-round temperatures between 75 and 85 degrees F. Pack for sunny, steamy days and balmy, breezy evenings.
  • Carnival cruises to Half Moon Cay set anchor in the deep water off shore. Passengers are transferred by tenders to the cay’s marina and welcome center.
  • The best way to get around the island is on foot, tram or bike.