The Best Bahamas Shore Excursions for Families

For family fun in the sun, a cruise to The Bahamas puts you in the heart of paradise, with plenty of action for all ages. More than 700 islands boast lush forests, postcard-worthy beaches, and exciting marine life. Make the most of your cruise, and keep the kids smiling, with the best Bahamas shore excursions for families.

family having fun in a beach in the bahamas

Princess Cays – Palm Trees, Pristine Seas and Pumped-Up Action

Set foot on the powder-soft sand of Princess Cays on Eleuthera Island and get ready for action above and below the sea.

Dune Buggy Heritage Adventure Tour

If you’re traveling with teens on a Carnival cruise ship, it’s likely they’ll jump at the chance to go on an adrenaline-boosting dune buggy ride. It’s not just about off-road action though, as you’ll tour and learn about historical sites, including the Wishing Well and Packing House Ruins. Best of all, you’ll journey down jungle roads to find secluded beaches.

tourists driving on a dune buggy in princess cays bahamas

Princess Cays Coastal Cruise

When you prefer to stay dry or have little ones with you, a coastal cruise is a relaxing way to enjoy the rich underwater world, sweeping views of perfect beaches and balmy sea breezes. The water is so clear that you’ll see colorful corals and tropical fish swimming below, while a guide gives you insight into the island’s maritime history.

Snorkeling at Princess Cays

If you’re a family of experienced snorkelers, you’ll love boarding a custom-made snorkel boat to head out to shallow reefs along Eleuthera’s southern coast. Dive into warm waters and get ready to meet parrotfish, grouper and angelfish, on reefs bursting with anemones, sponges and sea fans.

brother and sister holding hands as the snorkel in princess cays bahamas

Nassau – Dolphins, Daring Slides and Dreamy Sailing

Home to the famous Atlantis Resort on nearby Paradise Island, activities in and around Nassau delight all ages.

VIP Dolphin Swim and Beach Day

A family cruise to The Bahamas gives you the perfect opportunity to swim with dolphins, one of the most popular things to do in Nassau. Under the guidance of master trainers, you’ll swim with the majestic mammals on Blue Lagoon Island, with the chance to hug and kiss them.

A VIP Dolphin Swim and Beach Day also includes snorkeling, a trip to the aqua park and a scrumptious buffet lunch.

parents and their daughter swimming with a dolphin in nassau bahamas

Atlantis Aquaventure

Kids and big kids alike can’t get enough of shore excursions to Aquaventure, a water park offering serious thrills. Those with a need for speed can hop on the Mayan Temple slide and tackle the rolling rapids of the Power Tower. Younger children will love the tipping buckets and climbing frames at Splashers.

Catamaran Sail and Snorkel

How would you like to board a stylish catamaran to sail across the turquoise seas? This shore excursion puts you onboard an 86-foot long one, complete with a deck that offers both sun and shade for lounging in the sea breeze. You’ll cruise to a reef to snorkel and spot yellowtail snapper as well as spiny lobster hiding among the rocks.

mother and her daughter enjoying a catamaran sail in nassau bahamas

Freeport – Culture, Kayaking and Natural Wonders

Freeport abounds with natural wonders: three national parks, palm-fringed beaches, and various animals to spot on shore tours.

Kayak and Nature Experience

The Lucayan National Park is home to fascinating mangrove trails, seabirds and raccoons. One of the best ways to explore it is by kayak, so you can paddle across inland creeks and learn about the Lucayan Indians and the area’s geology, with an experienced guide to show the way.

family of 6 kayaking in freeport bahamas on 3 different kayaks

Bahamas Jeep Adventure

You’ll drive your own jeep across Freeport to discover exciting highlights on this guided trip. Stop by to see cascading waterfalls at Garden of the Groves, watch artisans at work on straw goods, and pick up some souvenirs while you’re there. To end your jeep adventure, you’ll drive to a remote beach for a refreshing dip.

Freeport Biking Adventure

A family bike ride is a fantastic way to see the sights and this shore excursion takes you to some of the best. Cycle along the coast to visit a native settlement and learn about local history. Watch the playful antics of dolphins at Sanctuary Bay and stop by for a splash in the sea to cool off. To end a fun day of cycling, you’ll visit the Port Lucaya Marketplace for shopping in Freeport.

father and his 3 children enjoying a bike ride along the beach in freeport bahamas

Half Moon Cay – Stingray Encounters and Seaside Thrills

The sun-drenched island of Half Moon Cay is steeped in natural beauty, for both serenity and fun in the sun.

Horseback Riding by Land and Sea

Can’t wait to saddle up? Things to do around Half Moon Cay include Horseback riding on a backdrop of sparkling seas and spectacular views. Riding trails lead you to the highest point, where you’ll find the perfect spot for a photo across the surrounding islands. Then, get ready to ride your horse right into the ocean for the swim of a lifetime.

sting rays swimming along the ocean floor in half moon cay bahamas

Eco Bike and Hike Tour

Peddle and walk across Half Moon Cay, for views, history and bird-spotting. You’ll get to see ruins dating back to the 1700’s, the Island Nursery and Pegasus Ranch. Hop off your bike for a hike up the ridge and you might spot Bahama Mockingbirds, before soaking in the views of Bonefish Lagoon from the top.

Stingray Adventure

Have you ever wondered what the wings of a stingray feel like? The most common description is ‘silky,’ but you’ll get to find out for yourself on a Stingray Adventure. It’s safe to swim with stingrays in The Bahamas and you’ll do so with snorkel equipment and an experienced guide, giving you insider knowledge about the marine creature’s behavior.

sting rays swimming along the ocean floor in half moon cay bahamas

With water slides, outdoor adventures, marine-life encounters and endless sunny beaches to play on, a cruise to The Bahamas is sure to impress every member of your family – and create memories to last a lifetime.

Note: Onboard activities, shore excursions, and dining options may vary by ship and destination.