A dream cruise to Half Moon Cay is one of those rare instances where your imagination actually does a disservice to its dreamlike atmosphere. With an endless variety of excursions available, your trip to this secluded island in The Bahamas will be a vacation you won’t soon forget.
Take full advantage of the best Mother Nature has to offer. With pristine beaches and countless activities, this island is a place of beauty, adventure, tranquility and thrills that will make your cruise to The Bahamas memorable. The following are the 10 best activities you can do during your trip to Half Moon Cay.
For the Adventurous
1. Stingray Adventure
A stingray adventure is a thrilling opportunity to meet these fascinating ocean dwellers in their own backyard. After a quick tram ride to Stingray Cove, you’ll go through a short orientation to learn about the life of a stingray.
Afterwards, you’ll put on snorkel equipment and, with the assistance of your guide, wade through the habitat where you can reach out and touch these amazing creatures’ sleek, silky wings.
2. Half Moon Cay Snorkel by Boat
While the enclosed stingray habitat certainly offers some unique thrills, there’s something to be said about going a bit further from shore and experiencing the true scope and splendor of the sparkling Caribbean waters.
A snorkeling excursion is the best way to enjoy the coral-filled waters teeming with colorful and vivid sea life while following the expert guidance of a professional snorkeler. The expansive palette of colors and life will make your imagination race.
3. Horseback Riding by Land and Sea
Traveling to Half Moon Cay includes just as many thrills on land as it does in the crystal clear waters. A horseback riding excursion is a fantastic way to enjoy the full scope of everything this private island has to offer.
Your guide will take you through winding trails until you reach the island’s highest point, giving you a world-class view of one of the most beautiful places on earth.
The final leg of your ride wades through the clear waters of the bay, providing you a perspective of Half Moon Cay that you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere else.
4. Aqua Trax Watercraft Adventure
If you’ve got a more independent, adventurous spirit, experiencing Half Moon Cay aboard your own Aqua Trax watercraft will satisfy your wanderlust.
You’ll weave between the colorful reef formations scattered throughout the shallow waters while exploring the inlets and sand pits that make Half Moon Cay so memorable and picturesque.
5. Eco Lagoon Tour
An eco-lagoon tour is perfect for the curious-minded who want to explore the smaller details of the shoreline without the hands-on approach of the watercraft adventure. Throughout the tour, you will examine the coral reefs in the shallow waters of Half Moon Cay from the sturdy deck of a glass-bottom boat.
From stingrays and sharks to sea urchins and exotic birds, this tour gives you a front-row seat to the delicate balance of natural beauty and accessibility that makes the island a Bahamian paradise.
6. Island Bike Tour
Sometimes a leisurely bike ride is the best way to take your time and explore the finer details that often get overlooked. With the assistance of a guide, an island bike tour of Half Moon Cay takes you to locations of historical significance like the Bone Fish Lagoon, where 700 acres of breathtaking nature await you.
A bike tour is great way to explore the island and get an up close view of its many different environments. With sandy beaches, lush forests, rugged hills and historical landmarks, a bike tour can envelop you in all of Half Moon Cay’s charm and natural diversity.
7. Combo Eco Bike and Hike Tour
When you want to go off the beaten path, a combo bike and hike tour gives you the flexibility to explore Half Moon Cay’s trails and backcountry in depth.
The bicycling portion of the excursion will take you behind the scenes of the island to Pegasus Ranch and the hiking segment will take you to the habitats of native mockingbirds, doves and white crowned pigeons, as well as give you a breathtaking view of Bone Fish Lagoon and Stingray Park.
8. Island Tram Calypso Tour
This one-hour tram tour gives you a firsthand look at the different guest areas, shore excursions and amenities offered throughout the island, including some of the areas that are otherwise inaccessible to guests.
Think of the Island Tram Calypso Tour as your opportunity to peek behind the wizard’s curtain and experience the island in the most thorough way possible. You’re guaranteed to have a new appreciation for everything that goes into making Half Moon Cay so special.
Privacy and Seclusion
9. Beach Villa
When seeking respite on the shores of a private island, sometimes your own secluded oasis is in order. For those craving a bit of quiet privacy with modern amenities, the Beach Villa excursion is an ideal choice.
With air-conditioning, fully functioning kitchens, private sundecks and even hot tubs, these two-story villas are the perfect way to soak in the natural beauty of Half Moon Cay while indulging in the conveniences of modern life.
10. Cabana Rental
If you’re looking for the luxurious seclusion of the beach villas but on a more intimate scale, cabana rentals are a great choice. Featuring a refrigerator, air-conditioning, misting shower and private terrace, each cabana can comfortably fit up to four people and provide some privacy and solitude on the beautiful shores of Half Moon Cay.
Half Moon Cay is an enchanting and breathtaking destination for those searching for Bahamian beauty that has somehow managed to stay a bit under the radar. Whether you visit with your family and friends or on a spontaneous cruise vacation by yourself, this private island provides an idyllic setting and extensive list of excursions to satisfy every possible taste and interest.