Top 11 Things to Do in Nassau

What to Do in Nassau, The Bahamas

  1. Take a Dive Trip
  2. Catamaran Sail and Snorkel
  3. Native Quest
  4. Pirates of Nassau Museum
  5. Ardastra Gardens and City Tour
  6. Climb the Queen’s Staircase
  7. The Straw Market
  8. Guided Island Tour
  9. Junkanoo Beach
  10. Saunders Beach
  11. Montagu Beach

 

The capital of The Bahamas has long been known as one of the top tourist destinations in the world. The beautiful beaches are no doubt one of its main draws, but there are plenty of other types of fun to be had in this Bahamian paradise. If you’re taking a cruise to Nassau, you’ll definitely want to look into some of the fun adventures you can find while docking in this historic town. Check out some of these activities to make the most of your cruise to The Bahamas.

Take an Adventure

A lot of activities in Nassau revolve around adventure. Here are some of the ways you can explore all the island has to offer.

1. Take a Dive Trip

If you’re into water adventures, head to Stuart’s Cove dive operation on the southwest side of the island. It is the perfect place to suit up and take a diving lesson, or if you are a more experienced diver, explore the open waters. Other options include doing wall dives using underwater scooters, piloting your own mini sub, or snorkeling. It’s a great way to explore the vast ocean; you can even safely dive with wild sharks!

man scuba diving in nassau as a turtle approaches his face

2. Catamaran Sail and Snorkel

Take a ride on the beautiful Ocean Voyager, a sleek, 82-foot catamaran. It’s just the extra touch of adventure you need after you’ve spent a relaxing morning at the beach. The boat stops to let you snorkel over a beautiful natural reef before heading back to Nassau.

catamaran sailing of the coast of nassau with atlantis in the background

3. Native Quest

Native Quest is an adventure of a lifetime. It takes place at Fort Charlotte, where you team up in groups of 4-10 people and take a scavenger hunt throughout the fort. The game incorporates elements of Bahamian culture and you get free samples of local foods, drinks and treats while you battle with an opposing team.

friends looking at a map and reading a compass as they scavenger hunt during a native quest competition

Get Ready for Some Sightseeing

In addition to adventures, you’ll find plenty of sightseeing in Nassau. Here are just a few options worth checking out.

4. Pirates of Nassau Museum

The Pirates of Nassau Museum gives you a glimpse into the pirate history of the Caribbean. Nassau was a famous haven for pirates in the 18th century, and the exhibits here give you a taste of what it was like to live in the “Republic of Pirates.” You’ll find interactive exhibits and a great gift shop to pick up souvenirs.

5. Ardastra Gardens and City Tour

If you’re in the mood to check out some wildlife, take the Ardastra Gardens and City Tour. You can explore the beautiful grounds of The Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Center, which is home to hundreds of mammals, birds and reptiles.

small pathway crossing a pond surrounded by trees in ardastra gardens

6. Climb the Queen’s Staircase

Fort Fincastle can be reached by a 600-foot staircase known as the Queen’s Staircase. It was carved out of solid limestone between 1793 and 1794 and is a sight to behold in and of itself. The steps connect Fort Fincastle to downtown Nassau and are named in honor of Queen Victoria. It’s a great spot to stop and take photos; the Fort sits on the highest point of the island. You can even take a guided tour.

7. The Straw Market

If you want to take home some authentic Bahamian souvenirs, there’s no better place to visit than the Straw Market. Here you’ll find hundreds of local handicrafts, including the famous woven straw bowls that are such a strong part of Bahamian tradition. You’ll also find T-shirts, beaded necklaces and plenty of other island-themed souvenirs to take home with you.

8. Guided Island Tour

Take a scenic ADA tour that can accommodate three people and a guest in a wheelchair. You can enjoy the historic beauty and culture of Nassau in privacy of a private van. On this guided tour, you will learn about Bahamian history and culture as you travel through downtown Nassau. After a short drive over the historic Sidney Poitier Bridge, you’ll arrive at Paradise Island and learn how locals buy and sell their fresh seafood. You’ll also get to explore the Queen’s Staircase and do some shopping at the Straw Market.

Enjoy the Beaches

Last, but certainly not least, are the seaside activities you can take in while enjoying some of the world’s most scenic beaches.

people swimming in the clear waters of a beach in nassau, the bahamas

9. Junkanoo Beach

Junkanoo Beach in downtown Nassau is one of the liveliest beach scenes you’ll find in The Bahamas. It’s close to the cruise port, so you can easily head over to the pier after an exciting day shopping or a lazy day lounging on the sand.

10. Saunders Beach

Saunders Beach is just west of downtown Nassau and is one of the local favorites for relaxing sun and surf, plus, there are great food stands on the weekend.

11. Montagu Beach

Montagu Beach is a beautiful stretch of sand and also home to Fort Montagu, built in 1741. It’s the perfect choice if you want to combine a morning of basking in the sun with an afternoon of exploring the fort.

Now is the time to visit Nassau to find out why it’s one of the world’s top beach destinations. Travel to Nassau has never been easier with Carnival Cruise Line, and you will find entertainment and adventure for everyone, no matter how young or old.

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