We took a cab from the port ($15 for 6 people) for a self-paced tour of the zoo. It opens at 9 AM and the Flamingo Show and Lory Parrot feeding included in the price. What a variety of animals and AMAZING photo opportunities.
This excursion is about 3 hours but goes by fast. You'll get a tour of downtown Bahamas via small bus by one of the locals, a visit to the Zoo and then back on the bus to ride and hear about local history on the Island. The tour ends back where you started- close to entry by the cruise ship.
We actually were in Nassau twice; once in place of Belize and the other as scheduled. First time I enjoyed a wild time talking to all the birds and other animals at Ardatsra. We also went to an historic fort and took a city tour which was very enlightening. On our second visit, I just went shopping. Watch out for all the folks who practically attack on the streets trying to sell you something.
Our tour guide was awesome! He took us around and showed us the town of Nassau and educated us on the people of the Bahamas. The horror began at Adastra Gardens. I do not think the Bahamas hold the same standards as Americans do with their captive wildlife. The water in the Adastra gardens was stagnant and looked like a swamp. It smelled of animal wast and was appalled that another group of flamingos were drinking and wading in it. Many of the animals did not look very healthy. At the end you could have your picture taken with a cockatoo that honestly looked old and or emaciated.
This is something you do once. The flamingo show was very enjoyable but as far as the zoo it had birds, some monkeys and a few snakes. The ground was very uneven for walking. Gift shop was extremely overpriced. Wanted $32.00 for a t-shirt.
Went on a short bus tour of the city but they didn't stop for pictures except at a fort. You had 15 minutes to either go up the hill to the fort or go to the stands where you could bargain with the natives. One was as cheap as the other.
A short sightseeing drive around the town with a very knowledgeable driver was followed by a visit to the zoo. this is very small with few exhibits, the main one being flamingos that march in formation around a parade ring.
Trip was spoiled by torrential rain
Zoo had few animals and most were birds. Not much of a "garden" to see. There was no guide. Two young girls did a show with the "flamingo's" that walk around amongst you and that was the highlight of the tour. Nothing spectacular there. We went in a small bus with other travelers and got a tour of city. The driver was funny and pointed out a lot about the history of the city but largely, this was a wasted trip and money. The city is poor and dirty. Don't waste your money or time getting off the ship unless you do a water excursion or visit Atlantis. This might be good for people with small children who can't do much else.
This tour gave us a chance to see a bit of Nassau and a small exotic garden with plenty of tropical plants and some tropical birds and animals. I did not come away completely overwhelmed, but it was a pleasant outing even if we did start out in the rain.
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