Nassau Snorkeling Excursion Reviews
nice snorkeling, not to far away from ship, good equipment, staff helpful but not too pushy. perfect length, fun to do but you won't use a whole day. highly recommended
Sad to see the famous straw market turn into a bunch of stalls pushing mass produced crap. I was first there 35 years ago when it was full of authentic weavers making beautiful hats, fans, art, etc. . a damn shame.
Disembarkation/embarkation in ports was easy as long as everyone had their Sea Pass Card out.
Nassau we did the ships Rainbow Reef Snorkeling Excursions for late morning. It was great. Easy on and off the ship. The boat operator picks you up at the end of the dock in Nassau but drops you off at the end of town (several blocks away) upon return. My guess is that the Port of Nassau wants you to walk past their stores and Straw Market to return to the ship. The excursion was great, boat was clean, staff was friendly and we saw some colorful fish. The only negative about this is the way we exited the boat…you climbed out onto the ledge of the sea wall that's about a foot wide….not very safe. It was fine for us, we just stepped over the sea wall. But I could imagine it may more difficult for some others.
Nassau is a favorite port of mine! We decided to snorkel while we were there and took the Seahorse Sail and Snorkel excursion. We docked in Nassau about 1:00pm and got off the boat and our excursion started at 2pm. We got on a very nice sail boat and it was about a 45 minute ride out to where they took us to snorkel. It was SO clear and we could see everything as soon as we jumped in the water without going underneath. We got to snorkel freely for one hour and then got back on the boat and they gave away free rum punch as we sailed back to the ship. Very good experience and would definitely do it again.
Once back at port, we walked to some shops before they closed. As they closed at 6:00, which was a little disappointing considering our ship was there until 11:45pm! However, we had a great time in Nassau!
Great views of coral reef and tour of famous dwellings on way back. Ran out of Rum. How does that happen?
We went on the "Seahorse Sail and Snorkel" excursion. It was the only one we went on all cruise. I wasn't sure about excursions, so I wanted to try just one on my first cruise. For $50, they took us on a 30 minute catamaran ride out to a coral reef, where we snorkeled. They provided the gear. Then they turned on club music on the way back and served unlimited rum punch. I think we were only couple that tried to push our limit on the unlimited part ;) I wanted to get my money's worth.
After that we went to the beach, which was amazing. Caught a cab there and back. The same cab driver told me he would be back and he came back. Its a good thing he did, because he had my wallet! I left it in his car by mistake. But he was honest and didn't take anything.
As we were unprepared to visit Nassau we felt uneasy about scheduling an excursion that we hadn't had a chance to research. We spent countless hours planning all of excursions before we cruised. royal offered very few options since this was a last minute change in the itinerary. We chose the Seahorse Sail and Snorkel Adventure. This excursion was a joke. The locals weren't prepared for the amount of cruisers that had booked this. This excursion was very disorganized. After waiting on the pier for a long time, we walked a short way to where the boat was docked. Once on board, we found out There wasn't enough equipment for everyone, so they took us to another operator to get enough equipment. This took over 30 minutes! No explanation, we just sat at some dock waiting until they could gather enough equipment. The catamaran was in poor condition. Definitely in need of repairs. The boat wasn't clean. The ride out to the reef was long and relaxing. When we arrived at the reef, no instructions were given. In fact, the crew rarely communicated anything with the passengers. They gave adult life vests to the children. After complaining, they went down below and brought up several kids vests. Seriously? Risking children's safety? As for sailing? The crew attempted to put the sails up on the way back but left the motor on the whole way. Overall, this snorkeling trip was disappointing and I would not recommend this excursion.
Typical snorkeling. Nothing unusual.
We did the Ultimate Snorkeling Adventure. We were picked up by their air conditioned bus & took a 45 min. ride to Stuart Cove. The tour guides were very friendly & outgoing. They took us out to the most BEAUTIFUL water I have ever seen in my LIFE! We went to 2 spots to snorkel & saw quiet a bit of fish & beautiful coral formation's & even saw a HUGE manna ray! The last spot we went to they dropped a bait box down & we got to snorkel above sharks! So serial! We all got back in the boat & they pulled the bait box up & then the sharks were right there at the surface for us to see them up close & personal! AWESOME experience!
Very long walk to the catamaran but was well worth it. Package was called sail and snorkel. About 60 of us took a 45 minute boat ride to a reef. We swam with the fishiness for about 1 1/2 hours and enjoyed a yummy rum punch on the return trip. Had a great time and hope some day I can do it again. Cost was $60 booking through Carnival. I wonder if it would be less expensive to book direct.
Mark, our tour guide Mark was great! We ended up being the only 2 on the boat for the snorkeling excursion. By the way its $55 for 2 hours! Well worth it! Our first spot we stopped at we snorkeled for 20 mins and then he took us to a larger reef where we stayed for 45 mins. I freaked out once in the water at the 2nd spot because we had a TON of fish come up to us! I asked him was that normal and he said yes "our fish are very friendly on the islands". He was right, they swam with us the whole time, it was something that I have never experienced before! When we were done he took us around Paradise Island and tru Atlantis where the yachts are kept. Then we headed back. He was very professional and friendly. It is a family owned company. I would book again with this company!
Great snorkeling trip on the Sweetie Pie! Definitely recommend. Great crew. Plenty of time in the water. LOTS of awesome fish!!
Offered as part of the Catamaran excursion. Snorkeling was fun and offered mediocre view of sea life. Reefs were in decent shape.
Also, your ship is only at port for 8 hours. So don't try to do anything too complicated.
In Nassau, we booked our own excursion with Stuart's Cove. I'd found them on Trip Advisor. I did not have to prepay. They picked us up an hour and fifteen minutes after we arrived, at 12:15, right near the ship, and dropped us off two hours before departure at 6pm in the same spot. We snorkelled at two different reefs, which were amazing, and then went to a third spot to snorkel with reef sharks. That was something I will never forget! The excursion cost $258 total for the four of us, which was way cheaper than most Carnival excursions would cost, so I highly recommend them.
Catamaran and snorkling tour was really fun and the reef we went to was beautiful. the crew wasn't friendly or helpful and safety was lacking but we had a good time.
We went to an area called Rainbow Reef. It was about a 40 minute boat ride to the area and we were given 1 hour to snorkel. It was fun, reasonable and the water was PERFECT!
Had no plans and booked last minute. I bumped into one of my solo lounge friends who was also snorkeling and we had a great time during our excursion and continued our great time till late at night. I really enjoyed that day and I thank you Kim!!!!
Nassau gave me very mixed opinions about that port. When you get off the boat, you are hassled from taxi drivers who want to offer you a ride to take you to Atlantis and Paradise Island. While they seemed relatively harmless, it's not exactly what I want to experience as I come off the ship. The straw market also had many merchants who also hassled you. Some of the merchandise was interesting, like the hand carved decorations. We purchased one of these simply because the man selling them was actually outside making them, so we were able to see that they were truly made by locals. That being said, there were many merchants who were selling cheap t-shirts. When I say cheap, I mean cheap in quality and not in price.
We did a snorkeling excursion, which I honestly enjoyed. It was not anything special, but for a $25 snorkeling trip, I feel like we received a lot for our money. A small boat piled in a large number of people and handed everyone a sanitized snorkel and goggles. You also received a very basic life jacket and flippers that were nothing special, but did their jobs. The boat took us out to a coral reef away from the main island. We were able to see many different types of fish and coral. Again, nothing extravagant but very interesting. We were able to spend about 30 minutes in the water, which honestly was enough time. Some may think it was short, but 30 minutes was plenty of time to swim around and look at the coral. We went in March, and the waters were fairly cold. However, it was not too cold to swim in. Our guides were great. On the way back to the main port, there was a tour guide that also provided a tour of the area showing us different celebrity houses in the are. At the end, he did ask for money as a tip. We did not give him any even though he was great. We simply did not ask for his service, so we did not feel the need to give anything.
Later that evening, us and our friends decided to check out Señor Frogs. It was a little crowded and hectic, but they had really good drinks. However, keep in mind that Nassau turns very sketchy at night. There are still military officers on the main strip. However, we were still approached by a man trying to sale us drugs. There were also some passengers that were caught trying to bring drugs back on the boat, which got them in trouble with both Royal Caribbean and the Nassau officials. I'm still unsure of what happened about that situation.
Nassau does offer discounted alcohol. We saw prices, and they were fairly good compared to American prices. We were not interested in buying bottles of alcohol to take back to the States, so I cannot vouch for my experience with that.
Basically - the description for snorkel the ruins of Atlantis is misleading . We snorkeled in the fish tank - in man made ruins with some nice fish but please don't charge me a lot to swim in a fish tank in front of everyone viewing the tank below in Atlantis. Most embarrassing thing ever - we hated it. This should be stopped .
Captain Angelo of Bahamas water tours was awesome! We went snorkeling and he fed the fish so there were more fish then I had ever seen. Make sure you get out and about here the people are friendly and there are so many cool things to do!
Boarded a Catamaran that took us out over a reef to snorkel. Good experience.
Snorkeling was ok. Of course it rained. I had issues with my equipment, and had to trade it out, second set was better but still not good enough for me to truly enjoy the experience. My mask leaked and I was always having to empty it. My son loved it. He was one of the last ones back on the boat. Great rum punch for the trip back.
Didn't love this. Very short time in the water, probably not worth the money.
Seahorse Sailing and Snorkeling - NSE6. $49pp and well worth the cost. We enjoyed this excursion. They provided all necessary equipment.