Nassau Sea Lion Encounter Excursion Reviews
We spent the day on Blue Lagoon Island with a Sea Lion Adventure. I went in with minimal expectations thinking we would pet the sea lions and get a few photos. This excursion more than exceeded expectations as there was time interacting with these cute mammals, watching them do tricks and, of course, there were plenty of pictures. The value I felt was the extra time allowed on Blue Lagoon Island as the time with the sea lions was about an hour. The cruise tour noted 4 hours but the boat that goes to and from port arrived on the hour so we were about to spend a couple of extra hours on the beach with some rum drinks and the boat ride to and from the island was very relaxing.
The sea lion encounter was the highlight of our trip. The areas for the dolphins and sea lions are very, very large, clean, and well maintained. The staff and trainers were friendly, courteous, and very informative about the animals. We choose the sea lion encounter and went with the early morning group. There were only 8 people In our group and we got lots of hands on time with the sea lions. They are very sweet and gentle creatures. Our main sea lion was Jack and he was just a doll! He was playful, charming, a big show off, and gave lots of sweet kisses! The rest of the day on the island was meh at best. The beach did have good lounge chairs and most of them were empty. The water was clear but shallow and not suitable for swimming, just for wading around. The kids playing on the water toys did look to be having fun. There wasn't really anything to do after you waded around in the water and tanned a bit. We did spend some time watching the dolphins play while we waited for our ferry to pick us up. I wish I wouldn't have paid $40 for two lunches. The food they served for the BBQ was the worst food I've had in a long time. The only thing halfway palatable was the pickled beets and my daughter's french fries. I would go see the sea lions again in a heartbeat, but I'll head back to Nassau right away and eat lunch there.
Enjoyed the ferry again, even saw dolphins in the water. Island was beautiful, trainers were great. They allowed us to pose for one additional anniversary couple photo with the sea lions too. As mentioned above, the encounter was changed up slightly as they are training Jack since Maggie was recovering from an ailment. Bonnie took our deck photos, she is SO cute and personable! Jack was the one we had in the water, and he shook our hands and did a lot of the typical things but he did not have much contact with us (versus hugging in the water, kisses, and lots of petting back and forth, we didn't get that this time.) Still, they gave us lots of time with 3 different sea lions and it was still wonderful and delightful. The trainers really care for their babies and our group still enjoyed it a lot. Equally as enjoyable was the rest of the day on the island. We swam both in the lagoon and on the reef, and the adventurous ones played on the inflatable water park literally for hours, talk about your $15 value! The food was just as good as it always was, and the virgin and adult drinks as nice too. We really enjoyed our laid back day at Blue Lagoon and enjoyed the ferry back too. It is a wonderful island to visit, and I would go back again for a third time. Watching the dolphins play in the marine area was awesome too. There is something for everyone on this island, and also plenty of shade.
We did the Sea Lion encounter and it was BY FAR the best thing I have ever done on a cruise. The sea lions were so cute and we had a lot of interaction with them. After our sea lion excursion we were allowed to stay on their private beach which was beautiful! Next year we are bringing the kids!!