Half Moon Cay A Slice Of Heaven In The Bahamas

Half Moon Cay A Slice Of Heaven In The Bahamas

Half Moon Cay is a slice of heaven just floating in the Caribbean. Half Moon Cay is one of the 700 islands that make up the archipelago of the Bahamas. Less than 100 miles from Nassau, it’s a tropical paradise for those cruising with Holland America Line. Our first taste of the Bahamas was on our Holland America Line Eastern Caribbean cruise. Here’s a sneak peak of what a day on Half Moon Cay Bahamas looks like.

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We didn’t want to leave Half Moon Cay but before we knew it the MS Eurodam was waiting for us to board the ship so we could cruise to our next destination.

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Holland America purchased the island in 1996 for a steal for only $6 million and has since invested $15 million to create the private island paradise for passengers on the line’s Caribbean and Panama Canal sailings. Carnival ships sometimes visit as well, as Holland America is part of the Carnival Corp. The island wasn’t always called Half Moon Cay, for most of its existence the island was known as Little San Salvador Island.

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When we first pulled in we immediately noticed the 2.5-mile long beach, white sand just waiting for our footprints. Half Moon Cay is 2,400 acres in size, but only 50 acres have been developed. The remaining acres include a 700-acre lagoon, a Wild Bird Preserve and a wildlife sanctuary. Half Moon Cay is basically a deserted island except for 10-20 Holland American workers that live on the island year-round. There are locals from the nearby islands that come to sell art, crafts, and souvenirs when the ships come in.

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Our cruise ship anchored offshore and we had to take a double decker tender into Half Moon Cay Pier marina, which took 10 minutes from our ship to shore. From the pier another 1-minute walk to the welcome center which is complete with an information booth, bathroom, a bar, Bahamian straw market, ice cream shop, post office, first aid station, island shop and tram stop. We made our way to the information booth as we had a jet-ski adventure planned! There are tons of excursions from horseback riding on the beach, lagoon tour, glass bottom boat tour, kayaking, snorkeling, bicycling, hiking, or just relaxing on the white sand beach.

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We started our morning with an hour jet-ski adventure, we strapped on life jackets and took off into the open ocean. We had an amazing time getting speed, and even some air, as we flew through the waves. I managed to stay on my jet-ski the entire time unlike our last time jet-skiing in Langkawi!

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After an action packed morning, it was time for some relaxation on Half Moon Cay’s famous white sand beach. Half Moon Cay is known for the number of private cabanas available for rent during the day on the island. There are 15 cabanas available that come with refrigerators, air conditioning, table & chairs, deck chairs, and a misting shower on a private terrace. We opted to rent sun shade on the beach, as we spent most of our day walking the beach and playing in the gorgeous turquoise waters.

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Before we knew our time in the Bahamas was over and it was time to tender back to our cruise ship. Half Moon Cay was our favorite stop on our Eastern Caribbean cruise and a place we hope to get back to.

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*We were guests of Holland American Line but as always opinions are our own*

  • Sarah
    Posted at 20:55h, 16 January Reply

    This water looks unreal and your hot pink suit makes me want to sip on pina coladas and be on vacation! Amazing photos!

    • Adam
      Posted at 20:51h, 18 January Reply

      It’s definitely worth a visit!

  • rebecca
    Posted at 19:32h, 18 January Reply

    That water is so blue. What a beautiful place

    • Adam
      Posted at 20:44h, 18 January Reply

      Yes it’s amazing water, some of the best we’ve seen world wide!

  • marie
    Posted at 17:01h, 25 August Reply

    It looks as if you are having the best time! Amazing pictures and it all looks so wonderful, I want to jump on a plane!

    • Hannah
      Posted at 01:34h, 03 February Reply

      Jump on that plane you won’t regret it!

  • Andreea Bujor
    Posted at 02:44h, 09 January Reply

    Now i feel like taking a holiday from my holiday lol after reading your post. The description and pictures makes it look amazing and for sure it is, I want to go there now 🙂

    • Hannah
      Posted at 01:35h, 03 February Reply

      Great to hear we added Half Moon Cay to your bucket list!

  • Agness of a TukTuk
    Posted at 19:04h, 12 January Reply

    This is what vacation feels like. Perfect white beaches, endless sparkly beach sands and a whole lot of activities to enjoy. This place is just amazing.

    • Hannah
      Posted at 01:37h, 03 February Reply

      Well said!

  • Agnes
    Posted at 08:27h, 15 January Reply

    It really is a piece of paradise. The pictures are amazing! Holland America has made one smart investment, who wouldn’t like to go on a holiday there. It’s already good enough just to enjoy the stunning view on the beach all day 🙂

    • Hannah
      Posted at 01:40h, 03 February Reply

      Def a great investment for Holland America!

  • Gavin
    Posted at 07:13h, 23 January Reply

    That is the most beautiful water I’ve seen anywhere having been to 70 countries worldwide 🙂

    • Hannah
      Posted at 01:36h, 03 February Reply

      The water in Half Moon Cay is def some of the best in the world. What’s the best you’ve ever seen?

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