Cruises in New Providence and Paradise Islands

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Cruises

Barefoot Sailing Cruises. The company offers regularly scheduled half-day snorkeling trips, full-day sailing tours of New Providence, and sunset Champagne trips, not to mention private charters. 242/393–0820. www.barefootsailingcruises.com.

Flying Cloud. This catamaran in Paradise Island offers half-day sailing and snorkeling tours, full-day cruises on some Sundays, as well as sunset sails. Private charters can also be arranged. 242/394–5067. www.flyingcloud.com.

Out Islands Trips

Bahamas Fast Ferries. This isn't just a transportation company. Bahamas Fast Ferries also offers day-trips from Nassau to Harbour Island, including lunch and pick-ups at major hotels. Potter's Cay, New Providence Island. 242/323–2166. www.bahamasferries.com.

High Seas Private Excursions. The company offers half- or full-day powerboat excursions to such destinations as Harbour Island or the Exuma Cays, as well as private yacht charters. 242/363–4458. www.highseasbahamas.com.

Island World Adventures. The company, which operates two 45-foot speed boats, offers regularly scheduled full-day or private-charter tours to the northern Exumas from Paradise Island. 242/363–3333. www.islandworldadventures.com.

Powerboat Adventures. The company offers speed-filled daytrips to the Exuma Cays on two custom-made powerboats. Overnights on the company's private island, Ship Channel Cay, can also be arranged. 242/363–2265. www.powerboatadventures.com.

Special-Interest Tours

Bahamas Outdoors Ecoventures. This outfitter offers birding and nature tours as well as biking and kayaking adventures in New Providence Island. Charters can be arranged to Andros or even Eleuthera. 242/362–1574. www.bahamasoutdoors.com.

Dolphin Encounters. On Blue Lagoon Island, the company offers dolphin and sea lion interactions. Ferry transportation is offered from the Paradise Island Ferry Terminal. For an additional fee, the company offers pick-ups from Nassau. 242/363–1003. www.dolphinencounters.com.

Graycliff Chocolate Factory. Go behind the scenes at this boutique chocolate factory and make your own sweet souvenirs. The tour lasts about an hour and a half and after watching master chocolatiers in action and learning the history of chocolate production around the world, enter the chocolate classroom where you get to design your own creations, including a signature Graycliff chocolate bar. There is also a kids' classroom for younger chocolate lovers. West Hill St., Nassau, New Providence Island. 242/302–9150. www.graycliff.com. $49.95. Mon.–Sat. 11:15–2:15.

Seaworld Explorer. These trips include both a short habour cruise as well as a trip on the company's semi-submersible, which allows you to view the underwater world without going into a full-fledged submarine. 242/356–2548. www.seaworldtours.com.

Walking Tours

Tru Bahamian Food Tours. If you have three hours in Nassau, this is a great way to spend it. The eco-friendly walking tour combines the food, history, and culture of The Bahamas in a way that's sure to leave you satisfied. The seven tasting stops include some popular hot spots as well as some off-the-beaten-path gems. Meet outside Christ Church Cathedral, George St. and King St. 800/656–0713 or 242/601–1725. www.trubahamianfoodtours.com. $75. Mon.–Sat. 11–2.

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