Pristine turquoise waters, white sandy beaches and lots of activities available: Half Moon Bay Cay is a private island in the Bahamas reserved exclusively for Carnival cruises .
The island, formerly known as Little San Salvador , was bought by Holland America (Carnival’s subsidiary line) in 1996 for 6 million dollars and is 2400 acres large. A beautiful tropical island with a 2-mile stretch of white sand that curves outward on each end, forming a sort of half-moon: this is where the name of Half Moon Bay Cay comes from.
Half Moon Bay Cay is one of the 700 islands that make up the Bahamas archipelago , is located about 160 kilometers south-east of Nassau and is inserted between Cat Island and the island of Eleuthera. There is not enough depth around the coasts to dock, so to access them you need to get there only by special ships.
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One of the island’s strengths is its natural beauty: its 2350 acres are all a succession of territories to explore, and of nature trails along suggestive sand paths. For those who are more adventurous, there are numerous activities to choose from: horseback riding, snorkeling, kayaking, jet skiing adventures, boat rides or eco-bikes.
Obviously the Half Moon Bay Cay also thinks of those who choose to visit the island for pure relaxation: there are professionals who can take care of customers with massages in air-conditioned cabins, while the little ones play in the water park with an entertainment area theme. Among the most interesting places to visit there is – finally – the “Captain Morgan’s Bar”, a bar built inside a pirate ship.
Carnival is a cruise line that offers a variety of shore excursions, allowing visitors to fully enjoy Half Moon Cay time and take memorable experiences home. Among the planned activities there is also the possibility of getting married or renewing the vows at the white American-style church on the island . And, if you wanted to take home a souvenir, you can buy locally produced oceanic ornamental jewelry at the market or beautiful stamps and postcards from the Bahamas at the small post office built specifically for tourists.
Furthermore, for birdwatchers, the island is home to at least 47 different species of birds, while for those who love diving, Half Moon Cay is famous for stingray breeds. An area called Stingray Cove has a wide variety of marine animals, while with snorkeling you can explore the wonderful coral reefs present.