NATURE & ECO TOURS

BikingTake a bike tour! Ride a historic trail that early settlers walked; visit the ruins of one of the island’s first settlements; stop along wetlands to glimpse stately Herons and Egrets; view picturesque scenery, including our pine forest and shady coppice (hard-wood forest). Or, visit one of the most fascinating elements of the island’s geology — an inland ‘blue hole.’

The biking route runs along the south shore of the island, where the vista changes from pristine sandy beach to rocky shoreline. On tours, there are frequent stops for snacks and relaxation and a swim in the turquoise waters of the ocean at the end of the tour.

Bahamas Jeep SafariGrab the wheel and buckle-up for an exciting tour of Grand Bahama Island! You can drive your own 4×4 open top Jeep in a convoy led by experienced guides.

Cruise Ship Passengers stop for a light lunch at the tropical Garden of the Groves. View the gardens and browse through the arts and craft’s village for authentic Bahamian souvenirs. Your final stop is a private beach club where you can swim and relax.

Hotel-On Island GuestsVisit Lucayan National Park where you walk through several ecosystems, view the Lucayan caves and enjoy a light picnic lunch on Gold Rock Beach. There is time for a swim as well.

To book a biking or Jeep tour, contact the following vendor:

Grand Bahama Nature ToursPhone: (242) 373-2485
E-mail: gbntours@aol.com
Website: gbntours.com

BirdwatchingBirdwatchers will love Grand Bahama Island. Out of all the 700 islands and cays that make up The Islands of The Bahamas, Grand Bahama Island hosts the second highest number of native bird species. For birdwatchers and nature lovers, the island is a true mecca, a place where they can see 18 of the 28 species of Bahamian birds that are not seen in the U.S., Canada, or Europe.

The Rand Nature Centre is the perfect place for birders to start. It is home to West Indian flamingos, Antillean Peewee birds, Red-legged Thrushes, Stripe-headed Tanagers, and the endangered Bahama Parrot. The Centre maintains a small library with bird books and field guides and can provide information on other ideal birding spots.

The Garden of the Groves has many of the native specialties and, in season, many Neotropic migrants. Grand Bahama Nature Tours offers birding tours which are conducted by certified guides who provide easy access to birding sites by car. Multi-day packages are available for individuals or groups.

West End is a true migrant colony where more than thirty species of warblers and other migrants have been seen.

Owl Hole, one of the blue holes of the Lucayan Cave System leased by the Underwater Explorers Society (UNEXSO), is home to a family of barn owls. Diving is not permitted when the owls are nesting there, usually between August and December.

Fall migrants can be seen in late September and October. Many of these species spend the winter on Grand Bahama Island. There have been rare sightings of the Kirkland’s Warbler and an Eastern Phoebe. Birds migrating north in the spring are best seen during March, April and May. The best time of year to see the permanent and summer resident species is the summer months.

To book a birding tour, contact the following vendor:

Grand Bahama Nature ToursPhone: (242) 373-2485
E-mail: gbntours@aol.com
Website: gbntours.com

SnorkelingGrand Bahama Island is ideal for snorkeling. With its unique coral and reef formations around the island and clear, turquoise blue waters with visibility often up to 200 ft, visitors will love exploring underwater life here. Snorkeling typically takes place in fairly shallow waters though.

There are plenty of guided reef snorkeling tours departing daily from Grand Bahama Island. Transportation and snorkeling gear is typically included in the price of the tour, but you’re always welcomed to bring your own gear. Grab your snorkeling mask and funky flippers and you’re in for the marine adventure of a lifetime. You’ll be amazed at the remarkable corals and rainbow of tropical fish that live in our clear waters. If you’re lucky, you may even spot a friendly bottlenose dolphin. Many tours include lunch and drinks.

While there are numerous snorkeling spots on the island, a few are consistently considered favourites among visitors. Paradise Cove, in Deadman’s Reef, is 15 miles from downtown Freeport, and one of the few places on the island where you can actually reef snorkel right off the beach. If you plan to snorkel off the beach, having your own equipment is a big plus.

Peterson Cay is a tiny island located just one mile off the southern shore of Grand Bahama. It’s one of the smallest national parks in The Bahamas, and can only be reached by boat. Most visitors take a tour to the island or paddle out in rented kayaks. Because of the shallow depths of the sand bars and reefs just west of the island, Peterson Cay National Park is a perfect spot for a snorkeling expedition.

For the ultimate snorkeling adventure, make memories to last a lifetime at the Dolphin Experience, where you can snorkel with dolphins. This adventure will take you to a shallow reef in about 5 meters of water where you will swim and dive underwater with the dolphins in the open ocean.

There are plenty of snorkeling opportunities on Grand Bahama Island. Half the fun is finding them. So pack your towel, swimsuit and a waterproof camera and be prepared for a most memorable snorkeling experience.

Some resorts and hotels provide snorkeling gear to guests, free of charge. Check with your chosen hotel for more information.

To book a tour or snorkeling adventure, contact the following vendors:

Fantasia Tours (Pat & Diane)Phone: (242) 373-8681
E-mail: PatDiane@batelnet.bs
Website: www.snorkelingbahamas.com

Superior WatersportsPhone: (242) 373-7863
E-mail: executivetours.gbi@gmail.com

Grand Bahama Nature ToursPhone: (242) 373-2485
E-mail: gbntours@hotmail.com
Website: gbntours.com

Horseback ridingHorseback riding is one of Grand Bahama’s most fascinating eco tours. For a uniquely romantic or adventurous experience, ride our “sea horses”! Let these beautiful animals gallop their way into your heart while giving you the ride of a lifetime.

To book a guided horseback riding tour, contact the following vendor:

Pine Tree StablesPhone: (242) 373-3600
Email info@pinetree-stables.com

Pinetree Stables offers a fun-filled and informative 2 hour guided tour which starts at the highest point on Grand Bahama Island. The bridle path winds its way through the islands’ endangered pine forest and around a picturesque Coopers Castle. Under the dense canopy of the hardwoods and along the edge of the swash, the trail leads to a secluded beach on the south shore. These experienced island-born horses turn to the west along the white sand and plunge into the turquoise sea. Dress appropriately because you will get wet!

KayakingA truly exceptional way to experience the natural beauty of Grand Bahama is by kayak, a mode of transportation ideally suited for exploring the many mangrove swamps and creeks of the island’s north shore. Kayaking is easy and fun – everything you need to learn can be taught in 5 minutes or less.

Kayaking on Grand Bahama IslandGrand Bahama Nature Tours is Grand Bahama’s most experienced kayak ecotour operator. Their trained guides are committed to your comfort and safety and cheerfully share their knowledge of local history, ecology, flora and fauna. The tour begins with a nature walk through the Lucayan National Park and Caves – you will kayak through the quiet waters of Gold Rock Creek where the water is never more than waist deep. The creek is a pristine mangrove environment and a habitat for bird and marine life. The tour also includes swimming, snorkeling and relax on beautiful Gold Rock Beach, one of our

To book a kayaking expedition, contact the following vendor:

Grand Bahama Nature ToursPhone: (242) 373-2485
E-mail: gbntours@aol.com
Website: gbntours.com

posted on December 12, 2018, at 5:21 am
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