Although every Sandals all-inclusive resort has tons of complimentary activities onsite, you’ll probably also want to explore what the area has to offer. That’s where Sandals excursions come in. They cost extra but are super easy to arrange through the resort.
You can book Sandals excursions online via the Sandals website after you’ve made your reservation, or once you get to the resort. If there’s something you really want to do, we recommend booking it in advance just to be safe.
Excursions at Sandals Royal Bahamian in The Bahamas
One of the closest Caribbean destinations to the U.S., The Bahamas features beautiful beaches and crystal clear water just an hour from Florida. There are two Sandals resorts in The Bahamas: Sandals Royal Bahamian and Sandals Emerald Bay.
Sandals Royal Bahamian is located on the famous Cable Beach in Nassau, on the main island in the Bahamas. Recently renovated, this glamorous resort now offers beachfront swim-up suites with butler service, 2 huge pools and 6 whirlpools, 10 restaurants, and 8 bars.
A unique offering at Sandals Royal Bahamian is the private offshore island with a beach, pool, Jacuzzi, restaurant, and cabanas. It also offers a vibrant atmosphere with lots to do and a compact layout that is easy to get around.
There is a lot to do in The Bahamas, so you’ll have plenty of options for excursions when you feel like leaving the resort. Sandals Royal Bahamian excursions are all managed by Island Routes, but you book and pay through Sandals.
Sandals Royal Bahamian excursions include swimming with pigs, sightseeing in Nassau, catamaran cruises, beach hopping, ATV tours, rum tasting, and more. You can also take a boat trip to Rose Island Reef, where you can see sea turtles, stingrays, barracudas, and tropical fish, or hit some of the other top snorkeling sites in Nassau.
There are also dolphin encounter experiences. While we do not feel good about dolphins in captivity, they are available.
Let’s take a look at some of the Sandals Royal Bahamian excursions in more detail.
Exuma Cays Island Hopping and Animal Interaction
Head out on a powerboat for this fun adventure that takes you to Allen Cay to see endangered rock iguanas, then to Compass Cay to swim with nurse sharks, and on to Big Major Cay to feed, play, and swim with the famous swimming pigs of the Exumas. Enjoy a delicious local lunch, then snorkel and relax on the beach before heading back.
Best of Nassau City Highlight Tour
This Sandals Royal Bahamian excursion takes you on a guided sightseeing tour of Nassau. Start at Arawak Cay, then go on to Paradise Island and the huge Atlantis Resort. Next head to the Water Tower, built in the early 1900s, and past historic spots like the Parliament building and Governor’s residence, as well as along Meeting Street.
Reggae Catamaran Cruise and Nassau Beach Break
Enjoy this catamaran cruise past interesting sights in Nassau harbor to a top snorkeling spot, where you will get to see all sorts of marine life at a vibrant reef. Enjoy unlimited drinks and appetizers as you cruise along, then hang out on the beach on an island. As the ship sails back, enjoy a dance party with the onboard DJ.
Nassau Rum Tasting Walking Tour
Stretch your legs and delight your tastebuds on this Sandals Royal Bahamian excursion. Walk through Nassau, stopping at five locations to sample a variety of rums. You’ll also enjoy snacks like conch fritters and sweet treats.
Baha Bay Waterpark and Beach Break
This Sandals Royal Bahamian excursion takes you to Baha Bay Waterpark, which offers 30 attractions set on 15 acres, including a beautiful beach. Lounge on the beach, swim in infinity pools, enjoy the attractions, try your luck at the open-air casino pavilion, and feast at a variety of dining options like Cleo Grill and Umami Burger.
Nassau ATV Sightseeing Experience
Head off on an ATV for this guided tour of some of the island’s top spots. First you drive through downtown Nassau then stop at The Caves, where you’ll learn about its history. Bond movie fans will enjoy the next stop, at Jaws Beach which was in the first movie. You’ll hang here for a bit to relax or swim, then head on to Clifton Heritage Park and then Sapodilla for some delicious local cuisine.
Bites of Nassau Food Tasting and Cultural Walking Tour
Learn about local history and culture as you walk around the historic downtown of Nassau from tasty stop to tasty stop. Sample authentic Bahamian cuisine from award-winning chefs as well as local jams, salts, hand-made truffles, and island “bush” teas.
You can also go on excursions in The Bahamas with local guide companies or through online vendors like Get Your Guide and Viator.
In between excursions, you have lots of Sandals Royal Bahamian activities to try. You’ll find complimentary watersports such as kayaking, windsurfing, paddleboarding, sailing, water trikes, and Hobie Cats, as well as snorkeling and scuba diving (with complimentary instruction for everything except scuba).
The snorkeling is great here, whether off the beach at the resort or on the private island. You can enjoy multiple pools and whirlpools, plus two beautiful beaches and the Coconut Grove lounge area.
Land activities include day and night tennis, pool tables, croquet, basketball, lawn chess, shuffleboard, table tennis, and beach volleyball. There’s also a full fitness center onsite, which is located in a penthouse to give you amazing views as you work out! You can also choose to indulge in optional services at the Red Lane Spa.
Daily and nightly entertainment includes theme nights, talent nights, beach parties, and live music.
Plus, Sandals Royal Bahamian offers the exclusive offshore island of Barefoot Cay, which is just minutes from the resort via the Love Runner. It features a Beach Club with a pool, whirlpool, and swim-up bar; two secluded beaches great for relaxing, swimming, or snorkeling; an open-air seafood restaurant; and plenty of romantic spots to lounge like hammocks, cabanas, and a fire pit. You can even get massages by the water!
Now that you’ve read all about Sandals Royal Bahamian excursions, what do you think? Are you ready to book your trip? Let us know in the comments!
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Dan graduated from Johnson & Wales University with an associate degree in Culinary Arts. Later he graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies with a focus on people and culture.