Nassau - Blue Water Catamaran Snorkeling and Beach Tour

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    Sailing towards Rose Island in the Bahamas on the Sweetie Pie Catamaran

    Sailing towards Rose Island in the Bahamas on the Sweetie Pie Catamaran
    ••• Blue Water Catamaran Snorkeling and Swimming in Nassau on the Sweetie Pie Sailing towards Rose Island in the Bahamas on the Sweetie Pie Catamaran. Bahamas Picture Courtesy of Mary Margaret Duncan Jones

    Nassau in the Bahamas has many excellent, diverse tours for cruise ship passengers, including tours of the historical city of Nassau or a wide variety of shore or sea activities. As in Freeport, the sea was crystal clear in the Bahamas, so a snorkeling tour was a good choice.

    While visiting Nassau for the day on the Carnival Fantasy cruise ship, we chose the "Blue Water Catamaran Snorkeling & Beach" half-day tour. Our large group walked ashore from the ship and boarded the Sweetie Pie catamaran. I was glad to see the large sheet of canvas covering the boat deck, so we could sit in the shade. The boat was quite full, but the crew did a good job of distributing the snorkeling gear during the 45-minute ride to the reef near Rose Island. They never raised the sails, and we motored by Paradise Island and got a great look at the huge Atlantis Resort complex.

    Arriving at the Rose Island reef, the group had about an hour of good snorkeling before returning to the boat for the short...MORE ride to the island. While on the island, we had plenty of time for a swim or beach combing on the pristine beach. The water was refreshing and as clear as any pool.

    The time went by too quickly, and we re-boarded the Sweetie Pie for the return trip to the Carnival Fantasy. It was a perfect way to spend a Bahamas morning in Nassau.

    Carnival Fantasy Cruise Ship Travel Log - Charleston to the Bahamas

    Our catamaran ride on the Sweetie Pie was quite exhilarating, and the azure seas were spectacular.

     

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    Blue Water Catamaran Snorkeling in Nassau - Sweetie Pie

    Blue Water Catamaran Snorkeling in Nassau - Sweetie Pie
    ••• Things to Do in Nassau in the Bahamas Blue Water Catamaran Snorkeling in Nassau - Sweetie Pie. Blue Water Catamaran Snorkeling in Nassau (c) Linda Garrison

    The water temperature in the Bahamas in the winter is a little chilly, but we all warmed up quickly and really enjoyed the snorkeling and swimming experience. The crew of the Sweetie Pie catamaran provided all the snorkeling gear and quick lessons for those who had not snorkeled before.

     

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    Snorkeling at Rose Island near Nassau in the Bahamas

    Snorkeling at Rose Island near Nassau in the Bahamas
    ••• Nassau Blue Water Catamaran Snorkeling Excursion from Carnival Fantasy Snorkeling at Rose Island near Nassau in the Bahamas. Blue Water Catamaran Snorkeling in Nassau (c) Linda Garrison

    No one looks beautiful with snorkeling gear on, but who cares? The shallow, clear water is a perfect place for beginner snorkelers, but also fun for those of us who have tried it many times.

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    Snorkeling at Rose Island near Nassau in the Bahamas

    Snorkeling at Rose Island near Nassau in the Bahamas
    ••• Nassau Snorkeling Excursion from Carnival Fantasy Snorkeling at Rose Island near Nassau in the Bahamas. Blue Water Catamaran Snorkeling in Nassau (c) Linda Garrison

    The fish and underwater plants at Rose Island were colorful and fun to watch. Snorkeling gives participants the opportunity to see marine life in their own habitat since you are watching everything around you and trying to be unobtrusive.

     

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    Nassau Blue Water Catamaran Snorkeling Excursion from Carnival Fantasy

    Nassau Blue Water Catamaran Snorkeling Excursion from Carnival Fantasy
    ••• Things to Do in Nassau in the Bahamas Nassau Blue Water Catamaran Snorkeling Excursion from Carnival Fantasy. Blue Water Catamaran Snorkeling in Nassau (c) Linda Garrison

    Seeing colorful coral moving with the sea currents is a marvelous experience to have when snorkeling in the Bahamas from a cruise ship.

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    Fish in the Clear Waters of the Bahamas

    Fish in the Clear Waters of the Bahamas
    ••• Blue Water Catamaran Snorkeling in Nassau on the Sweetie Pie Fish in the Clear Waters of the Bahamas. Bahamas Picture Courtesy of Mary Margaret Duncan Jones

    These fish look like they are in an aquarium rather than in the Atlantic Ocean near Nassau, don't they? It's a little terrifying to see so many fish surrounding you, but they make way for giant humans.

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    Rose Island near Nassau in the Bahamas

    Rose Island near Nassau in the Bahamas
    ••• Nassau Catamaran Snorkeling Excursion from Carnival Fantasy Rose Island near Nassau in the Bahamas. Blue Water Catamaran Snorkeling in Nassau (c) Linda Garrison

    Rose Island is a picturesque island in the Bahamas. It has a sparkling white beach and very clear water, perfect for snorkeling and swimming.

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    Sweetie Pie Catamaran on Rose Island near Nassau

    Sweetie Pie Catamaran on Rose Island near Nassau
    ••• Nassau Snorkeling Excursion from Carnival Fantasy Sweetie Pie Catamaran on Rose Island near Nassau. Blue Water Catamaran Snorkeling in Nassau (c) Linda Garrison

    The catamaran was packed with tourists, but we all spread out once we were in the water.

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    Swimming off Rose Island near Nassau

    Swimming off Rose Island near Nassau
    ••• Blue Water Catamaran Snorkeling and Swimming in Nassau on the Sweetie Pie Swimming off Rose Island near Nassau. Blue Water Catamaran Snorkeling in Nassau (c) Linda Garrison

    Even though we had dozens of people on the catamaran tour, it was easy to find a quiet place in the water to just relax and float in the sparkling clear water.

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    Sailing towards the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island

    Sailing towards the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island
    ••• Blue Water Catamaran Snorkeling in Nassau on the Sweetie Pie Sailing towards the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island. Bahamas Picture Courtesy of Mary Margaret Duncan Jones

    After snorkeling and swimming, many on the Sweetie Pie rested on the net on the way back to Nassau. We were all tired after a fun, relaxing day on the beach.