Half Moon Cay Port, Bahamas is located on tiny Little San Salvador island in the southern end of the Bahamas. As a port of call, Half Moon Cay offers up a fun-filled day in a tropical paradise setting for those fortunate enough to have chosen this particular Bahamas cruise. While many of the cruise lines are leaning toward this 'private island' concept, Half Moon Cay has been rated "Best Private Island" by Porthole Cruise Magazine for the past 4 years, and previous visitors claim it to be one of the most beautiful. Its owner, Holland America Lines, has managed to give guests the most in comfort and activity while protecting and maintaining the island's diverse ecosystem. Only 2%, or 55 acres, of the total 2400 acres has been developed. The remainder is still in its primitive, natural state. 17 miles from its nearest neighbor and approximately 100 miles south of Nassau, the island is uninhabited except for the 20 to 30 employees who live here year-round. Ships anchor off-shore and passengers are tendered to the island. Check with your ship to see if reservations are needed for tendering, or if the service is on a first-come, first-serve basis. All areas of the island are accessible by tram or hard-surface walkways once ashore.
There is only one shop available, but it offers a wide range of Bahamian crafts, native straw, souvenirs and items with the Holland America logo. Currency is American, Bahamian, or the option to charge to your shipboard account.
Things to See
From the time passengers arrive at the Visitors Welcome Center, you can be as active or laid-back as you desire. The Half Moon Lagoon Aqua Park has one of the best varieties of water sports and activities available anywhere. A special area that caters to children can be found here. All types of watercraft can be rented; sailboats, aquabikes, catamarans, kayaks, and floats to name a few. Get a birds-eye view of the white sugar sand beach and the crystal turquoise waters by giving parasailing a try.
The protected cay and calm waters are perfect for a leisurely swim. Snorkle out to the garden area of the coral reef to see the wide array of tropical fish and vegetation, go along on the 'stingray adventure', or attempt to catch 'the big one' on a deep-sea fishing excursion. Be aware, all fishing is strictly on catch-and-release terms. Hike along one of the nature trails through the lush tropical foilage, or take a horseback ride along the beach and through the surf. Volleyball and basketball courts are available along with shuffleboard and horseshoes for those who choose to stay on dry land. A jogging trail with exercise stations await the most active. Air-conditioned, private beach-front cabanas are there for sheer relaxation, complete with tuxedoed butler service.
Restaurants and Bars
A barbecue luncheon is provided where guests make their choices from a wide range of dishes, buffet-style, in the Pavilion. Covered dining areas are available. There is also an ice-cream shop, along with a bar for your favorite cool, tropical drinks.