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Rose Island

Rose Island, Nassau, Bahamas

The Basics

A short, 25-minute boat ride east of New Providence Island whisks you away from crowds and ashore this intimate corner of paradise. Take a dip in the crystalline lagoon, sip a drink at the beachfront bar, or snooze in an oceanfront hammock. More active options include snorkeling, kayaking, and beach volleyball. If you’re interested in socializing, join in on the private island’s beach bar parties, for which party passes are available from various tour operators.

Full-day excursions to Rose Island usually include access to the pristine beaches, a buffet lunch or welcome drink, and most water sports. Guided snorkeling tours are available to explore the underwater world with the supervision of a guide, who points out the marine flora and fauna.

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Sandy Toes Full Day Excursion to Rose Island
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Sandy Toes Full Day Excursion to Rose Island
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$195.00 per adult
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It was a very great trip, all, the snorkeling, the pig-action, the Snacks and the Drinks were awesome!
Mirko_T, Dec 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Nassau

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We had a great time with...
Jennie_K, Nov 2021
Sandy Toes Full Day Excursion to Rose Island
We had a great time with sandy toes. Rose island was beautiful. Feeding and swimming with the pigs was awesome. The buffet lunch was good and staff were very nice. We enjoyed snorkeling, the drinks and an overall fun beach day.
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Serene Day on the Sea
Antoinette_F, Sep 2021
Swim with Turtles! Four Hour Snorkeling Motorboat Tour to Rose Island Beach
The sail and snorkel tour was a much needed getaway from the hustle and bustle of Nassau. The weather was beautiful on the ride to Rose Island. Captain Wellington kept us entertained with his stories and fun facts. The beach was secluded and I was able to see several fishes while snorkeling in the nearby reef. Overall the service was excellent and I would recommend this tour to locals as well as visitors.
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Bahama Mamas and Pigs!
Jason_D, Nov 2021
Sandy Toes Full Day Excursion to Rose Island
Great way to spend a day in the Bahamas. Beautiful island and the staff was amazing. I think they had as much fun as we did.
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Snorkeling and pigs on the beach.
Benjamin_M, Nov 2021
Sandy Toes Full Day Excursion to Rose Island
The staff is very friendly, helpful and they really want you to have a good time. They work very hard to make it so. Loved the swimming pigs. The reef is very nice.
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Great half day
Jana_U, Nov 2021
Swim with Turtles! Four Hour Snorkeling Motorboat Tour to Rose Island Beach
It was a fun day, group was small, a nice couple and myself. The guides were really nice and fun and helpful. I loved the snorkeling, we saw tons of fish and of course the turtles. The beach breaks were a bit sad, because there wasn’t really anything to do there (or restrooms), but nice for a walk and some sitting by the beach. Be careful the crew’s “special punch” - it’s strong and when they give you the recipe you have to stay there 😀
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Sailing to Rise island was heaven
Jack_F, Sep 2021
Swim with Turtles! Four Hour Snorkeling Motorboat Tour to Rose Island Beach
Rose island was amazing. The beach and snorkeling were fantastic. Captain Wellington and amad, first mate, were gracious, knowledgeable, and friendly. They made the excursion memorable
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Boat Ride - Snorkeling Optional (but recommended!)
arthur, Oct 2021
Swim with Turtles! Four Hour Snorkeling Motorboat Tour to Rose Island Beach
The tour consists of a laid back boat ride out to a beautiful beach. Once there you have the option to snorkel, hang out on the boat and hang out on the beach. The tour group is kept small and this is a great way to get out on a boat during your time in the Bahamas.
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The best customer service! Big up to Cap'n Welly!
Sonja_w, Aug 2021
Swim with Turtles! Four Hour Snorkeling Motorboat Tour to Rose Island Beach
Captain Wellington and his first mate Marty are the best! Their excursion to sail and snorkel on Rose Island was the best! He even let me takeover the music!! I highly recommend them to anyone for a great day on the water. Top notch customer service will keep me coming back!!! Sonja W..Maryland
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Fun in the Sun
Nicole_W, Jul 2021
Swim with Turtles Private Half-day Motorboat to Rose Island Beach w/ Snorkeling
Great experience. We had so much fun crew was friendly and professional. Awesome boat ride. We highly recommend
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Best part of our vacation!
Heather_C, Aug 2021
Swim with Turtles Private Half-day Motorboat to Rose Island Beach w/ Snorkeling
This was a graduation trip for my girls (high school and college). Captain Wellington and Marty made our round trip to Rose Island so much fun! They were friendly and knowledgeable about the area. My teens rode the bow of the boat out and back, looking like celebrities! The island itself was so beautiful! Water was crystal clear and we could swim right out to the reef to snorkel. A local "Action Limbo" told the girls about how to dig up conch and even shared a bite (raw- ew) and an empty shell. We didn't want to leave! Two of us have some orthopedic issues that made it very difficult for us to get back on the boat. Both of our guides were so helpful and patient with us. Don't miss this trip! We all had so much fun. I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
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Excellent service
Fabricio_Y, Oct 2021
Sandy Toes Full Day Excursion to Rose Island
Wonderful experience a must do if you are staying in Nassau / Paradise island. Service is excellent a contrast with the poor service elsewhere around.
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Amazing Half Day Trip to Rose Island
Matt_J, Jun 2021
Swim with Turtles! Four Hour Snorkeling Motorboat Tour to Rose Island Beach
Fantastic trip. Captain Welly and Marty were amazing and completely hospitable. The boat was a perfect size for a family outing without the "booze cruise" feel. The trip to Rose Island was quick and even though we hit some rain on the way home, Captain Welly made everyone, including our young children, feel safe and comfortable. Overall a great experience and great value for money. Highly recommend.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Be sure to bring everything with you that you’ll need for the day, including sunscreen, bathing suit, towel, and a sun hat.

  • Most guided snorkeling tours include use of snorkel gear.

  • A Rose Island day trip is a great option for those wishing to escape the bustle and frenetic energy of Nassau.

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How to Get There

Accessible by boat, Rose Island is located three miles (five kilometers) east of Paradise Island, which in turn lies directly off New Providence Island in the Bahamas. Most day trips to the island leave from Paradise Island Ferry Terminal, which is about 1.5 miles (2.5 kilometers) northeast of downtown Nassau and a 5-minute walk south of Paradise Island city center. The boat crossing takes about 25 minutes.

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When to Get There

Most tour-goers from Nassau spend the entire day at Rose Island, so visitors can take advantage of all the activities and have plenty of time to lounge on the beach. The high season in the Bahamas, November through April, tends to be crowded but also has the best weather and low chance of rain. During this time, book your Rose Island excursion ahead of time.

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Swimming Pigs

Animal lovers will want to book a Rose Island tour that also stops at Pig Beach on Big Major Cay. This beach is famous for its swimming pigs, who will paddle out to greet any boat in search of snacks and human interaction. No one is sure where these non-native pigs came from, but they sure make for great photo ops!

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