The 10 Best Things to Do in Paradise Island, Bahamas

July 21, 2017 Deane Carmody

Paradise Island is known for powder soft beaches and crystal clear, turquoise water, great for diving and snorkeling. Visitors can try their luck at the Atlantis Casino and dine “around the world” at celebrity chef restaurants. Spend the day at Aquaventure Water Park or swim with dolphins at Dolphin Cay. Take a scenic stroll through Marina Village or shop for souvenirs at Bahamas Craft Center and Craft Cottage. Or just soak up the Caribbean sun on a beautiful beach.
Restaurants in Paradise Island

1. Marine Habitat at Atlantis

1 Casino Dr, New Providence Island +1 242-363-3000
Excellent
66%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Marine Habitat at Atlantis

The world's largest marine park, home to over 50,000 sea animals.

Reviewed By captinleo - Evansville, Indiana

Atlantis was a great place to shop with shops up and down the aisles. Was staying at the Riu next door to the Atlantis and seemed to spend more time at the Atlantis... Beautiful and fun place to visit.

2. Rose Island

New Providence Island
Excellent
72%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 206 reviews

Rose Island

Reviewed By Paul C - Auburn, Georgia

I did the snuba excursion again for the third year in a row, booked through Atlantis and handled through Blue Adventures and Stuart's Cove. The price for a three-hour tour was $96, same as last year and not a bad deal for snuba, especially for a boat-dive.
Some aspects of this year's excursion were similar to past years: there was a group doing snuba and another group doing snorkeling; the snorkel group would snorkel at two sites, while we in the snuba group ended up snorkeling over the first site and doing snuba at the second.
--And that's where the similarities end. This year we also had a pair of scuba participants aboard the dive-boat, and as the overall group was smaller than in the past, we only had a crew of 2 handling the boat and acting as safety divers and observers for our group. The boat captain watched the snorkelers from the boat, while his mate acted as safety diver for the scuba participants first, then our snuba group second.
Also unlike previous years, the seas and waves were running very high this time around. It was difficult towing the snuba raft against the wind and the current, and for whatever reason (maybe , we did not visit the site of the underwater wreck this year, which was a disappointment.
These, plus difficulties in establishing the proper weight and buoyancy for myself, made it a less than optimal experience this year.

3. The Tiki Bikini Hut

Junkanoo Beach Nassau Bahamas | P. O. Box N 10 45, Nassau n1045, New Providence Island +1 242-431-7852
Excellent
75%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 751 reviews

The Tiki Bikini Hut

Reviewed By Alicia P - Ship Bottom, New Jersey

We've visited Tiki Bikini numerous times. From Diva welcoming us, Michael getting us set up with chairs and umbrellas to Jordan waiting on us all day - this continues to be one of our favorite stops on a cruise. Byron welcomed us like family and the upgrades are wonderful! The food menu has expanded as well. We'll see you again soon!

4. Predator Lagoon

Atlantis, New Providence Island +1 242-363-3000
Excellent
68%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 707 reviews

Predator Lagoon

This aquarium breeds and preserves the ocean's most nototious predators, among which is the black-nosed shark.

Reviewed By TrishDNY - Ithaca, New York

My kids enjoyed this and I was able to see he feeding in the morning. Very cool to see the wide array of animals.

5. Versailles Gardens and French Cloister

Paradise Island Dr. | One & Only Ocean Club, New Providence Island +1 800-321-3000
Excellent
56%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 242 reviews

Versailles Gardens and French Cloister

Beautifully manicured Gardens set next to a 12th century Augustine monastery.

Reviewed By BRAGANZAMunich - MUNICH

Very unusual to find a medieval cloister in the Bahamas...a gift of the French...check it out on wiki...a nice walk...than have lunch or dinner at the One & Only...

6. Blue Lagoon Island

Nassau, New Providence Island +1 866-918-9932
Excellent
65%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Blue Lagoon Island

These trained dolphins are playful and friendly, specializing in giving visitors a ride on the "dolphin surf," where one of these gentle creatures pushes you through the water with their snout.

Reviewed By millerms123 - Winter Springs

We recently and did the sea lion encounter on March 23, 2018 which was so much fun! The island was beautiful and we enjoyed ourselves. Food was good too. Now for the bad...Where are the pictures?? For the tourist prices we paid to get our...MoreHi there - sorry that you haven't received your images yet. Please reach out to son Facebook or via email so that we can help you get this resolved. Thanks for visiting Blue Lagoon Island.

7. Marina Village

New Providence Island
Excellent
38%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 207 reviews

Marina Village

Reviewed By sherrilabelle - Toronto, Canada

This place is gorgeous and filled with great little things to do like. Visit the candy shop, eat at a restaurant, test the rums of Bahamas, buy souvernirs/jewellry or just take in the views of the marina. Some of the most beautiful yacht will dock at the marina; especially on the weekend. Go midday or evening and you will be delighted.

8. Atlantis Casino

One Casino Dr | Suite 41, New Providence Island +1 242-363-3000
Excellent
32%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
23%
Poor
6%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 2 reviews

Atlantis Casino

Who said Atlantis is sunk? Bombastic entertainment complex combining Disneyworld theatrics with Las Vegas kitsch where you can gamble, dine and shop.

Reviewed By RICHARDLARSEN - Boise, Idaho

I'm not a smoker and the casino was so smoke filled it was hard to breath as you pass thru the casino (which you had to do to get to several places on Atlantis). What little gambling we did was more stacked for the house win than I have ever seen. Most places allow you to win once in a while. We never won and never saw anyone else win.

9. Christ Church Cathedral

George and King Sts., Nassau, New Providence Island +1 242-322-4186
Excellent
55%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 285 reviews

Christ Church Cathedral

Reviewed By Betsy R - Sister Bay, Wisconsin

We attended services here both Dec. 24 and Dec. 25. Christ Church Cathedral is a large and historic church, dating from 1670, with a warm and welcoming congregation. The music was splendid. As Episcopalians visiting from the States, we felt completely at home. A wonderful place to celebrate Christmas!

West & West Hill Streets | (Same street as Gray Cliff and across the street from St. Francis Xavier Cathedral), Nassau, New Providence Island +1 242-328-5800
Excellent
51%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 254 reviews

The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas

The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (NAGB) is the premier arts institution in The Bahamas. It is committed to engaging the history of Bahamian art and visual culture and supporting contemporary movements and experimental contemporary art practice through Exhibitions, an extensive public programme schedule, community and regional projects and partnerships, arts education, providing fellowships and grants, the establishment and support of an art library and the building of The National Collection of The Bahamas.

Reviewed By Adam J

If you are interested in learning about the history of the Bahamas through visual art, then this is a first class museum with an excellent curator. Spend about 90 minutes looking through the permanent collection and special exhibition, and then walk over to Watling’s for the sales pitch “tour” and $6.50 shots.
Free wi fi helps :)

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