This full-day tour combines some of the best things the islands have to offer. You'll enjoy the water, beaches, sports, ... More
Island World Adventures
This full-day tour combines some of the best things the islands have to offer. You'll enjoy the water, beaches, sports, sea life, views and, if you'd like, the booze. The tour takes guests to Saddleback Cay in the Exumas for a day of sunning, swimming and snorkeling. Lunch is served on the island. Guided eco-tours take visitors through the island marshes. Everyone leaves in the afternoon and tours the rest of the Exumas, with a brief stop on Leaf Cay to visit the giant iguanas. The boat cruises back to Nassau just in time for sunset.
we just got back from the bahamas and the exuma excursion was by far the hilight of our trip...the captain and mate were fantastatic....the food was great....the ride out was great.....we had perfect weather....the beach was unbelievable....the sandbar was beautiful and we found conch shells every step we took...we saw a ray while we snorkeled...it was the best thing we have ever done on vacation...pricey...but worth every penny
The trip was generally nice, but felt very rushed. Each activity, including snorkeling and feeding the iguanas, felt like you needed double the time to fully experience. Also the shark feeding was from a pier. PowerboatAdventures allows you to be in the water with the sharks which seems much more interesting to me (maybe some prefer feeding from the pier :-).
In all, I wouldn't do the trip with Island World again. I'd try the only other trip I know of, powerboat adventures.
Not to mention, the owner who came on the trip was kind of an ***hole.
We booked the excursion on the last day of our stay and luckily ended it with some great weather. The hour long boat ride over to saddleback from paradise island was enjoyable....drinks, great staff etc.
Pulling up to the island and seeing the clearest water
with all sorts of fish was very cool!
The lagoon area was absolutely incredible....heaven for a short while as was the sand bar you visit later.
The snorkeling at the three small reefs we visited was
very enjoyable for everyone...the water/weather was perfect! Lots of interesting fish and reef life.
The iguana feeding experience on a nearby island at the end of the tour was also very enjoyable and a great way to end a perfect day! I highly recommend this...it's a little pricey but worth it....
I used to live in Nassau and have done Island World Adventures twice. Both times proved to be awesome experiences. When you pull into Saddleback Cay and see the white sand beach and crystal blue water, you feel like you are in the most beautiful place in the world. It is definitely the thing to do if you want to experience the 'real' Bahamas.
The staff was great, the food and drink were plentiful, and the beach and snorkeling fantastic. I have also done Powerboat adventures, which was comparable, but had the annoyance of wild boars on the island, which are overly friendly and actually root through your bags and come sniffing about while you are lying on the beach...very unnerving!
I totally recommend Island World Adventures if you are planning a trip to the Bahamas. It is pricey, but you won't regret spending the money!
I wish our trip went as well as the prevoious reviews depicted however..,
before I begin tho let me say that under the right conditions I am sure this trip would have been everything that I had hoped it would be.
My word of warning for those of you that wouldn't like to read through this reveiw is simply this:
Trust your own judgement on the weather and not that of the operators of this excursion.
If you dont think the weather is nice DON'T GO. Simple as that.
The ride over was just as the others had depicted, actually fun to tell you the truth. A power boat through the open ocean is in itself an amusement ride. But the the rain clouds became more threatening. Lightning started striking. The captain changed course a few times in an effort to avoid the worst of the upcoming weather. But it still scared most of the people on the boat. The seas were about 2 feet but rain was relentless and felt like bb's hitting you at 45 miles an hour. We got to the island completly soaked to the bone.
Still hoping for sunshine to come we got off the boat for a bit got a drink at the bar they had there. the 2nd mate metioned it was the 2nd worst ride he had experienced in the 3 yrs of operation. (Do we get a badge or something?)
next on the agenda was to hit the sand bar and then snorkel.
By the time we got to the sand bar it was so bad out noone wanted to get out of the boat. Truly we were more interested in snorkeling. But the weather grew increasingly worse very rapidly. The Captain immed cancelled the snorkel portion before it began and took us back to the bar food area. We waited in the rainstorm for 2 hours for lunch. Lunch was served in the torrential downpour. (Food was fantastic tho, I have to admit)
Feeding the sharks wasn't enjoyable because of the Downpour, it was more like toss and run.
Then it came time to reboard the boat for our stop at the Iguanas and then home.
half way to the island the Captain stopped the vessel and asked us all what we wanted to do. He said if we head to the Iguanas we most certainly would be headed toward worse weather than we already had or we could head home and try and make a break for it before this trip became a tragedy. We ALL asked for home. We were all really scared to be honest. It was that bad.
The trip back was 20 times worse then the trip out. The seas grew to 4 - 6 foot waves. The powerboat literally was airbone, hittin wave after wave being pelted mercilessly by the downpour. And with nowhere to hide on the boat except to grab the rail and grit your teeth. ( I was now wishing I hadn't used the free drinks back at the island to kill the pain of this now wasted trip.) Time went so slowly. All I could do was scream appology's to my fiancee the whole way back.
we arrived back at the dock and we all immediately went to the counter to demand some sort of refund for our pain. Remember it is almost 200 bucks per person. We were shaking. And did nothing on the agenda but eat.
Answer: "Well the owner isnt here his name is Steve, but the most that will happen is a 25% refund." (?!?!?!)
A pleasant side note however -
If you do go, sign up with majestic tours and not directly through whomever runs the excursion. They refunded us 50% of the cost when I got back to the hotel.
Here's the kicker. Every other tour that was planned that day chose to cancel because of the weather. There was a small craft advisory in effect.
My mistake was to put blinding trust in the operators to do the safe and smart thing. I should have taken the responsibility myself to make the decision about the weather.
We had a blast on this Exuma Excursion. It was the most beautiful place I have ever been in my life. The boat ride was a little windy on the way over (the speedboat moves about 45 MPH) but the bad hair-do that resulted was well worth it when I stepped off the boat and realized I was in heaven! I didn't even want to blink my eyes for fear I would miss even a split second of the scenery. The crew that took us over was fabulous, knowledgable and did a fantastic job. They do need bathrooms on the island--and they say they are working on it. For now you have to use the bathroom on the boat which is a bit of an "Alice in Wonderland" experience. Again, a small price to pay. The little island with the BIG iguanas on it was WAY cool! It is clearly the best $195 I have ever spent! Do yourself a favor and GO!
Snorkeling, exploring sunken ships, swimming with sharks. Exciting, beautiful and alittle scary. The experiences that I had with Island World Adventures are unforgetable. I saw the most beautiful animals I have ever seen inches away from me. The only thing i regret is not getting a tee shirt for bragging rights.
This is an all day adventure. You get picked up at your hotel and brought to the dock at Paradise Island. After the boarding and safety stuff is done, you ride a high speed boat to the Exuma Cays, in this case Saddleback Cay. The ride can get rough so if you have back trouble or suffer from motion sickness, take the appropriate steps.
Saddleback Cay is a deserted island. A dock and extensive deck has been built to accommodate visitors. You are greeted by the care takers, Bob and Bev. They prepared the best lunch I had on the entire vacation. All liquid refreshments are included as part of the trip including beer and wine.
Once on the island, you have some time to relax on a beach that is absolutely perfect. You also explore a sand bar and do some snorkeling. Unfortunately, the day we went was a bit rough where the better reef was so we had to settle for a smaller site. Still, I thought it was fine.
One of the great things they do here is to feed the sharks and barracuda. After lunch, save anything you didn't eat. The crew will direct you to an area where you dump the scraps into the water. Sharks, barracuda, and other hungry critters show up and put on quite the show. Don't worry, it is perfectly safe.
One of the crew was an amatuer naturalist. He took us on a little tour of the island, explaining the ecology and history as we went. A very nice touch.
Finally, the last stop is at a cay that has iguana. You pick up a stick, put a grape on it, and offer it to the iguana. Sure enough, they eat it. A great photo to show your friends.
We had a great time. It is a little expensive but you get great value for the money. My wife and I agreed it was the highlight of the vacation.
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