Half Moon Cay, Holland America Line’s award-winning private island in the Bahamas, is the highest rated private island experience in the region, having been named Porthole Cruise Magazine’s Best Private Island for 17 consecutive years and Best Private Island in Travel Weekly’s Readers’ Choice Awards. While the Caribbean is full of tropical wonders, there’s nothing quite like this 2,400-acre unspoiled paradise.
With our newly launched Endless Summer promotion that runs through Sept. 30, 2018 — offering savings up to 40 percent and up to $400 onboard spending money per stateroom on all cruises (excluding Grand Voyages) through March 30, 2019 — now is the time to plan your winter escape and book a cruise to the Caribbean. Whether you’re seeking adventure or simply looking to bathe in the island’s tranquil solitude, we can guarantee one visit will have you head over heels for Half Moon Cay!
Boasting miles of pristine, powder-soft sand, Half Moon Cay truly is a beach lover’s paradise. Guests looking to unwind during their visit can lay out on one the comfortable lounge chairs lining the beach, where they will have a front-row access to the island’s breathtaking turquoise waters. Those seeking relaxation in the shade can opt to rent one of our cozy Clamshells with two lounge chairs sheltered by an overhang. Care for a dip? Head in for a swim or rent a floating pad and enjoy the sensation of relaxing atop the crystalline waters.
Whether guests spend their day strolling the shoreline, hunting for seashells or soaking up the sun’s warm rays, they quickly find themselves relating with the island’s popular sign that reads, “I wish I could stay here forever.”
While the island’s jaw-dropping beauty is enough to lure wanderlust-filled travelers, our extensive array of activities is another aspect that makes this destination a fan favorite. Guests looking for an active adventure during their visit can choose from a selection of watersports ranging from kayaking and paddle boarding to setting sail on a catamaran.
One of the most popular tours we offer is a Half Moon Cay Exclusive — the Horseback Riding By Land & Sea EXC Tour. Guests set out for a scenic ride along winding trails up to the highest point on the island for a panoramic view of Half Moon Cay and its surrounding islands. Afterwards, the horses are “dressed” for swimming so guests can venture into the ocean and experience the incredible sensation of riding horseback through the island’s surf.
From snorkeling and sailing to an unforgettable horseback riding experience, our extensive variety of EXC Tours provide exciting, memorable ways to explore the island.
Half Moon Cay is a big hit with families. The new Half Moon Lagoon aqua park features large water toys in the shapes of whales, octopi, sharks and dolphins for kids to climb on, and there’s even a pirate ship water slide that sprays water from its cannons! A pirate-themed playground is also available for children to enjoy, which features two slides and two kid-sized wooden pirate ships.
For families looking to explore the island together, in addition to kayaks and paddle boards Half Moon Cay also has aqua bikes. Hop on this aquatic tricycle to experience the fun sensation of peddling through the sparkling waters.
EXC Tours like our Stingray Adventure and the Eco Lagoon Cruise are popular options for families looking for more organized activities. On the Eco Lagoon Cruse, guests board a boat with glass-bottom viewers to cross Half Moon Cay’s tranquil lagoon as they learn about the island and its Bahamian history, culture, flora and fauna. The tour provides the opportunity to spot nurse sharks, lemon sharks, bonefish, conch, sea urchins and more. On the Stingray Adventure tour, guests get to touch and feed these amazing creatures. Whichever tour you choose, it’s sure to be a hit with the kids!
Just when you think it can’t get any better, the island also is home to several mouthwatering dining options.
A bonus to any call at Half Moon Cay is the savory barbecue guests are treated to at The Tropics Restaurant. At no extra expense, the buffet-style lunch provides hotdogs, hamburgers, Caribbean jerk chicken, wings and more.
Another fantastic option for lunch is the island’s newest addition — The Lobster Shack. For a nominal fee, guests can enjoy a meal of succulent fresh grilled lobster, accompanied by Caribbean coconut beans n’ rice with rum-jerk butter glaze. To top it off, the dish is served with pineapple and Caribbean Sofrito salsas to bring out the fresh local flavors — and yes, it’s as good as it sounds!
Looking to quench your thirst? A visit to Captain Morgan on the Rocks Island Bar is a must while at Half Moon Cay. The unique watering hole is designed as a 101-foot-long, twin-decked, three-masted schooner “washed up” on the island’s white-sand beach. The décor features nautical artifacts and historic references to Captain Morgan’s exploits in these waters more than 350 years ago. Guests can also stop in for a drink at the Rum Runners bar and the “I Wish I Could Stay Here Forever” bar.
LOUNGING IN LUXURY
For the ultimate private experience on Half Moon Cay, rent one of our private cabanas, deluxe two-story beach villas or Private Oasis for large groups.
The island’s private cabanas are fully outfitted with air-conditioning, ceiling fan, refrigerator, deck chairs and a refreshing misting shower on the private terrace. The beach villas boast the same features in addition to a five-person capacity hot tub, dining area with table and chairs and private sun deck — ideal for soaking up some rays!
Each of these private sanctuaries is stocked with fruit, vegetables with dip, and chips and salsa to snack on, as well as an assortment of soft drinks and bottled water. Guests are also provided with floating mats and snorkel gear that can be used at their leisure throughout the day.
The island’s grandest accommodation is The Private Oasis. Perched on a point partially over water, guests can enjoy a private gathering in a luxurious setting that’s highlighted by an easy walkway to the inviting turquoise ocean.
The Private Oasis offers a total of 1,620 square feet and includes a large covered deck and comfortable sun deck with eight-person hot tub. Other amenities include an indoor dining table for six people, outdoor teak loungers and bar stools, barbecue area, full wet bar and refrigerator, massage table, iPod music system, multi-colored Bahamian tapestries, men’s and women’s changing rooms, indoor and outdoor showers with heated fresh water, 100-foot walkway with misting stations and a privacy gate. Throughout the day, guests are pampered with the services of a butler, personal chef and lifeguard. The package also includes fresh fruit, danish, chips and salsa to snack on, a barbecue lunch buffet, and a beverage package featuring water, soft drinks, juices and select alcoholic beverages.
HOW TO GET THERE
Interested in a cruise to paradise? Check out our Endless Summer promotion and book your cruise to paradise today. A majority of our Caribbean itineraries from Fort Lauderdale feature a call at Half Moon Cay, giving you a variety of options that allow you to find the cruise that best fits your preference and schedule!