Half Moon Cay, Bahamas
Eco-Bike & Kayak Adventure
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Approximately 1½ Hours
Begin this fascinating and insightful tour with a five-minute tram ride from the Welcome Center.
You’ll meet your guide at the point where bike equipment is distributed.
After a safety briefing, set out with your guide on a bike ride, stopping first at Stingray Cove. Watch as trained divers interact with southern stingrays, feeding and petting them as you look on.
Continue to the Half Moon Cay Island Nursery & Farm. This eco-friendly facility is fed by a natural spring and makes use of composted landscaping clippings, seaweed, mulch and, of course, manure from the horse stables. Among the many species grown here are coconut and palms trees, raised for transplanting throughout the island, and indigenous flowering plants.
The vegetable patch produces local vegetables and herbs used in the local cuisine. Citrus trees, such as key lime, bitter orange, and grapefruit, grow fruit for juice, marinades and dressings. The chicken coop provides free-range eggs that are harvested daily from chickens fed with corn raised on the island’s farm.
The on-site lime kiln provides the mineral that has been used in the construction of Bahamian homes since the early 1700s -- it derives from reduced conch shells. The lime is used to sanitize the walls of rock abodes. Remnants of these dwelling can be viewed at the historical ruins along your route.
Snap a few photos of the horses at Pegasus Ranch; then, head to Half Moon Cay’s saltwater lagoon, where you will trade your bike for a kayak.
Listen to a short safety briefing as you enjoy a refreshment; then select a life vest and partner-up for a kayak. Your 25-minute kayaking adventure takes you along the perimeter of the western edge of the inner lagoon, close to a protected mangrove species that plays a vital role in habitat formation for all kinds of marine life. The intricate root structure of the mangroves allows juvenile fish to survive where predators can’t reach them. The seafloor has turtle grass and a sandy bottom.
Along the northwest quadrant of the lagoon, the rocky shoreline offers a vertical view as the limestone rocks reach more than 80 feet in height. This lagoon is an ecological wonder with an area of 1,400 acres. Its extreme diversity boosts many species of marine life that mate and spawn within this habitat.
Heading eastward along the shoreline and across to the southern coast close to Stingray Park, you’ll finish your paddle at Water Sport Center #3. Freshwater showers are available here.
Board the tram for the five-minute ride back to the Welcome Center.
Wear shorts, t-shirt, aqua shoes or sneakers/sandals you don’t mind getting wet. Minimum weight is 80 lbs; maximum weight is 225 lbs. Minimum age is 10 years; maximum age 70 years.