Freeport, Bahamas

Introduction to Freeport

With its beautiful beaches, inviting warm waters, dense forests and incredible national parks, Freeport - the second largest city city in the Bahamas - is a true tropical paradise. Whether you prefer to lay back, relax and soak up the sunshine, sample the renowned Caribbean atmosphere or explore epic landscapes, this stunning destination has it all.

One of the most popular tourist destinations in the Bahamas, Freeport is a tropical paradise with stretches of deserted white sand beaches as far as the eye can see. As you would expect, it is the perfect holiday destination for those who love nothing more than a long, relaxing day on the beach with a drink in hand and the sun lounger set to its reclined position.

Away from the beaches there is a vibrant city to enjoy, especially at night when the bars, restaurants and casino turn the volume up a notch to create an absorbing carnival atmosphere. If you are feeling adventurous, there are plenty of water sports and on land activities to try too. Visit the nearby Rand Nature Centre - a 100 acre natural wonderland in the heart of Freeport - and explore dense pine and coppice forests in search of rare birds and other wildlife, or head to the Lucayan National Park and discover a vast network of underwater caves.

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TOUR A - BEST OF GRAND BAHAMA

  • Discover the highlights of Grand Bahama Island
  • Learn about local culture and traditions with a visit to the Junkanoo Museum
Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£25.00 - £35.00
DurationApproximately 5 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included
Swimming time includedSwimming time included

This tour combines a panoramic drive of Grand Bahama, taking in the island’s main sights, with a visit to the Junkanoo Museum and a stop at the beach.

Your tour begins with a panoramic drive around Freeport, passing the industrial, financial and downtown areas – the heart of the island – Spanish Main Drive, known locally as Millionaires Road; Port Lucaya Marina; and Count Basie Square, a popular meeting place for locals in the evenings.

Continue to the Junkanoo Museum for a guided visit. Junkanoo is a national street parade in the Bahamas, which traditionally takes place over the Christmas period. This tradition is said to have started during the time of slavery, when the workers were allowed three days off – Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day – and would dance in the streets in celebration.  During your visit to this small museum, you can learn about one of the oldest cultural traditions on the island – a cornerstone of the local community.

Following your visit, you will continue to a casual beach restaurant, where you can enjoy some time at leisure. Take in a relaxing stroll along the beach, or perhaps purchase a fresh conch salad (at your own expense) – the choice is yours!

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Unfortunately this tour is not suitable for wheelchair users. All guests must be able to board the tour transport unaided. There will be approximately one hour of time at leisure at the beach, where walking is at the discretion of the individual. Guests wishing to swim at the beach should come wearing their swimming costume underneath casual clothes, and bring a towel and sun protection. Beach chairs will be available.


TOUR B - GARDEN OF THE GROVES

  • Embark on a walk through 12 acres of lush tropical gardens
  • Discover the beautiful flora found here
  • Spend time browsing the shops at Port Lucaya Marketplace
Price£30.00 - £40.00
DurationApproximately 4 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Enjoy a visit to Garden of the Groves, one of the top attractions in Grand Bahama, before taking time to explore the shops at Port Lucaya Marketplace.

Leaving the pier, your tour begins with an approximate 30-minute drive through Freeport, past the International Bazaar, one of the oldest shopping areas here; Churches Row, and along the scenic Sunrise Highway to Garden of the Groves.

Upon arrival at this impressive site, enjoy a guided stroll through the 12-acre garden, admiring the variety of tropical trees, plants and flowers as you soak up your surroundings. Have your cameras to hand to capture images of the cascading waterfalls found here, as well as a replica of an 18th century chapel. At the end of your guided tour, you can enjoy some time to explore the garden further at leisure.

Next, continue to the Port Lucaya Marketplace – the largest open-air shopping, dining and entertainment facility in the Bahamas. Enjoy some time here to browse the area at leisure and explore this popular commercial centre.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, some of which may be over uneven terrain. Unfortunately this tour is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. There will be time at leisure at Port Lucaya Marketplace, where the amount of walking is at the discretion of the individual.


TOUR C - GLASS BOTTOM BOAT CRUISE

  • Explore the underwater wonders of the Bahamas from the comfort of a glass bottom boat
  • Admire the fascinating marine life found here
Boat Tour
Price£35.00 - £45.00
DurationApproximately 2½ hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

Enjoy an exciting cruise onboard a glass bottom boat, and admire the coral and marine life of the Bahamas from a unique vantage point.

Visit the shallow coral reefs off Grand Bahama Island onboard Ocean Wonder, a custom-built 18-metre (60-foot) double-deck glass bottom boat. Keep your eyes peeled for some fascinating marine life that frequent the area.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? The boat will be boarded by gangplank, and there will be a few steps to negotiate. Unfortunately this tour is not suitable for wheelchair users. We cannot guarantee any sightings of marine life. For reference, there will be a bus transfer to the boat departure point. Please note that the glass bottom boat may not be exclusive to Fred. Olsen guests.


TOUR D - FREEPORT ISLAND TOUR

  • Admire the main sights of Freeport
  • Savour time at leisure to browse the shops at Port Lucaya Marketplace
Price£25.00 - £35.00
DurationApproximately 3 hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

On this tour, sit back and relax as you explore the city of Freeport, the main city on the island of Grand Bahama.

Travel through both residential and industrial neighbourhoods on your way to the downtown commercial district. During your drive, you can see the business centre and residential areas before arriving at Port Lucaya Marketplace – the largest open-air shopping, dining and entertainment facility in the Bahamas. Enjoy some time here to browse the area at leisure and explore this popular commercial centre, or alternatively enjoy a stroll along the streets of Freeport.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a limited amount of compulsory walking. For reference, there will be around one hour of time at leisure at Port Lucaya Marketplace, where the amount of walking is at the discretion of the individual. All guests must be able to board the tour transport unaided.


TOUR E - LUCAYAN NATIONAL PARK & BEACH

  • Discover the wonders of the beautiful Lucayan National Park
  • A treat for nature lovers!
Price£30.00 - £40.00
DurationApproximately 4 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included
Swimming time includedSwimming time included

This tour takes you to the eastern end of the island to the Lucayan National Park, one of the island’s most popular places of interest. Marvel at the natural wonders found here as you explore the national park and its surroundings.

From the pier, you drive to the Lucayan National Park, home to Ben’s Cave – the longest underwater surveyed cave system leading to the ocean, and part of the largest unchartered cave systems in the world. During your visit, you will be able to step down to view part of the cave system, and enjoy a stroll along a wooden boardwalk through a mangrove ecosystem, keeping your eyes peeled for a variety of wild birds and colourful fish.

Nearby is Gold Rock Creek, which houses the five ecosystems of Grand Bahama. You will visit the stunning Gold Rock Beach, which boasts 83 kilometres (52 miles) of crystal clear water and fine, white sand, and can enjoy some time at leisure here.

Next, proceed to the Banana Bay, a rustic restaurant where you will have the opportunity to purchase snacks or drinks (at your own expense). You will then have the opportunity to enjoy time at leisure here to perhaps take a stroll and hunt for shells, or simply relax and soak up the sun in this beautiful location.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, some of which may be over uneven terrain, and there will be some steps to negotiate. Unfortunately it is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. If wishing to swim, come wearing your swimming costume underneath casual clothes, and don’t forget a towel, sun protection and insect repellent.


TOUR F - BEACH BREAK

  • Soak up the sunshine on this relaxing beach break
  • Unwind on the beach or take a refreshing dip in the waters
  • Indulge in unlimited Bahamian cocktails on the beach!
Price£40.00 - £50.00
DurationApproximately 4 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included
Swimming time includedSwimming time included

Sit back, unwind and soak up the sunshine as you enjoy this relaxing beach break.

A drive of approximately 25 minutes will take you to Taino Beach, where upon arrival you can enjoy approximately three and a half hours of time at leisure. During your time here, you can relax on the beach, enjoy a swim in the crystal clear Caribbean waters, and sip a refreshing drink from the open bar. For those of you who are feeling energetic, a variety of water sports equipment are available for rent, including paddleboards, kayaks and snorkelling equipment. There will also be an opportunity to browse the straw market here for local souvenirs.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour is predominantly a transfer, which includes entrance to the beach facilities and an open bar – all other activities and refreshments and snacks are at your own expense and need to be settled locally. Please note that top shelf drinks and signature cocktails are not included in the cost of this tour – Bahamian draft beers, national spirits and a variety of cocktails are included. Guests must be over the age of 21 and bring valid ID to enjoy alcoholic drinks. Please note that alcoholic drinks should not be consumed if you are intending to swim. Showers and toilet facilities are available at the beach. Guests under the age of 18 years old must be supervised by a paying adult at all times. Guests are advised to come wearing their swimming costume underneath casual clothes, and to bring a towel and sun protection. The use of aquatic equipment is dependent on sea conditions on the day. Lockers will be available to rent (at your own cost), however guests are advised to leave valuables at the ship. hire All guests must be able to board the tour transport unaided. Cash will be required to hire water sports equipment.


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