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Rose Island

Rose Island, Nassau, Bahamas

The Basics

A short, 25-minute boat ride east of New Providence Island whisks you away from crowds and ashore this intimate corner of paradise. Take a dip in the crystalline lagoon, sip a drink at the beachfront bar, or snooze in an oceanfront hammock. More active options include snorkeling, kayaking, and beach volleyball. If you’re interested in socializing, join in on the private island’s beach bar parties, for which party passes are available from various tour operators.

Full-day excursions to Rose Island usually include access to the pristine beaches, a buffet lunch or welcome drink, and most water sports. Guided snorkeling tours are available to explore the underwater world with the supervision of a guide, who points out the marine flora and fauna.

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Sandy Toes Full Day Excursion to Rose Island
Sandy Toes Full Day Excursion to Rose Island
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$195.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Highlight of Our Trip
My husband and I both agreed this was the highlight of our trip to The Bahamas. It was our first time snorkeling and was such a blast. The pigs were darling but the island itself and the time on the beach was worth every penny - it was so beautiful!!
Casey_P, Jan 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Nassau

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From when we arrived...
Rachel_L, Nov 2021
007 Morning Half Day Boat Charter - Rose Island
From when we arrived everything went smoothly the crew was friendly the Rum Punch was a bonus really refreshing a must try our first stop was at turtle bay water was so beautiful even we didn’t see any turtles it was worth the swim in the Crystal clear waters . Then off on to Rose island where we had some nice lunch we spent about 2 hours there nice just to have a swim and a stroll around the beach. A great day .
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Captain Willy and Marty where great!
James_S, Aug 2021
Swim with Turtles Full-Day Private Motorboat Tour to Rose Island and Turtle Cay
Swimming with the Turtles , and the reef on Rose island. They where very knowledgeable and friendly.
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Highly recommend
Brayton_D, Jan 2022
Sandy Toes Full Day Excursion to Rose Island
Best day provided by great staff. You are spoiled with great views, soft sandy beach and practical seclusion from the world.
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We had a great time with...
Jennie_K, Nov 2021
Sandy Toes Full Day Excursion to Rose Island
We had a great time with sandy toes. Rose island was beautiful. Feeding and swimming with the pigs was awesome. The buffet lunch was good and staff were very nice. We enjoyed snorkeling, the drinks and an overall fun beach day.
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Memorable private island experience
Ashley_S, Jan 2022
Swim & Snorkel, Swimming Pigs, lunch & Rose Island Beach Visit
Our boat ride with Exuma Trips and Tours was a very memorable and fun experience! Our guide went to great lengths to ensure we had a good time, and it was excellent to be a part of a small group and get away to our own private island and beach. We did snorkel with sea turtles, but my favorite part was actually relaxing on the beach and kayaking on the clear blue water. I will always remember our experience feeding the pigs.
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Great day trip
Amanda_F, Jan 2022
Sandy Toes Full Day Excursion to Rose Island
What an amazing trip! This was easily one of the best day trips we’ve ever taken- the beach was beautiful, we had unlimited drinks, there was tubing, snorkeling, kayaking and paddle boarding available and of course swimming with the pigs. Would recommended this trip to anyone going to the Bahamas!
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Serene Day on the Sea
Antoinette_F, Sep 2021
Swim with Turtles! Four Hour Snorkeling Motorboat Tour to Rose Island Beach
The sail and snorkel tour was a much needed getaway from the hustle and bustle of Nassau. The weather was beautiful on the ride to Rose Island. Captain Wellington kept us entertained with his stories and fun facts. The beach was secluded and I was able to see several fishes while snorkeling in the nearby reef. Overall the service was excellent and I would recommend this tour to locals as well as visitors.
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Can’t miss!
erik_h, Dec 2021
Swim with Turtles! Four Hour Snorkeling Motorboat Tour to Rose Island Beach
Very memorable day! Took care of us throughout whole trip. Highly recommend, might even do again before we leave!
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Book it!
AMALIA_S, Dec 2021
007 Morning Half Day Boat Charter - Rose Island
We loved it! The staff was fantastic and very funny and gave us a genuine and memorable experience! Captain Sterling is truly in it to make it the best day of your trip and to be honest it probably will be, it was definitely ours! Book it :)
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AMAZING!!!!
alexa_j, Dec 2021
Swim with Turtles Private Half-day Motorboat to Rose Island Beach w/ Snorkeling
We had an amazing time and would recommend this to anyone! Our highlight of our trip to the Bahamas!
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Coral, fish, turtles and rum!
Phil_S, Dec 2021
Swim with Turtles! Four Hour Snorkeling Motorboat Tour to Rose Island Beach
Our hosts were gentlemen, fun spirited , helpful, knowledgeable and let us explore at our own speed while making sure our experience was safe and spirit filled upon request
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Sailing to Rise island was heaven
Jack_F, Sep 2021
Swim with Turtles! Four Hour Snorkeling Motorboat Tour to Rose Island Beach
Rose island was amazing. The beach and snorkeling were fantastic. Captain Wellington and amad, first mate, were gracious, knowledgeable, and friendly. They made the excursion memorable

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Be sure to bring everything with you that you’ll need for the day, including sunscreen, bathing suit, towel, and a sun hat.

  • Most guided snorkeling tours include use of snorkel gear.

  • A Rose Island day trip is a great option for those wishing to escape the bustle and frenetic energy of Nassau.

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How to Get There

Accessible by boat, Rose Island is located three miles (five kilometers) east of Paradise Island, which in turn lies directly off New Providence Island in the Bahamas. Most day trips to the island leave from Paradise Island Ferry Terminal, which is about 1.5 miles (2.5 kilometers) northeast of downtown Nassau and a 5-minute walk south of Paradise Island city center. The boat crossing takes about 25 minutes.

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When to Get There

Most tour-goers from Nassau spend the entire day at Rose Island, so visitors can take advantage of all the activities and have plenty of time to lounge on the beach. The high season in the Bahamas, November through April, tends to be crowded but also has the best weather and low chance of rain. During this time, book your Rose Island excursion ahead of time.

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Swimming Pigs

Animal lovers will want to book a Rose Island tour that also stops at Pig Beach on Big Major Cay. This beach is famous for its swimming pigs, who will paddle out to greet any boat in search of snacks and human interaction. No one is sure where these non-native pigs came from, but they sure make for great photo ops!

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