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Rose Island

Rose Island

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1,160 Reviews
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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Recent reviews from experiences in Nassau

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Sailing to Rise island was heaven
Jack_F, Sep 2021
Four Hour Relaxing Snorkeling Sail to Beautiful 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
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The best customer service! Big up to Cap'n Welly!
Sonja_W, Aug 2021
Four Hour Relaxing Snorkeling Sail to Beautiful Rose Island Beach
Captain Wellington and his first mate Marty are the best! Their excursion to sail and snorkel on Rose Island was the best! He even let me takeover the music!! I highly recommend them to anyone for a great day on the water. Top notch customer service will keep me coming back!!! Sonja W..Maryland
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Captain Willy and Marty where great!
James_S, Aug 2021
Full-Day Private Sailing Tour of Rose Island
Swimming with the Turtles , and the reef on Rose island. They where very knowledgeable and friendly.
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Amazing trip!
Leenette_J, Aug 2021
Sandy Toes Full Day Excursion to Rose Island
Amazing trip, worth every penny. Enjoy a Beautiful private beach, swimming with the pigs, snorkeling, delicious buffet, drinks and more. Will recommend to anyone visiting the Bahamas.
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Must do!
Zach_L, Aug 2021
Sandy Toes Full Day Excursion to Rose Island
Worth every penny! Bring cash to tip the folks that work there, they were absolutely amazing. They made sure you were having a safe and fun time at all times. Lunch was also delicious as the drinks were great! Highly recommend
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Fun in the Sun
Nicole_W, Jul 2021
Private Half-day Sailboat Beach Tour to Rose Island with Snorkeling
Great experience. We had so much fun crew was friendly and professional. Awesome boat ride. We highly recommend
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Excellent trip
Jonathan_A, Aug 2021
Sandy Toes Full Day Excursion to Rose Island
I went on this trip on Friday afternoon with my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed. I thought this sounded like a great opportunity to see more of the Bahamas and the swimming pigs look so cute. Rose Island is a short boat trip away from Bahamas and has a beautiful beach and a good bar. The pigs come out to swim every half hour or so. The SandyToes team were excellent.
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Just Sit Right Back ....
karengerontes, Apr 2021
Full-Day Private Sailing Tour of Rose Island
Captain Wellie was very knowledgeable and entertaining. I do not know what I like better snorkeling with sea turtles at Green Key, snorkeling at the colorful reef at Rose island, or seeing our childhood memory Gilligan’s Island😎Captain Wellie was very accommodating and his signature rum punch was excellent.
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Amazing Half Day Trip to Rose Island
Matt_J, Jun 2021
Four Hour Relaxing Snorkeling Sail to Beautiful Rose Island Beach
Fantastic trip. Captain Welly and Marty were amazing and completely hospitable. The boat was a perfect size for a family outing without the "booze cruise" feel. The trip to Rose Island was quick and even though we hit some rain on the way home, Captain Welly made everyone, including our young children, feel safe and comfortable. Overall a great experience and great value for money. Highly recommend.
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Fun under the sun.
sndelder, May 2021
Full-Day Private Sailing Tour of Rose Island
Great excursion. Lovely boat Captain Welly and Mate Marty were fun and personable. Terrific snorkeling.
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best part of our trip!
Abigail_S, Aug 2021
Sandy Toes Full Day Excursion to Rose Island
amazing day! the drinks and lunch were great, the staff was so friendly, the beach was beautiful, the pigs were so much fun and trained better than my own dogs. also loved that they had activities like cornhole and giant jenga! and the snorkeling was a good time but a little underwhelming. still couldn’t recommend more! such a great deal considering similar trips were twice as much
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Best part of our vacation!
Heather_C, Aug 2021
Private Half-day Sailboat Beach Tour to Rose Island with Snorkeling
This was a graduation trip for my girls (high school and college). Captain Wellington and Marty made our round trip to Rose Island so much fun! They were friendly and knowledgeable about the area. My teens rode the bow of the boat out and back, looking like celebrities! The island itself was so beautiful! Water was crystal clear and we could swim right out to the reef to snorkel. A local "Action Limbo" told the girls about how to dig up conch and even shared a bite (raw- ew) and an empty shell. We didn't want to leave! Two of us have some orthopedic issues that made it very difficult for us to get back on the boat. Both of our guides were so helpful and patient with us. Don't miss this trip! We all had so much fun. I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

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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