Norwegian Cruise Line guests have been able to enjoy the small Bahamas island of Great Stirrup Cay for decades. If your next cruise has you calling at this island, you are in luck. There are a variety of things to do and see during your time ashore. To help cruisers heading to this private resort, we have put together this list of our 10 Best Things to Do on Great Stirrup Cay to help make your cruise planning process a little easier.
10 Best Things to Do in Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas for 2019
Swim with the Pigs
This newly added shore excursion offering from Norwegian Cruise Line is sure to be a cruiser favorite. From the private island of Great Stirrup Cay, you will board a boat for a scenic ride over to a nearby island to partake in the pig tour. Following a safety briefing and comedic introduction to the pigs, guests will be allowed to interact and take photos with the animals. This is sure to be an instagram-worthy excursion. This 1.5 hour tour is currently priced at $109.
Take a Stroll around the Island
Whether this is your first visit to Great Stirrup Cay or you have been here before, a self-guided tour of the island is a great way to spend the morning ashore. With the new walking path hugging much of the beach, you can stay close to the coast with ease. There is also construction taking place on the island which is expected to be completed in 2019, so take some time to explore all the new additions since your last visit to the island.
Relax on the Beach
With 10 acres of beachfront property, you are sure to find your ideal spot for a little R&R. All of the lounge chairs on the island are first come, first serve, so make sure to get an early tender ticket for the best choice of seating. Basking in the Bahamas sun is a fine way to spend the day, but just make sure to pack the sunscreen and your beach towel from the ship. If you’d rather move your tanning session to the water, you can rent a floating mat to coast along the beach.
Take a Dip in the Water
It is almost mandatory for you to at least dip your toes in the crystal clear water during your visit to Great Stirrup Cay. Swimming areas are clearly marked for safety. For families or those who need assistance swimming, floating vests can also be rented. If you are looking for a bit more adventure, you can rent a paddleboard ($27) or take one of the kayak tours ($55) that give you a casual way to see the sea while visiting the Bahamas.
Explore the Depths Below
Are you ready to see what lies beneath Great Stirrup Cay? Well, head off on your own snorkeling adventure to see what marine life awaits you. You can use your own snorkel gear or rent it from a stand on the island (total with fins, vest, and a mask is $30). The underwater sculpture garden is teeming with fish and playful statues for you to explore at your leisure. This is a self-guided activity, so feel free to make as many trips as you like throughout the day.
Pet a Stingray
For those looking for a more tantalizing experience, you can spend part of your day at Stingray City ($79). Just a short speedboat ride away from Great Stirrup Cay, you can get face to face with a stingray. Don’t worry, you will be safe as the Southern Rays are used to interacting with people, and the guides will instruct you on how to properly feed and approach the creatures. From there, it will be time to get your underwater camera ready for some memorable photos to share on social media.
Grab a Bite to Eat
You are bound to work up an appetite while ashore. Currently, there are a few complimentary options for dining on Great Stirrup Cay. The Jumbey Beach Grill offers barbecue lunch featuring hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza, and other light fare with a new layout that helps to reduce wait times.
Newly added in 2017 is the Abaco Taco stand. Located on the northern part of the island, this casual take-out window features beef, chicken, and fish tacos with a toppings bar that allows you to customize each round (and there will be more than one).
An Island Pub Crawl
For a small private island, Great Stirrup Cay does not skimp on the drinks. In fact, the island has 5 bars. You know what that means…Pub Crawl! The best part of this trip is there will be no bar bill if you have the Norwegian Ultimate Beverage Package. Yup, most alcoholic drinks served on the island are covered in this drink package. This is also true for those sailing on Norwegian Sky with the “open bar” promotion. Just make sure to include a few rounds of water in between your margaritas, frozen cocktails, and rum punches!
Bring Home a Memento
If you are like the Princess, you can’t go somewhere without bringing back a little keepsake from the trip. Great Stirrup Cay includes a local’s marketplace, known as the Berried Treasure Bazaar, where you can purchase those souvenirs. These cash only stands include your typical island fare- handcrafted artifacts, t-shirts, key chains, and a selection of other clothing and accessories. Even if you just like to window shop, take a hassle-free stroll through the area.
Jet around the Island
If you want to kick things into overdrive while on Great Stirrup Cay, then a jet ski tour is perfect for you. This adrenaline-filled excursion includes about an hour of time skimming the water. Your guided tour will take you around the island for some high-speed thrills. The experience starts at $105 a person for one wave runner. If you’d prefer to reach new heights, you could opt for the parasailing tour ($105) instead. These 5-7 minute flights will take you high above the island where you will get a whole new perspective on Great Stirrup Cay.
Upgrade Your Day with a Cabana
Want to really do it up in style during your day on this private island? Then, upgrade your typical beach day with a Cabana (starting at $315). These Cabanas feature optimal beach locations and include beach mats, towels, bottled water, and fresh fruit with your lush accommodations. A specialty menu is also available for you to order additional food and drinks to be delivered to you while you relax in luxury ($50 food credit included). The pricing is per cabana not per guest, and prices do vary by ship and sail date.
There is also much more in store for Great Stirrup Cay. Norwegian Cruise Line has announced several island enhancements that will be completed in 2019.
Among the upgrades will a separate lagoon area that will feature a private restaurant and a secluded beach for guests of the Haven Suites or others who purchase day passes. You know what this means…we will need another trip to Great Stirrup Cay to try out all of the new upgrades!
Have you visited Norwegian Cruise Line’s private island, Great Stirrup Cay? What is your favorite thing to do in this Bahamas port of call? Drop us an anchor below to share your favorite activities on the island.