Wednesday, 21 October 2015

TRAVEL: Nassau, The Bahamas


When planning our Florida holiday, we always knew as it was such a long way to go for a week that it would make sense to have two weeks. We toyed with the idea of spending both weeks in Orlando but decided that it would be too much. My Dad suggested travelling to another country for a week and eventually it was settled that we would go to the Bahamas! It was only a 50 minute flight from Florida on the day and it was so strange to end up at in a country that is so very different from America!



Nassau, the Bahamas was a beautiful and very chilled out country. This was we wanted after a hectic week in the States where we were always busy and running around doing the parks. We wanted to be able to lay back and relax, to enjoy the beautiful scenery before us and really feel at peace. This was exactly what we got! 


Again, my Dad was the chief planner and kept it a secret where we would be staying so we had no idea until it stood there in front of us. While he kept trying to play it down, telling us our accommodation was nothing to get too excited about, I knew he was bluffing us. On the day, we were taken to a white-washed townhouse which looked perfectly ordinary from the front. It looked pleasant enough but then we walked inside and even from the doorway you could get the great stretch of sea that lay through our balcony. Naturally this was where we all ran too first. You could literally climb down from the balcony and there it was, the gorgeous warm water, waiting to be enjoyed. As you can see, the bedrooms also had fantastic views which you could settle into a chair and enjoy. I immediately got excited about having breakfast and dinner outside, soothed by the gently lapping waves.



We then walked around the complex where there were two large shared pools which we found out were barely used. My Dad explained that a lot of the time there wasn't many people there as the complex tended to be consist mainly of holiday homes. There was plenty of access to the sea and a great stretch of beach which again, was almost always empty when we were there!

We spent our time not doing not a whole lot really, which was just fine by us. We spent hours in the sun and pool, reading and sleeping, forgetting about our lives back home. Snorkelling was something that featured heavily during our time in the Bahamas and who wouldn't want to, with so much of the depths below to explore at our disposal? There was plenty for us to see in the sea and one day my dad and boyfriend even discovered a wire crate which  had trapped many fish inside. Between them they managed to dive down and lift the crate out of the sea, freeing the poor fish who had been trapped there for goodness knows how long!


One activity we had pre-booked was a dolphin experience. On this day we were taken by boat to The Blue Lagoon Island which was a beautiful private island with untouched land and clear, turquoise water where you could lay back and relax on their wonderful beach, take part in water sports, grab some food or meet dolphins and sea lions.

Before I explain what our experience entailed, I want to stress that I was very keen to be sure the dolphins were well cared for. As pointed out to us, in the wild dolphins live an average of 20-25 years but under human care they live much longer and healthier lives such as Princess who was 42 years of age. They are protected from predators and pollution which are common stressors in the wild. Each day the dolphins are given a healthy and balanced diet alongside physical and mental stimulation. The dolphins we met had all undergone extensive training to interact with people, learning that all participation is safe and voluntary. It has taken years for the trainers to have a trusting relationships with the animals. Dolphin Encounters also work actively in protecting marine mammals in the wild and a beach clean up programme. 


Anyway, we were put into small groups and then got into the water where we stood in a line on a submerged platform. Our dolphin was an Atlantic Bottlenose and was absolutely beautiful. In turn he gave us all a hug, a dance and a kiss, as well as splashing plenty of us in the face! He was very cheeky and playful, often showing off in front of us all. Overall it was such an incredible bucket-list experience and was so wonderful to be able to get close to these incredible creatures.

The Bahamas makes the perfect place for a relaxing holiday for some well deserved time off. As I said before, as a country it is very chilled. It's certainly not the cheapest place to eat out at or buy groceries from, but that is to be expected. On the contrary, the buses were $1.25 and would take you anywhere you wanted. The people were very welcoming, friendly and extremely hospitable.  


Have you ever been to the Bahamas? Where would be your dream holiday destination?

Emily x

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45 comments

  1. Everything is so beautiful and cozy. Lovely post!

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  2. Your pictures are beautiful, Nassau looks like a dream!
    Jodie, xo // Jodie Loue

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  3. The dolphins are so adorable! this place looks spectacular I adore your photography!

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  4. Gosh, it sounds like such a wonderful vacay. I wish someone would plan a trip for me so I wouldn't know anything about it until I get there, haha. Stunning photos, and ahh, what it must be like to just relax!

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  5. Sounds like you had an amazing time - your pictures are stunning! Looks like a beautiful part of the world to visit.

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  6. Ahhhhhhh this looks so dreamy! x

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  7. It is our dream to go there, but every time we book a flight something coming out... ahhh...so jelly!

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  8. Your dad is really good at picking places so no wonder why he is the chief planner! Sounds like you had a really great time there (I would too) and these photos are so beautiful, I'd so like to go there one day xx

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  9. Seems like heaven on earth! So pretty and relaxing to plan your own stay rather than go to an all-inclusive resort.

    xx Yasmin
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  10. OMG, you lucky girl! Your life seems like a long, never ending fabulous vacation and I do envy you now. LOL!

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  11. Beautiful photos and I love love love your style of writing! Keep it up!



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  12. This place looks amazing! I would love to go to the Bahamas!
    Tegan xx - Permanent Procrastination

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  13. That sounds like heaven. I need to pay a trip to the Bahamas.

    Mich
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  14. Great pictures!!! Heaven!
    Dora
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  15. I have never been to the Bahamas but the water looks so fresh, clean, & blue. :]

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  16. I went to bahamas in January but didn't have time to see dolphins, your pictures are letting me live through your experience! :D

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  17. This sounds like the most amazing holiday!

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  18. This seems like such a lovely and perfect vacation! Gorgeous photos, the dolphins are so cute!

    xx Chelsea
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  19. That first sunset photo - HOLY WOW!
    The Bahamas!?! I’m so jealous and so excited that you got to go there at the same time!

    The scenery is INSANE - and you did the most brilliant job at taking incredible photos!!!
    So crazy about the crate, it’s great that they did that and managed to free them!

    Blue Lagoon Island is gorgeous! So interesting to learn about the dolphins and amazing that the company is active in protecting them and their environment as well! It would have been awesome to be so up close and personal with dolphins!

    I have never been to the Bahamas, but man - I want to go now!!! Haha. My first dream will always be France and then the list is never-ending and so long!

    So glad your trip was great Emily (sorry for the ESSAY of a comment, I was just too excited by every little detail! Haha :P).

    Raashi
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  20. Oh my God, this place looks amazing! Gorgeous photos! <3

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  21. How beautiful! Never been to the Bahamas but I did go to Tobago years ago. x

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  22. Beautiful photos! I would definitely like to go there one day. One of my work colleagues went to live there for three months this year and god I was jealous x

    Henna
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  23. A beautiful travel post, what a fabulous choice of destination. 2 weeks visiting sunny destinations sounds like heaven to me, perfect planning - especially as you've covered it on your blog afterwards, yay! :)

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  24. You've captured the place so well in these photos, love it & it really does look like paradise x

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  25. Great shots of the Bahamas, Emily. I haven't been there before, but from your photos I want to visit. There're a lot of places I want visit. Paris, Australia, America, etc etc... :)

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  26. What amazing pictures, I'm very jealous!!
    Have a lovely weekend:)
    Rosanna x
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  27. These photos are stunning ♥♥

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  28. Nassau Bahamas sounds like a great getaway, love your pictures, and the place is breathtaking <3

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  29. This looks amazing!!!! I've been to the Bahamas twice and I loved it!

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  30. I've never been to the bahamas but your photos look great!

    The dolphin experience sounds so special too! A few years ago I had the chance to do a dolphin experience at Sea World here on the gold coast (very different from Seaworld in America, all of the dolphins are rescues that for whatever reason weren't able to be returned to the wild). One of the dolphins was pregnant and she let us stroke her belly as she swam past, it was incredible! And very fun as some of the dolphins would peel off to the side and play on their own now and then as we watched.

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  31. I have always wanted to go to the Bahamas. I am very jealous, though not of the dolphins. lol

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  32. wow ! what a beautiful place :)

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  33. Gorgeous photographs! Looks and sounds like the ideal way to unwind after tackling the Disney parks
    And swimming with dolphins, what a dream come true
    Glad you enjoyed it

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  34. Oh my this looks amazing! Thats such a good idea to do Florida and Bahamas on the same trip,I didn't realise that it was such a short flight away! x

    Jasmin Charlotte

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  35. Wow, what a holiday! Looks and sounds like an utterly beautiful place to be. The sea looks so gorgeous. I've swam with dolphins before, they're amazing aren't they! x

    Hannah x hannatalks

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  36. Oh man, this really makes me miss the Bahamas! You took some great photos :)

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  37. This must be heaven. Lucky you girl!

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  38. Wonderful photos! Such a great post :)
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  39. Looks utterly beautiful. I want to go somewhere tropical asap!

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  40. Ahhhh I hope to go there one day :) Love all the photos & holiday recap <3
    I think it is a great idea to combine the trips since you are already going far away. That's what we did when we went to Mexico (Cabo San Lucas) - we went to Vegas afterwards :)
    xox Nadia
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  41. That looks very nice! Also great: the combination of Florida and the Bahamas... As you mentioned: it must be quite different but that's what makes it so interesting...

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  42. Oh, I've never been to the Bahamas but I'd certainly like to go!! It looks so beautiful, and aww the dolphins!! I'll be going to Caribbean over Christmas and New Year's and hope I'll be able to just relaaax! haha

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