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Help me plan my trip, plz (GBI and Nassau)

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Help me plan my trip, plz (GBI and Nassau)

I'm planning on my trip to Bahamas. I've been searching for days and there're so many things that I'm not sure.

My main purpose is to dive for 1 week (Freeport). I'm looking for something else. I want to stay there for 2-3 weeks as this is the first and might be the only one time in my life in Bahamas.

I think I will spend another 3-4 days on Paradise Cove Beach and 3-4 day for the rest on GBI (Lucaya National Park, the market, ....)

I'm worried about spending too long and getting bored because I'm going there alone! So I want to know if my plan is ok.

Now I'm thinking about stopping by Nassau before hopping to GBI. I'm interested in the waterpark of Atlantis. It is quite expensive for me (2 nights for $5xx). Is it worth paying for? I mean I don't want any luxury room, dining or something. I'm just interested in the waterparks only.

I don't care much about dining, staying in a luxury hotel, gambling or shopping. I want to go diving, snorkeling, swimming, sightseeing and everything about natures.

Thank you in advance

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1. Re: Help me plan my trip, plz (GBI and Nassau)

Is it good to stay at a hotel in Freeport then buy a snorkel trip to Paradise cove? (to save some money)

Any advice would be appreciated.

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2. Re: Help me plan my trip, plz (GBI and Nassau)

You won't want to stay out at Paradise Cove for your purposes - it's in the middle of nowhere, about 30 minutes to anything for tourists. Stay in Lucaya, near all the restaurants, casino, tours, and nightlife, and most importantly for you - the dive shops. Take a 1-day excursion out to Paradise Cove for snorkeling. There is better snorkeling to be had from boat tours that leave from Lucaya (though more chance of seeing big sea life at Paradise Cove's deeper areas behind the reef), and for some variety you can go with the dive shops like Xanadu or Grand Bahama Scuba out to different parts of the reef or with Fantasia or Grand Bahama Nature Tours out to Peterson Cay. Even though you aren't looking specifically for dining, gambling or shopping, it's nice to have options available.

Since you like everything about Nature, check with http://www.grandbahamanaturetours.com/ and http://www.bahamasecoventures.com/ for ecotourism opportunities on the island.

For native adventures check with www.smilingpat.com or www.exoticadventuresbahamas.com.

Grand Bahama has some excellent diving opportunities - aside from the usual reefs and wrecks, make sure to dive some blue holes and caves, there are lots. Also you can do some shark diving or even take a liveaboard for a few days and go out to Great Bahama Bank for some really unspoiled diving opportunities. There are some locals out at West End that can take you near there on a day trip as well, though there are no certified dive shops out there, you'll have to bring a buddy and all your own gear with you and just rent a boat. There is also cage diving out there if that interests you - www.cagediver.com/bahamas-cage-diving.html

You may want to split your diving time between different dive shops as well - Viva Divers at the Wyndham may take you to different sites than Xanadu Divers, since they are quite a ways apart. UNEXSO has the biggest dive operation on the island.

If you are concerned about being there alone, you'll definitely want to stay in Lucaya because there is more of a social life at the bars and Port Lucaya Marketplace, plus you can go on boat tours that leave from there which is a great way to socialize. Go to Bikini Bottom Bar & Grill on Th-Sat nights, Margaritavilla Sandbar on weekends, Joe's Bar & Grill at Junkanoo Beach Club on Sunday evenings, Sabor for Happy Hour, the Fish Fry on Wed Nights, and keep an eye out for the various events that happen around the island - they won't be well advertised, so you'll have to ask around. The bars are usually stocked with expats and natives alike, plus tourists, so you'll have a mix of people to meet. Even if you're not a "tour" person, if traveling alone, this is a really nice option to meet people and have fun.

Hope this gives you a few ideas. Have a great time!

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3. Re: Help me plan my trip, plz (GBI and Nassau)

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