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Half Moon Cay, Bahamas Information
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Nancy Norris

Language and Currency
What is Half Moon Cay Like?
What is the Weather Like?
Where Does the Ship Dock?
Where is the Shopping?
What is There To Do?
What Are My Choices for Dining and Drinking?

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas Port Reviews

Language and Currency

English is spoken and both U.S. and Bahamian dollars are accepted, but most things can be charged to your shipboard account.

What is Half Moon Cay like?

Seventeen miles from the nearest neighbor, about 100 miles south of Nassau, in the Bahamas, Half Moon Cay is considered by many to be the most beautiful of the cruise lines’ private islands. Nine miles of beach stretch along the vibrant blue waters in a crescent shape. Coconut palms dot the landscape. This is truly a nature preserve as Holland America takes great strides to maintain the ecosystem of this pristine island. In fact, only 45 acres of the 2,500 acre island have been developed. All parts of the island are accessible by a tram and hard-surfaced walkways connect each area.

What is the weather like?

Located in the southern portion of the Bahamas, Half Moon Cay enjoys a tropical climate. Average daytime temperatures range in the 80’s, but an occasional cold front can cause temperatures to dip in the winter.

Where does the ship dock?

Half Moon Cay is a tender port. The ship’s tenders will deliver you to the pier.

Where is the shopping?

There is only one shop, but it offers a wide range of products. Bahamian straw goods, standard souvenirs, and Holland America logo items can all be purchased.

What is there to do?

Half Moon Cay is situated in a protective bay making conditions ideal for swimming in the calm waters. Holland America has one of the most comprehensive water sports programs of the private islands. You can rent a Hobie Catamaran, Sunfish Sailboat, View Boards, Windsurfer Sailboards, kayaks, aqua cycles and float mats. There is even a separate area designated for these activities. There are volleyball and basketball courts, horseshoes and shuffleboard, a fitness trail with exercise stations and nature trails for hiking. On Half Moon Cay you can snorkel, SCUBA dive, jet-ski or even do some bone fishing. Of course, you can always just kick back and relax or have a beachside massage

What are my choices for dining and drinking?

On Half Moon Cay there is a buffet pavilion serving a barbeque luncheon, covered dining areas, an ice cream shop, and a bar serving a variety of frozen drinks and cocktails.

 Port Reviews

  • Calgon,

    This is Holland America’s private island in the Bahamas; something all the major cruise lines seem to be doing now. HAL claims it is ‘uninhabited’, but more

    832 users found this review helpful.
  • Keith &,

    ; Diane Ballweg The island is absolutely wonderful. Everything from the yellow archway at the entrance to the miniature village, to the thatch roofed bar to more

    291 users found this review helpful.
  • Judy Purcell,

    Our first stop was at Holland America’s private island, Half Moon Cay (pronounced key). Dan had signed up to go deep-sea fishing ($120). They took him out on a small more

    632 users found this review helpful.
  • Ed Schlenk,

    HAL’s private island, Half Moon Cay is a beach paradise that can get crowded near the tender dock but always has footprint free sand at the far end of more

    475 users found this review helpful.
  • Steve Johnson,

    A surprisingly good snorkel trip. The coral garden area is only a ten-minute boat ride from the tender dock with lots of fish and coral. There’s a more

    487 users found this review helpful.
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