Half Moon Cay, Bahamas
English is spoken and both U.S. and Bahamian dollars are accepted, but most things can be charged to your shipboard account.
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.
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.
Half Moon Cay is a tender port. The ship’s tenders will deliver you to the pier.
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.
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
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.
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HAL’s private island proved to be the big surprise of the trip. It was far, far nicer than other similar private islands we’ve been to (Labadee and Coco...read more
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We visited Half Moon Cay, which is HAL's famous private island in the Bahamas, about 90 miles from Nassau. The time was announced as being one hour...read more
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What can I say? It was perfect. It was a great relaxing day before the end of the cruise. (Most visit Half Moon first, then Nassau last. We chose this one...read more
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Gross Whatever one might hope to find and enjoy in a day on a Caribbean beach, Half Moon Cay is better. The ship anchored about a half mile off shore and the...read more
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This is the best private island I have been to. That really doesn’t mean much because I only have Princess Cay to compare to. We arrived at 7 AM and...read more