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Rose Island

Rose Island

Rose Island, Nassau, Bahamas

The Basics

A short, 25-minute boat ride east of New Providence Island whisks you away from crowds and ashore this intimate corner of paradise. Take a dip in the crystalline lagoon, sip a drink at the beachfront bar, or snooze in an oceanfront hammock. More active options include snorkeling, kayaking, and beach volleyball. If you’re interested in socializing, join in on the private island’s beach bar parties, for which party passes are available from various tour operators.

Full-day excursions to Rose Island usually include access to the pristine beaches, a buffet lunch or welcome drink, and most water sports. Guided snorkeling tours are available to explore the underwater world with the supervision of a guide, who points out the marine flora and fauna.

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Sandy Toes Full Day Excursion to Rose Island
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Sandy Toes Full Day Excursion to Rose Island
star-4.5
$224.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
6 hour excursion was great.
Staff is very friendly, not too crowded. I would love the option to be able to snorkel on your own outside of the group. Lunch was good and very good drinks.
Patrick_B, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Nassau

star-4
Great Day in Paradise!
Jane_O, May 2022
007 Morning Half Day Boat Charter - Rose Island
I would have given this 5 stars except we did not see any turtles. Not at any fault of the crew, just a bad time of year to try to see them so make sure you ask if they are mating! The crew was fabulous! Accommodating (thank you for getting my mom in and out of that boat!), knowledgeable - sharing lots of facts about the area as we passed through it and just really nice guys! Rose Island was fabulous, the only downside is we weren't able to stay longer!
star-5
Great experience
Shannon_M, May 2022
007 Morning Half Day Boat Charter - Rose Island
Thomas was a great captain. Made sure we were all having a good time and taken care of. Saw a giant sea turtle and a sting ray and had a great time at Rose Island.
star-5
Amazing Experience
Marcie_I, Apr 2022
Sandy Toes Full Day Excursion to Rose Island
My family was staying at Atlantis and took a day trip to Rose Island through Sandy Toes. Amazing day. Snorkeling, kayaking, pigs, beach and lots of drinks. We would totally do it again. Everyone was wonderful, friendly and helpful. Yes, might seem kind of pricey, but well worth it. We even had to change days for our trip and it was easy and everyone was accomodating.
star-5
Great Time
Glenda_S, Apr 2022
Sandy Toes Full Day Excursion to Rose Island
Had an amazing day. The beach was clean and very spacious. The staff was amazing, the drinks were delicious. Would 100% book again
star-5
Great adventure!!
Denise_R, Apr 2022
007 Afternoon - Half Day Boat Charter - Rose Island(Snorkeling with Turtles)
Captain and 1st mate were great! Very professional and you could tell they took safety very seriously. And yet- they were fun and friendly! They also had greasy tunes out of an amazing stereo!!
star-5
Best part of my trip
Amber_G, May 2022
Swim with Turtles! Four Hour Snorkeling Motorboat Tour to Rose Island Beach
This excursion was absolutely perfect, Captian Welly and his partner are great guides. I was feeling sick and they made sure that I was okay. They were a really fun time, they played awesome music and provided bottled water and drinks. 10/10 for sure, the best part of my trip to Nassau hands down. Don't be intimidated by the can ride or meeting in the parking lot, everyone is very helpful and will make you feel right at home. If love to go back!
star-5
Fun Times with Wellington and Marty!
Suzette_B, May 2022
Swim with Turtles! Four Hour Snorkeling Motorboat Tour to Rose Island Beach
Captain Wellington and Marty too exceptional care of us…..Marty even caught me when I was falling off the ladder! The weather was being difficult but they tried their best to make this a fabulous trip for us and it was. The boat was very smooth too! I highly recommend!!
star-5
So fun!
Amy_M, Apr 2022
007 Morning Half Day Boat Charter - Rose Island
We actually ended up going on the afternoon trip instead of the morning one. It was so much fun!!!! The boat is fast and comfortable, the captain abs first mate were awesome, the music was great! We saw turtles at green cay and enjoyed the beach and a yummy drink at Rose Island. Highly recommend!
star-5
Grateful
Jeff_R, May 2022
007 Morning Half Day Boat Charter - Rose Island
I drifted too far from the boat, had no flippers had no life preserver and began drowning when the first mate Obie, jumped in with a life preserver and saved my life just before I drowned True story The guy literally saved my life
star-5
The Piggies
Michele_L, May 2022
Sandy Toes Full Day Excursion to Rose Island
Everything from beginning to end was amazing! The island is private, which makes the experience special. What can I say about the pigs, adorable experience and so well behaved. The lunch was delicious, and all this because the staff is beyond amazing!
star-5
Swimming with Turtles!
Matthew_M, May 2022
007 Afternoon - Half Day Boat Charter - Rose Island(Snorkeling with Turtles)
This was the best thing we did the entire trip to the Bahamas. Will definitely be booking through you again on our next visit.
star-5
Look no further
Kira_f, Apr 2022
Sandy Toes Full Day Excursion to Rose Island
This is the best tour ever! Rose island holds such a tranquil setting that pictures won’t do it justice you have to experience this one in person! Stop looking and book now

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Be sure to bring everything with you that you’ll need for the day, including sunscreen, bathing suit, towel, and a sun hat.

  • Most guided snorkeling tours include use of snorkel gear.

  • A Rose Island day trip is a great option for those wishing to escape the bustle and frenetic energy of Nassau.

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How to Get There

Accessible by boat, Rose Island is located three miles (five kilometers) east of Paradise Island, which in turn lies directly off New Providence Island in the Bahamas. Most day trips to the island leave from Paradise Island Ferry Terminal, which is about 1.5 miles (2.5 kilometers) northeast of downtown Nassau and a 5-minute walk south of Paradise Island city center. The boat crossing takes about 25 minutes.

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When to Get There

Most tour-goers from Nassau spend the entire day at Rose Island, so visitors can take advantage of all the activities and have plenty of time to lounge on the beach. The high season in the Bahamas, November through April, tends to be crowded but also has the best weather and low chance of rain. During this time, book your Rose Island excursion ahead of time.

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Swimming Pigs

Animal lovers will want to book a Rose Island tour that also stops at Pig Beach on Big Major Cay. This beach is famous for its swimming pigs, who will paddle out to greet any boat in search of snacks and human interaction. No one is sure where these non-native pigs came from, but they sure make for great photo ops!

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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