The Bahamas is an oasis for those who love to be beside, in or underneath the water. An archipelago of over 700 islands, this is the place to soak up the calming qualities of the ocean or push yourself with an adrenaline-fuelled activity.

Here are our top recommendations for the water-sports to try during your Bahamas cruise, and the best places to try them. Grab your swimming costume and let’s jump in.   

For the thrill-seekers: parasailing

Want to take to the skies over the ocean? Parasailing is the activity for you. You'll be attached to a parachute behind a boat, which will rise up into the air as the boat gains speed. You can opt to go alone, or bring a loved one along for the ride.

You’ll be treated to incredible views from the sky, especially from Paradise Island where lazy white-sand beaches curve along the coast below bordered by swaying emerald palms on one side and glittering clear waters on the other. With your colourful parachute spread out above you and nothing but the rushing of the wind in your ears, we doubt one ride will be enough.

For the energetic explorers: kayaking

Stay active on your Bahamas cruise by opting for a kayak trip. Kayaks can be either one or two-person, and you’ll need to use arm strength and coordination to row and steer. It’s a great way not only to get out on the water and soak up the sun, but to explore places only accessible by water.

We love kayaking off the coast of Grand Bahama Island, which is the Bahamas' northernmost island and famous not only for its idyllic beaches but also its mangrove swamps. Take an unforgettable journey through this mysterious and untouched landscape with its trailing vines and tangled roots, plus look out for rare birds and other wildlife hiding in the gloom.

For the adventurous: diving

It’s true that the Bahamas holds many treasures for the experienced deep sea diver, but whether you have years of practice or this is your first time venturing under the surface, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to dive sites.

Feeling brave? One of our favourites is Runway Wall on Nassau, which is home to Caribbean reef sharks. Spend time with these fascinating creatures – at a safe distance – in their natural environment, or try an adrenaline-pumping shark feeding experience. For those who’d prefer to stay away from sharks, why not check out an underwater movie set? The Tears of Allah shipwreck off the southwestern coast of New Providence Island was used in the 1965 Bond film, “Thunderball”. There’s also plenty of vibrant coral, so bring along that underwater camera on your luxury cruise.

For those with a need for speed: Jet-Skiing

Want to feel the wind in your hair? Take to the water in an engine-powered jet ski, which can tear through the waves at 70 miles per hour (just make sure to hold on!). Not only will a Jet Ski ride around the coast in the sunshine reveal delicious golden sand beaches and mysterious coves, but it'll also provide you with a good workout, too.

The best places to Jet Ski in the Bahamas include Nassau on New Providence Island, where you can admire the undulating and lush landscape from the vantage point of the water, maybe even journeying out to Paradise Island with its luxury hotels or secluded Blue Lagoon Island.

For the nature-lovers: snorkelling

Probably the most relaxing of the activities on our list, you only need a snorkel and you can dip in and out of the water all day long. The waters of the Bahamas are home to rare and colourful coral, as well as shoals of tropical fish and other marine life.

Thanks to its crystal clear waters, there are plenty of fantastic spots to go snorkelling in the Bahamas. However, one of our favourite spots has to be from the picturesque Nassau Harbour. Here you’ll have the unique opportunity to swim with sea turtles, admire coral teeming with tropical fish – whilst learning about the intricate web of life that inhabits the reef.

The sparkling waters of the Bahamas are waiting for you. Discover them for yourself on one of our Bahamas cruises.