If you are sailing to the Bahamas on Royal Caribbean, chances are that Coco Cay is listed on your itinerary. This charming island has everything you need to have a great time. Whether you are looking to shop, relax on the beach, or bounce on a water trampoline, Coco Cay has it all. As with other ports of call, you can pre-book excursions for Coco Cay. We booked snorkel equipment, a glass bottom boat tour and an hour time slot at the Aqua Park.
First up was the Aqua Park. I am a water park lover and this was amazing! There were a few large trampolines, and several “rock climbing” inflatable islands to climb on and jump off. All the while, you are being closely watched by a lifeguard. You do have to wear a life jacket, so keep this in mind. Even though the weather is gorgeous and sunny in February, the water is still cold. You have to walk out to the water park area, so if you are going in the winter months, be prepared to freeze until you get used to the temp!
There is an island barbecue which is put on by the ship, so you don’t have to tender back to the boat to eat lunch. The house band also came ashore to play Caribbean rhythms while we ate.
The glass bottom boat tour was one of the highlights of my trip. Led by knowledgeable staff, we traveled around the island looking for schools of fish and other marine life. Staff members dove under water to bring various marine life onboard that we could touch (optional). They also retrieved a conch from the ocean and we got to taste it raw (very optional)!
Unfortunately, we never got to use our snorkel gear. We had simply planned too much for our time at Coco Cay.
There is also a charming market, run by native Bahamians, conveniently located close to where the ferry tenders. The prices were fair, but don’t be afraid to haggle even lower. The vendors do accept US currency.
There were other areas of the island that we didn’t even get to explore, such as a nature area and trails. Get excited if you see Coco Cay on your ship’s list of destinations!