Whether you’re on a Caribbean cruise or staying at one of the hotels in Nassau or Paradise Island, spend a day at the Blue Lagoon Island, Bahamas. Its water activities are great for families while its gorgeous, secluded lagoon and beaches are paradise for those looking for relaxation. For the best experience, enjoy the best of both worlds like we did! Meet the cutest dolphins with Dolphin Encounter on Blue Lagoon Island, Bahamas and spend the rest of the day lounging in the breathtaking beaches and lagoon!
Check-in and depart at the Paradise Island Ferry Terminal
We headed to the Paradise Island Ferry Terminal to check in and to get our wristbands for our VIP Beach Day and Dolphin Encounter Program. It was a short, 5-min walk distance from our hotel in Atlantis.
After checking in, we waited for our boat to arrive. All admissions include a round-trip transportation to Blue Lagoon Island. Starting and ending the trip with scenic views, we rode on a large double-decker catamaran and cruised through Nassau’s harbor, Paradise Island and other islands. Each ride takes around 25 mins. It seemed shorter because we enjoyed seeing the islands and the clear turquoise waters. The rides were comfortable since the catamarans were well-maintained and had good music.
Dolphin Encounter on Blue Lagoon Island, Bahamas
At the Dolphin Encounter, we were asked to change into our swimsuits and leave everything else in the lockers. This is for the safety of the dolphins. Our big group was split in half and distributed to 2 open floats. Each float had a dolphin trainer and a dolphin to interact with. The dolphins were freely swimming outside the floats until they were called by the dolphin trainers. Our dolphin showed off its jumping and double flip tricks which we all enjoyed! 🙂
The platform may seem deep but once its your turn to interact with the dolphin and go into the water, there are steps on the platform.
Fun, interactive and educational
Only 10 people at a time were allowed to interact with the dolphin. This made our experience more personal. It was delightful and heartwarming because the dolphin was very adorable and funny. All of us had the chance to hug, kiss, touch and feed it! We followed the instructions of the dolphin trainer and the dolphin did the rest.
The dolphin trainer oriented us on the dolphin habitat and the proper ways to touch the dolphin – where to rub it and how to glide our hands on its skin. We also learned that the oldest dolphin in the Blue Lagoon Island is 50 years old!
Photos and video
Unfortunately, we were not allowed to bring our cameras or phones but there is a photo and video staff that captured the whole experience. We ended up having more than 15 photos and a video to choose from. The photos and video were sold at high prices but these are the only souvenirs you could get from your personal experience with the dolphin.
Duration of the program: 30 mins.
VIP Beach Day
After the Dolphin Encounter Program, Mr. C and I headed to the guest services to meet our lovely guide, Malinda, for the VIP Beach Day. We knew that we had VIP Beach Day passes but it was a great surprise that we also got a private tour around the island. Blue Lagoon Island definitely knows how to give their guests the VIP treatment and this is just the beginning!
The adults-only VIP Beach is located at the farther part of the island.
Mimosas and fresh towels
When we reached the VIP Beach, we were immediately welcomed with mimosa and fresh face towels.
If you are not travelling with kids, get the VIP Beach Day!
As part of the VIP Beach Day package, we had access to the private beach (for adults only) and exclusive lounge at the coconut grove. There were lounge chairs in the VIP beach area, hammocks on the coconut grove, and butler service for convenience.
Another perk of having a VIP Beach Day pass is the free use of the golf carts. You could ask for a ride to the VIP Beach, back to the ferry or other programs.
It is the perfect quiet place to relax and de-stress!
The food in VIP Beach was delicious and it was served buffet style. It included Bahamian peas and rice, barbeque chicken, grilled chicken with sauce, corn on the cob, fried plantain, salad, fruits, and cookies. Bottled water, lemonade and iced tea were also available at all times.
Sadly, when we were ready to swim in the afternoon, it was already low tide. We regretted not swimming earlier. We decided to enjoy our remaining hours relaxing at the lagoon.
Our photos didn’t need any filter because the lagoon and the scenery were already stunning! We had blue skies, patches of clouds, white sand, clear and calm turquoise waters, and a background of the wooden bridge and the cove.
Tour around the Blue Lagoon Island
Blue Lagoon Island is a beautiful private tropical island! It has clear turquoise waters, white sand and countless palm trees. It is very clean and well taken care of.
I also noticed that all of the Blue Lagoon Island personnel were very friendly! Everywhere we went, we received warm greetings.
We visited the different areas of Dolphin Encounters’ other programs like Stingray Encounter, Dolphin Swim, and Sea Lion Encounter.
We also toured around Blue Lagoon Island’s other attractions and facilities such as Kelly’s Beach, Segway Safari, Aqua bounce park (free access to Beach Day and VIP Beach Day guests), hairbraiding, facepainting (free), restaurants and bars, etc.
Blue Lagoon Island has a wide range of choices for water sports equipment. Aqua bikes, clear-bottom kayaks, paddle boards, pedal boats and single kayaks are available for rent. Perfect for a family vacation, right?
For those who want to relax, mats, lounge chairs and hammocks are free to use.
Don’t forget to bring:
3. Change of clothing
4. Cash/credit card
*They have lockers in different areas so you could leave your things if needed.
Dolphin Encounter: $115/adult
VIP Beach Day: $99/adult
*Excluding 7.5% VAT tax
*You can purchase your tickets online or at the Paradise Island Ferry Terminal. For prices and more info about their other programs, click here.
Thanks to Blue Lagoon Island and Dolphin Encounters for accommodating us on our visit to Bahamas! As always, all opinions are my own.
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