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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
Sandy Toes Full Day Excursion to Rose Island
star-4.5
$224.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Fabulous day!
Staff was great, friendly and went above and beyond. Wonderful day from start to finish. Would definitely book with sandy toes again.
Ana_B, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Nassau

star-5
Great experience with Sandy Toes at Rose Island
Steven_H, Jun 2022
Sandy Toes Full Day Excursion to Rose Island
The staff are amazing and provide a wonderful day on Rose Island! A must do activity if your visiting the Bahamas!
star-5
Amazing trip!!
Charlotte_S, Jun 2022
Sandy Toes Full Day Excursion to Rose Island
This trip was amazing, rose island was so nice with white sand and clear water! All the staff were really friendly and helpful! The pigs were really well trained and good with people and kids! The food and drink was also really good would highly recommend this trip and would do it again!
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 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
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
Fabulous day!
Ana_B, Jun 2022
Sandy Toes Full Day Excursion to Rose Island
Staff was great, friendly and went above and beyond. Wonderful day from start to finish. Would definitely book with sandy toes again.
star-5
Amazing day!
maria_G, Jun 2022
Swim with Turtles! Four Hour Snorkeling Motorboat Tour to Rose Island Beach
Captain Willy and crew were amazing! They were fun and knowledgeable about the area. Gave a great tour on the wzy to snorkeling spots. They were extremely helpful with my son who has anxiety and they really encouraged him. He said it was one of the best days he ever had! To hear that was music to our ears! We will definitely go again!
star-5
Special day with family and friend
Larry_W, Jun 2022
Swim with Turtles Full-Day Private Motorboat Tour to Rose Island and Turtle Cay
What a great day we had with Captain Paul and First Mate Keyron. I’m fact it was by far our best day of our week long vacation to Baha Mar. So much hospitality and fun. Thanks for an awesome outing.
star-5
Great snorkeling tour!
Dalia_M, Jun 2022
Swim with Turtles! Four Hour Snorkeling Motorboat Tour to Rose Island Beach
Fun, informative captain and guide. Great snorkeling locations and plenty of rum punch to go around! Highlight of our trip.
star-5
Best time!
Natalie_A, Jun 2022
007 Morning Half Day Boat Charter - Rose Island
We had the best time on the boat & made friends with everyone!! Capt. ken and Raequon were a blast! Couldn’t recommend more!
star-5
Great day
Beth_S, Jun 2022
007 Afternoon - Half Day Boat Charter - Rose Island(Snorkeling with Turtles)
Snorkelling and drinks :) Amazing day and great staff very fun, great weather too. Deffinetly do it again!
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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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What are the nearest attractions to Rose Island?
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