Little San Salvador Travel Guide

  • Tenders to take people to shore
    Tenders to take people to shore
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    Beach from the boat
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    Beach cabanas
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Little San Salvador Things to Do

  • Horseback Riding on land and sea through...

    The horses were used to people. We rode on land then went into the ocean. The water was to the horses' chest, and they loved it. They worked hard to go as fast as they could in the water. Beautiful, pristine beaches. Really friendly stable hands.

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  • what you can visit...

    Because the island of Half Moon Cay is privately-owned has thankfully not really been developed, it means that there’s very little there to see – and this is its charm. There’s a small straw market selling your usual average t-shirts and hats, a first aid/nurse station, a post office and a bizarre church/chapel. Why this construction is there, it...

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  • Parasailing

    I haven't done most of the activities that the ship offers at Half Moon. The activity that I HAVE done is parasailing. Bob didn't want to go with me, so he went back to the ship and took pictures from there with the digital camera, but you can't really tell it is me, as even at the max zoom the parachute is less than the size of a pennyThe...

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Little San Salvador Restaurants

  • the BBq and the chickens

    The Food Pavilion is the only eating option on the island. Basically it’s a buffet BBQ facility where cruise chefs, after having transferred the food to the island, cook a barbecue for you… this barbecue is not exactly what the name suggests – as you really only have a choice of burgers, hotdogs or chicken legs. There are 15 open-air dining...

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  • Party ashore

    The ship restaurant cooks and crew take a BBQ ashore and serve it there. I've never done that. Mostly I have just eaten on the ship. When the weather is too rough to tender ashore, they do the BBQ around the Lido pool. I think this is really easier for the crew because they don't have to schlep all the stuff ashore. Although one of the pictures...

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  • Great Outdoor Cookout

    Half Moon Cay is located on 2,400-acre Little San Salvador Island, Bahamas. The island, purchased by Holland America Line in January 1997, is less than 100 miles southeast of Nassau between southern Eleuthera and Cat Island. Half Moon Cay is built on 45 acres along a crescent-shaped white sand beach more than a mile in length that fronts on a...

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Little San Salvador Transportation

  • by boat, only

    Getting to Half Moon Cay, because it's a private island, it's only possible if you are on a cruise ship. In my case it was with Carnival Cruises, which I'm not sure I'd really recommend. Anyway this was the best place we stopped on the cruise, and for a simple reason: it's extremely scenic, off the beaten path and very tiny... which means it makes...

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  • Ship Lifeboats or Tenders

    There is no dock for large ships here. You have to take the tender or lifeboat to shore. And you will need a ticket from the ship to get onto the tender.

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  • Half Moon Cay

    The ONLY way you can get there is by Ship. Half Moon Cay is a tender port. The ship’s tenders will deliver you to the pier. See your travel agent for details on cruises.

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Little San Salvador Shopping

  • No plastic

    There were shops and even a post office on the shore. I tried to buy and mail a post card, but the post office was one place that I couldn't charge it on my ship card - they wanted money, and I didn't have any with me. They have straw baskets and other items, T-shirts and other souveniers, and sauces and jellies in addition to the post cards

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  • Just gift shopping in Half Moon Cay

    There is only one shop, but it offers a wide range of products. Bahamian straw goods, standard souvenirs, and Holland America logo items can all be purchased. Anything you forgot like sunglasses, sandals, sun block, or if you want to get post cards, t-shirts ect. Post cards were about 50 cents each. Things like flip flops are higher they were...

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    by call_me_rhia Updated Mar 28, 2009

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    On Haf Moon Cay not only the beach and the sea are fantastic, the nature is gorgeous, too. There are many trees and animals to admire and the easiest way to discover them is by following the marked trails and reading the interpretive signs with descriptions. You'll learn a lot about the surrounding nature and will learn to identify many birds, too. I rememeber seeing tropical palms (obviously), sea grape trees, curly-tailed lizards, and banaquit birds.

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Little San Salvador What to Pack

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    Boy I sure miss school....NOT!!

    by Gra8ful Written Sep 14, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: Luggaga and bags would stay on the ship.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: flip-flops, sunglasses, hat

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Don't forget the sun block.

    Photo Equipment: LOTS of film. Or be sure to recharge your camera batteries.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: You will save money if you bring your own snorkel gear.

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    • Religious Travel
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    • Cruise

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Little San Salvador Sports & Outdoors

  • beach-bumming

    Many sports are offered on Half moon Cay, from parasailing, to horse-riding, to diving, to snorkeling with sting-rays. However the place is so perfectly beautiful that all I wanted to do was take in the sights and colours, and swim. I thought of a massage, but even that felt like depriving myself of an hour on the beach. Not worth it.The best thing...

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  • Fun Water Sports

    In November, a new water park was added to the main beach, near the tender pier. Called Half Moon Lagoon, there are three water slides on the beach geared to young children (with three more for teens to be added in spring of 2005). Just off shore in the shallow, brilliant teal waters, float a family of giant plastic animals -- including a...

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  • Half Moon Cay

    Half Moon Cay is a tiny Bahamas island located about 100 miles south of Nassau. It’s a private island and Originally it was called Little San Salvador Island, the name was changed in 1997 when Holland America bought it. This means that it can only be reached by cruise. Half Moon Cay is truly beautiful… the closest I’ve been to Paradise, in terms...

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  • Crystal clear beach and turquoise Ocean.

    Lay in the SUN all day Long!! The beach is long and there are a lot of chairs on the beach. Finding one is not a problem. They have about a dozen covered areas that cover two lounge chairs on the beach. Pam and I snagged one because Pam is so fair skinned. There are a few umbrellas and some shade from trees in the morning, but during the afternoon...

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