- Visit Lucayan National Park from Freeport and explore its blue-hole caves
- Stroll along the white sand of Gold Rock Beach and soak up the sun
- Swim and snorkel in Owl’s Hole, a popular fresh-water swimming site located 30 feet underground
- Hear expert guided commentary of island history and formation, and observe a wide range of flora and fauna
- Enjoy lunch (own expense) and the beachside view at Banana Bay restaurant
- Snorkel equipment and use of restaurant amenities (hammocks, lounge chairs and outside shower) included
- Pickup and drop-off from Freeport hotels included
What You Can Expect
As you take a leisurely walk through the park, observe and learn about the variety of wild birds and colorful fish that live in the six different ecosystems found here. Listen to your knowledgeable guide's stories about the Arawak Indians who lived in these limestone caves before Christopher Columbus sailed by, and visit the Burial Mound cave, where bones of the indigenous Lucayans were found. Pay attention to the exotic flowers and insects as you head to Ben’s Cave, named after the diver who discovered here a new centipede-like species.
Stroll through the park’s mangroves to Gold Rock Beach, and stand before the postcard-perfect scene: an endless stretch of white powder sand and clear aquamarine waters, dotted with driftwood. Tidal changes at this beach occur frequently; if you’re lucky enough to arrive at low tide, go shell hunting and spot various critters along the shoreline.
After the park, take a bumpy ride on an off-road path through pine and palm trees to Owl’s Hole, a popular swimming site. Peer over the cliff edge and note the 30-foot (9-meter) drop to the fresh water below. If you're feeling adventurous, plunge down the center and discover right away the large pyramid of rocks located 20 feet (6 meters) below the water’s surface. The more cautious can descend via a ladder; if your timing’s right, you might just see furry owlets swaddled in a nest under a ledge. In the cool and refreshing water, watch tiny shrimp wriggle in the palm of your hand and sleeper gobies swim nearby. You also can snorkel here (snorkel gear provided), enjoying rays of light that stream down the hole.
After an active day of nature exploration, it’s time to eat and relax at well-known beachside restaurant Banana Bay, where you can wash off in its shower stall outside. Face the gorgeous turquoise water as you devour a delicious conch burger with fries or other Bahamian dish (lunch at own expense). Then plop yourself down on a lounge chair or hammock, and enjoy the shade provided by coconut palm trees. Eventually, your guide will take you back to your hotel. But not just yet.