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Norwegians Do It Naturally
When you cruise to the Bahamas on Norwegian, there's an exclusive, private 250-acre paradise waiting just for you. Great Stirrup Cay is not just our island. It's your island. And it's more thrilling, more natural and more unforgettable than ever before.
The best part, you have the complete freedom to do whatever makes you happy. So walk along our soft, white sand beaches and feel the warm Bahamian sun on your skin. Snorkel in crystal-clear water beside a school of tropical fish. If you get a little adventurous, there's plenty to do like explore the island's secret coast in a kayak or take a WaveRunner® for a spin. For the most breathtaking views of the island, parasail in the deep blue sky over the Caribbean. And whether you're five-years-old or forty-five, you'll love splashing down the world's largest inflatable water slide.
Take a break from your action-packed day by enjoying your favourite cocktail, a complimentary midday beachside BBQ and calm ocean breezes blowing through your hair.
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- Nature Trails
- More Beaches
- Open-Air Amphitheater
Today's Great Stirrup Cay is an unspoiled paradise of pristine beaches and swaying palms, but in days of yore this island saw its share of swashbuckling pirates and legendary sea captains. This island's history is as colourful as the reefs surrounding it.
Stroll the beaten and unbeaten paths of Great Stirrup Cay and you'll be greeted by every manner of plant and animal. This protected marine life sanctuary is a haven for all types of things that grow, hop, soar, slither, swim and even change colours.
Dry Broadleaf Evergree - This low-lying plant life (usually called a coppice) covers more of Great Stirrup Cay than any other plant.
Red Mangrove - This plant grows aerial roots that grow in arches over the water, providing prime nesting and hunting habitat. Check them out on a kayak trip along the coast.
Coconut Palm - They can grow as tall as 100 feet and usually produce about 30-50 coconuts in a year. Heads Up!
Gumbo Limbo - Those trees are also called the "Tourist Tree" because they have a bright red peeling bark, much like a tourist with a bad sunburn. A good reminder to apply sunscreen.
Sea Grape - Bearing fruit that looks like grapes, this sculptural tree has large round leathery leaves painted with bright red veins.
Cuban Tree Frog - These nocturnal amphibians grow 3 to 6 inches long and can change colours depending on their temperature and environment. If you spot one, chances are your ship has sailed.
Black Iguana - The fastest running lizards on earth, they are capable of growing up to 5 feet long. Although mostly harmless, please don't try and pat them.
Green Anoles - They can change colours from dark brown to a vivid green; the males have a large red or pink throat fan, which is used for establishing territory and mating.
Green Heron - A tiny, intelligent bird that uses a variety of bait like bread crust, insects, twigs or feathers to attract small fish.
Royal Tern - This migrating seabird can be seen diving for fish just off the coast and is distinguished by its long yellow bill, grey and white body, and black cap and tail.
Caribbean Stingray - Plentiful in the waters around the Bahamas, these friendly creatures can be found on sandy bottoms and in the lagoons around the island. Don't be shocked if one nuzzles past you in the water.
Great Stirrup Cay is not only teeming with native species, it also offers an abundance of choices – ranging from fun activities like kayaking and wave runner tours to sunbathing and nature trails.
Sail 400 feet above the blue waters of the Bahamas in tandem while being towed by a brand-new parasail boat, just off the beach of Great Stirrup Cay. Note: Participants must weigh at least 60 lbs. and maximum of 375 lbs. this may vary depending on the weather conditions of the day. Parasailing is seasonal and usually available during the summer months only.
Private Island Snorkel
One of our most popular programmes, this snorkel experience is perfect for beginners and experts alike. You'll have your equipment all day, so snorkel when you feel like it. Ask any of the instructors for a free lesson, and then explore the exciting underwater world of NCL's very own private island. Swim or wade around in the sandy shallows to check out the many schools of fish and our artificial reef. Or, if conditions permit, swim outside the cove and discover deeper water and coral formations. Note: Participants must be able to swim. This tour is the length of the ship's duration in Great Stirrup Cay.
Eco Adventure Boat Tour
See the best of the Berry islands aboard a custom touring catamaran. Along the way you'll be enlightened to the history of the islands as you view marine life such as stingrays and sharks in their natural habitat just a few feet from your seat. Touch a conch and starfish and be entertained by your knowledgeable guide. You may view a 250 foot blue hole, mangrove estuary, caves or the former hideaway of the "Rat Pack". Note: This tour includes one hour boat ride with narration.
Hippo Water Slide: Pre-book & Save $5
The Hippo Water Slide is the world's largest inflatable water slide in the shape of a hippopotamus. This 40-feet high and 175-feet long Hippo is available at your leisure all day. Don't be left out, plunge down this three story slide in an exciting adventure with the whole family. This is an opportunity for thrill seekers or a nice cushy ride for those less daring. This is a fun activity for kids as well as adults. Note: Participants must be at least 48 inches in height. Price reflected on NCL.com is inclusive of the $5 Pre-book savings.
The beautiful turquoise waters south of Great Stirrup Cay are perfect for a leisurely guided kayak tour. After a brief orientation on how to use your two-person kayak, you'll paddle over the shallow clear waters where you'll encounter a variety of beautiful marine life such as starfish, conch even stingrays. Note: Participants must be at least 8 years of age.
Wave Runner Tour - 2 Guests (1 Driver & 1 Rider)
Take a 45-minute guided adventure through the Berry Islands, neighbouring Great Stirrup Cay. After a safety briefing and orientation, you'll board your Wave Runner for an informative and exciting guided tour. Some of the sights you may see include the Lighthouse at Great Stirrup Cay, Slaughter Harbour and the abandoned island community of Cistern Cay. Note: Price is per water craft and not per person, so only one person in the party needs to book this tour. There is a maximum of 2 guests per water craft, driver and rider. Drivers must be at least 18 years of age with a valid driver's license. Minimum age to drive is 16 years with a valid driver's license and must be accompanied by an adult rider. A rider must be at least 8 years old to participate. All riders between the ages of 8-18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The maximum combined weight must not exceed 450 lbs. All participants will be required to complete two separate liability release forms and are required to wear USCG approved life jacket and wet suit.
Wave Runner Tour - Single (Driver Only)
Take a 45-minute guided adventure through the Berry Islands, neighbouring Great Stirrup Cay. After a safety briefing and orientation, you'll board your Wave Runner for an informative and exciting guided tour. Some of the sights you may see include the Lighthouse at Great Stirrup Cay, Slaughter Harbour and the abandoned island community of Cistern Cay. Note: This tour is for single drivers only. Participants must be at least 18 years of age with a valid driver's license. Maximum 1 person (driver) per water craft. The maximum weight must not exceed 450 lbs. All participants will be required to complete a liability release form and wear USCG approved life jacket and wet suit.