To excursion or not to excursion is the challenging question when it comes to any vacation but even more so when you’re on a cruise. Depending on your itinerary you might have very limited time at each port. Not only that but you’re on someone else’s schedule. And if you’re anything like me, you like to try to cram the most into your trips, so being on a time crunch makes it that much harder to decide what to do. In my case, traveling with 5 other girls, we took a vote on if we wanted to do excursions or not then on what excursion we would do. This actually was a perfect way to get us all on the same page. For Half Moon Cay we decided to spend the first part of the day enjoying the island and ending with a quick bike + hike excursion.
Half Moon Cay is a private island in the Atlantic that is actually owned by Carnival. Though it’s a fairly small island there is actually a lot that you can do with your time. While the boat docked bright and early at 7AM, my friends and I didn’t make it onto the island until about 10AM. Part of that was because Half Moon Cay has no port so you have to take a ferry from the cruise ship to shore which takes some times since they try to fill each ferry up before heading over. While we definitely lost some precious hours, it was still enough time to take advantage of the gorgeous beach before our excursion. Though we only docked with just our cruise ship the beach filled up surprisingly quick. The beach chairs were free but I definitely would recommend getting off the boat early to snag a spot, especially if you want a covered option.
After getting our tan on we headed over to our bike and hike combo excursion. For those who really want to get the most out of the island, this excursion in my opinion was the best option. Not only do you get to hike up to the tallest point of the island, but the bike tour takes you around to see where all the other excursions like horseback riding and jet skiing happen as well. Don’t be worried if you aren’t physically active the hike wasn’t too strenuous, but you should definitely wear walking shoes. Also there was very little uphill biking which was great because the bikes were one speed. My recommendation would be to go on the first outing of the day. It won’t be as hot, you’ll get done just before the free lunch starts and you’ll be able to even out your tan line while you enjoy the beach afterwards. Also bring your own water, preferable one that you can easily hold while riding because the bikes are older so they don’t have a water bottle holder.
Looking back I think we made the right choice with the bike and hike combo. I would highly recommend it for those still looking for what to do in Half Moon Cay. You really got to see and learn a lot about the island even in such a short time for a great price. If you’ve ever been to Half Moon Cay I’d love to hear what you did with your time in the comments below!
If you haven’t already make sure you check out what excursion I did in Nassau here!