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Grand Bahama Island: The Softer Side of the Bahamas Part 2
As much as I love lounging at the Grand Lucayan Resort it was wonderful to get out and explore the island by Jeep. The Jeep Adventure Safari is a 5 hour tour that incorporate three adventures into one: Driving, Garden of the Groves, and Junkanoo Beach Club. I was a bit nervous about driving on the opposite side of the road, but the tour made it easy since you just play follow the leader.
Each Jeep is equipped with a radio and you are kept informed of turns, which way to look for traffic and updates. After about 2 minutes I had a good handle on it and was having a great time. There were three people in my Jeep and we took turns driving.
I drove through residential streets and Millionaire's Row and was a passenger for the off road and forest portion. As a passenger I was able to take lots of photos which was just as much fun as driving.
One of the most memorable experience was my swim with the dolphins. It was simply amazing. UNEXSO offers both dolphin encounters and dolphin swims. They have been in business since 1987 and currently have 12 bottle nose dolphins. Known for having the largest open water facility in the world they are also only one of three facilities that take the dolphins out into the open ocean to interact with other marine wildlife. I asked the trainer if a dolphin has ever decided to stay out in the wild and he told me that they always come back to Sanctuary Bay. In the wild dolphin are expected to live between 15-20 years, but the oldest dolphin at the facility is 43, more than doubling her wildlife life expectancy.
Jumping into the water with two large dolphins is not for the faint of heart. The water is deep and a little cold. Wearing fins, you use your legs to swim around while your hands are used to touch the dolphins. I'll admit, I treaded water quite a bit because I was so intrigued with interacting with the dolphins. They will, however, stay right by your side as you swim around. I hope to be able to do this again someday. It was quite spectacular.
I had so many other great experiences. If you like beer, touring the Bahamian Brewery is a must! After the tour a taste test of each beer is poured and then can stay as long as you'd like drinking your favorites and chatting with locals and tourist alike. I love the Sands Light and the High Rock, both great Bahamian beers.
I also stopped by the Perfume Factory to see how they make perfumes. I didn't have enough time, but you can create your own fragrance while visiting. After you create a fragrance the ingredient list and amounts is kept on file so you can reorder once you are home.
The factory is in a colonial style home and feels very warm and welcoming and nothing like a factory at all. Be sure to look at their extensive selection of fragrances and body butters even if you don't have time to create your own.
Be sure to spend some time lounging on the beach. There is nothing better than pulling a chair up to the beach and just enjoying the sun and surf. If you have time be sure to take a drive or tour to the West End and Old Bahama Bay Resort. The drive out to the West End is 36 miles from the resort. You'll pass through a few small towns and miles of countryside ending at Old Bahama Bay Resort, a quiet and tranquil part of the island.
Grand Bahama Island is absolutely wonderful. If you are looking for a fun getaway that is close to home I really recommend looking at this destination. Starting in December Delta will be offering non-stop flights from Atlanta to Grand Bahama Island which is the perfect opportunity to fly down for a long weekend to enjoy some fun in the sun. Plan your tropical island getaway to Grand Bahama island here.
Deb writes the lifestyle blog, Just Short of Crazy.com, where she shares life and travel adventures while parenting teens. She is a traveler, foodie, lover of fluffy dogs and sometimes cats, photo taker, baker, pr friendly influencer, brand ambassador, Michigan resident, and much, much more.