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    Miss Bahamas Universe joins Harbour Safaris on an Adventure!

    On October 27th, 2018, Christmas came early for guests traveling on the Harbour Safaris Exuma Swimming Pigs tour when one of their fellow patrons was none other than Miss Bahamas Universe, Danielle Grant. Passengers and crew embarked on a day full of adventure, first visiting the Iguanas at Allen’s Cay, continuing onto the Swimming Pigs at Big Major’s, stopping for a delicious lunch at Xuma Restaurant on Highbourne Cay and then spending some time on the stunning beach on the cay.

    Following the day excursion, Miss Universe Bahamas said she had a “fantastic time with Harbour Safaris!” Ms. Grant beat out 11 other contestants to be crowned Miss Bahamas Universe 2018 back in August. She represented The Bahamas at the Miss Universe on December 16th, 2018 in Thailand. During the competition, Danielle had the opportunity to discuss the beauty and diversity of The Bahamas as she represented the country on a global scale. With her elegant style, she proved that not only does The Bahamas have beautiful beaches, but also a gorgeous contestant!

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    Escape Room opens in Nassau

    Our company President, Lee, and his wife Chrystonia recently opened another small business – an escape room!  Aptly named Blackbeard’s Escape, it is conveniently located downtown at the Pirates of Nassau Museum.

    The game is set in the days of yore, when piracy took over the waters of the Bahamas. 

    The year is 1718, and Captain Woodes Rogers of the British Army has declared war on piracy.  Blackbeard has taken refuge in his hideout, and has summoned you to help him escape!  You’ll have 60 minutes to solve the puzzles, decode riddles, and find the clues before the British soldiers arrive and take you off to the gallows!

    The entire game, from introduction to debriefing, takes no more than an hour and half (less if you get out early!).  This makes it a must-do if you’re only in town for the day on a cruise!  It’s also great for locals! While there you can also explore the Pirates of Nassau Museum and have lunch (or a well-deserved cold beer) at Smugglers.  

    We took a few friends, two of which were from Germany, and tried it for ourselves.  As a first-timer, it was an amazing experience and we look forward to them opening up another room!  Let us know if you manage to escape the grasp of the British!

    Visit their website to book or call 242-813-3222 for more information!

    www.BlackbeardsEscape.com

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    Harbour Safaris Boat Tour

    Harbour Safaris Turns 3!

    That’s right! We’ve been swimming with piggies, exploring with iguanas and soaking up the sun on some of the world’s most beautiful beaches for 3 years now!

    To celebrate this year’s milestone, we wanted to recognise our amazing crew and highlight a few of the beautiful places we get to visit on our tours! We held a photo competition in which we had the public vote photos submitted by each Harbour Safaris crew member. The photos were posted to our official Instagram and Facebook pages and the votes tallied between both.

    To see the submissions, and of course the #FanFavourite, scroll down.

    As the icing on our anniversary cake, we have been awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2018 – our second year in a row!

    It’s been a fantastic ride so far and we’re excited for what the future brings!

    We hope to see YOU on board soon!

     

    THE WINNER! 

    Napping Piggy with Empress 

    Congrats to Captain Grouper on his submission win!! 

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    Remaining submissions, in no particular order:

    Bahamian Rock Iguana – Captain Daron

    Bahamian Rock Iguana

    Nassau Sunset – Shavargo

    Nassau sunset

    Smiling Pig – Jaleche
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    Harbour Safaris and BNT

    Harbour Safaris joins The Bahamas National Trust Rewardship Program

    Harbour Safaris is the newest Corporate Partner to join The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) Rewardship Program. BNT Members will now enjoy an exclusive discount when joining Harbour Safaris’ exciting tours.

    The Bahamas National Trust is a nonprofit, national park management of the Bahamas which is responsible for the protection of over 2 million acres of land and sea. Membership is a fundraising mechanism for the BNT, and the rewardship program invites corporate partners to extend discount services to card carrying members.

    The Member Rewardship Program provides benefits to BNT members at different establishments throughout The Bahamas. Joining the program was a natural fit, as Harbour Safaris already has a longstanding relationship with the National Trust. Harbour Safaris has provided the BNT with custom charters to Waderwick Wells, the headquarters of the Exuma Land and Sea Park, raffle prizes for their fundraisers, and just last year the crew participated in an informational wildlife class with the BNT. The course was offered as a sign of gratitude from the BNT for abiding to the Trust’s plea that tour operators and visitors do not feed the endangered iguanas in Exuma.

    Harbour Safaris is the only tour operator to not feed the iguanas. Using the knowledge gained from the BNT informational session, Head Captain Daron Whyms explains “often other operators or visitors will feed the iguanas grapes, which we learned actually brings up their sugar to a level too high for the species”. Tourists appreciate the respect for the environment that Harbour Safaris exhibits, along with their small group size and local knowledge of the Exuma Cays.

    Building on this strong relationship, Harbour Safaris was thrilled to join the Bahamas National Trust Corporate Rewardship Program. Operations Manager, Joanne Robertson said: “We really appreciate and admire all of the hard work the BNT does and we are happy to support them in their continued efforts. It’s an honour to be associated with such a positive organisation.”

    Harbour Safaris has a guest satisfaction rating of over 95% and recently won a 2017 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor. For more information on The Bahamas National Trust, please see their website: https://bnt.bs/

     

    Harbour Safaris Boat Tour

    Harbour Safaris Operations Manager Joanne Robertson & Bahamas National Trust Membership Officer Raquel Rolle in front of the the Harbour Safaris vessels Huntress (black) and Empress (red) at Bay Street Marina.

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    Rose Island Beach & Snorkel

    Take a Break – Head to Rose Island!

    Are you visiting Nassau on a cruise or staying in a hotel for a few days? First time visitor or vacation veteran? Local Nassuvian without a boat?

    Whoever you are, we’ve just launched a new boat tour that is perfect no matter the length of your visit!

    Escape the busy streets of Nassau and enjoy the serene beauty of Rose Island. Just a short boat-ride away you’ll find pristine beaches, with little distraction (thanks to the fact that the island is largely uninhabited).

    En route to our beach stop, take some time at our first activity and dive in to the Bahamian sea and snorkel the nearby reefs. We avoid large group spots and instead take you to somewhere more secluded and private, better suited for our intimate tour sizes (our excursions consist of no more than 10 passengers).

    Afterwards, enjoy a picnic on the beach and treat yourself to some relaxation. Soak in the sun and sip a local beer* (after all, staying hydrated is important in paradise).

    What are you waiting for? Hop on board our luxury power catamaran, and travel in comfort and style! Temptress comes equipped with shaded seating, sun-beds and the convenience of a bathroom on board. There’s even ports to charge your cellphones (we know how taking pictures of paradise can drain the battery).

    For information on our Rose Island trip, visit our page: https://www.harboursafaris.com/rose-island-day-escape/

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    Temptress - World Cat 320DC

    P. S. If your goal in Nassau is romance, make sure you inquire about our Romantic Evening Cruise! Sip champagne or wine and admire the beautiful Bahamian sunset. Contact info@harboursafaris.com for details!

    Nassau Sunset Cruise

    *Legal age to consume alcoholic-beverages is 18+ in The Commonwealth of The Bahamas. Please note, you may be asked for government identification to confirm your age.

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    hurricanes irma and maria

    #HarbourSafaris is #OpenForBusiness

    There’s no doubt about it – 2017 has been a busy and anxiety-inducing Hurricane Season.

    For us in and around the Caribbean, Hurricane Irma and Maria wreaked particular havoc.

    Having said that, we in New Providence, and most of the Northern Bahamas Islands have been incredibly lucky throughout this very active hurricane season. In fact, all of the islands within Harbour Safaris operations were largely unaffected and have returned to business as normal, with little interruption.

    Hurricane season officially closes November 2nd, but don’t think you need to wait until then to visit us. We are currently taking bookings and running trips for our Exuma Swimming Pigs Excursions and, our recently launched, Spanish Wells Beach Pigs Excursions.

    Thank you all for your support and concern! We look forward to having you on board one day!

    ~The Harbour Safaris Team

     

    P.S. If you are looking for a way to donate to the hurricane relief of affected Caribbean countries, we are avid supporters of the work Rotary does. As a well known, world-wide charitable organisation, Rotary probably doesn’t need our vouch of confidence, but for what it’s worth, it’s who we trust our donations with:

    https://www.gofundme.com/rotary7020hurricanerelief

    https://www.rotary.org/en/rotary-helps-disaster-victims

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    Swimming Pigs

    Reasons Harbour Safaris LOVES the Swimming Pigs

    No matter what, we always receive a warm welcome from our friends at Big Majors! They hear us nearing the beach and they begin trotting down into the shallows to greet us!

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    The Swimming Pigs enjoy wading in the beautiful Bahamian waters as much as we do! It’s the perfect way to cool down on a warm, sunny day!

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    These guys are never camera shy! They are the ultimate selfie pal!

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    They’re environmentally conscious – not a morsel goes to waste!

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    No one gets left out. These pigs know how to spread the love!

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    Swimming Pig Tours

    Twice the Fun to reach the Swimming Pigs!

    After an unexpected turn of events with Hurricane Matthew, we finally have our newest addition running tours with Harbour Safaris.  ‘Empress’ has become a welcomed addition, adding not only capacity to our swimming pigs adventures but also comfort, speed, and economy as well!  As we learn to use our new vessel to the best of her abilities, we are able to offer two trips on select days!

    For now, these trips will be added weather dependent – so even if you see sold out, be sure to check with us a few days before your trip to see if we’ve added another excursion.  You can also email us at info@harboursafaris.com with your details, and if anything opens up we’ll be sure to let you know!

    Be sure to check out our amazing reviews at TripAdvisor!  You’ll see why in less than a year we became a top ten tour in Nassau!

    For more information and to book, check out our Swim With The Pigs page!

    Photo by Emma, one of our new first mates!

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    Tribune Newspaper July 8 2016

    Harbour Safaris is back in the news!

    Locals can find us in The Tribune’s Weekend edition, out now!

    Going full hog with a sea safari 

    Tribune Newspaper July 8 2016

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    *Just a few edits:

    • The company name is “Harbour Safaris”.
    • While we do visit the Bahamian Rock Iguanas at Allan Cay – we no longer feed them. The carrots are for the piggies!
    • The world famous Swimming Pigs live on Big Major Cay (also known as ‘Pig Beach’) – this is where we visit them.
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    Exuma Bahamas Private Boat Charter

    #NoFilter

    We have taken many a satisfied customer to see the famous Swimming Pigs on Big Major Cay (Pig Beach) in Exuma. While the pigs always leave our guests in awe, it’s the unexpected bonuses of the trip that leave passengers with something extra to write home about.

    Most notably, the incredible beauty of the Exuma Cays. It’s so simple, yet so breathtaking. Stunning, pristine beaches, water that plays with every hue of blue and private islands scattered throughout.

    A day spent exploring the cays and, if the tides are right, magically appearing sand banks, can be ideal for the traveler looking to escape the busy city streets of Nassau.

    Whether your joining our scheduled Swimming Pigs Excursions, or are looking for a more personal charter experience, our team can ensure that you enjoy Exuma to the fullest. Just be sure to pack your smart phone and camera! Your friends will quickly be jealous of all of your #NoFilter vacation photos of pure perfection.

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    You can inquire about private charters set to customised routes by emailing info@harboursafaris.com.

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