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Bahamas Holidays,  Bahamas Holiday Packages Overview

The Bahamas is an archipelago of over 700 islands and a very popular destination for visitors from around the world. Bahamas is still quite British from its colonial days even after its independence in 1973.

With its modern amenities and infrastructure and year round perfect weather, several celebrities call Bahamas their second home. For most visitors, the most popular destinations to visit in the Bahamas are Paradise Island and Nassau. However, with over 700 islands, there is a lot more to the Bahamas.

Every island in the archipelago is unique and has a distinctive flavour. However, none of the islands have the big-city hustle that is experienced in the capital. The pace gets slower as you move farther south. The Bahamas has the third largest barrier reef in the world so there are a number of locations for exploring the undersea world. Marine creatures, sea fans and colourful corals make diving one of the most popular activities on the islands.

The Bahamas also offers many options for water sports including shark encounters, dolphin excursions, boat tours, wave-runners, bone fishing, deep sea fishing, kayaking, kiteboarding and much more. The overwhelming number of beautiful beaches on the islands is the major attraction but Bahamas also has many incredible landmarks like the Pompey Museum of Slavery and Emancipation.

Bahamas is also a very popular destination for cruise ships. Nassau is the busiest cruise ship port in the world and is served by several ships coming from Florida. Another quickly growing destination is Freeport on the Grand Bahama Island.

Tourist Offices - Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Nassau: +1 242 302 2000 or www.bahamas.com

 

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Entry Requirements

 

All visitors must be in possession of a return or onward ticket, plus proof of funds, and with the exception of nationals of Canada and the US, all visitors must hold passports which are valid at least six months after entry.


- For Australians - Australians do not require a visa for visits of up to one month, but a passport valid for a minimum of six months is necessary. Extensions are available.


- New Zealanders do not require a visa to stay for up to a month, but a passport valid for at least six months is necessary.


- US nationals require a passport (expired maximum of five years) or other form of ID such as an original birth certificate or naturalisation certificate, together with a photo ID such as a driving licence or voters registration card. US nationals do not require a visa for travel to the Bahamas for visits of up to one month.


- US nationals require a passport (expired maximum of five years) or other form of ID such as an original birth certificate or naturalisation certificate, together with a photo ID such as a driving licence or voters registration card. US nationals do not require a visa for travel to the Bahamas for visits of up to one month.


- UK nationals do not require a visa for stays of up to one month. A passport is required, valid for six months after entry, or some form of official photo identification with a birth certificate and/or citizenship card.

 

Bahamas Holidays - Currency of Bahamas

 

The official currency is the Bahamian Dollar (BSD), which is divided into 100 cents. The Bahamian Dollar is equal in value to the US Dollar and both currencies are accepted throughout the islands. Currency can be exchanged at banks, bureaux de change and many hotels. There are ATMs in the main tourist centres and credit and debit cards are widely accepted in all the big resorts. Travellers cheques can be changed at all banks, although those in US Dollars receive the best rates. Banks tend to be open from 9.30am-3pm (Monday to Thursday) and 9.30am-5pm (Fridays).

 

Bahamas Telephone Access Codes and Communications

 

The international access code for the Bahamas is +1, in common with the US, Canada and most of the Caribbean, followed by 242. The outgoing code is 011 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 01144 for the United Kingdom). Calls from the Bahamas can be expensive, so if possible use a calling card. A mobile network operates on the GSM 1900 band. Internet cafes are widely available.

 

Bahamas Duty Free Allowances & Restrictions

 

Travellers to the Bahamas over 18 years do not have to pay duty on 200 cigarettes, or 50 cigars or 454g of tobacco; 1 litre spirits and 1 litre wine; and other goods to the value of US$100. Prohibited items include firearms and ammunition without a police permit. Pets and dogs from countries with rabies infections are strictly prohibited from entering the country.

 

Bahamas Holidays & Packages- Tipping Information

 

Many hotels and restaurant bills automatically include a service charge of 15% to cover gratuities, otherwise a 10-15% tip is expected for most services, including taxi drivers. Hotel staff usually receive US$1 per bag.

 

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