CocoCay

Royal Caribbean International purchased Little Stirrup Cay, renamed it CocoCay, and built a secluded island paradise for its cruise passengers to enjoy. The construction was completed in adherence to strict environmental regulations and Bahamian codes.

CocoCay is located on the northern end of the Berry Islands chain near Great Harbour Cay. The 140-acre island offers beautiful, white, sandy beaches with hundreds of lounge chairs. A large number of hammocks are scattered about the island. And, since this is a cruise ship destination, there are several bars as well as waiters walking among the chairs taking your drink orders.

If you prefer action to relaxing and imbibing rum, there are several activities available for fees. Adults and children will enjoy the Aqua Park of floating trampolines, slides, and climbing walls. Wave runners, kayaks, and small sailboats are available to rent. You can even take a ride on a parasail. Although CocoCay is not an inhabited island, Royal Caribbean and its sister cruise line, Celebrity, have set-up a small straw market where visitors can purchase traditional Bahamian goods and have their hair braided.

The Snorkel Shack rents equipment and offers instruction. Scuba equipment may be rented by certified divers who can show a dive log with a dive within the last two years. The Scuba trip is no deeper than 40 feet. For snorkelers, a short swim from the beach takes you to several well-marked spots. A red buoy marks a replica of a Spanish galleon shipwreck complete with cannons. A short swim away towards the lifeguard platform is the wreckage of a small airplane. A cluster of six reef balls have been placed close to the plane and single reef balls are scattered around the lagoon.

The fish are plentiful at both the shipwreck and plane thanks to a "fish-feeding" put on by cruise employees. Even if you miss the fish feeding, the fish will swim right up to you to check for food. Expect to see schools of yellow tail snapper, mangrove snapper, and sergeant majors. Flounder, parrotfish, and mackerel hang out near the plane wreck.

NOTE: CocoCay is a private island owned by Royal Caribbean International. The only way to visit CocoCay is by booking a cruise with Royal Caribbean or Celebrity.