Holland America Line purchased Little San Salvador Island in the Bahamas in 1996 for about $6 million and used the slice of paradise to create an awesome cruise destination.
Half Moon Cay is a day-long private island experience you can find listed on Caribbean itineraries of many Holland America ships. You might occasionally catch a Carnival Cruise Line ship that also has Half Moon Cay listed as part of its voyage, as well.
We really enjoy this private island and look forward to the chance to spend the day there at our own pace whenever we take a cruise that includes Half Moon Cay. As of the writing of this post, we have been three times, all with Holland America -- on Noordam, Koningsdam and Nieuw Statendam.
You take a tender to the island as your ship anchors offshore, and the crescent-shaped beach wraps around the most crystal-clear blue waters you will find anywhere in the Bahamas. Your ship is always within sight and makes a great backdrop for your selfies in paradise.
We like all the activities you can do. There is a waterpark, a playground with basketball court, water sports equipment rentals, water skis, paddleboards and a stingray experience.
You can also use the walking/jogging course or book the horse-riding excursion during which you saddle up for a 40-minute ride that finishes with a thrilling run in the surf of the sea as you hang on. It's a great rush. So, you can enjoy a fairly active day. We always walk to the end of the beach to get away from the crowds and do some snorkeling in a secret place where you can see all kinds of fish and an underground shipwreck, too.
Check out our video of where to go for the snorkeling:
Here is our video tour of everything on at Half Moon Cay:
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