13 Best Photos of Half Moon Cay, Bahamas [2023]

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If you’re on a Bahamas or Caribbean cruise with Holland America Line or Carnival Cruise Line, there’s a huge chance that you might stop at Half Moon Cay.

The Carnival Corporation-owned private island has often won several awards for its pristine beach and crystal-clear blue water, and a stop there makes for a perfect beach day in the sunshine.

Here are some photos we took during our visit there:

half moon cay tender

The above image is a snapshot of the ship heading toward the dock.

And the image below is the tender dock itself! The tender boats are typically reversed and tied up, and guests disembark the tender on the port side.

half moon cay tender dock

This port area takes you through to the rest of the property and the beach. To the right are lockers for items that you may want to lock up during the visit. Walking through the gate will take you to an almost two-mile beach.

halfmoon cay island

The beach is filled with white sand and beautiful turquoise water. Down the beach, you can see the rentable two-story beach villas, and to the right is the three-deck pirate ship called Captain Morgan’s Bar. Bar service is only available on the first level.

half moon cay beach

If you have kids who want a break from the sand and ocean, there’s a little kid’s splash area with its pirate ship feature.

kid's play area half moon cay

Most people consider Half Moon Cay a relaxing beach day, but excursions are offered on the island, too. Below is a glass-bottom boat that takes passengers to the sea ocean.

glass bottom boat half moon cay

Here’s the inside of the pirate ship bar! It looks how you’d expect, right? Notice the craggy hole to the right — this ship must have been through some nasty battles!

captain morgan's pirate ship bar half moon cay

The open-air barbecue buffet-style lunch is a favorite among tourists. Here’s the space where it’s served on Half Moon Cay.

half moon cay barbecue lunch
half moon cay beach

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Here’s a close-up of the beach villas. To see how much they cost, along with the cabanas, head over here to this link: What’s Included in the Half Moon Cay Cabanas and Villas?

half moon cay beach villas

Next to the pirate ship is a little shack where you can rent kayaks, inner tubes, and floating mats.

half moon cay rentables

And finally, here’s a bar called “I Wish I Could Stay Here Forever.”

wish i could stay here forever bar
i wish i could stay here forever half moon cay

We hope you enjoyed these photos of Half Moon Cay!

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