MSC Ocean Cay Marine Reserve opens in November 2019. MSC Cruises’ private island is located in the Western Bahamas, just 65 miles from Miami, Florida.
The island is a former industrial sand extraction site and has been restored to a pristine piece of land covering 120-square-acres. The island is surrounded by a 64-square-mile marine reserve and will be a calling point for all MSC Cruises ships that leave from Miami, Florida during 2019 and 2020.
All excursion pricing is listed in the booking area of the MSC website or is available via your travel agent. We suggest booking before you sail to guarantee availability and for the best pricing!
Excursions are generally shorter than most normal port excursions, allowing you to sample more than one if needed. Ships will usually be alongside from 7am until 11pm during their visit to the island.
Beachfront Yacht Club Cabana (Max 6 guests – All day rental – YC only)
Step out in style, from your Yacht Club Cabana directly onto the beach. Ideal to share with family and friends, you will enjoy the comfort and privacy of our top of the line cabana. You will have access to your private cabana for the whole day, making for easy-going and convenient enjoyment of the sun and sea. You are welcomed with delicious fruit skewers, fresh water and towels and as well as complimentary lunch and beverages. In addition, four sets of snorkelling equipment and four complimentary floating mats are provided to explore and relax in the turquoise Bahamian waters.
Ocean View Yacht Club Cabana (Max 6 guests – All day rental – YC only)
Escape with family and friends for an idyllic day in the comfort and privacy of a Yacht Club Cabana. You will have access to your private cabana for the whole day, making for easy-going and convenient enjoyment of the sun and sea. You are welcomed with delicious fruit skewers, fresh water and towels, as well as complimentary lunch and beverages, in addition, four sets of snorkelling equipment and four complimentary floating mats, are provided to explore and relax in the turquoise Bahamian waters.
Deluxe Ocean Cay Beach Cabana (Max 6 guests – All day rental)
Enjoy a perfect day on the cay with family and friends in the comfort of your very own deluxe cabana. You will have access to your private cabana for the whole day, making for easy-going and convenient enjoyment of the sun and sea. In addition to fresh water and towels upon arrival, you will also have access to two floating mats for relaxing in the refreshing Bahamian waters, two sets of snorkelling equipment to explore underwater and a complimentary lunch to enjoy.
Ocean Cay Beach Cabana (Max 6 guests – All day rental)
Spend the day on the cay with family and friends in the comfort of your very own cabana. You will have access to your private cabana for the whole day, making for easy-going and convenient enjoyment of the sun and sea. Enjoy freshwater and towels upon arrival, and take in the views while relaxing on a floating mat.
Beachside Stargazing (Duration: 1 hour)
Embark on an astronomy-themed adventure and cast your eyes to the night sky. Depending on where you live you may not have the opportunity to see the beauty and wonder that the galaxy has to offer, and if you get lucky perhaps even beyond the Milky Way. Enjoy a welcome drink as your astronomer guide, using state of the art computerized tracking telescopes, finds the most striking star clusters, planets, nebulas and galaxies on display that evening. An evening of unbelievable stargazing under the Bahamian sky awaits you, during which you’ll learn some fun space facts about the solar system.
Sunset Champagne Cruise (Duration: 1 hour)
Enjoy a romantic evening boat cruise along the Bimini island chain while spotting dolphins and other marine life from the boat with the day’s last light. Enjoy unlimited champagne and wine, which will be served throughout the tour, while we toast the end to a relaxing day on Ocean Cay.
Evening Glass-Bottom Boat (Duration: 1 hour)
Enjoy a complimentary rum or fruit punch as you board a glass-bottom boat for an evening tour. With the night sky and stars as a backdrop, you’ll head out to explore the magic of the seafloor at night as it is illuminated by beams of bright lights attracting marine life and colourful fish.
Sea and Sun
Inflatable Raft (Max 2 guests – All day rental)
Join your friends and family to disembark on your private island. Our inflatable rafts are typically suitable for up to 2 guests to relax, sunbathe and drift along in total relaxation.
Ocean Cay Umbrella Rental – (All day rental)
Keep your cool on a sunny day with our convenient umbrella rentals. Reserve online and pick up at our activity desk on the island.
Floating Beach Mat (Max 1 guest – All day rental)
Time to clear your head, think, work on your tan, indulge in some quality beach life or float on the sea can be yours to savour for a whole day and – if you wish – in utter solitude, giving you a chance to relax in the peace and quiet afforded by your very own personal soft-foam float. De-stressing while floating around on the Caribbean Sea, basking in the sun and soaking up superb views has never been easier – or more enjoyable.
Action and Adventure
Marine Reserve Snorkel Safari – (All day rental)
Forming part of the Lucayan Archipelago, the Commonwealth of the Bahamas is made up of several larger islands and hundreds of smaller cays, one of which is Ocean Cay. So named for its most prominent beachy feature, the islet is surrounded by the Ocean Cay Marine Reserve – the perfect setting for this Bahamian snorkelling adventure. Experience a fabulous snorkelling adventure by rubbing shoulders with the many curious creatures that make up this multi-coloured underwater reef universe. All snorkelling gear will be provided with instructions for use.
Snorkel Gear Rental (All day)
Curious to explore the marine reserve? Come see us to rent your own snorkel gear and enjoy a full day of underwater discovery.
Ocean Cay WaveRunner Tour (1 Driver & 1 Rider – Duration: 1.5 hours)
Team up with a pal and prepare for a thrilling ride while gliding over the surf on a WaveRunner, one of the coolest personal watercrafts. After receiving a thorough safety briefing and information on handling the craft, you’ll board your WaveRunner and set off to enjoy a fully guided and narrated tour. You can spend about 1 hour enjoying the views around the Ocean Cay Marine Reserve, with sights of untouched cays and beaches.
Kayak Rental (Single or Double – Max 2 guests – Duration: 1 hour)
An exciting kayaking experience awaits you on this tropical experience. Explore Ocean Cay Marine Reserve by renting a kayak for yourself or bring along a partner for a team adventure to explore the pristine blue Bahamian waters.
Parasailing Adventure (Duration: 1 hour)
Get a bird’s eye view of Ocean Cay, the marine life in the area and surrounding islands from 400 feet above the sea on this parasailing adventure tour. You will effortlessly fly in tandem with another guest, as you both enjoy the panoramic view of the most beautiful white-sand beaches in the world and the legendary waters of the Bahamas. Prepare yourself for vistas of a lifetime as you soar through the Bahamian skies, overlooking a little slice of heaven.
Bimini Island Glass-Bottom Boat (Duration: 1 hour)
Enjoy a relaxing boat ride around the Bimini island chain while viewing a wide variety of marine life in its natural environment, some which include sharks, stingrays, turtles and numerous colourful fish, exotic coral reefs and various birds. Along the way your boat Captain will teach you about the marine life you will see and your tour guide will dive into the water to bring friendly sea animals such as conch, starfish, sea cucumbers and sand dollars onto the boat for you to hold and interact with. The experience is topped off with complimentary rum or fruit punch.
Paddleboard Rental (Duration: 1 hour)
Take a break from the cruising pace and slip into a lower gear of unfettered fun in the sun while exploring the waters around Ocean Cay. The relatively new sport of stand-up paddleboarding or SUPping as it is also known originated in Hawaii is super easy to get the hang of and huge fun to do. The waters around Ocean Cay are teeming with marine wildlife, so keep your eyes peeled for sightings as you explore. And with the beach always close at hand, you can enjoy your SUPer experience with as many or few relaxation breaks as you like. Please note: guests must be at least 10 years of age to participate.
Ocean Cay Jet Ski Tour (1 Driver & 1 Rider – Duration: 1.5 hours)
Team up with a pal and prepare to thrill to the feel of skimming over the surf on a Jet Ski, one of the coolest personal watercraft you’re ever likely to find. After receiving a thorough safety briefing and information on handling the craft and deciding who’ll get the driver’s seat, you’ll board your Jet Ski and set off to enjoy a fully guided and narrated tour. You’ll spend about 1 hour enjoying the views around the Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, with views of untouched cays and beaches.
Kayak Explorer Tour (Duration: 2 hours)
Cruise the waters of Ocean Cay on this guided kayak tour and take in spectacular views of the coastline and marine life such as conch, starfish and even stingrays in the water. This is a perfect way to relax in an area of outstanding natural beauty and get in some gentle exercise as well. Your guide will lead this fascinating journey, delivering instructions and a safety briefing before you set out.
MSC Ocean Cay Marine Reserve will be a port of call for the following ships sailing from Miami, Florida in 2019 and 2020.