Floating along the southern tip of Eleuthera Island in the Bahamas is Princess Cays – a beach resort privately owned by cruise liner, Princess Cruises. The narrow island of Eleuthera is 100 miles long and only 2 miles wide and lies 80 kilometres east of Nassau, the Bahamas’ capital city.
Princess Cays itself runs along almost a kilometre of white-sand shoreline covering over 40 acres of the island. The rest of Eleuthera Island is inhabited, with the cruise liner running tours to neighbouring villages and towns.
Princess Cruises offers its guests this exclusive private paradise with a range of ocean activities like swimming, kayaking, banana boating, paddle boarding, snorkelling, parasailing, sail boating and wave running. Guests can also head out for a day of deep sea fishing, or stay dry with a game of beach volleyball or basketball.
A stop-off at Princess Cays is also the perfect opportunity for a romantic sun snooze in a clamshell made for two, or for some ‘me-time’ in a hammock. Alternatively, you could head up to the observation tower to admire the views or take the kids along to Pelican’s Perch for a run around the playground.
Princess Cays is situated on Eleuthera Island’s southern coastline on the western side, halfway between Bannerman Town and Lighthouse Beach.
All of the facilities you will need are within walking distance from where your cruise liner will dock.
Facilities nearby include:
Complimentary BBQ Lunch at two barbeque pavilions
Water sport rentals.
How to Get Around
Everything on Princess Cays is easily accessible on foot as the resort is well connected by a network of pathways. You can also book tours to visit other villages and towns on the island, from Bannerman Town right up to Tarpum Bay.
Travel times from the port:
It is a 55 minute journey to Bannerman Town
It is a 6 hour and 50 minute journey to the Rock Sound
It is a 9 hour and 10 minute journey to Tarpum Bay.
It is a 10 minute journey to Bannerman Town
It is a 33 minute journey to Rock Sound
It is a 42 minute journey to Tarpum Bay.
Currency – Princess Cays accepts ship credit as well as the U.S. dollar. U.S Coins appear in 1 cent, 5 cents, 10 cents (dime), 25 cents (quarter), 50 cents (half dollar) and $1. Banknotes are available in $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100.
Time Zone – To take advantage of the summer sun between March and November, Princess Cays operates on Daylight Savings Time (DST), which is 4 hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). During the winter from December through to February, the time switches back to Eastern Standard Time, which is 5 hours behind UTC.
Weather – Princess Cays possesses a tropical climate with fairly consistent temperatures and seasons all year round. The winter months average around 24 degrees Celsius during the day. During the summertime, the temperature can rise to a warm 29 degrees Celsius.
Private Bungalows – Indulge in a little bit of luxury and hire out a private cabana by the seaside. These bright bungalows provide a quiet sanctuary for couples on a romantic getaway or families simply looking for their own private spot. Some bungalows are located in adults-only areas and are equipped with air conditioning, a ceiling fan, two private sun lounges and an outdoor, open-air shower. You can also claim two free float rentals, have someone take your drink and snack orders, and organise a ‘gourmet lunch’. A tram is also available to transport you to and from your bungalow.
Bannerman Town – Take a dune buggy tour towards the old ghost town of Bannerman Town, which is ten minutes north of Princess Cays and has a tiny population of around 40 people. You can explore the modern ruins of its abandoned US military base, before heading to its pink-sand beach. Sometimes you can spot Mount Alvernia, the Bahamas’ highest point, on Cat Island out in the distance.
Rock Sound – A laid-back town home to the island’s largest local community, Rock Sound is about a half an hour drive north of Princess Cays, away from the buzz of the typical holidaymaker. A walk through Rock Sound’s main street will find you near the seaside amongst fishing boats and an immaculate beach, with the island’s colourful buildings at your back and a whitewashed church up ahead. In the middle of town is an inland ocean hole, which appears to be bottomless and is filled with turtles and fish.