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A Week Underwater - maybe it really is Atlantis!!!

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A January 2002 trip to Paradise Island by kiminhalifax

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Quote: Escaping from reality, I took advantage of an incredible seat sale price looking for beautiful beaches, friendly natives, and great diving. One out of three ain't bad??? Paradise Island is home to "Atlantis" - the world reknowned casino resort. New Providence Island is home to the infamous straw market and is visited by umpteen cruise ships each week.

A Week Underwater - maybe it really is Atlantis!!!

Overview

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Shark feeding at Shark Wall - excellent time, the sharks were too numerous to count and more powerful than I had ever dreamed when they hit up against me. Conch chowder - extremely salty tomato-based broth with very chewy conch - had to do it, but won't do it again. Quick Tips: There really is nothing to shop for here, unless you want cheap t-shirts, straw items, tacky plastic ornaments made in Taiwan, or very expensive Duty-free items (emeralds, gold, perfume) If the harbor has no cruise ships, the downtown stores will not be open, and some of the "open 24 hours" restaurants close, too. Bananas are the best I have ever had!! But you can't find licorice, so if you t...Read More

Oceanspray Hotel

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Hotel

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Oceanspray Hotel Very basic accommodations - comfortable bed, large bathroom with tub and shower, mini-fridge, satellite TV with all usual US and CANADIAN channels!! I was visiting in January and it was very odd to have a Caribbean breeze blowing through the window as I watched figure skating on the station I tune into at home. You must be "buzzed" into the lobby - I guess security is a problem. The desk staff is not extremely helpful or knowledgeable (where can I eat? I don't know I eat at home), but if you push them they will assist you. There is an elevator that works sporadically, but when it works, it is fast. And you c...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 26, 2002

Oceanspray Hotel
West Bay Street
Great Barrier Reef, Australia
1(800) 397-5716

VIP Harbour Moon

Restaurant

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Authentic Chinese cuisine, at very reasonable prices. The menu is extensive and for years has been a favorite with local Chinese and Bahamians. I never expected to get Kung Pao chicken this tasty in the Bahamas!!! $8 for a serving that would have fed three people, easily.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 26, 2002

VIP Harbour Moon
East Bay Street
Great Barrier Reef, Australia
322-1599

Stuart Cove

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Attraction | "Stuart Cove Dive South Ocean"

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Stuart Cove Dive South Ocean This is a professional operation that I cannot recommend more highly. The staff is knowledgeable, the rental gear is new and well-maintained, the boats are pristine, and it is very competitively priced. There is a photographer on each dive, so if you need that photo of you and the shark, you can get it. The price of your diving includes transfer to and from the dock - the only drawback is that it's 1/2 hour drive each morning from downtown (20 minutes from Cable Beach) to dive. But it's well worth the schlepping!! One morning the van forgot to pick me up, so the dive shop sent a stretch limo for me!! Now that's ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 26, 2002

Stuart Cove
Southern Tip of New Providence Island (Nassau)
Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Straw Market

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Attraction | "The Straw Market"

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There are more stalls than you can count, all selling the same junk!! T-shirts 4 for $10 Straw baskets - made in Taiwan Plastic ornaments - made in Taiwan And other crap!!! This market was a total let-down. I had heard of the legendary straw market - how you had to go, how it was wonderful, how the locals were great. Well, maybe it all has changed because of the fire in the fall of 2001, but it just plain old sucks!!! Lady, pretty lady, buy a necklace, buy a doll, buy this, buy that. OK - I expect that from a market, but can you at least provide me a selection of items to purchase? No - everyone has the same stuff, there is little bargain...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on April 26, 2002

Straw Market

Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Rawson Square Walking Tours

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Attraction | "Professionally Guided Walking Tours"

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PROFESSIONALLY GUIDED WALKING TOURS [Nassau/Paradise Island] Visit Nassau city’s historic sites and major Points of Interest on an interesting walking tour. Tour Times: Daily 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; however, call to check on Tue., Thu. and Sun. tours. Tours depart from the Tourist Information Centre at Rawson Square, downtown Nassau, and are conducted by independent Bahamahost trained Guides. Groups can be pre-arranged. Donation: $2. For further information and group tours, telephone the Ministry of Tourism, Transportation & Tours Department at (242) 302-2055 or the Tourist Information Booth, Rawson Square at (242) 326-9772/328-7810. As mentioned previously - and I am very bitter about this -...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on April 26, 2002

Rawson Square Walking Tours
Rawson Square
Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Atlantis Paradise Island Resort & Casino

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Attraction | "Atlantis Resort & Casino"

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What the hell is this, anyway? A resort, a casino, a theme park, a shopping centre. I don't think you could see everything in a one week vacation. I spent a day here and was completely boggled by the variety of things to do, and things to spend your money on. This is a good place for parents to take their kids - but expensive. But don't think you can use the beach!! You have to show your hotel key before you are allowed access to the shore. The staff directs you out of the resort and up the road to the "public" beach that smells like diesel fuel (from the jetskis) and has the constant hawkers wanting to sell you necklaces, t-shirts, coconut drinks, and braid ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 26, 2002

Atlantis Paradise Island Resort & Casino
One Casino Drive
Paradise Island, Bahamas

It's better in the Bahamas???

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Well, first of all, let me say that I was not in the best frame of mind when I visited this island. I had just gone through a nasty breakup and needed to get away. So I may not have the most optimistic view of this location. I did not like the Bahamas. I found the downtown core dirty, poverty striken (more than I expected), and dangerous. I would not walk alone in this area after dark. Frankly, it reminded me of an area of my home-city that is the home of drug addiction centers and prostitutes. Not exactly what I'm looking for in a vacation spot. I found the locals not very friendly or helpful. They couldn't tell me where to eat, how to get around, or where to find gr...Read More