Half Moon Cay (Little San Salvador Island)



Private Paradise

For those lucky enough to be traveling with Holland America or Carnival, Half Moon Cay is a well-appointed private island with all the sun, sand, food, drinks and activities you could dream of.

The 2,400-acre island is mostly undeveloped and serves mainly as a bird sanctuary, so travelers to this tiny paradise won’t be met with an overwhelmingly manufactured experience.

The beauty of Half Moon Cay is that even though it’s owned by a cruise line, it still feels like a remote, unspoiled oasis in the middle of the Caribbean. In fact, it has been recognized many times by Porthole Cruise Magazine as one of the best private islands.

Getting Acquainted

Once visitors arrive at the island, they are free to roam the area in search of tranquil beaches or to grab an ice-cold cocktail from one of several bars conveniently placed throughout the island.

Beach chairs line the shore, offering gorgeous ocean views, and hammocks strung between palm trees are irresistible to those who love to kick back and enjoy the Bahamian lifestyle.

Getting hungry? No need to dip into your wallet. A visit to Half Moon Cay includes a free BBQ buffet lunch with all the fixings.

Land and Water Activities

Of course, this wouldn’t be vacation unless there were plenty of ways to enjoy the clean, clear Caribbean waters. Here on the island, you can rent everything you need to enjoy a wet afternoon: scuba and snorkeling gear, kayaks, sailboards, jet skis and plenty more.

Looking to get married? Believe it or not, that’s a possibility on Half Moon Cay, thanks to the island’s quaint chapel.

Half Moon Cay also boasts volleyball courts, basketball courts, hiking trails, a running path and horseback riding. And for the kids, there’s a thrilling aqua park complete with water slides and a pirate-themed playground.

Half Moon Cay (Little San Salvador Island) at a Glance

City:Cruiseline private island

Country or State:Bahamas

Length of Beach:2.5 miles

Access:By Holland America or Carnival Cruise only

Best time to visit:June - best weather

High Season:December to April

Low Season:May to November


  • Tropics Restaurant (free BBQ), several bars
  • Snorkeling, diving, kayaking, water sports equipment, etc.; chairs, sunshades and cabanas
  • No lifeguards
  • Public restrooms

Beach Type:

  • White sand
  • Saltwater
  • Popular