Bay West Adventures
Bay West Adventures
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Scuba & SnorkellingBoat ToursEco ToursNature & Wildlife ToursSpeed Boats Tours
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Bay West Adventures conception was created by Captain Samuel T. Hoffer whom is an avid fisherman and entrepreneur. Our team consists enthusiastic, knowledgeable and experienced individuals. We are a small family owned business with a growing clientele that caters to each party/individual whom is looking for their own private and exclusive Boat Tour. Our team of captains are born and raised in the Bahamas with over 20years of boating and diving experience in the oceans of the Bahamas. Boating and free diving with snorkeling equipment is our hobby which we all did during weekdays and weekends in every part of the ocean off the coast of Nassau Bahamas and other family islands. We all know many diving spots and sights that other Boat Tour companies in the Bahamas do not know We are the most personable and accommodating Boat Tour Company in the Bahamas our trip advisor, and facebook likes/comments back it up.
Nassau, Bahamas
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Travelers' Choice
2023

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Leon F
Aspen, CO107 contributions
Apr 2021
Great time with Captain Sam. He knew all the best places to avoid the crowds. Snorkeled at least 4 different spots. Hung out at a private, secluded beach (with a beach shack that sold beer and drinks about 150 yards away). Snorkeled with turtles, sharks, manta rays and lots of fish. And, then, to top it off, he took us for a late afternoon/early evening dinner to one of his favorite local "backwater" spots, Goldie's Conch Shack, for an incredible "fish fry". Would recommend (and, will recommend) Bay West Adventures to anyone wanting a half-day; or, even, a full day ocean adventure out of Nassau.
Written April 23, 2021
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Elizabeth S
6 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
Captain Sam made our day on the water everything we hoped for and more despite less than optimal sea conditions. Sam was knowledgeable, friendly, and informative and impressed us right off the bat with his honesty that another day would probably be better as many snorkel sights could be washed out and offered to reschedule. However, since it was our last available day before returning home we opted to go anyway. Captain Sam picked us up right on the beach at our hotel at the Baha Mar. We were a group of 12, with kids ranging from 4-14 and everyone had an wonderful time. The highlight was the stop to swim with the sea turtles off Green Cay, we saw dozens and were able to snorkel right above them and watch them graze on sea grass. Following our snorkel stop we headed to Rose Island and beached for the remainder of our trip. We loved our time at Footprints (a small, friendly bar with restrooms, wi-fi, sand volleyball and good food and drinks) and the wide soft white sand beach that stretched for miles! Highly recommend—we’ll definitely use BayWest if we get back to Nassau and send our friends to Captain Sam!!!
Written January 12, 2020
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Sheila W
New York City, NY49 contributions
Jan 2020
We had an excellent time with Captain Timmy and Captain Julian! My sister and I booked the tour together and ended up in a small group of 6 (the other group was two parents, their adult son, and his wife). The tour picked us up at the Paradise Island ferry terminal, which was a little hard to find, but we asked someone along our walk and got there from the Atlantis in under 10 minutes. Right away, Capt Timmy put on some Billie Eilish and we were off to a great start.

Our first stop was to snorkel with a ton of fish. The water felt cold when we first jumped in (it was January), but we got used to it quickly and the crystal-clear waters were worth it. Our second stop was to swim among some sea turtles, which was amazing! They were absolutely adorable, a mix of big ones and smaller ones. There were just a few here and there, but we had ample time to swim around and definitely got our fill of turtle sightings. We also stopped at Rose Island, where the bar was closed because the day before had been stormy and gray clouds were rolling in. Instead, Julian got us started in a group game of beach volleyball! I'm terrible, my sister is terrible, Julian was great, and the dad from the other group was good, too. It was very fun and a nice way to end the day as a group. We eventually headed back because the clouds were creeping closer and we saw heavy rain in the distance, but the tour was not cut short because we'd still spent a good amount of time on the island and had our full amount of time snorkeling with the fish and turtles. We made it back just in time before the rain!

Be sure to bring cash to tip your guides, they do a great job, are fun and informative, AND work on keeping you safe both on the boat and in terms of incoming weather.
Written April 3, 2020
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GREGORY B
4 contributions
Dec 2020 • Couples
Me and my girlfriend got to do a solo trip with Sam which was amazing. He knows everything about the island and was very detailed about all our stops. The snorkeling was great and we even stopped at a water side restaurant for lunch and some drinks. Very relaxing and fun trip! Highly recommend using Sam anytime you visit the Bahamas and we can’t wait to head back and go on another trip. Thanks Sam!

Greg and Kerry
Written December 12, 2020
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Jenckstribe
Taftville, CT2 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
Captain Chris was AMAZING!!! This excursion was so much more fun and more enjoyable than the carnival offered excursions. We chartered a private boat for eight of us for half the day and went snorkeling with sea turtles for less than it would’ve cost for all of us to do absolutely nothing on the beach at blue Lagoon Island. captain Chris knew exactly where to take us, and we had an amazing adventure! I HIGHLY recommend taking this trip!!!
Written August 8, 2021
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Missmycows
Machipongo, VA21 contributions
Feb 2022
We were on a cruise in February in 2022 with a last minute change in our itinerary. I really wanted to swim with sea turtles and stumbled across Bay West. It started with my husband and I and two of adult children and their significant others. Then the other two and significant others joined us as well. They were happy to let me trade up to the bigger boat.

We had an absolutely amazing day which is saying a lot when there are 10 of us involved. We snorkeled, swam with sea turtles, and spend some time on a private beach. We all loved it to the point that several of my children have asked for the name so they can recommend them to their friends.

This is one of the most amazing days we have had with all 10 of us and it is definitely thanks to Bay West. They were easy to work with and went out of their way to make the day what we wanted it to be.
Written August 11, 2022
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Dave P
2 contributions
Jan 2021 • Couples
We had a wonderful day on the boat- there is no better way to see and experience the Bahamas! Sam is a knowledgeable host with stories about Interesting local history, something you only get from being a native. He tailored our day to make sure that we had fun: we snorkeled on a reef with calm water and lots of colorful fish, went to see the sea turtles, and then to lunch, all with cool tunes and engaging conversation. The weather wasn’t perfect, but his experience with these waters assured us a great day. He even took a detour to a local restaurant to help us pick up a conc salad - delicious! My wife and I had a special day that made our trip to the Bahamas a success... thanks Sam!
Written January 10, 2021
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Ashvin B
1 contribution
Aug 2021 • Family
We had a great outing with Bay West. Lia was really helpful and a pleasure to deal with in order to book our private tour. We booked the 20ft boat, which was perfect for our family of 6 (4 adults + 2 kids).

We had the pleasure of spending the afternoon with captain Chris. He was extremely friendly, courteous, knowledgeable about the area, and made sure the ride was really smooth (a few of us are prone to sea sickness). He also always made sure my mom (who needs to use a cane) felt safe and could participate even though she could go in the actual water.

He took us to see sea turtles and we stopped at 2 different reefs to snorkel and explore.

Great experience, I would definitely book them again, the next time we are in Bahamas.

Thank you captain Chris and Bay West for a great day out on and in the water.
Written August 31, 2021
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Tracy T
1 contribution
May 2022 • Solo
Captain Sam was an informed and entertaining host, and very gracious to two old geezers getting into and out of his boat. We saw sea turtles, too many tropical fish to count, pink sand at Rose Island, and we got a dose of Bahamas history, both old and recent. (Get him to tell you about the Russians. Also about some of the real estate. Oprah has done very well for herself.) A perfect half day and we’ll worth the price.
Written May 24, 2022
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NKM
1 contribution
Sep 2022 • Family
We did an all day tour with Captain Sam. He’s super nice and welcoming and made the day whatever we wanted it to be. Day started right on time and he even picked up some items that we requested and had them ready on board. There were 6 of us and we spent the day at multiple snorkeling spots (bohemian reef, ship wreck, old nature center), getting some local history, seeing see turtles/sharks and when a bit of bad weather came in he timed it so we’d miss the storm while at lunch. While at lunch he also played pool with our kids. He dived to get sea biscuits for us and we ended the day at a spot where we could dive for sand dollars which the kids absolutely loved. I’d definitely recommend for anyone going to the Bahamas and will use again when I go back.
Written October 2, 2022
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