Our first day at a port was at Half Moon Cay. It is a private island that is owned by Carnival Cruise Line. It was interesting because there are only 30 people that actually live on the island to maintain it and guide the excursions. The other people who were manning the gift shops, restaurant, and bar came straight off the boat before they let the passengers debark.
Let me tell you, this island was absolutely gorgeous! The water was as clear as a swimming pool, and the sand looked as though it could have been bleached. This place was the definition of paradise.
Look at that sand! We were definitely spoiled by this beach since it was our first port.
Rodger takes in the view while on our "hike & bike" excursion. Our guide kept saying things like "Yah, Mon," and referred to me as "Boo". We learned some interesting facts about the island, got to see some sting rays, and tried a piece of an amazing native fruit (that I'm not even attempting to spell here).
This was the sand bar where you could do the sting ray encounter ($$$). We got to walk up to the dock and check out the rays, starfish, and that long thing that looks like poo is a Sea Cucumber (so I'm told, at least).