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A variety of activities, including ones for adults, families and couples, will be available at Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve PHOTO: Conrad Schutt

Sunset picnic, paddleboarding by night among Ocean Cay MSC activities

Among the experiences that will be available at Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve are catch, tag and release deep-sea fishing, an adults-only rum rendezvous, electric pedal boats and paddleboarding after dark.

Activities for families and for couples will be available, too.

When it comes to deep-sea fishing, travelers can learn about the species of regional fish and how they migrate in one of the world’s most famous fishing grounds. Gray Fish, the only tagging research center in the Bahamas, will help participants as they catch and tag their fish to report information on the specific catch. Then the fish are released.

The rum rendezvous begins with a scenic boat ride to a stunning bank with pristine, shallow waters. Rum punch, included in the tour price, will be served to live music and dancing.

Ceclo pedal boats

Visitors can explore or simply drift on a Ceclo, considered the luxury yacht of pedal boats, with electric assistance ready for adventures. The boats are made of recycled champagne cork, wood and aluminum.

Passengers who wish to discover the marine life after dark can take an evening paddle under a starry sky with a specially equipped stand-up paddleboard, fitted with LED illumination that allows them to glide on a beam of light.

Family adventures

The whole family can join an adventure to help Captain Doremi save the island while learning about the environment and animal species living living there.

In another option, a spacious double-deck power catamaran heads to the Bahama Banks where visitors can splash in the shallow tropical waters, play sports and relax on the beach. Rum punch is included for adults.

A stargazing adventure helps kids learn about the universe, planets, stars, time and space. Led by Captain Doremi, children will help a little star find its way back home through stories, games and riddles.

For couples

A stingray adventure lets participants Interact with a variety of ray species on an adventurous boat ride to Honeymoon Harbour to experience the gorgeous beaches and lighthouse on Gun Cay.

A romantic picnic on the beach awaits couples looking for a secluded experience while watching the sunset and over a bottle of wine and picnic basket of snacks.

Starting in November, four MSC Cruises ships — MSC Meraviglia, MSC Seaside, MSC Divina and MSC Armonia — will call at Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve on different days.