Half Moon Cay, Bahamas - Carnival Cruise Lines Private Island

Port Overview


Half Moon Cay is an island in the Bahamas that is owned and operated by Carnival (Holland America) Cruise Lines.  It is located near Great Abaco Island and was formerly called Little San Salvador Island. Half Moon Cay invites cruisers to enjoy balmy tropical weather, relaxation and recreation on a private Bahamian oasis.  Enjoy the sweet Bahamian breezes to the rhythms of calypso on this private island paradise. Cruises to Half Moon Cay deliver you to a sun-drenched island hideaway where you can play in the turquoise seas, ride horseback on powdery white sand, and encounter live stingrays.  The entire 2,400 acres of Little San Salvador Island is an international bird sanctuary and nature preserve. Only two percent of the island has been developed—and the other 98 percent will remain pristine wilderness.  Carnival cruise ships frequently anchor off the island and bring passengers ashore by tenders. To disembark to Half Moon Cay you will have to board a tender boat since there is not a cruise ship dock at Half Moon Cay. 

General Information

Time zone

Half Moon Cay is in the Eastern time zone on the same time reference as the east coast of the US. 

  • Eastern Standard Time: GMT - 5 hours
  • Eastern Daylight Time: GMT - 4 hours


English is the language of the Bahamas.


The US dollar is the official currency of the island however the only place on the island that accepts cash is the small Straw Market souvenir shop run by local Bahamians and hair braiding.  All food on the island is included in your cruise package and all others purchases or activities require your Sail and Sign card (Stateroom key) and are charged to your on board account.

What Not to Miss

Activities available to guests include swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, sailing, glass-bottom boat tours, horseback riding and Half Moon Lagoon water park. The semi-circular beach at Half Moon Cay is 2 1/2 miles of beautiful soft sand with lounge chairs and hammocks to waste the day away in. 

See our At The Port page for a map of the island showing all of the key areas of interest.


 Map provided by  Worldatlas.com

Map provided by Worldatlas.com

Stay Connected

Cellular Service

No cellular service is available on the island.

Wi-Fi Hotspots

There are no Wi-Fi hotspots on Half Moon Cay.  Wi-Fi is available on the ship for an additional cost.

Getting Around


Half Moon Cay is a large island covering a total of 2400 acres however only 2% of the island is developed. There are several connected nature trails starting near the Fort San Salvador Welcome center and the island's natural habitat can be easily explored by walking.


A tram runs continuously between the Fort San Salvador Welcome Center and the Tropics Restaurant providing relief for those tired vacation feet.  The tram has disabled-access as well.


Guided bike tours are available to those wanting to tour the island in beach cruiser style.  The three-mile tour takes about 1 to 1 1/2 hours with some narration on island history and several stops for photo opportunities.

Disabled Access

A barrier-free pathway connects the Half Moon Cay Tender Landing, Fort San Salvador Welcome Center, Straw Market, Food & Beverage Venues and restrooms for the convenience of guests with disabilities. Complimentary beach wheelchairs are available ashore at the tender landing.