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Excursion Length: Approx. 4.5 hours
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Here's an active full-day learning activity designed to engage the mind and inspire the senses. Nature lovers will be in their element from the scenic drive from Princess Cays to explorations along well-marked trails in the Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve. With the opportunity to purchase snacks or lunch at the scenic Sunset Inn restaurant, this adventure is a great new option for spending your Princess Cays escape.
You'll depart from Princess Cays and complete the first leg of your scenic island tour of south and central Eleuthera. Arriving at the Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve, you'll have ample time for the complete Preserve Nature Trail tour.
"A Wall Street investment genius and prolific philanthropist," according to Forbes magazine, Leon Levy made a huge impact on the world. This 25-acre ecologically sustainable sanctuary was created jointly by the Bahamas National Trust and the Leon Levy Foundation in 2006, when Shelby White, Leon Levy's widow, approached the Bahamas National Trust about creating an appropriate memorial to her husband on Eleuthera.
Located in Governor's Harbor, The Preserve is a living part of Bahamian history. It is the first national park on the island and an environmental education center and a facility for the propagation of native plants and trees. Visitors can now walk miles of trails throughout the native habitat and view the beautiful orchids, the edible and medicinal plants, and the hardwood trees that played an important role in the development of the island. This amazing 25-acre preserve brims with many different species of palms, mangroves and ferns. Medicinal plants range from well-known species like aloe vera to more obscure plants which islanders have kept in their medicine kits for centuries.
Eleuthera is an island in the Bahamas 50 miles east of Nassau. It is 110 miles long and in places little more than 1 mile wide. The name "Eleuthera" is derived from the feminine form of a Greek adjective that means "free." The topography of the island varies from wide rolling pink sand beaches to large outcrops of ancient coral reefs. The eastern side of the island faces the Atlantic Ocean while the western side faces the Great Bahama Bank.
Continuing your scenic island tour, you'll enjoy the charm and diversity of the capital of Eleuthera, Governor's Harbor. Keep your camera handy for the tapestry of Victorian-era houses draped along narrow lanes and steep hills. Overlooking the harbor, the town is bordered on the south by a narrow peninsula and Cupid's Cay at the tip. There are gorgeous pink and white-sand beaches and views of fashionable Harbor Island. A stop at Sunset Inn restaurant for lunch or snacks on own tops off your time away from Princess Cays. Hopefully your day is an enjoyable one filled with lots of pictures and relaxation as you learn a bit about the island of Eleuthera.
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- Tender from the ship to Princess Cays then drive to the Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve
- Start your Preserve Nature Trail Tour
- Depart Preserve for Scenic Drive of Governors Harbor
- Arrive Sunset Inn Restaurant for purchase of Snacks or Lunch on own
- Scenic drive back to Princess Cays Marina via a break stop at the Four Points Restaurant
Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.
Please wear light clothing, comfortable walking shoes to walk on the nature trails, and a hat. You may bring some bottled water, sunscreen, insect repellent and don't forget your camera! Please travel with cash for any food or souvenir purchases.