As if the spectacular underwater scenery was not sufficient to keep any diver
enthralled, the Bahamas has diving that can best be described as action adventures. At
Shark Reef on Long Island you can dive amid reef sharks on a shallow reef in 30 feet of
water. Andros also has shark diving, where in 50 feet of water you can dive amid feeding
sharks. Those staying in Nassau on New Providence Island
can also experience the outdoor underwater adventure that is scuba diving amid feeding
sharks. Here divers kneel on the ocean floor forming a semi-circle around a professional
shark feeder and get to see the behavior of sharks as they feed.
Swimmers of every ability will enjoy snorkeling in the Bahamas. The distinctive coral
and reef formations around the islands and clear, blue water that is generally shallow
make snorkeling, while on holiday, a remarkably rewarding outdoor recreation experience.
On every island you will find delightful places to snorkel with incredible marine life.
There are some places however on certain islands that are particularly special. On Andros
at Trumpet Reef, in just 5 to 15 feet of water, grand stands of elkhorn coral provide
refuge for a fascinating collection of colorful reef tropicals. At Peter's Place both
staghorn and elkhorn compete with rare pillar coral for prominence. Abacos Tarpon
Dive takes you from 2 feet to 55 feet along a wall rich with coral. Along this wall there
is a school of large tarpon that shelter under an overhang between two adjoining reefs.
Because of the shallow waters along the shores and cays, a kayak is the perfect outdoor
recreation activity that allows you to really explore the islands and experience the
natural beauty of the Islands of The Bahamas. You can meander along the shore at your own
pace, exploring coves, mangroves, bonefish flats and watching sea life as it quietly
drifts beneath you. Kayaking in the Bahamas allows you to explore uninhabited cays, hidden
caves, blue holes, blow holes and isolated beaches you never knew existed. On Exuma
Island, you will want to explore Turtle Lagoon, Mystery Cave and the famous Blue Hole,
once a dive site for Jacques Cousteau. Bimini offers kayaking to the legendary
"Fountain of Youth" (a natural spring amid the mangrove mud that pumps lithium
Resorts and hotels offer kayaks for your outdoor vacation leisure, but youll also
find guides and adventure kayak trips throughout the Bahamas. Experienced sea kayakers can
take a week-long, 50-mile trip through Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park, 176 square miles of
fish-filled waters and miniscule cays populated with white-tailed tropicbirds and the
faded ruins of British loyalist plantations. This kayaking trip is a true vacation
Deep Sea Fishing
The Bahamas are synonymous with sport fishing for marlin, tuna and wahoo. The deep-sea
trenches are spectacularly rich in game fish, and almost every island is a venue for
fishing. Boats can be chartered for fishing trips on most islands.
Bimini Island, perched at the edge of a sheer underwater cliff that falls thousands of
feet into the blue with the Gulf Stream flowing north serving as a sea going highway and
attracting everything from marlin to mantas, dolphin to sea turtles is the premier game
fishing location. Throughout the Bahamas there are fishing tournaments year-round, however
Bimini is especially known for its game-fishing tournaments. Fishermen enjoy fishing year
round on Long Island due to the presence of a major current stream, the north equatorial
current which originates in the Canary Islands and washes the shores of Long Island,
transporting huge schools of Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Sailfish, Rainbow Runners, Yellow
Fin Tuna, Black Fin Tuna, Dolphin and Wahoo.
Fly fishing specialists know that the best game fish are actually found on the salt
water flats around many of the Bahamas islands. Living in inshore tropical waters, moving
onto shallow tidal flats to feed with the incoming tide, and retreating to deeper water as
the tide ebbs, bonefish are considered the worlds best game fish.
The western shore of Andros is primarily mangrove and shallow sand flat, but for
watersports enthusiasts, the eastern shore is the prime attraction, however both sides
have world-class bonefishing. Great Exuma is known for excellent bonefishing in crystal
clear waters on broad, shallow sandbanks. Long Island offers the opportunity for Fly and
Spin Casting for flats fish, including Bonefish, Tarpon and Permit.
Boating & Sailing
The steady breezes and the charming natural harbors of Abaco Sound are a sailor's
delight. The Exumas are considered the apogee for all boaters. Sailing races from Miami to
Nassau have been organized semiregularly since 1934, and the Family Island Regatta, held
each April in Georgetown on Great Exuma, is world-renowned. Motor yachts and sailboats can
be rented on almost every island.
Hotels and resorts on each of the Out Islands provide a variety of nature trails and
hikes. While on your vacation, you can choose to join a guided tour, or head off on your
own to explore.
The Bimini Nature Hiking Trail gives visitors a rarely seen glimpse of the island. You
will not only be able to learn more about Biminis animal and plant life, but also
hear stories about the ecology and history of Bimini. Guided tours of the nature hiking
trails are led by professionals, who provide a hands-on experience with unique animals on
this small island. Even if you venture off on your own, signs identifying plants and
wildlife can be found along the trail.
Andros Island is a naturalists wonderland thanks to numerous deserted beaches,
blue holes (fresh- and salt-water-filled caves found inland and in the ocean,
respectively), pine forests, mangrove marsh, and the carefully protected fresh water
reservoir. A particularly enjoyable hking area is the Forfar Field Station in Blanket
Sound. This international research facility for studies in tropical ecology and marine
biology offers inland nature hikes and offshore expeditions. A nature hiking trail
explores the islands flora and fauna and medicinal plants.
On Cat Island you can take a nature hike up the highest point in the Bahamas. Mount
Alvernia is the highest point at 203 feet above sea level. The mount is capped by the
Hermitage, a religious retreat. Father Jerome (the former "father confessor"),
built the small monastery entirely by hand.
With some of the flattest land around (the highest point in The Bahamas is only 203
feet, on Cat Island), the islands provide plenty of easy cycling terrain. Bicycling is
therefore a good way to get around plus enjoy some outdoor recreation while on your
vacation. Bicycles are available anywhere in The Bahamas.
Among the islands of the Bahamas, there are 44 endemic species that includes the rare
Bahama Parot, more than 100 species breed on various islands and a reported 169 species
visit the islands as part of their migration. The highlight of any bird watching trip to
the Bahamas however would be a visit to the Inagua National Park. Here close to 60,000
West Indian Flamingos live, it is the largest colony of these birds in the world.
During late summer, autumn and winter the Flamingos fly off to the northern Bahamian
islands of Abaco and Andros. The Abaco National Park is one of the best bird-watching
destinations in the entire Caribbean. Over 100 species of tropical birds live in this
area. In addition to flamingos a prime attraction at the park is the endangered and
vividly colored Bahamian Parrot. Dawn is the best time to catch a glimpse of this rare
On Andros there are numerous birding locations. The Nature Trail offers chances to see
some of the more shy species, like the Key West Quail Dove, the Great Lizard Cuckoo, the
Bahamas Yellowthroat, the Greater Antillean Bullfinch. The settlement of Staniard Creek,
is one of the best birding locations in the Bahamas. It is home to a host of land birds,
including Black-cowled Orioles, Bahama Woodstar hummingbird, Bahama swallows, Bahama
Mockingbirds and Bahama yellow throats. The pond at the San Andros Airport always has good
bird watching in winter, including migrant ducks, Sora, occasional Purple Gallinule,
grebes, and migrant land birds, including warblers and sparrows.
The Bahamas are a popular golfing destination. Great Abaco, Eleuthera and Exuma are
home to magnificent 18-hole courses, where many tournaments take place. You can easily
enjoy a round of golf while on your holiday.
Tennis & Racquest Sports
Tennis can be played at most major resorts.