The Bahamas are an outdoor-lover's paradise: swimming, snorkeling, diving, kitesurfing, sailing, hiking and birdwatching are just some of the activities most islands have on tap.
Bahamian waters are famed for their aquatic life, but of course it pays to know when the fish are biting. The months in which the main species are are most common:
Amberjack March to August
Blackfin Tuna & Bonito June & July
Blue Marlin June
Bonefish Perennial, especially March and April
Grouper & Snapper March to August
Mahi-mahi ('Dolphin') April
Swordfish June to September
Wahoo November to March
Naturally, there's not an inexhaustible supply of fish, and strict limits and (in some cases) seasons are enforced. The primary considerations:
- All boats engaged in fishing must have a permit, available from customs officials at ports of entry. Naturally, chartered fishing boats will be licensed.
- Only hooks and lines may be used (no nets or spear-guns) and no more than six rods at once.
- Lobsters may only be caught from August to March, and only 10 tails (of more than 6 inches each; no egg-bearing females) at a time are allowed.
- Conch must have a well-formed lip, and no more than six per vessel may be harvested.
- No more than 60lb of (or 20 individual) demersal fish (such as grouper and snapper) of more than 3lb each are allowed per vessel.
- No more than 18 migratory species (tuna, kingfish, wahoo etc) are allowed per vessel.