Diving

With some of the world's largest and healthiest reefs plunging into the abyssal depths, the Bahamas are diving nirvana.

  • Exuma Cays Home to 283 sq kilometers of protected Land and Sea Park, bursting with life.
  • Andros Famous for its Ocean Blue Holes, the 'Big Yard' was popularized by M. Costeau himself.
  • Long Island The Conception Island Wall justifiably tops many divers' bucket lists.
  • The Biminis The wreck of Henry Ford's concrete yacht Sapona makes for a classic shallow-water dive.
  • The Abacos Teeming reefs, gentle waters and the wreck of the first US-built steamship.

Fishing

Mixing unspoiled mangroves, some of the world's largest barrier reefs and depthless ocean trenches, the Bahamas all but demand you cast a line.

  • The Biminis Ernest Hemingway's old stomping ground is one of the world's sport-fishing meccas.
  • Andros Endless expanses of mangrove and shallow channels hide the crafty bonefish.
  • Long Island The great reef sheltering LI from the Atlantic is also a haven for grouper, snapper and other fish.
  • New Providence The locals know full moon is the time to handline for mutton fish.

Cuisine

Weaving European, African and South American strands into something unmistakably Bahamian, the food of these islands is one of their greatest treasures.

  • Fish Fry The place for lip-smacking, lime-soaked conch salad, the quintessential Bahamian food.
  • Harbour Island This tiny romantic island boasts some of the best restaurants in the country.
  • Dune Where celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten caters to the Paradise Island jet set.
  • Tropic Breeze The winding drive to southern Great Exuma makes this exceptional Bahamian kitchen all the better.

History

Columbus's first New World landfall, these islands bear the traces of more than a thousand years of settlement, conflict and change.