Bahamas fun facts
>>The Bahamas has the clearest water in the world. Visibility while diving is often more
than 200 feet!
>>Fewer than 50 of the islands have a village or town.
>>The Bahamas has the world’s third-longest barrier reef.
>>Dean’s Blue Hole, west of Clarence Town, Long Island, at 663 feet, is one of the
deepest blue holes in the world.
>>The first place Christopher Columbus landed when he came to the new world in 1492,
he named San Salvador in the Bahamas.
>>The word “mainland” is used by those on small outlying islands (called the Out
Islands) to describe the larger islands, such as New Providence, Grand Bahama, Great
Abaco, and Great Exuma. The “Far-Out Islands” are those even farther away.
>>The world’s longest underwater cave system can be found in Lucayan National Park,
Grand Bahama Island.
>>Kalik (pronounced “click”), the beer of The Bahamas, is named after the kalikking
sound of cowbells at Junkanoo, the island street parades held every December 26.
>>There are only about 396,000 people in all the Bahamas, the majority on the island
of New Providence where Nassau is located.
>>The national sport of the Bahamas is sloop sailing.
>>Bahamas comes from the Spanish baja mar, which translates to “shallow sea.” — T.N. C O
Cruisers lying to
moorings in the
beautiful and protected Exuma Cays
Land and Sea Park.
In many places,
preferred or even
required to avoid
damage to the bottom and because
of limited swinging room. Opposite, top: Tom’s
and Carolyn with
their friend Amber
standing in front
of the Isles General
Store on Staniel
Cay in the Exumas.
many of the mangroves on the northern
end of Bimini have been replaced by
resort development. On the west side,
an ocean-docking facility for fast ferries
from Miami was built from material
dredged up from the ocean bottom. But
the Biminis are still accommodating as
far as clearing customs and stopping to
rest in a marina before crossing the banks.
With the tourism have come positives –
better availability of parts and goods and
better communications in Bimini and
other settled areas.
To the north of the Bimini Chain,
separated from it by the deep Northwest
Providence Channel, is the large island
of Grand Bahama, with resorts and
marinas. At the far northwestern end
of Grand Bahama, the critically located
Old Bahama Bay Marina offers shelter
for boats caught by weather, as well as
Southeast of the Bimini Chain,
across the Great Bahama Banks, lies the
giant and mysterious island of Andros.
Known as the bonefishing capital of The
Bahamas, Andros’s vast swamps, creeks,
mangrove shallows, and miles of woods
stretch more than 100 miles south to
north, divided into three major sections
of land connected by mangrove and tidal
swamp. Scattered about are many of the
famous “blue holes” of the Bahamas,
some far inland from the shore, extending deep down, many connected with
the ocean through a labyrinth of subterranean passages. Nearby, the recently
discovered Andros Platform, a multi-tiered structure of huge, flat, squared
blocks, remains silently under the waves,
With limited good anchorages,
sparsely populated Andros hasn’t experienced the large influx of cruising boats.
The Great Bahama Banks blends with
the shallows and swamp of its western
shore, but its eastern shore faces the
deep “Tongue of the Ocean” and has sev-
THE RECENTLY DISCOVERED ANDROS PLATFORM
REMAINS SILENTLY UNDER
THE WAVES BEGGING