Many people who have been or are planning a trip to the Bahamas are already familiar with its many tropical highlights. Ranging from the colourful capital of Nassau to the out-of-this-world beauty of the pink-sand beaches on Harbour Island and the renowned swimming pigs of Big Major Cay, the Bahamas has it all. The perfect exotic getaway, filled with countless undiscovered beaches, cays and caves, its spectacular landscapes are filled with unique flora and fauna, making it an unforgettable superyacht destination. Here we share our top three hidden gems of the Bahamas for a once in a lifetime superyacht holiday.
A long, thin island nestled within the Bahamas archipelago; it’s also known for its pink-sand beaches. However, this stunning island has more to offer. On the southern edge of Rock Sound, just one mile inland, is the perfectly round blue hole known as Ocean Hole. A natural inland swimming spot, it’s simply teeming with tropical fish and turtles. Rumored to have healing properties, thanks to its saltwater, it’s not too far from another exclusive spot on the island, Lighthouse Beach. One of the few places in the world where you can view two different oceans, the hike up the cliffs to this old lighthouse is not the easiest, but well worth the effort. One side of the beach is met by the Caribbean waters of Exuma Sound, while the other the Atlantic Ocean. Get up close to this spectacle at the Glass Window Bridge where the Caribbean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy exploring its many caves and snorkeling sites. The last gem of this island is the Queen’s Baths. Situated at the northern end of the island, this group of warm pools was carved out of rocks by the Atlantic Ocean waves. When the tide is out, the water in pools is heated by the sun, creating nature’s own tidal jacuzzi.
It may not be the best-kept secret it once was, but Long Island is still home to a few of the Bahamas’s crown jewels. Dean’s Blue Hole, located in a bay west on the island, is said to be the second deepest in the world. Surrounded by a natural stone field, this otherworldly geological formation reaches a depth of more than 200 metres. Watch the sand trickle over its edges to the staggering depths below or enjoy some snorkeling and diving in the area. Not far from Dean’s Blue Hole is another must-see spot – Hamilton’s Cave. One of the largest caves in the Bahamas, it is lined with breathtaking rock formations lit up by natural skylights. With some of its passages measuring over 50 feet wide, you’ll be sure to spot wildlife like bats as you follow your guide through this enormous cave.
The most southerly islands in the Bahamas archipelago, the Great Inagua Island and Little Inagua Island, are the perfect places to visit for some memorable wildlife encounters. The former is home to three beautiful national parks that are home to more than 140 species of native and migratory birds, such as the Bahama parrot, west Indian flamingos, pelicans and hummingbirds. The latter is home to an endangered sea turtle habitat, where visitors can see these beauties up close and in person.