The Bahamas, comprised of 700 islands and over 2000 islets and cays, is the perfect choice for getting relaxed under tropical sun! The archipelago is an ecological oasis, known for its pristine beaches and turquoise waters.
Haunting and beautiful underwater wrecks serve as a playground for scuba divers. Explore the skeleton of the Willaurie or the Sea Viking. You can also snorkel and dive among the remains of SS Sapona, a concrete steamer submerged near Bimini. The Hesperus (Grand Bahama Bank) and the Sugar Wreck (Grand Bahama Island) are so shallow they can be easily explored by snorkelers.
In the North Bimini you can discover the rusty remains of the Gallant Lady. The freighter sailed out of Belize City and was smashed up on shore during Hurricane Mitch in 1997. The shipwreck, destroyed by the waves, rests on the rocks in the southern shore of the island.
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How to get there:
Take a look at the flight deals to the Bahamas:
- Vienna to the Bahamas with free stops in the US for only €498 >>
- Cheap flights from Washington and Pittsburgh to Nassau, the Bahamas from $261 >>
- Non-stop from Fort Lauderdale to Turks and Caicos for only $59 one-way! Return ticket for $193 >>
- High-season non-stop flights from New York to Turks and Caicos for $264 >>
Where to stay:
For example, we encourage you to stay in 3* Bay-View Suites Paradise Island with very good reviews! Just a short walk from the beach, this 3-star property offers outdoor facilities like a sun terrace, gardens, and swimming pool. The hotel also has tennis courts and free internet connection. Free parking is available.The rooms at Bay View Suites Paradise Island are air conditioned and have ironing facilities and a safety deposit box. They also feature a seating area and cable TV.
You can also choose 3* Nathan’s Lodge. This top rated 3-star hotel, located on a private beach in south-east Andros, offers spacious, air-conditioned rooms, free Wi-Fi and Continental breakfast. This charming accommodation is a 10-minute drive from Congo Town Airport. Nathan’s Lodge is located in the quaint village of Kemp’s Bay. The surrounding waters are full of bonefish, ideal for sports fishing. Nearby Congo Town Airport offers regular flights to Nassau. Each bright room at Nathan’s Lodge features satellite TV and a private bathroom. Rooms with a kitchenette are also available. Nathan’s restaurant serves American cuisine and local specialties, including freshly caught fish and conch. Tropical drinks can be enjoyed in the garden.
What to do:
Explore pristine beaches and enjoy the underwater beauty of coral reefs. Swim with dolphins, collect shells, have a picnic or just relax and admire the landscape. You can experience dolphins in their natural habitat on the Blue Lagoon Island. Compass Cay, in the Exumas Island Chain, offers visitors the chance to swim with the nurse sharks.
Go parasailing, deepwater fishing, snorkelling or scuba diving. In the Bahamas there are many great wreck dives, both natural and artificial.
Hike the vast trail system of the Bahamas. Walk the shoreline, take the jungle walk, or climb the Queen’s Staircase – the 66 steps carved out of solid limestone rock by slaves between 1793 and 1794.
Visit Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve in Governor’s Harbour, Eleuthera Island. You can walk the trails through the native habitat and view the beautiful orchids, the medicinal plants, and the hardwood trees that played an important role in the history of the island.
The Bahamas is the world’s premier boating destination. If you’re looking for the best Caribbean sailing experience, you should charter a yacht.
See the Cow and the Bull, two enormous limestone boulders perched at the edge of a cliff on the coast of Eleuthera Island.
Go to the Atlantis Paradise Island and have fun at Aquaventure Water Park, which includes nice lagoons, pools, marine habitats, water slides and river rides.
Discover the Lucayan Caverns, the world’s longest surveyed underground cave system.
Visit the Great Isaac Cay, a small island famous for its mysterious lighthouse.
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