World Ocean’s Day: Where to Celebrate in The Bahamas

Given 95% of the surface of The Bahamas is covered in water, it’s no surprise that the archipelago is home to many landmarks of liquid nature, all in some way directly related to the sea. As today is World Oceans Day I wished to celebrate the aquatic landscape of the Bahamas and pinpoint where on the globe, amongst 700 islands and more than 2200 cays, you too can experience these natural wonders.
The Bahamas is host to the world’s:
|| few pink sands beaches || Eleuthera
Lining the lengthy-shores of Harbour Island and mainland Eleuthera, these wide expanses of plage draw the resort-crowds in search of pink speckled beaches. The result of mixing thousands of broken coral pieces, shells, and calcium carbonate materials left behind by foraminifera – tiny marine creatures with red and pink shells – these stretches of sand are often touted “best in the world” by glossy travel magazines.

 || deepest blue hole || Long Island
Recognized as the world’s deepest hole in the sea-floor, Dean’s Blue Hole drops to a dramatic depth of 663 feet, 202 meters. Host to Vertical Blue, an internationally recognized bi-annual free-diving competition, it’s often here you can find 15-time world record holder, free-diver, William Trubridge training below the aquatic surface.

 || largest underwater sculpture || New Providence
Commissioned by the Bahamas Reef Environment Education Foundation, celebrated underwater artist, Jason deCaires Taylor created Ocean Atlas, the world’s largest underwater sculpture. On the south-western edge of the capital, in the underwater world, you can snorkel her silhouette.

 || only underwater steinway piano || Exumas
Located 105 miles south east of New Providence you can snorkel yet another underwater sculpture of Taylor’s. Commissioned by private-island owner and magician David Copperfield, “The Musician” is a mermaid playing a Steinway concert grand piano undersea. Read about my first introduction to her here.

 || third longest barrier reef || Andros
Stretching 124 miles, lining the east coast of Andros, is the third longest barrier reef in the world. Before disappearing in to the Tongue of The Ocean: an ocean trench that dramatically drops to over 6,000 feet, the reef slopes down a vertical cliff, making it an ideal dive spot for scuba-divers of all levels.

 || highest concentration of blue holes || Andros

Equally as important to what lies beyond the shoreline is what awaits to be explored in-land. Boasting a higher concentration of Blue Holes than anywhere else on earth, the largest island in the Bahamas is home to 178 land-locked blue holes, and more than 50 out at sea.

|| narrowest place on earth || Eleuthera
It’s at the Glass Window Bridge that the deep blues of the churning Atlantic and the turquoise shallow waters of the Great Bahama Bank come in to sharp focus.  
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