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.
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.
|| 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.
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.
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.