Ecotourism In The Bahamas
When it comes to exploring nature, The Bahamas has plenty to offer. We play host to some of the most intriguing, exotic and mysterious natural phenomena on the planet. Here you'll find the world's deepest blue hole, the third-largest barrier reef in the world, miles of pink-sand beaches, the world's largest colony of pink flamingos, the endangered Bahama Parrot, the unusual Andros iguana, a wild horse preserve and countless nature preserves. You'll also find a growing number of eco-friendly hotels and resorts in The Bahamas offering vacation packages that support ecotourism and ecotravelers.
Andros Island—the largest yet most sparsely developed island in all The Bahamas—is king when it comes to superlative natural experiences. Ecotravelers, kayakers, birdwatchers, hikers, snorkelers, divers and fishermen will find that Andros Island is the ideal vacation destination for ecotourism.
With an entire chain of enchanting islands scattered around a warm sea, The Abacos are one of the world’s best cruising and sailing destinations in The Bahamas. Ecotourists can embark on boating excursions that offer a wide range of unique diving experiences including decorated cave diving, shallow and deep water wreck diving and magical blue hole diving.
If birdwatching is your forte, then Inagua Island is your destination. This natural beauty of an island, known as a Birdwatcher's Paradise, is home to a colony of over 80,000 West Indian Flamingos (The National Bird of The Bahamas).
Together, Great Exuma and the Cays offer numerous opportunities to learn about the islands' ecosystems. You can explore national parks, snorkel above coral reefs and even feed tame iguanas that come right up to you and eat from your hand.
Nassau & Paradise Island
Waterfowl and wading birds are dominant throughout Nassau/Paradise Island. You’ll also likely encounter egrets and herons, Bahama pintails, ruddy ducks and Caribbean coots. And don't forget everyone's favorite—the marching flamingos.
A range of ecotours across the islands feature the rich biodiversity of The Bahamas. Travel to the caves where Arawak Indians lived before Columbus or the wetlands and coppice forest where rare animals, wild birds and exotic orchids and plant life reside. Whether riding on horseback or hiking on foot trails, a different side of The Bahamas is revealed on ecotours.
The national parks of The Bahamas are treasure troves of biodiversity and areas of pure aesthetic beauty. Within the park system you will find one of the world's longest underwater cave systems, a critically important sea turtle research facility, a large collection of rare palms, and a 250 acre wetland that is home to more than 100 birds species.
Beneath the waters and across the lands of The Bahamas, ecotravelers can explore natural wonders that stimulate the senses and invigorate the imagination: the world's greatest geologic oddity known as the tongue of the ocean or intricate underground cave systems used by indigenous Bahamians as storm shelters.