"Inagua is known for its tranquility and birding. It is also unique for being the only island in The Bahamas with snook fishing."Evamae Palacious, Inagua
Home to over 80,000 flamingos, the national bird of The Bahamas, Inagua is a haven for birdwatchers. Along with the flamingos, birding enthusiasts will find over 140 species of native and migratory birds, making Inagua the Birdwatching Capital of The Bahamas. The island is also home to three national parks/reserves, as well as one of three remaining kerosene-burning, hand-cranked lighthouses in The Bahamas. If ecotourism is your forte, Inagua is your destination.
Discover more about Inagua
Inagua is the southernmost island in The Bahamas and actually consists of two separate islands, Great Inagua Island and Little Inagua Island. Both are known for their natural surroundings and act as great destinations for ecotourists. Great Inagua is the third largest island in The Bahamas, stretching 20 miles long and 55.19 miles wide, with the Inagua National Park covering 45% of the island. The Park is home to over 80,000 West Indian Flamingos, the Bahama parrot, and other pelicans, ducks and hummingbirds found nowhere else in The Bahamas. Little Inagua Island is a protected habitat for endangered sea turtles, and features a vast reef that prevents boaters and sailors from getting too close to its shores. Over 30 square miles of the island are uninhabited by locals.
Birding Capital Of The Bahamas
With over 140 species of birds, Inagua is a bird-watcher's paradise. Migrating, resident and endemic species include the rare Bahama Parrot, West Indian whistling duck, Kirtland's warbler, and a rare species of heron on Little Inagua.
West Indian Flamingos
National Bird of The Bahamas, West Indian Flamingos live in the Great Inagua National Park, comprising almost half the island. Wetland sites created during salt production have made this the largest nesting ground for those birds in the Western Hemisphere.
Union Creek Reserve
The reserve encompasses 4,940 acres of an enclosed tidal creek on the northwest shore of Great Inagua. It serves as a captive research site for sea turtles, especially the Green Turtle, to protect the habitat where they lay their eggs.
Unique Animal Species
It was reported in 1949 that several unique animal species had been found in Inagua—and not seen anywhere else—including a fast moving fresh water turtle, several breeds of duck, a hummingbird peculiar to Inagua, and a new genus of lizard.
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