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The Island ofPeaceful Seclusion

Rum Cay is considered one of the best-kept secrets in The Bahamas–home to historical ruins, vivid coral reefs, miles of white sand beaches, and thrilling surf. Just offshore, abundant marine life attracts fishermen, divers, and snorkelers from all around.

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The Highlights Lucayan Art History

Hartford Cave holds the secrets of the Lucayan-Arawak people that once lived here. The cave walls are decorated with ancient petroglyphs, perhaps the largest display of such art in The Bahamas.

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The Highlights Two Theories On One Curious Name

Two theories exist about the origin of Rum Cay's name. The first attributes the name to a West Indian ship that wrecked offshore with a cargo of rum during the rum-running 1800s. The second claims the name is a reference to Scotland's Isle of Rhum.

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The Highlights Colourful Below

Rum Cay’s gin-clear turquoise waters and its location on the continental shelf create countless exhilarating dive sites. From the 60ft walls of the “Grand Canyon”, to steep drop-offs and tunnel systems, divers can take their pick.

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The Highlights Port Nelson

Today, Port Nelson is the only inhabited town in sleepy Rum Cay. Notice the peculiar street signs in the shape of the island and the town square named for The Bahamas' first Governor-General, Sir Milo Butler, a Rum Cay native.

Island Resorts & Retreats Where to Stay

Hotels

Make nearby Long Island your home base, and hop over to Rum Cay for the day via boat or charter flight.

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Things to Do Explore An Underwater Museum

In 1861, the 101-gun HMS Conqueror, Britain's first propellor-driven warship, wrecked on Sumner Point Reef, just off the coast of Rum Cay. Today, the wreck lies under 30 feet of water and is designated an underwater museum.

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Things to Do Plan An Eco-Adventure

A short boat ride away is Conception Island National Park. This protected area is perhaps one of the most pristine islands in The Bahamas–a stunning sight whether you’re sailing, swimming, or hiking through the island. Plan a day trip with a local fishing guide.

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Things to Do Catch A Wave

The Bahamas may not be a traditional surf destination, but maybe that’s what makes these secret surf spots so special. Rum Cay’s northern coast in particular offers perfect surf conditions on undisturbed beaches.

Fresh Island Flavours Drinks & Dining

Restaurants

Local favourites, including a green coconut dessert that can’t be missed, are prepared with fresh ingredients and served with warm, Bahamian hospitality.

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Port Nelson Airport

Port Nelson Airport in Rum Cay receives domestic flights from Nassau. Domestic charter services may also be arranged.

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