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The Boiling Hole

The Boiling Hole

Freeport - Grand Bahama Island The Boiling Hole

Armbrister Creek flows into a clear lake called Boiling Point or Boiling Hole whose tidal conditions cause bubbles and burps; the conditions lead to folklore of a sea monster below its surface. It is called The Boiling Hole because when tide flows out to the sea, the water rushing from the cavelike area beneath the roadway bubbles on the surface. It could also be referred to as The Whirlpool because (as you might guess), when the tide flows inward, the water rushing into the cavern system creates a whirlpool and is definitely a sight to behold! This blue lagoon occurred naturally as the island itself was formed, and it is a testament to the cavernous geology of The Islands of The Bahamas. It was the jumping off point for explorations that confirmed an underground cavernous connection across the island of Grand Bahama. It is also one of the sites explored by Jacques Cousteau, who documented his findings. For some time the entrance to the underwater caverns was substantially filled with silt and manmade debris, preventing the free flow of water. The problem was corrected with the assistance of a local company, Bahama Rock, which excavated the area and restored the site to its natural state. A wooden boardwalk, with a viewing deck and aluminum ladder for access to the water, has been provided for persons wishing a closeup look, but do so at your own risk. Today, this is a great spot to spy rays and baby sharks and numerous birds that nest along its mangrove fringe. Locals in the area are also known to throw out a line to catch fish here, particularly as the tide comes in.

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Jeffrey Pinder

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