Explore Our National Parks
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.
Walker’s Cay National Park
The northernmost island in The Bahamas, Walker’s Cay is renowned for its underwater coral cathedrals teeming with schools of pompano and amberjack, large marine predators and multitudes of colorful tropical fish, turtles and eagle rays. With visibility that reaches 100 feet and an endless variety of marine life, this underwater paradise is a Mecca for divers.
Black Sound Cay National Reserve
Located off Green Turtle Cay in The Abacos, this miniature park comprises a thick stand of mangrove vegetation and is an important habitat for waterfowl and other migratory birds.
Tilloo Cay Reserve
Tropical seabirds gather in The Abacos to nest in the Tilloo Cay Reserve. Eleven acres of wild and pristine natural environment make the Reserve the perfect destination for nature lovers and their airborne friends.
Pelican Cays Land and Sea Park
Located eight miles north of Cherokee Sound, Great Abaco, the park’s 2,100-acre land and sea area contains beautiful undersea caves and extensive coral reefs, and abounds with terrestrial plant and animal life.
Abaco National Park
The Abaco National Park is an important sanctuary for the endangered Bahama Parrot, a must-see for ecotravelers. Across its 20,500 acres, the park contains substantive acreage of Caribbean pine forest and broadleaf coppice, the major habitats required by the parrot for foraging.
Fowl Cays National Park
With a variety of tunnels and towers to explore, the sea life is abundant in the Fowl Cays National Park. Steadily growing as a diver’s haven, the park is conveniently reached from most central Abaco cays and settlements. The reefs are spectacular for snorkelers and divers. At the right tide, a natural whirlpool inside the park will treat you to a unique and memorable natural spa experience.
North & South Marine Parks
Andros has the third longest barrier reef in the world. These two parks were established to help preserve significant parts of this valuable reef ecosystem.
Blue Holes National Park
Andros has the highest concentration of blue holes in the world. Exposed to the elements over thousands of years, the island’s limestone bedrock eroded creating a vast expanse of underwater systems. The caves and blue holes of Andros have been found to house many unusual and unique cave fish and invertebrates, some not found anywhere else in the world.
Crab Replenishment Reserve
Identified as the best land crab habitat in central Andros, this area was set aside to ensure a sustainable crab population for future generations.
West Side National Park
The endangered Andros Rock Iguana and many bird species, including the West Indian Flamingo, utilize this treasured park on the west coast of Andros. It encompasses a vast area of coastal mangrove habitat that is an important nursery area for conch, lobster and fish. It is also a prime bone-fishing area.
Conception Island National Park
Conception Island is an unspoiled sanctuary for migratory birds and a nesting site for green and hawksbill turtles. The island was designated an Important Bird Area by Birdlife International. Experts believe it has the largest concentration of nesting tropicbirds in The Bahamas. Historically it is known as one of the three islands where Columbus landed in the New World.
Acklins & Crooked Island
Hope Great House and Marine Farm
Located on the west coast of Crooked Island, these two Loyalist compounds include an artillery battery and plantation house with kitchen. These well preserved historic properties provide a unique glimpse into the country’s colonial past.
Eleuthera & Harbour Island
Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve
The Preserve features over 171 species of indigenous plants and more than 34 species of birds. Over 100 varieties of medicinal plants and more than 25 different economic plants are among the 2,000 native trees, shrubs and herbs maintained on the site. A mile-long trail leads you through the tropical sanctuary, over a waterfall, through a mangrove swamp, and to a lookout tower that reveals breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean.
Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park
Quality diving is available inside the Park with water temperatures holding around 80 degrees and visibility beyond 100 feet. Large schools of reef fish will meet you at practically any dive site. Created in 1958 this 176 square mile park was the first of its kind in the world and is famous for its stunning beauty, outstanding anchorages and breathtaking marine environment. It is the first marine fishery reserve established in the Caribbean.
Moriah Harbour Cay National Park
Moriah Harbour Cay and its marine environs are a vital part of the ecosystem between Great and Little Exuma. A variety of birdlife nests there, including gull-billed and least terns. The mangroves serve as an important nursery habitat for juvenile stocks of fish, crawfish, conch, and the like. Landward, palmettos, buttonwoods, bay cedar, and sea oats work in concert, providing stability, nutrients, and beauty to the ecosystem.
Grand Bahama Island
Rand Nature Centre
Known for its foot trails winding through natural coppice and pine barrens, the Rand Nature Centre is a well known birding hot spot, especially from October to May when the resident bird population is joined by wintering songbirds. The Rand Nature Centre is the headquarters of the Bahamas National Trust on Grand Bahama island. The Glory Banks Art Gallery at the centre provides a venue for Grand Bahama artists.
Peterson Cay National Park
This low-lying limestone cay is located about 15 miles east of Freeport and a mile offshore. It offers a spectacular snorkeling experience and is popular picnic spot. It is often an important seabird nesting site in the summer months.
Lucayan National Park
The park features an underwater cave system that has been charted for up to six miles. Other attractions include elevated walkways through the mangrove wetland, a magnificent beach, and one of the highest coastal dunes on the island. Lucayan skeletons were discovered in one of the caverns and other pre-Columbian artifacts have been found. Only certified cave divers are permitted to explore the cavern system.
Union Creek Reserve
Seven square miles of enclosed tidal creeks on Great Inagua’s northwest shore provide perfect harbor for young Green Turtles, which grow to about 25 cm in length and remain at that size for decades. This shallow creek has been a critically important research site for sea turtles since 1974, and has provided some of the most important scientific data on the endangered turtle species.
Inagua National Park
Internationally renowned for having the largest breeding colony of West Indian flamingos, Inagua remains a popular destination for ecotravelers. Although there are approximately 50,000 flamingos in the native colony, many other bird species abound in the park’s interior: the native Bahama Parrot, the endemic Bahama woodstar hummingbird, Bahama pintails, Brown pelicans, Tri-colored herons and others.
Little Inagua National Park
Little Inagua is by far the largest uninhabited island in the Caribbean. In its undisturbed state, Little Inagua’s biodiversity is enormous. Critically endangered sea turtle species are found in the Park, along with White-tailed Tropicbirds and West Indian Whistling Ducks. Unique ocean currents in its surrounding waters contribute to the supply of fisheries, eggs, larvae and sub adults that are swept into The Bahamas’ marine territory.
Nassau & Paradise Island
The 11-acre garden of rare and exotic palms and native coppice known as The Retreat, houses one of the largest private collections of palms in the world. It is an important green space for resident and migratory birds on the island. The Retreat serves as the administrative headquarters of the Bahamas National Trust responsible for managing the national park system.
Harrold and Wilson Ponds National Park
A stone’s throw from the nation’s capital and tourism hub, Harrold and Wilson Ponds host the island’s highest concentration of herons, egrets, ibises and cormorants as well as the endemic Bahama Swallow. As an Important Bird Area, the Park is considered to be an indispensable habitat.
A 600-foot boardwalk and viewing platform provides ample access to the Bonefish Pond on the south central coast of New Providence. It is an important marine nursery area for the island, providing a protective, nutrient rich habitat for juvenile stocks of fish, crawfish, and conch. This area supports a wide variety of waterfowl and Bahamian flora. The wetland also provides critical protection from storm surges for the island’s southern shore.
Primeval Forest National Park
Located in the southwest portion of New Providence, the forest features unique limestone caverns up to 50 feet long, 30 feet wide, and in some cases 30 feet deep. Similar features elsewhere in The Bahamas have provided fossil and subfossil remains of Bahamian fauna as well as Lucayan and Bahamian artifacts. This small tropical forest is remarkably undisturbed, representative of the early tropical hardwood forests of The Bahamas.