Explore Our Natural Wonders
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.
This world-famous geological site in North Andros is a hub for international researchers. They flock to The Bahamas to study the unique oolitic sand formations found in the Joulter Cays. Exceptional fly fishing flats are also located around this natural wonder, bonefish, snapper, permit and tarpon in abundance.
Tongue of the Ocean
One of the top wall diving sites in the world, the Tongue of the Ocean is a 6,000-foot-deep submarine canyon, flanked dramatically by shallow Bahamian waters. Beneath the blue lies beautiful coral formations, sponges and big game fish, an ideal spot for deep sea fishing.
An ancient underwater road leading to the mythical lost city of Atlantis is what Bahamian folklore says about the Bimini Road, a dive site with mysterious underwater rock formations. Unique to The Bahamas, the large rectangular rocks stretch about half a mile, resembling an ancient road.
Great Barrier Reef
One mile off the shores of Andros is the world's third-largest fringing barrier reef, home to almost every variety of exotic fish species. Measuring 190 miles long, the Great Barrier Reef is the third largest living organism on the planet.
Dean's Blue Hole
Plunging down over 600 feet Dean’s Blue Hole in Long island is the deepest known sea water blue hole in the world. Surrounded by towering cliffs, Dean’s Blue Hole is a great site for cliff jumping and deep sea free diving. Free divers from around the world train and compete at this natural wonder.
Traditional storm shelters in The Bahamas were inland caves, scattered across the islands; Bahamians inherited the tradition from indigenous Arawak Indians who also used the inland caves. These natural wonders, which contain fully formed stalactites, stalagmites, are ideal attractions for off-the-beaten-track experiences.
The longest-known underwater limestone cave system in the world—charted for up to six miles—is found in The Bahamas. Many of these natural wonders can be described as underwater aquariums, overstocked with marine life—sponges, lobsters, crabs and shrimp—while some are merely fossilized black holes.
One of Eleuthera’s geological wonders, the limestone wall cliffs in Rainbow Bay have been cut by the sea, creating a network of trenches, caves and coves. Pristine tidal pools form in the low lying rock formations. Stratas of black and red stone and embedded pockets of sand are visible in the rock walls.
The Islands Of The Bahamas contain many salt ponds, which are fascinating natural reservoirs of sea salt. When water evaporates from these shallow ponds during the dry harvesting season, salt forms in large deposits. In Inagua alone, there are 80 salt ponds used for commercial manufacturing.
This small tropical broadleaf forest is remarkably undisturbed, representative of the early tropical hardwood forests of The Bahamas. It features deep sinkholes, which in other parts of The Bahamas have provided produced and subfossil remains of Bahamian fauna and Lucayan and Bahamian artifacts.