Conception Island was established in 1964 as one of the National Parks of The Bahamas. The park consists of 25,173 acres. It is an important sanctuary for migratory birds, nesting sea birds and green turtles, in addition to a rookery for nesting seabirds and a hatching site for green turtles. Christopher Columbus is said to have also landed here in 1492.
The island has a large protected cove with shallow water and groves of stag-horn coral you can swim through just below the water's surface. It is great for snorkeling and diving.