Taking its name from the notorious 17th century pirate, Arthur Catt, Cat Island is shrouded in colourful tales of undiscovered treasure and piracy. At 50 miles long and 4 miles wide, the highest point in the whole of the Islands of the Bahamas is located here at Mount Alvernia. On its peak is a monastery known as the Hermitage,built by English architect John Cyril Hawes, who later went on to be known as ‘The Hermit of Cat Island’.
Arthur Town to the north end of the island was the home of Sidney Poitier. By far the quaintest village on Cat Island is Fernandez Bay. This tiny resort is close to historic plantations and settlements and the spot where many islanders believe Columbus first set foot on the New World.
Divers on Cat Island can choose from coral reefs and blue holes, explore shipwrecks or spot dolphins, stingrays and sharks. Alternatively, head to Armbrister Creek, as the tidal conditions cause bubbles and burps making it a fabulous location to spot rays, baby sharks and birds that nest along the mangrove fringe.
With miles of stunning empty pink and white sand beaches, lush rolling hills, rugged cliffs and world-class diving and fishing, Cat Island is considered one of the most beautiful islands of The Bahamas. And, as one of the least inhabited of the Out Islands, this makes it the perfect holiday destination if you’re seeking blissful seclusion.
Where to Stay On Cat Island?
We've selected a few of our favourites to give you an idea of the calibre of the hotels and resorts. We are happy to discuss all of your accommodation options.
Shannas Cove Resort -this isolated, adults only resort is perched high on the hill on the northern tip of Cat Island with views of the beautiful beach at Shannas Cove and the rest of the island. There are five brightly decorated cottages, each with private balcony. An excellent restaurant on-site serves three meals a day, made to order, without set mealtimes. Nature trails lead to northern secluded beaches and scuba diving is available on-site.
Fernandez Bay Village - set on one of the most picture perfect secluded bays on earth. A handful of beach cottages surround the bay with plenty to do including kayaking, snorkelling or looking for crabs. This is an excellent option for families.