The Out Islands of The Bahamas - Cat Island
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. A dizzy 63 metres! 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, but 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.
Where to Stay On Cat Island?We recommend the following properties but are happy to discuss other options available to you.
Shannas Cove Resort -This isolated resort is perched high on the hill on the northern tip of Cat Island, granting sweeping views of the beautiful beach at Shannas Cove and the rest of the island. There are five brightly decorated cottages, each with private balconies. 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. This is an adults only resort..
Fernandez Bay Village - Set on one of the most picture perfect white sand turquoise water secluded bays on earth. A handful of beach cottages surround the bay with tons of stuff to do; kayaking, snorkel, looking for crabs. Fernandez Bay Village has an excellent restaurant and great hang out area for families with games and snacks to enjoy while watching sunsets.