The Out Islands of The Bahamas - AndrosAll of the Out Islands boast abundant natural attractions, but Andros Island – the largest yet most sparsely developed of all The Bahamas – is king when it comes to superlative natural experiences. Eco-travellers and water lovers, this is your haven.....bird watching, hiking, snorkelling, diving and fishing abound. This natural wonder is home to the earth’s third-largest barrier reef. The Tongue of the Ocean, a mile-deep abyss walled with coral and filled with whales, dolphin, marlin licks along Andros’ east coast. Underwater caves riddle the island, surfacing as mesmerizing blue holes. Mangrove-lined wetlands cover huge swaths of Andros, intercut with endless mazes of channels that open onto bonefish flats and hidden beaches.
As you can imagine, fishing here is a way of life. Experienced local guides take fly-fishing to a new level - knowing their way through the cuts and channels that split Andros Island into three sections. For big-game fishermen, the Tongue beckons, with big snapper along the deep reef and pelagics like mahi-mahi, tuna, wahoo and marlin just a bit further out.
Hikers will enjoy a unique natural history tour plus cultural lesson by participating in a “backabush.” Inland blue holes appear amid the ancient forest and a local guide will explain all the medicinal uses of the plants – knowledge that’s been handed down for generations.
Birds find Andros Island an ideal stopover on their yearly migrations and join local exotics like the ibis, spoonbills, flamingos, hummingbirds, woodstars and the rare Bahama parrot. Bird watchers will find their quarry wading along the shore, roosting in the mangroves (where a silent, peaceful approach by kayak ensures close sightings) and hiding amid the coppice.
When you're taking a break from adventuring, there’s plenty of other things to do on the island. Take a picnic to Morgan’s Bluff, Love Hill Beach or Somerset Beach. Spot of shopping? Locally produced Androsian fabrics make a great trip keepsake and can be found in Fresh Creek whilst baskets and wood carvings are popular in Red Bay.
Where to Stay on Andros?
To give you an idea of the calibre of hotel and resort, here is our favourite. Please call us to discuss all your options.
Tiamo Resort on South Andros Island - Accessible only by seaplane or speedboat, this idyllic resort has just ten beachside cottages and is the perfect private hideaway for honeymooners or couples. Included with your stay: three meals a day, soft drinks, transport from Congo Town and boat transfers to the resort. Water activities such as canoeing, floating cabana, paddle board, Fun Cat, snorkeling and sailboats are also included whilst in the resort.