We recently took a trip to Long Island in the Bahamas. I figured I would write a post to share some of the pictures from the trip. Long island is 80 miles long and only 4 miles wide so we were able to visit most of the island during our trip.
On the way to Nassau some of our group was held up and wasn’t able to fly out at an airport in the US due to an over booked flight. They eventually met back up with us in Nassau a few hours after our part of the group arrived. We had to fly to Nassau, Bahamas before taking a small plane to the Stella Maris airport in Long Island the next day. The flight was a little bumpy but it was a fun experience.
When we landed in Nassau we stayed at Orange Hill Hotel. It wasn’t the nicest place to stay but it was for only one night and I got some good pictures while we were there.
While we were in Long Island we stayed at Whymms Villas in the “On-A-Whymm” house. It was a beautiful house with a pool in the back and an ocean view from the back porch. I don’t think we could have chosen a nicer place for the week we were there.
We spent most of our time on the West side of the Island where the sandy beaches and calmer water is. We spent our first day at Cape Santa Maria, which is known as one of the nicest beaches in the Bahamas. The water is crystal blue all around the island but it was even more so at Cape Santa Maria. The sand was amazing, it was very white and the grains were so fine it felt more like clay than sand. We also went reef fishing with some guides from the resort later in the week. It was amazing how many fish we caught off the reefs in so little time. We were even able to reel a shark in. What a fight that was!
There are numerous other beaches on the island including Gordons Beach. This beach was not as nice as Cape Santa Maria but we had fun hanging out and swimming there for the day. The entrance to the beach appears to go through a sewage area (it may just be a salt pond, don’t know) and it smells if you stick too close to the beach entrance. There is also a lot of trash that has been pushed ashore from the ocean. The only way we knew it was Gordon’s beach was from a sign that had been tossed to the side of the road.
We also made our way to the Atlantic side of the island. One of our favorite places were the Rock Pools. It was fun to stand on the edge of where the pools ended and watch the waves crash up against the rocks. The water collects on the rocky shore into little pools. It was fun to walk around and see what was sitting in all the pools of water. This location actually has a sign pointing to the location so it wasn’t as hard to find it as some other locations on the Island.
One day we decided to visit Dean’s Blue hole, which is the deepest blue hole recorded in the Bahamas at more than 600 feet deep. We asked numerous locals about the Blue Hole and all of them told us that they would not swim in it. When we arrived there was a sign warning to not swim in it unless you had strong swimming skills. It didn’t say anything about being sucked in on the sign. We decided that it was worth the risk and jumped off the nearby cliffs into it and also went snorkeling through it to see the fish that were all around. It was one of the wildest things I have ever seen. The water is shallow all around the blue hole and then it just drops off into blackness. It is like being in another world looking at the edges of the hole and how they just disappear into the deep.
A couple days after leaving the Blue Hole a local fishing guide told us that a few people had died there the week earlier because they had been sucked into the Blue Hole. I don’t know if we would have been jumping from the cliffs into it if we knew that this had occurred. Pretty scary!
The whole time we were there we didn’t have a bad meal. The one thing all the islanders rave about is the Conch. This recommendation led us to Max’s Conch Bar, that everyone talks about. Most people say to get the Conch Salad, which is a very good choice.
A few nights while we were there we had food cooked for us by Urshala, the housekeeper where we were staying. It was a treat to say the least. She cooked us something new each night including local lobster (crawfish) and conch chowder.
We also visited Christopher Columbus’s Monument, where he first arrive October 17, 1492. It is believed to be his third stop (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_Island,_Bahamas). The monument was a little difficult to find because like a lot of things on Long Island, the road was not marked. We had a vague idea of where the Monument was and found a dirt road that eventually led us to where we wanted to go.
If you want to go on a vacation where there is shopping and a lot of tourist attractions this is not the place you want to be. But if you want to go to a place where you have a whole beach to yourself Long Island will be right up your alley. Also a cautionary note. Make sure to wear some kind of bug repellent (the locals swear baby oil works) to keep the sand flies off of you. Maritza and a couple other people from the group had allergic reactions from being bit so many times while we were there. Don’t let that stop you though because the views and experience are well worth the trip to the Bahamas.
Please visit our travel page under personal projects to see more photos from this trip. Thanks for visiting!