Spanning 750 miles and with some 700 tropical islands, the Bahamas offers a tropical adventure that can be as relaxing or as high octane as you want. Whether you choose to bask on a stunning beach, indulge in the glamour of Paradise Island, sail to the dreamy Out Islands or swim with dolphins, simply sip a Bahama Mama and contemplate your next move.
Formerly home to the legendary Blackbeard, the capital city, Nassau, on the island of New Providence, is full of pastel pink shops, Georgian architecture, tree-lined streets and fish fry shacks. For a once in a lifetime experience, take a swim in the crystal-clear waters of the Exumas with the wild pigs that reside on Big Major Cay; these friendly animals will piggy-paddle alongside you for a unique photo opportunity. Harbour Island’s three miles of dreamy pink sands, laid back vibe and delicious local cuisine are a huge draw, and on secluded Eleuthera you’ll taste some of the sweetest pineapple in the world.
Whichever island you choose, watersports enthusiasts will be spoilt for choice with bone fishing, sailing, snorkelling and diving. You’ll find colourful coral reefs just offshore and for more adventurous scuba divers, the Bahamas is home to some of the most challenging cave and wreck diving on the planet.
Turks & Caicos
Dolphins frolic in sapphire waters, one of the world’s longest coral reefs is just a short swim form the soft white sands and sublime luxury hotels are hidden amongst fragrant bougainvillea and hibiscus. This is the Turks & Caicos, a place to live out all your castaway fantasies.
The tranquil waters are ideal for watersports with snorkelling, sailing, kayaking and windsurfing all on offer, plus some of the best diving in the Caribbean within the marine reserve of the Princess Alexandra National Park. Spot reef and nurse sharks, sea turtles and the occasional bottlenose dolphin, including the much-loved JoJo, a local legend who has been visiting the area since the 1980’s and can often be spotted playing with the divers.
Little Cayman, Cayman Brac and Grand Cayman make up the Cayman Islands and you’ll be hard pressed to find a more exquisite and ethereal trio of stunning isles. Secluded, sun-kissed paradises, white sand beaches, world class diving and turquoise seas, this minute archipelago in the western Caribbean Sea is so jaw-droppingly laid back that even the stingrays will eat straight from your hand.
Perfect for couples, families and honeymooners, Grand Cayman is a mix of luxurious accommodation, award-winning dining, opulent spas, abundant marine life and informal yet plush living. Hand feed morsels of squid to friendly stingrays at Stingray City, swim with bottlenose dolphins at North Sound’s Dolphin Cove and snorkel amongst spectacular coral formations at Eden Rock.
The scuba diving around Grand Cayman is regarded as some of the best in the world due to the crystal-clear waters and teeming marine life. Spectacular drop-offs, swim throughs, pinnacles, drifts, wrecks and vibrant coral reefs are all on offer. The marine life at Cheeseburger Reef is magnificent and the shallow waters of the Wreck of Cali are perfect for beginners, while for the more advanced diver, Bloody Bay Marine Park, just off Little Cayman is one of the best sites in the Caribbean.