Caribbean Islands, Bahamas
Cat Island is a little piece of paradise in the Caribbean Sea; both one of the most beautiful islands of the Bahamas and one of its least inhabited, it is the ideal destination for anyone looking to escape from the real world.
Cat Island is located 152 kilometres from Nassau; a distance which presumably explains the island’s relatively low numbers of tourists. Play this to your advantage – a lack of commercialism means that Cat Island is the perfect place for any traveller looking to experience genuine African-Bahamian culture or even anybody simply looking to follow a path less travelled.
The island is only 48 miles long and 4 miles across at its widest but it is filled with spots of overwhelming natural beauty; the island is known for its extraordinary pink sand beaches but dramatic cliffs, rolling hills and clear lakes can all also be found in abundance here.
One of the island’s most popular activities is diving – its waters hold ship wrecks, coral reefs, blue holes, caves and more. The brave can even choose to go on a shark dive whilst those who prefer less intimidating sea creatures can still expect to see dolphins, turtles, stingrays and more. Other common water based activities on the island include kayaking, skim boarding and paddle boarding.
If you tire of the water then why not hike one of the island’s many nature trails? Cat Island is home to Mount Alvernia; the highest place in all of the Bahamas at 206 feet above sea level. The trek up the stone staircase to the hill’s peak is well worth the effort for the eventual breathtaking views and to see the small stone monastery which was built here by the architect hermit, Father Jerome Hawes.
As mentioned above, Cat Island is also a great place to learn more of Bahamian history and culture. A good place to gain an introduction to the island’s history is the Columbus World Centre Museum in the village of Knowles. Visitors can also explore ruins of past cotton plantations and the remains of slave huts dating back to 1700s. On a completely different note, but one still relevant to the island’s history, did you know that Cat Island was the birth place of Academy Award winner, Sir Sidney Poitier? Film buffs amongst you may enjoy a visit to his childhood home in South Bight on the island.
There really is something for everyone on Cat Island so get off the well beaten track and visit somewhere a little different – we are certain you won’t regret it!
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