Tuesday, September 4, 2007

The Country of 700 Islands

Calm waters and cooling tradewinds have rightfully earned The Bahamas an international reputation for sailing, with regattas and races held year-round. The islands are actually the birthplace of the Gulf Stream, a phenomenon that also accounts for their astonishing variety and abundance of marine life.

Legendary gamefish draw sport fisherman in search of the "big one," and more than 50 international fishing records have been set in these waters. The great writer/fisherman Ernest Hemingway considered the Bahamian island of Bimini a home. The same conditions that make these islands so amenable to sailors and fisherman draw visitors to the vast and diverse underwater parks.

With more than 5% of the planet's reef mass, The Bahamas offer inexhaustible pleasures and challenges to snorkelers and divers. The natural beauty of the water extends to the thousands of miles of shoreline, which has some of the world's most stunningly beautiful and unsullied beaches. From the pink sands of Harbour Island and Eleuthera to the deserted strands of the Exumas and San Salvador, there is a lifetime of beaches to experience.

Further inland are gardens and National Parks with rare and endangered species, such as the exotic Abaco Parrot and the Bahamian Iguana. Although The Bahamas are as diverse and numerous as the days of the year, the reassuring unifier is the charm and hospitality of its people.

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism offers a People-to-People programme; an opportunity for visitors to experience a genuine and informal taste of Bahamian hospitality and culture. Volunteers holding interests similar to yours give you a taste of Bahamian life and potentially a lifelong friendship. Bahamians will be more than happy to introduce you to the richness of their history, folklore, culture and cuisine. Over a succulent dish of cracked conch and guava duff, you'll hear tales about the nefarious pirate Blackbeard and the mysterious blue holes of Andros. They'll tell you about the original Eleutheran Adventurers, the playful the Junkanoo troupes.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Kamalame Cay Bahamas launches weekend spa & wellness program

Kamalame Cay, the 96-acre, private island resort in the Bahamas, will launch a new Weekend Spa & Wellness program in early 2008. The three-night / four-day retreats will offer guests a tropical mini spa getaway highlighting daily yoga on the beach, meditation and chanting sessions and optional life coaching.

Additionally, one of the highlights of the program will be pampering treatments in Kamalame’s 2,000-square-foot aqua spa nestled at the end of a 200-foot pier.

The Spa & Wellness weekends will be hosted by New York City-based Jo Hook, founder of Avatar Yoga Retreats and Body as an Instrument, a holistic fitness program.

Complimenting the yoga program, the Spa & Wellness weekends will introduce guests to Kamalame Cay’s spa which features five treatment rooms, each suspended over the sea with walls of windows that open to expansive ocean views. A full menu of massage and body / facial treatments is available including the Coconut Body Glow, which utilizes a fresh coconut scrub, the Seaweed Botanical Wrap incorporating a gentle exfoliating sea salt scrub followed by a detoxifying seaweed wrap, or the adventurous Spiced Rum Wrap which infuses a warming spice and herb body masque followed by a gentle, cooling massage.

The Spa & Wellness weekends will also highlight a six-mile Inspirational Walk and Run where guests run or walk the length of the Cay and back. Each mile there will be an “Inspiration Station” where chilled water with fresh lemon or cucumber is available and an inspirational quote will be found playfully written on conch shells and coconuts. The Spa & Wellness programs will run Jan. 11-14 and Oct. 17-20, 2008.For more details on the Weekend Spa & Wellness program please call 800-790-7971, e-mail info@kamalame.com or visit http://www.kamalame.com

Monday, August 20, 2007

Bahamas Fishing Guide

For the avid fisherman, here’s a good resource for making the most out of your Bahamas fishing vacation.

Use this handy Bahamas Fish Finder to find the best island and time of year for the specific type of Bahamas fishing you are interested in. There are several Out Islands that offer prime fishing locations including:

But before you go on your vacation, please read the information regarding Bahamas fishing permits and regulations.

Find out how to increase your catch, select a fishing rod and maintain your boat on our Bahamas fishing tips page.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Delta Adds Nonstop Flights to Bahamas

According to an article on flights to the Bahamas, Delta will be adding nonstop flights to Exuma and Eleuthera in the Bahamas.

Atlanta residents are lucky because they have hundreds of opportunities daily to board a nonstop flight to destinations around the world. It's thanks mostly to Delta Air Lines' ever expanding routes. Two of Delta's new routes will please beach lovers — Exuma and Eleuthera in the Bahamas.

The Exumas are a string of mostly tiny islands spread over 130 miles; the two main islands are Great Exuma and Little Exuma. Hundreds of little harbors, bays and hidden coves are a huge draw for sailing, boating, diving and fishing. Georgetown on Great Exuma is the island's center, with shops, grocery stores and a straw market. The hotels offer some of the finer choices for dining and live music. www.myoutislands.com

The slow and laid-back island of Eleuthera is long and thin. It's just a mile at its widest and 110 miles long. Because of the distance, island locations are referred to as North or South Eleuthera. The Atlantic Ocean is on the east side; the Caribbean on the other. If you travel south from North Eleuthera you'll pass through one of the narrowest points on the island, Glass Window Bridge, with dramatic views of both seas.

On the Atlantic side of Eleuthera and just minutes from Governor's Harbour is 80-acre Pineapple Fields. This in-demand property sits on 1,000 feet of a 2-mile stretch of crescent-shaped beach. One-bedroom rentals at Pineapple Fields are $170 per night for lower-level condos and $200 for upper units. Two-bedroom units rent for $255 and $285. www.pineapplefields.com

A mile off the northeast coast of Eleuthera is Harbour Island, one of the oldest settlements in the Bahamas and today a vacation hot spot for fine resorts. The Web site, www.myharbourisland.com, has information.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Out Islands Resort Featured on the CBS Morning Show

During the “Great American Vacation - Island Hopping in the Caribbean” promotion, CBS Morning Show will be giving away a 5 days 4 nights trip to a luxury Caribbean resort in The Exumas, Bahamas. The trip includes full accommodations provided by February Point Resort Estates, and transportation provided by American Airlines Vacations.

The Out Islands of the Bahamas makes for a one of a kind vacation, and if the CBS Morning Show viewers need to relax there is no better place to do just that,” said Anthony Stuart, Executive Director for the Bahama Out Islands Promotion Board. “All of our islands feature luxury Caribbean resorts that are second to none; able to accommodate tourists from around the globe.”

February Point Resort Estates is one of the newest developments in The Exumas offering a laidback atmosphere with all the amenities of a luxury Caribbean resort. Visitors that come to The Exumas will find beautiful and well preserved historic buildings, shopping, boutique hotels, native restaurants and growing nightlife.

For more information on the “Great American Vacation - Island Hopping in the Caribbean” promotion, visit the CBS Morning Show website.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

What You Need to Know About Bahamas Vacations

According to an article entitled ‘What you need to know about Bahamas vacations’, Bahamas is one of the favorite, hot and evergreen tourist spots. The charisma and the aura of the place are spell-binding. It seems that nature has given it all to this place with its 15 superb and exclusive islands, beaches, and the lovely Bahamians. The location of the place is such that it brings it nearest of al the Caribbean islands. Situated a few miles away from the tip of Florida, Bahamas has everything to mesmerize its visitors.

The two well known areas are–The Out Islands and the Nassau or Paradise Island. Nassau is also the capital of Bahamas. The Out islands are a bunch of several islands like- The Abacos, Acklins Island also known as the Crooked Island, then there is also breathtaking Bimini, Cat Island with the amazing landscapes, The Exumas famous for scuba dive, fish and the like. The rare West Indian Flamingos can be a treat to the eyes at the Inagua islands; the pulse of romance can be aggravated at the calm, quiet yet beautiful Mayaguana islands. Last but not the least the San Salvador Island that take to a journey into the past when Christopher Columbus first stepped there.

Besides the islands there are horde of soft and sandy beaches with turquoise blue water that make you experience paradise on earth. The Guana Beach at the Abaco islands has eye catching corals in waters while the Pink Sands beach of Harbour islands are endowed with mystifying pink sand. Along with these there are fine Beach at the Cat Islands, Taino Beach with outstanding oceans, water slides, restaurants at the Freeport. The Stocking Island Beach facilitates you with a rented scooter or bike to explore the beach differently.

So pack your bags and explore the allure of the land of islands and crystal blue beaches---Bahamas.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Go Sailing to the Caribbean Islands!

Sailing is a fantastic way of spending your vacation amidst the clear blue ocean and getting involved in lots of sea faring activities. Whatever occasion it may be, a honeymoon, a wedding celebration or a family vacation you can make the most of your opportunity by snorkeling, scuba diving, hiking, playing golf, kayaking, swimming and sun bathing.

Apart from enjoying these several recreational programs, you can surely spend your time by observing sea birds, dolphins, sea turtles and whales. Sailing boats are available in a variety of forms and magnitudes depending upon the purpose for which it is going to be used. Some of the essential sailing gear comprise of gloves, short waterproof boots with a solid traction on the soles, wind shorts or pants and waterproof hooded windbreakers. Life jackets are also essential for sails boat. Caribbean islands is a very exotic sailing destination attracting large number of tourists each year.

Sailing School And Lessons

If boating, sailing and cruising are your passions then joining a Sailing School will prove to be of immense help. The sailing schools offer all-round sailing lessons basic sailing instructions, basic cruising instructions, bareboat charter lessons, navigational lessons, coastal cruising courses, etc. Lessons, that are beneficial for both the novice and the veteran. While the beginners learn the basics from these programs, the experienced lot get a chance to hone their skills.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Out Islands of the Bahamas are Popular Movie Filming Locations

The Out Islands have long been attracting producers to film their movies on these tropical island locations. Movie blockbusters such as Al Pacino's "The Insider" and Pirates of the Caribbean II & III shot part of their movies on The Out Islands.

“The Bahamas offers a variety of location options to satisfy the most challenging film projects, from steamy jungles, to mangrove swamps, to great gingerbread houses and tantalizing Victorian and Georgian Architecture.” said Craig Woods, Commissioner of the Bahamas Film and Television Commission. “The Bahamas is a film-friendly location with trained Bahamian crew who have worked on both large scale studio films as well as small independent productions. With the closest island, Bimini, only 50 miles from South Florida, or 2 hours by fast boat, The Bahamas provide the "HOT" look motion picture productions want."

Upcoming blockbusters that are using The Out Islands as their movie filming location are: “Matrimonio alle Bahamas" starring Massimo Boldi and "Fool's Gold" starring Matthew McConaughey, Kate Hudson and Donald Sutherland.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Making the Most of Your Caribbean Vacation: Sun Safety Tips

Make the most out of your Caribbean vacation by protecting your skin from the sun. Weather Channel featured this article on sun safety:

Sun Safety Tips
from the American Cancer Society

· When possible, avoid outdoor activities during the hours between 10 AM and 4 PM, when the sun's rays are the strongest.

· Always wear a broad-spectrum (protection against both UVA and UVB) sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15 or higher.

· Be sure to reapply sunscreen frequently, especially after swimming, perspiring heavily or drying off with a towel.

· Wear a hat with a 4-inch brim all around because it protects areas often exposed to the sun, such as the neck, ears, eyes, forehead, nose and scalp.

· Wear clothing to protect as much skin as possible. Long-sleeved shirts, long pants, or long skirts are the most protective. Dark colors provide more protection than light colors by preventing more UV rays from reaching your skin. A tightly woven fabric provides greater protection than loosely woven fabric.

· To protect your eyes from sun damage, wear sunglasses that block 99 to 100 percent of UVA and UVB radiation.

· Consider wearing cosmetics and lip protectors with an SPF of at least 15 to protect your skin year-round.

· Swimmers should remember to regularly reapply sunscreen. UV rays reflect off water and sand, increasing the intensity of UV radiation and making sun protection especially important.

· Some medications, such as antibiotics, can increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about the medicines you take and learn more about extra precautions.

· Children need extra protection from the sun. One or two blistering sunburns before the age of 18 dramatically increases the risk of skin cancer. Encourage children to play in the shade, wear protective clothing and apply sunscreen regularly.

Source: American Cancer Society

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Bahama Bliss on The Abacos Islands


With its candy-cane-striped lighthouse and pastel-colored clapboard houses, the boats floating in the serene harbor on one side and the Atlantic Ocean in that magical color of aqua on the other, Hope Town as a quiet beach destination is on a par with other places we have traveled much farther to get to.

Just an hour's flight from Florida and a 20-minute ferry ride from the town of Marsh Harbour on Great Abaco, Elbow Cay, the 4 ½-mile-long barrier island where Hope Town is situated is a water-lover's paradise where time seems to stand still. With its slow pace and relatively few tourists, Hope Town is the exact opposite of what many people think of as the Bahamas.

The Abacos -- and the other Out Islands of the Bahamas -- offer a laid-back getaway for people who want to spend their vacation far from the crowds of a cruise ship or 3,000-room resort.
The white-and-turquoise resort offers 12 hotel rooms, 12 cottages and cabanas and the two-story Butterfly House, all with picture-postcard views. A freshwater pool set in the colorful gardens between the lodge and the Atlantic invites swimmers to take a dip, and the oceanside Reef Bar & Grill serves lunch and tropical drinks throughout the day.

Walk a few blocks from the lodge and you're in the heart of Hope Town, with its scattering of homes, restaurants and shops, white picket fences and brightly colored flowers. The town of about 500 people was settled in the 18th century by Loyalists, folks who fled the U.S. after the American Revolution. A coral reef -- the third-largest in the world -- runs along a good part of the island, including the white-sand beach outside the Hope Town Harbour Lodge.

What's there to do in Hope Town, besides sit on the balcony or lie on the beach or snorkel in the ocean?

You can take a boat trip with Froggies Out Island Adventures to dive or snorkel at reef sites like Fowl Cay Preserve and Sandy Cay, in the protected Pelican Cays Land and Sea Park. You can also cruise with Froggies to Man-O-War Cay, the boat-building capital of the Abacos, or to the anchorage of Little Harbour, home of the Bahamas' only bronze factory and the best cheeseburger in the Abacos, at Pete's Pub. You can charter a fishing boat and try your luck angling for wahoo or grouper in the deep sea or bonefish on the flats. You can rent a golf cart and travel to pristine Tahiti Beach on the other end of Elbow Cay, where you can walk the shallows in search of seashells, starfish and sand dollars. Or you can do as most Abaco aficionados advise and rent a boat to explore the seas and cays on your own.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Passport rules may be eased

The nation's new post-Sept. 11 requirements for traveling abroad continue to cause anxiety for travelers and wreak havoc with vacation plans, with the turn-around for passports now estimated at 15 weeks. But relief appears to be on the way, says an article highlighting the new US passport developments in the Cincinnati Post.

The Bush Administration is expected to announce a temporary suspension of some of the new rules, which required passports for air travel to and from Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean and Bermuda. The proposal would allow travelers to present a government-issued identification card, such as a driver's license, and a receipt from the State Department showing that they had applied for a passport. Such travelers might then receive extra scrutiny at security checkpoints, such as questioning or bag checks, one official familiar with the proposal said.

The suspension would give the State Department a chance to reduce some of the backlog of applications while soothing angry travelers and some members of Congress - including some tri-state lawmakers - who have tried to intervene on behalf of their constituents. U.S. Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio, has co-sponsored an amendment to the immigration bill that would allow travel across borders in the Western Hemisphere with an alternate ID, such as a birth certificate or valid driver's license, until the passport crisis passes. "The State Department has lost control of the situation. I do not believe the current implementation plan is realistic and I question how the department failed to anticipate and prepare for the increased demand. Summer travel is not a new phenomenon."

Prior to implementation of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative in January, U.S. travelers to Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean didn't need passports. State Department officials expected the change to increase the demand for the documents, but travelers, travel agents and federal lawmakers say the agency has severely underestimated the impact of the change. It's now taking up to 15 weeks to secure a passport, complicating the travel plans of millions of Americans.

To meet the rising demand for passports, the U.S. Department of State has increased its staff, added a new passport-processing center and has worked employees overtime. The production rate has increased 33 percent and is averaging about a million and a half passports each month, said department representative Janelle Hironimus.

But that doesn't seem to be enough. After receiving thousands of complaints from constituents, federal lawmakers from the tri-state say they are trying to head off even more headaches when the next phase of the initiative begins in January 2008. At that time, any travel - by air, land or sea - outside the United States will require a passport.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Bahamas Offer Something for Every Type of Diver

According to scuba diving site sportextreme.com, ‘from north to south, from beginner to super advanced - there is something for every type of diver” in the Bahamas.

Virtually all the islands are rimmed by coral reefs and sandbanks; nearly all are low lying, either flat like a pancake or gently undulating. Many islands are pockmarked by giant sinkholes called blue holes (water filled, circular pits that open to underground and submarine caves and in some places descend to as much as 600ft (180m).

Excellent visibility, diving all year around, warm waters, walls, wrecks, caverns and zillions of fish are other attributes to diving and pelagics and mammals are commonly encountered.

The Bimini Islands are notorious for their large schools of fish and pelagics and some islanders believe that part of the “Lost City of Atlantis” lies just off the islands. Eleuthera is known for turtles and drop offs while the Abacos are protected by a barrier reef and offers a myriad of caves and swim-throughs. Cat Island, Crooked Island and further south are the more undiscovered areas of the Bahamas and are known for their natural, simple beauty and solitude.

The possibility of diving with dolphins, shark and rays has made the Bahamas very famous. Humpback and blue whales are often sighted in the waters east of the islands. Moray eels, grunts, barracudas, stingrays, queen triggerfish, sand tigers, parrotfish and angelfish are animating the scenery on a typical dive in a scene set up with an impressive array of hard and soft coral. Wrecks are plentiful and ships, planes and even a train (off Eleuthera) make for excellent variety.

The Bahamas is a year-round destination with an incredible number of 320 average days with sunshine a year. Literally no runoff from the islands and minimal sedimentation is creating some of the clearest tropical waters in the world. Divers can expect visibility to run from 80 to 150 feet (25 - 45) year-round, with the very best visibility often found immediately after winter is over - around February or March.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Experience Bahamas culture first hand at The Out Islands of the Bahamas summer family festivals

From Junkanoo cultural festivals to Regatta and Heritage fests, plan your summer vacation with the MyOutIsland.com’s festival and events guide.

Sandy beaches. Blue skies. Perfect weather. If these aren’t enough reasons to visit The Out Islands of the Bahamas this summer, how about a chance to experience real Bahamian culture? From Junkanoo cultural festivals to heritage fests, plan your next Bahamas vacation around our festival and events guide.

Abaco Junkanoo Summer Festival, June 8 – July 6, 2007
This Junkanoo cultural festival provides a glimpse inside Bahamas culture, featuring native music, food & drink, dance and calypso bands, arts and crafts, junkanoo parades and the Bahamas Police marching and pop bands. It’s a Bahamian street festival that captures several elements of Bahamas culture on a single stage for a dramatic experience. Authentic Bahamian cultural encounters: native music, food, dance, and arts and crafts are presented. For more information and an Abaco festival and events guide, contact the Abaco Tourist Office (242) 367-3067.

Exuma Junkanoo Summer Festival, June 9 - July14, 2007
This annual event will be held in conjunction with the Independent Fish Fry Committee. The event will be held for six Saturdays beginning June 9, through July 14, 2007. The festival is based on all things Bahamian. Great emphasis is placed on culture, heritage, and Bahamian entertainment. Locally grown fruits and vegetables, pastries, food, games, and old fashioned competitions incorporate the essence of the festival. For more information and an Exuma festival and events guide, contact Exuma Tourist Office (242) 336-2430.

Bimini Independence Festival, June 30 and July 2, 2007
During this time, natives and visitors come together with Bahamian food, music, and fun, celebrating Bahamian and American Independence. For more information and a Bimini festival and events guide, contact the Bimini Tourist Office (242) 347-3529.

Acklins Regatta & Heritage Festival, August 2-6, 2007
This sailing regatta & signature heritage festival is sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism to showcase local Bahamas culture, arts, and crafts. Live entertainment, Bahamian artists and lots of food and drinks can be found. For more information, contact Doramae Wright (242) 328-8322.

The Out Islands of the Bahamas include the Abacos, Acklins, Andros, Bimini, Cat Island, Eleuthera/Harbour Island, The Exumas, and Long island. Each island is home to private and government airports. For private pilots seeking to fly in the Bahamas, the Out Islands offer simple procedures, three FBOs, and an array of complete private pilot packages from many resorts. To learn more about The Out Islands of the Bahamas, please visit http://www.MyOutIslands.com or call 1-800-OUT-ISLANDS today.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Ministry of Tourism Plans to Communicate Compelling Reasons for Vacationers to Choose The Bahamas

In a recent article on Bahamas tourism, Director General of Tourism Vernice Walkine said, "We must employ all of our available resources to meet our objectives as creating the absolutely best possible visitor experience for our guests remains our prime objective."

She added that promotion would continue at the core of the Ministry of Tourism’s marketing plan. "Once the Ministry of Tourism brings the people here, it is going to be up to each and every Bahamian to make sure that they so enjoy themselves, that they would not only want to return, but would also encourage others to experience ‘der Bahamian ting’.”

Destination weddings, as well as positioning The Bahamas as convenient and attractive for all types of meetings and conferences was also key. Emphasis will be placed on the creation of new and exciting tours, which will tell the stories of the islands of The Bahamas and Bahamians, she said. The Ministry of Tourism will also place emphasis on the fostering of unique Bahamian themes in local restaurants.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

It's Caribbean Week in New York!

The Islands Of The Bahamas celebrated Bahamian culture during Caribbean Week 2007, by sharing aspects of Bahamian cuisine, entertainment, and heritage with residents and visitors in New York City. During the week of events, hosted by the Caribbean Tourism Organization, the Director General of Tourism, Vernice Walkine, and Deputy Director General, Ellison Thompson, took part in various Caribbean Week workshops, meetings and events that brought together tourism ministers, tourism directors, and city and state officials from across the Caribbean.

During the Caribbean Fair and Vacation Mart, guests were exposed to destination wedding experiences and cultural characteristics of The Bahamas including live straw purse weaving and chances to win wedding prizes. Two lucky couples, who were married at the event, received wedding bands from a Bahamian jeweler.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Bahamas Travel Passport Update

The U.S. Departments of State and Homeland Security announced June 8, 2007 that U.S. citizens traveling to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean (of which the Bahamas are considered part for these purposes), and Bermuda who have applied for but not yet received passports can nevertheless temporarily enter and depart from the United States by air with a government issued photo identification and Department of State official proof of application for a passport through September 30, 2007. The federal government is making this accommodation for air travel due to longer than expected processing times for passport applications in the face of record-breaking demand.

Visitors to The Islands Of The Bahamas who are pending passports will need to show valid photo ID and official proof of application (passport status notice downloaded from the State Department Web site at http://travel.state.gov/) through Sept. 30, 2007 to travel by air back to the United States.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Bahamasair Experiences Revenue Growth, But Still Losing Money

According to the Minister of State for Tourism and Aviation, Branville McCartney, the Bahamas' national flag air carrier, Bahamasair, has experienced several years of revenue growth, but the airline's expenses have grown even more, causing it to continue to lose money.

Since the 9/11 attacks in the US, the airline industry has been under tremendous pressure, particularly with the increase in the cost of security and the increase in the cost of fuel. In fact, according to Mr. McCartney, the airline’s management has a "Herculean" task in trying to reduce expenses. In 2006, the airline lost $20 million, and has budgeted to lose $16 million for 2007, a trend in the right direction.

Monday, June 4, 2007

Free Diving History in the Bahamas!

Dean’s Blue Hole on Long Island, Bahamas, the spot where free diving history happened last month, attracts Bahamas diving vacationers from all over as the world's deepest known ocean blue hole and second largest underwater chamber.

On April 11, 2007, with a dive time of 3’09” and without the assistance of fins, ropes or weight belts, William Trubridge reached an unassisted free dive depth of 82 meters at Dean’s Blue. Two days prior, Trubridge made free diving history by reaching 81 meters, shaving a meter off the previous record set by Czech diver Martin Stepanek in 2005. The 27 year-old from New Zealand is now known as the man the holds the new world record for free diving.

Dean's Blue Hole, plunging 663 feet into the ocean floor, is the world's deepest blue hole and the second largest underwater chamber. Lying just offshore of Long Island, Bahamas, Dean’s attracts Bahamas diving vacationers worldwide. On a clear day, with the sun shining straight into the hole, it is like diving in an immense underwater cathedral. Dean’s, harboring all kinds of tropical reef fish, is a diver’s dream offering the most amazing diving experience to those seeking a Bahamas diving vacation.

Learn more about The Bahama Out Islands, Dean's Blue Hole and William Trubridge.

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Special Olympics Bahamas This Weekend!

According to the Nassau Guardian Online, Special Olympics Bahamas (SOB) is preparing for its National Track & Field Championship to be held this Saturday, June 2 at the Thomas A. Robinson Track & Field Stadium and Swimming Championship to be held at the Betty Kelly Kenning National Swim Complex.

Athletes of Special Olympics Bahamas (SOB) from Grand Bahama, Long Island and host island New Providence are expected to show off their ability in swimming and track & field at the annual championships. These teams have been training all year and the athletes are looking forward to every competition opportunity.

Admission to these events is free and fans will have the opportunity to mix with the numerous 'Special Athletes'.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Looking for a Secluded Paradise?

You don't have to look very far, the Out Islands of the Bahamas has some of the world's most sought after secluded beaches. Take your pick from any of the Out Islands, the Abacos, Acklins, Andros, Bimini, Cat Island, Eleuthera, the Exumas or Long Island, each is home to white and pink sand beaches surrounded by crystal blue waters.

Treasure Cay Beach in the Abacos was voted one of the top 10 Caribbean beaches by Caribbean Travel & Life. Eleuthera’s Harbour Island Beach was rated one of the world’s best beaches by The Travel Channel and “the most gorgeous beach in the world” by Forbes magazine. With a three mile stretch of powdery white sands, Cape Santa Maria Bay & Beach on Long Island is also among the most sought after beaches in the world.

Whether you want to be isolated and enjoy the sun or if you want to go on an underwater adventure, you'll find what you're looking for on all of the Islands.

Learn more about what to do on each of the Out Islands:

Thursday, May 17, 2007

The Slowdown of Tourism in the Bahamas

The rate of repeat visitors to Nassau and Paradise Island was just 51.8 percent and in Grand Bahama, 54.6 percent, substantially lower compared to 65.7 percent for the Bahama Out Islands.

According to the article published today in the Bahama Journal, the Minister of Tourism and Aviation Neko Grant said these low numbers should make Bahamians concerned why a large percent of visitors are not returning to The Bahamas.

Tourism is the number one industry driving The Bahamas and a plan is in place to help increase repeat visitors to The Bahamas. For starters, the FNM government has already commitment to increasing the level of Bahamian ownership of tourism-related enterprises, and according to Mr. Grant the government will implement a policy to empower Bahamians to participate in the Tourism industry. Other provisions to come will be requiring foreign investments the maximum use of Bahamian-produced materials and increase development of tourism and hospitality education and training.

The Out Islands, experiencing a higher rate of repeat visitors than Nassau and Paradise Island, are at forefront of Mr.Grant's plan to increase tourism in all the Islands. He stated they will add entertainment programmes and take a more business approach for small hotels and cause for improvements to airport facilities in the Out Islands.

Read the complete article Tourism Minister Concerned About Low Repeat Visitor Numbers

Visit The Bahama Out Islands.

2007 Bahamas International Travel Partner Conference

The eleventh annual “International Travel Partners Conference” (ITPC) will be held on May 20 - 23, 2007 at The Atlantis, Paradise Island, Nassau, Bahamas. Sponsored by The Islands Of The Bahamas, Nassau Paradise Island Promotion Board, Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board and The Bahama Out Islands Promotion Board, it is the most comprehensive marketplace of tourism products for the destination and an event not to be missed.

In attendance will be distribution channels from around the world. Suppliers of Travel Service – Ministry of Tourism and Promotion Board Officials, Senior Hotel Executives, and Ground Transportation Companies.

The ITPC is an exclusive invitation-only event. On Tuesday, May 22 will be a one day Marketplace with pre-scheduled business appointments with suppliers and tour operators. Pre and post optional tours to The Bahama Out Islands and Grand Bahama
Island are available at a small fee. Activities and site inspections on Nassau Paradise Island will be arranged on request. The Islands Of The Bahamas’ first annual Weddings & Honeymoons Conference will run simultaneously with ITPC.

To read this information and more visit the Bahamas ITPC 2007 web site.

Monday, April 30, 2007

The Bahamas Meeting the Growing Demand of Eco-Tourism

With eco-tourism growing up to 34% a year – three times faster than the tourism industry as a whole, The Out Islands of the Bahamas offers eco-friendly hotel and vacation packages to support growing eco-tourism worldwide. Vacationers living an eco-friendly lifestyle confirm this stating that eco-tourism is important to them when they travel.

The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) defines ecotourism as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserve the environment and improve the welfare of local people.”

Many hotels in the Out Islands of The Bahamas have proactively responded to this increase in awareness and are working to make eco-tourism in The Bahamas a priority. Several hotels have started by offering eco-tours and some have gone further by replacing light bulbs with more energy efficient florescent bulbs to installing solar power systems.

Tiamo Resorts in South Andros, Bahamas, is one of the most earth-kind resorts in the world. Tiamo is the first full service resort utilizing 100% solar energy for its electrical needs. From the initial design and construction of the resort to guest education and their immense community involvement, Tiamo Resorts has received several internationally recognized awards for their contributions to eco-tourism in the Bahama Out Islands.

Peace and Plenty Resorts in Exuma, Bahamas, also has an extensive eco-tourism mission in The Bahamas. They go one step further by educating their employees with an ‘eco’ training program. They also educate their guests by providing information about walking tours of George Town and by hosting two cocktail parties a week were local residents have the chance to make presentations to their guests about Exuma. They also ask guests to buy carbon credits on their website to offset the carbon produced by traveling to Exuma and as well as having a guest rebate program for any guest contributing to the Exuma Foundation, the local 501(c)3 charity that is dedicated to helping Exumian people have a better life.

Powell Pointe Resort at Cape Eleuthera in South Eleuthera, Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort in Long Island, and Hotel Higgins Landings in the Exumas also offer an eco-friendly vacation to travelers. Upcoming improvements are planned for Fernandez Bay Village on Cat Island which currently offers vacationers eco-tours.

To read more on what The Out Islands of The Bahamas offers vacationers living an Eco-friendly lifestyle, visit www.MyOutIslands.com.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Celebrate Bahamian Music!

Everyone knows the Bahamas are known for their breathtaking sunrises and sunsets, powdery white sand beaches, crystal blue waters and sensational sunbathing! But for a true Bahamas experience add in traditional Bahamian music to the mix! Bahamian music is upbeat and infectious - characterized by a unique sense of humor and undeniable romance. There is simply no other music like it in the world!

Want to hear some true Bahamian music right now? Visit The Bahama Out Islands and enjoy two songs by Bahamian artist Kirkland Bodie. Popularly known by his stage name, K.B., he is a winner of the prestigious Cacique Award for his hit song, “Civil Servant”, available as a download along with another one of his hits "Da Toters."

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

First Annual Bimini Bay Resort Food Festival

Enjoy Bahamian Cuisine during the BXRL07 Fishing Tournament Hosted by ESPN2

On April 28, 2007 at 6 p.m. Bimini Bay Resort and the Bahamian Culinary Team have partnered to host the First Annual Bimini Bay Resort Food Festival, led by President of the Bahamian Culinary Association Chef Wayde Sweeting and his staff. April 28 starts the filming of ESPN2 “tag-and-release” series BXRL07, Billfishing Xtreme Release League Tournament, a $2 million “winner-takes-all” event.

The Food Festival will offer guests an assortment mouth-watering Bahamian food featuring seven cooking stations with cracked conch, grouper, conch fritters, jerk fish and more and carving stations of sirloin, rack of lamb and pork.

Bimini Bay is an upscale resort community in the Bahamas featuring 135 vacation rentals comprised of condominiums, loft-like tree houses and single family homes. Their amenities include a full-service marina, infinity pool, grille, Swedish and Thai massage services, children’s playground and a fine dining restaurant overlooking the ocean. Bimini Bay Resort rates range from $250 per night for a studio, based on double occupancy, to $950 per night for a four-bedroom oceanfront home. Bimini Bay Resort in the Bahama Out Islands is located 48 miles East of South Florida, a quick 20-minute plane ride or 1.5 hours by boat.

Come out and join in the great Bahamian food, activities and watch the filming of the fishing tournament!

Tickets for the Food Festival are $20 for adults and $10 for children. For reservations and tickets, please visit Bimini Bay Resort.

For information on the BXRL07, Billfishing Xtreme Release League Tournament, visit www.BXRL07.com.

More information about the Food Festival and the BXRL Tournament

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Out Islands of the Bahamas Private Pilot Packages at Sun 'n Fun Lakeland Event

The Out Islands of the Bahamas Showcases Popular Private Pilot Packages at Sun ‘n Fun Lakeland, Fl Aviation Event

The 33rd annual Sun ‘n Fun event marks the beginning of the 2007 aviation year. The event takes place from April 17 through April 23 with more than 500 commercial exhibits, including the Bahama Out Islands, Ladies Pavilion, Parts Exchange, a static display aircraft and a daily air show.

The Bahama Out Islands will exhibit their popular private pilot packages at this aviation enthusiast event. Private pilots flying to the Bahamas receive an array of benefits including no landing fees for single engine aircraft, no overtime customs and immigration fees, and simplified paperwork. From private and government airports to a fly-in resort at Hawk’s Nest on Cat Island, the Out Islands offer many options to flying in the Bahamas.

Recent improvements have been made to airports throughout the islands making flying in the Bahamas easy for private pilots. Phones have been installed at all airports for free calls to customs and currently solar operated emergency lighting is being installed at all government airports. There are also three FBOs at North Eleuthera Airport on Eleuthera Island, Marsh Harbour Airport on Abaco Island and Stella Maris Airport, which was resurfaced and reopened July, 2006, on Long Island, Bahamas.

For more information about the Sun ‘n Fun Event in Lakeland, Florida visit www.sun-n-fun.org.

To learn more about The Out Islands of the Bahamas and the private pilot packages they offer, please visit http://www.myoutislands.com/ or call 1-800-OUT-ISLANDS today.

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Winner Announced of the Cool Weekend Getaway to the Bahamas Contest

First Winner of the Win A Trip to the Bahamas Sweepstakes Gets a Weekend Stay at One of the Out Islands’ Vacation Resorts.

The Out Islands of the Bahamas announced yesterday that Alisa Messner from Holyoke, Massachusetts is the first winner of their Win A Trip to the Bahamas Sweepstakes!

Alisa Messner is the first of four winners who will receive roundtrip airfare for two from Fort Lauderdale or Miami, Fl, and a 3-day/2-night stay at one of six top vacation resorts in the Out Islands of the Bahamas. Three more winners will be chosen this year, one on each of the following dates; June 30, September 30, and December 31, 2007.

To enter the Win A Trip to the Bahamas Sweepstakes and for complete terms and conditions go to www.MyOutIslands.com/contest.php today!

Friday, March 30, 2007

Bahamas Diving Association debuts Mobile Phone/PDA web site

Point your mobile browser to the new mobile device web page debuted by the Bahamas Diving Association - which allows visitors to download multimedia dive files to their mobile phone or PDA. But, be warned, the page is formatted specifically for mobile browsers - so don't expect much of it if you go there now. :)

The page features incredibly clear and amazing dive videos for Andros, Exuma, Harbour Island and Long Island - all located in the Out Islands of the Bahamas.

The Out Islands are known as a scuba diver's paradise. It's hard to compete with water so clear, wildlife so abundant and fantastic dive sites like Blue Holes, pristine reefs, "bottomless" wall drop offs and an assortment of wrecks and other attractions.

These new videos give you a "taste" of what you can find. Check 'em out.

2007 National Family Island Regatta – Exuma, April 24-29

Since 1954 George Town, Exuma has played host to this Bahamas tradition. Each year during April, Elizabeth Harbour is transformed by the presence of locally-built traditional Bahamian racing sloops that come from islands all over the Bahamas. The competition is fierce and the atmosphere is alive with excitement as boating enthusiasts the world over descend on this picturesque island in the sun. The boats are beautiful with a huge sail area and hiking boards for the crew to scramble on to balance the boat against the force of the wind in her sail. It is a festive time with fun, food and other activities taking place in and around the hotels, restaurants, and bars in the area – with camaraderie beyond belief!

Visiting Exuma at this time is the highlight of any trip. Everyone is swept up in the pageantry, excitement and energy of the events of the week.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

The Out Islands of The Bahamas is Home to Dream Wedding Locations

If you are a couple looking to getting married in the Bahamas, you will find your dream wedding location in the Bahama Out Islands! The Out Islands are the most remote islands of the Bahamas. With nine uniquely different islands to choose from, each island is home to top wedding destination resorts offering world class amenities such as waterfront accommodations, private beaches and romantic sunrises and sunsets.

Great Abaco Island and Long Island are just two of the Out Islands that are home top destination resorts offering great vacation packages for couples getting married in the Bahamas.

Abaco Beach Resort & Boat Harbour offers their signature Abaco Romance Package to couples. This package is complete with 4 days and 3 nights oceanfront accommodations, flowers, champagne, his and her massages, a private beach picnic, a romantic dinner by the beach, and much more! For $799 a person, this is an ideal package for couples looking to plan their dream wedding in the Bahamas.

Green Turtle Club Hotel, Resort & Marina also located in the Abacos, has been a dream wedding location for over 35 years. Their Turtle Escape Packages offer 3 days and 2 nights waterfront accommodations along with breakfast each morning overlooking White Sound Harbour and romantic candlelit dinners each evening. Whether you choose from a standard waterfront room or upgrade to a deluxe club room, the packages are moderately priced under $300 per person.

Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort located on Long Island, offers the ultimate Honey Moon in Paradise Package. This package is complete with 4 days and 3 nights oceanfront accommodation, champagne, a fruit basket, massages for two, conch fritters each evening at happy hour and complimentary use of kayaks and bicycles for outdoor fun. For couples planning their wedding before April 30th, this package is $399 per person and $297 per person from May 1 to August 28 and November 3 to December 20.

For more top destination wedding resorts in the Out Islands of the Bahamas, please use the links below:

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Upcoming Events in the Abacos

If you are planning a trip to the Abacos in the upcoming weeks, there are some great events to look forward to!

Less than a week away is a concert not to miss! The Barefoot Man will perform on March 25th at Nippers Beach Bar & Grill. Barefoot Man has been performing in the Abacos year after year and as always this is a free concert. Nippers Beach Bar & Grill is located at the Great Guana Cay.

Two annual homecomings will be held the weekend of Friday, April 6th to Monday, April 9th. At the Cedar Harbour Homecoming Festival and the Grand Cay Homecoming Festival locals and visitors will gather to celebrate the community's heritage with games, cultural activities, food, and fun!

During the same weekend is the annual Abaco Sea Show at Cherokee Sound in the Abacos. On Saturday, April 7th from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., enjoy a magnificent display of Bahamian shells along with delectable Bahamian food, games, prizes and an afternoon of fun!

To plan your weekend in the Abacos, check out vacation packages, hotels and more local attractions.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Third Annual Bahamian Music & Heritage Festival

Last year's was great, and the year before that was fantastic. But, the Ministry of Tourism and residents of George Town, Exuma promise that this year will be even better!

It's the Third Annual Bahamian Music & Heritage Festival - March 15-17th. Once again, being held in Regatta Park in George Town, Exuma. Although, as before, no park could ever hold the enthusiasm and energy produced by this event.

The best of Bahamian music will be featured, including appearances by K.B., Avvy Mortimer and Ancient Man - to name just a few. The streets of George Town will come alive with Bahamian music and cultural demonstrations and competitions of onion peeling, storytelling, bread baking, and straw weaving. And no Bahamian festival is complete without a full Junkanoo appearance!

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Delta Adds Two Bahama Out Islands Destinations to Flights Starting This Summer

Visiting Eleuthera and Exuma, Bahamas Just Got Easier with Delta Adding Two More Bahamian Destinations

Visiting Exuma Bahamas or Eleuthera Bahamas just got easier for vacationers, since Delta Air Lines announced new nonstop service from Atlanta, GA to these two Bahamas tourist attractions. The new flights will start at a perfect time for those vacationers wanting to spend their summer vacation in the Bahama Out Islands.

Beginning on June 16th 2007, Delta Air Lines is adding two new routes between Atlanta, GA and George Town, Exuma and North Eleuthera. The new flights will be operated by Delta Connection carrier Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA) through Delta’s largest hub at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, GA.

Margie Schneider, Director of Strategic Planning & Marketing for the Bahama Out Islands Promotion Board, states, “The Out Islands have long been an unexplored beautiful paradise because of accessibility issues with visiting Eleuthera and Exuma, Bahamas. But with these new Delta flights coming from Atlanta, more and more people will have a chance to find out why these Bahamas tourist attractions offer a truly unique and breathtaking experience.”

Flights to and from Exuma will be on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays departing at 11 a.m. and arriving on the island at 1:26 p.m for the outbound flight. The return flight will leave at 2:06 p.m. and arrive in Atlanta at 4:36 p.m. Service to and from Eleuthera will be on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays. The outbound flight will leave Atlanta at 11:15 a.m. and arrive on the island at 1:26 p.m. The return flight will leave at 2:06 p.m. and arrive in Atlanta at 4:21 p.m.

More flight information for these new Bahama Out Islands destinations can be found at

Use the following links to help plan your Bahamas holidays vacation:

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Bahama Out Islands Presents Top Rated Web Marketing Solutions That Help Improve Tourism in Bahamas At South Florida AMA Event

Top Rated Web Marketing Solutions Help Improve Tourism for Bahama Out Islands

Margie Schneider, Director of Strategic Planning & Marketing for Bahama Out Islands Promotion Board, will explore top rated web marketing solutions that help improve tourism to the Bahamas at the South Florida American Marketing Association event “Creating Online Success in the Travel and Hospitality Industry.” The event will take place on February 22, 2007 at the Westin Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

During the panel event, Ms. Schneider will unveil the Bahama Out Islands top vacation hot spots and discuss top rated web marketing solutions that help improve tourism in the Bahamas. Travel and hospitality has been one of the most competitive online marketing sectors for many years with more than 91 million Internet users making online travel reservations in a recent year.

The AMA event also includes panelists from Spirit Airlines, Royal Caribbean and others who will share how their companies succeed in this competitive online marketplace.

The panelists include:
• Michele Piernick, PM, Manager, Interactive Marketing for Spirit Airlines, Inc.
• Margie Schneider, Director of Strategic Planning & Marketing for Bahama Out Islands Promotion Board
• Josie Llado, Senior Marketing Strategists for Avenue A Razorfish & previously she directed digital and direct marketing programs for Royal Caribbean International
• Moderator: John Lawlor, johnlawlor.com

To register for the event visit www.amasouthflorida.org

To learn more about tourism in the Out Islands of the Bahamas please visit www.MyOutIslands.com.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Bahamas Fishing Regulations Protect Marine Resources

Following in the footsteps of other marine wildlife-conscious regions, the Bahamas recently announced modifications to its sportsfishing regulations. These regulations will continue to allow sportsfishermen to enjoy the exceptional abundance of the Bahamas, while ensuring preservation and protection of fish and other marine resources for future generations.

Bimini, the "Big Game Fishing Capital of the World", is one of the most popular destinations for sportsfisherman. These enhanced regulations promise the bountiful sealife surrounding the waters of Bimini, and all of the Islands of Bahamas, can be enjoyed by generations to come.

New Travel Requirements

New U.S. government regulations require all adults and children (even newborns) to have a valid passport for all international travel by air.

Effective on January 23, 2007, under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI), new requirements for citizens of the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Bermuda to present a passport to enter the United States when arriving by air from any part of the Western Hemisphere.

So what travel documents are acceptable for US Citizens under the WHTI?

  • US Passport
  • The Passport Card (Pass Card)
  • SENTRI, NEXUS, FAST, & the US Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Document
According to US Department of State, members of the U.S. Armed Forces on active duty traveling on orders will continue to be exempt from the passport requirement.

Have questions about the the new travel regulations and obtaining a passport? Check out these helpful links below: