5 Best Experiences to do in Bimini
Feb 22, 2018
We can't get enough of these sights to see and things to do when visiting Bimini
The Bimini Islands are the closest Bahamian islands to the United States. They have been a source of allure for many years, inspiring books by Ernest Hemingway and songs from adorning musicians. Although North and South Bimini are so small you can walk around each island in only a few hours, it is possible to visit Bimini on a short trip and not see everything.
To help you out, we have compiled a list of the top five classic attractions and activities in Bimini you dare not miss.
- Water Sports
Concerned about neglecting your exercise regimen while on vacation? Hop on a paddle board or a glass bottom kayak for a fun workout through mangrove creeks, around Paradise Beach or out to sea. From the glassy surface you’ll have the best views of marine life beneath the water. Scuba diving, snorkeling and SNUBA are also options that allow you to get up close and personal with the marine life.
- Dolphins and Sharks
Bimini's surrounding seas are home to Atlantic Spotted Dolphins and Great Hammerhead Sharks. While staying at the Big Game Club Resort and Marina or Hilton at Resorts World Bimini, it is easy to book excursion to swim with wild dolphins or scuba dive with hammerheads. Dolphins are one of the most curious and playful marine mammals in The Bahamas. Pod sizes vary during interactions, but there have been encounters with up to forty dolphins in a pod. The Big Game Club Resort and Marina organizes shark interactions for the brave hearted. These face-to-face encounters with one of the ocean’s most notorious predators takes place on shallow dives. The Great Hammerhead shark is the largest of the nine species of hammerheads
- Sapona Shipwreck
The SS Sapona was a concrete-hulled cargo steamer that met its demise in 1926 after running aground during a hurricane in Bimini. Despite its tragic story, the shipwreck has become one of Bimini’s most popular snorkeling and diving sites Many visitors find the history fascinating and they love having an opportunity to get close and personal with the wreck. Brave travellers can swim inside the wreck and climb to the top only to leap off into the waters below. Beneath the surface are dozens of species of fish of all colors, shapes and sizes. You can also see the occasional sea turtle swimming nearby. Safety and snorkel gear are provided for all and the snorkel site is no deeper than 20 feet, making it a family-friendly affair. There is no doubt that the Sapona Shipwreck is a must-see during a stay in Bimini.
- Fountain of Youth
Bimini is filled with fables, including the most notable tale of the Fountain of Youth. Spanish explorer, Juan Ponce De Leon, started his voyage from Puerto Rico to Bimini in 1513 in search of the legendary Fountain of Youth. Ponce De Leon served as the first Governor of Puerto Rico. He learned of the fountain from native peoples who noted the spring had youth restorative properties: One only had to swim or drink from its waters. Although he did not find it during his travels, locals recognize the Fountain of Youth as a limestone well, carved thousands of years ago in South Bimini. The fountain is a ferry-ride away from the small resort town in North Bimini. It is near the airport. While in South Bimini the Healing Hole is also said to hold mystical properties. Lying on your back at the Memory Ledge in the Healing Hold is believed to provide flashbacks of your life, allowing visitors to re-live special memories. These fabled waters are sites you must visit in South Bimini,
- Bimini Nature Trail
The Bimini Nature Trail at the Bimini Sands Resort & Marina is a mile long, hike for visitors to learn about the island’s indigenous plants and animals. Professional guides share fun facts about the islands’ ecology and history and provide hands-on interactions with indigenous animals, like the Bimini boa, an endangered species. There is signage along the trail for self-guided tours. The informative signs include directions, and outline local and scientific names about the endemic plants and animals. The trail is home to various species of birds, iguanas, snakes, and other animals. Local plants include gum elemi, palms, poisonwood, and five finger bush. Be sure to pack your bug spray when hiking the trail.