Long Island Hotels are Gateways for these Amazing Activities
Jun 01, 2018
A seemingly unending list of things to do
Based on its name, you might think it’s the longest island in The Bahamas, but it’s not. Long Island's uniqueness is actually not about its size; it's all about the activities. And Long Island's hotels are gateways for these amazing activities:
- The Deepest Blue Hole - Dean’s Blue Hole is one of the deepest blue holes in the world. Many free-diving records have been set and shattered inside this underwater cavern as it attracts many free-divers yearly. The blue hole is found just offshore of one of the islands most spectacular beaches and is bordered by a cliff on one side and shallow flats on the other. For an added thrill, you can even take a short hike up the cliff and jump into the blue hole. This isn't the only blue hole, however. Another blue hole is found at Lochabar Beach just a little further south from Dean's Blue Hole in Clarence Town.
- Cave Exploring – Long Island has one of the largest cave systems in The Bahamas. Hamilton’s Cave is named after the settlement where it is found. As you may imagine, the cave system itself has a variety of levels and varying terrain types ranging from large open spaces to small crawl spaces. Inside of the cave, there is also a freshwater spring and there’s even a section of the cave where the waters ebb and flow with the tides. Inside the cave, artifacts belonging to the Lucayans, the indigenous people of The Bahamas, were found and it is now believed that they lived there hundreds of years ago.
- Nature Hiking – Long Island is one of the hilliest islands in Out Islands of The Bahamas, which means it offers lots of hiking opportunities. Columbus Point on its northern end is the island's highest point. There is a bushy hiking trail that leads to a monument that commemorates the indigenous people. Long Island was Christopher Columbus’ third stop in the New World. The monument overlooks the area where Columbus’ ships came ashore. The hike itself is for active travellers. The hilltop offers the most stunning panoramic views of the bay. This site can also be accessed by boat.
- Boating – Boating and sailing are big on Long Island. In fact, the island is home to the country’s second most popular sailing regatta. Long Island lies in the same body that makes the Exuma Cays famous. Bearing that in mind, there is an abundance of exceptional boating and sailing spots throughout the island.