5 Unbelievable Facts about Andros Island – The Bahamas

Andros is one of the hidden gems of The Bahamas. Now’s the perfect time to explore Andros.  This island is often overlooked,, but it is filled with adventure, exotic waterscapes, and packed to the brim with native fauna. It is truly a nature lover’s paradise. Andros is a great choice for your next vacation. Let’s jump into 5 unbelievable facts about Andros!

1. Size

Andros is huge! It dwarfs every other landmass within The Bahamas. It boasts of 2,300 square miles!  However, being the biggest island in The Bahamas is not it’s only feat. Andros is also the fifth-largest island in the  Caribbean. As a result, Andros is separated into four districts. There is North Andros, Central Andros, Mangrove Cay, and South Andros.  Would you believe Mangrove Cay is bigger than New Providence (Nassau)?   Each district has its own airport. Andros is easy to get to. There are daily flights from New Providence. There are multiple direct flights from Florida.  Book a flight and explore Andros!

 

 

 

2. Secret Garden

Andros is The Bahamas’ secret garden. Surprisingly, It is home to over 60  species of wild orchids! As a result, Andros is a plant lover’s paradise. Brimming with endemic plant life – Androsians take advantage of plant-based medicine known locally as Bush Medicine. Did you know that Andros is one of the largest unexplored areas in the western hemisphere?  This makes it a nature lover’s playground. Andros also has a huge variety of birds and butterflies. Immerse yourself in nature. Lace-up your shoes and hike through the Bahamian outback!

Blooming Orchids in Andros, The Bahamas

 

3. Barrier Reef & Tongue of the Ocean

Andros is home to the third-largest barrier reef in the world! As a result, this island boasts of a very diverse marine life. Because of its size, the Andros Barrier Reef is a vast oceanic forest. Therefore, it is home to many species of fish and beautiful coral! The Tongue of the Ocean sits off the eastern shore of Andros.  This canyon runs on the side of the Andros Barrier Reef. Its seawall drops off to a depth of 6,000 feet!  These features call to divers all over the world.

Diving in The Bahamas

4. Blue Holes

Andros has many natural pools known as Blue holes. These are underwater caves and are often found in The Bahamas. Many of these cave systems are unexplored. Andros is riddled with them! There are 178 inland blue holes on Andros. As a result, this island has its own Blue hole National Park.  This park sits on over 40,000 acres of land.  So, this makes Andros a haven for avid hikers.  Shockingly, there is a lens of freshwater in all inland blue holes. They are quite refreshing. Ready for adventure? Take a leap!

5. Fishing

Andros is known as the Bonefishing Capital of the world! It is home to many flats and mangroves. So, it is perfect for bonefishing. Many know Andros for its flats that are filled with fish. Therefore, many fishermen flock to Andros for a great bonefishing trip. Surprisingly, not many people live in Andros. So,  mangroves and flats are very lively which makes many choose Andros year after year. Andros is also home to some of the best bonefishing guides. These amazing guides encourage catch and release. Ultimately, this yields some of the biggest bonefish in the world!

 

 

To sum up, it’s time to explore Andros! It may not well known, but it is definitely worth the visit. So, grab your passports it’s time to explore!

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Take a look at my previous post on Social Distancing in The Out Islands of The Bahamas.

 

 

Lori Sweeting

An island gyal with an appetite for the world. Traveling is my life. Whether internationally or island hopping throughout The Bahamas I'm always looking for adventure. Explore with me as we uncover gems of The Bahamas.

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