ANDROS - MAIN

Overview

Andros Island is the largest island of the Bahamas, and North Andros is the sixth largest island in the West Indies, at roughly 2,300 sq miin area and 104 mi long and 40 mi wide at its widest point. It is actually composed of three major islands: North Andros, Mangrove Cay, and South Andros. The island has the world's third largest barrier reef and is affectionately known by Bahamians as the "Big Yard". Andros is the least densely populated of all the Bahamas, with a population of a little over six thousand inhabitants. Most of these people live on the east coast of the island in the three major towns on the island; Nicholls Town and Andros Town on North Andros, and Congo Town, on South Andros.

On Andros Island, the beaches are empty and there is almost no tourism. The Andros Barrier Reef, the third largest in the world and the second largest in the western hemisphere, stretches 140 miles along the east coast of the island and rims the Tongue of the Ocean, with its 6,000 foot drop-off. Additionally, Andros abounds in blue holes (underwater cave systems) which have been the scene of some of the deepest underwater cave explorations in the world.

Yet these reefs, beaches and waterways are truly among those few remaining "undiscovered" places. The island waterways of Andros,especially Fresh Creek, offer a spectacular opportunity for dinghy exploration and fishing. Just head upstream, you will find something along the way to pique your interest; Andros Island's 2300 square miles may well contain the largest tracts of unexplored land in the Western hemisphere.

The bone fishing on Fresh Creek is spectacular. The most select anglers from around the globe come to Andros to match wits with these challenging game fish. A variety of other game fish can be found around the island including permit, tarpon, barracuda, snappers, jacks, grouper, dolphin, wahoo, marlin and sharks.

Andros is the only island in the Bahamas where fresh water is abundant. There are several fresh water ponds and creeks stemming from springs in the interior of the island. Over 7 million gallons of Andros water is shipped to Nassau daily.

If you want to get away from it all and enjoy quiet simplicity in a beautiful island setting - Andros is the place for you!


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