What to do around Bonefish Cay
With its own calm sea surrounded by charming islands, each worth a visit, the Abaco Islands are known as one of the world’s top destinations.With quaint colonial towns, world class golf courses, miles and miles of steller beaches, great fishing and diving, the Abacos are the most complete vacation destination in The Bahamas.
The Abacos consists of its own 120-mile-long island chain, basically a mini-Bahamas complete with its own Out Islands. Great Abaco Island and Little Abaco serve as the “mainland,” with a string of barrier islands separating them from the Atlantic. The body of water between – a turquoise Nirvana for those boaters and sailors – is the calm, shallow Sea of Abaco. Bonefish cay lays within this sea, about 4 miles east of Great Abaco.
The Cays of Abaco
The Abacos Bahamas were settled by English colonists, which is why the settlements like Hope Town on Elbow Cay and New Plymouth on Green Turtle Cay have the look of New England fishing towns complete with picket fences and gingerbread trim – of course with the distinctive Bahamian touch of pastel colors.
Green Turtle Cay
Closest to Bonefish Cay of all the little settlement cays, this sweet little island is a pleasure to explore. With it's beautiful beaches, pastel colored cottages and small quaint streets, you step back in time when you arrive at it's shores. Delicious local yummies such as fresh banana bread, coconut tarts and fresh cocnh salad, excursions to this island is a simple joy to see and taste!
Hope Town is home to the famous candy striped lighthouse. A favorite photo subject now, it was quite controversial when it was under construction back in 1863 because up until then, the islands residents had been making a comfortable living by salvaging ships that wrecked on the offshore reefs.
North of Elbow Cay, Man-O-War is another Loyalist settlement, a conservative “dry” island, and the Abacos’ boat-building center, with a wonderful naturally protected harbor and boat-fitting and sail shops. Next up the chain is beachy Great Guana Cay, famed for the Sunday barbecues thrown at Nippers Bar that sits atop the island’s tall sand dune, which overlooks Guana’s magnificent seven-mile-long beach.
The outer islands up to Great Guana are easily reached by the Abacos scheduled ferry service – think local bus, but with a much better view and friendlier passengers from different marinas up and down Abaco.The diving and snorkeling is excellent all through Abaco Bahamas, with several protected underwater areas such as Fowl Cay National Reserve and Pelican Cays National Park, massive reefs with swim-through caves that are seasonally filled wall to wall with silver baitfish, and even dive spots at the edge of the reef where you’re almost guaranteed to see Caribbean reef sharks.
Fishing is huge in the Abaco Islands, from the excellent bonefishing to the blue water big game species like marlin and tuna that prowl the Atlantic side within easy sight of the outer islands.