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Scuba divers looking for blue holes or the third largest Barrier Reef in the world should visit Andros Island.

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Besides its many blue holes, Andros Island is known because of its proximity to the third largest Barrier Reef in the world. Slightly to the east is where you can find the more than 200km long Barrier Reef, locally called the Big Yard as scuba divers may feel it is like a huge backyard full of steep drop-offs, caves, coral formations and hundreds of species of fish. The nearby Tongue of the Ocean (more than 2km deep abyss next to the Barrier Reef and jam-packed with whales, dolphins and pelagic species of fish) and its salt and sweet water cave systems add to the already huge diversity of marine life and excitement. There is scuba diving for novice divers who like to enjoy its shallow but beautiful coral formations and inhabitants. Also for more experienced divers, there are steep drop-offs, deep and maze-like cave systems and thrilling current dives.

Andros is the largest island of the Bahamas, separated in North Andros, Central Andros, Mangrove Cay, and South Andros with typical towns such as Nicholls Town, Andros Town and Congo Town. Its many creeks, mangrove wetlands and swamps offer supperb natural outdoor experiences including bird trips, flora and fauna identification tours, bush walks, hiking and kayaking. There are fantastic scenic spots such as Morgan's Bluff, Somerset Beach and Love Hill Beach. There are small ruins, a great lighthouse including cannons from an old wreck, inland blue holes and an old pirate's well. Fisherman flock to the thrilling Tongue of the Ocean or to one of the many secluded flats, where bonefish, tarpon and permit never seem to lessen in numbers.

This fantastic, yet sparsely populated island, offers excellent beach vacations, relaxation in its best and purest form. Besides being a great scuba diving destination, it's also very popular by other types of vacationers around the world.

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