Pink Sands Beach, Harbour Island
The pink sand of Pink Sands Beach, on Harbour Island the Bahamas, comes from Foraminifera, a microscopic marine animal with a bright pink or red shell.
Mount Alvernia, Cat Island
Mount Alvernia, on Cat Island, rises 63 metres in altitude and is the highest peak in the Bahamas.
Underwater cave systems
During the glacial period, the sea level was as low as 250 feet below its present level. During this time, the limestone that forms the islands was eroded by acid rain, which ended up cutting hundreds of systems of vertical and horizontal caves that are now below the islands.
The name “Bahamas”
The name “Bahamas” comes from the Spanish words “baja mar”, meaning shallow water or sea.
The indigenous people
The first people that inhabited the island were called the Tainos.
Dean’s Blue Hole, West of Clarence Town, on Long Island
Plunging 202 metres into the sea, it’s the deepest blue hole in the world.
Lucayan National Park, Grand Bahama Island
The longest (known) underwater cave system in the world can be found in Lucayan National Park, on Grand Bahama Island.