Exploring the Blue Holes of the Bahamas
The Bahamas are a set of low-lying islands off the southeast coast of Florida, north of Cuba and the Dominican Republic. What is particularly interesting about them is that they were not formed by any volcanic activity, making them low-lying far-reaching islands with long sweeping sandy beaches.
One of the coolest aspects of the Bahamas’ formation and geography is the formation of blue holes. These occur when the ceilings of massive limestone caves collapse, resulting in a circular expanse of deep blue water visible from the sky.
The blue holes are located both inland and in the open ocean of the Bahamas. They are fascinating places to dive, snorkel and explore!
The Bahamas are full of blue holes, but the island of Andros has proven to be the central focus for those looking to explore the largest number of caves. Here divers of all levels can experience cave diving at its best. With the help of a guide it is possible to delve into the deepest depths of the island, following ancient underwater paths that often lead to small openings opening into majestic spaces with vast expanses.
Snorkelers can enjoy the blue holes and caves of Andros on the southern end of the island. The openings of caves are often teeming with tropical fish that are easy to see on the water’s surface.
Long Island is home to the massive Dean’s Blue Hole, which is the deepest blue hole in the world; an interesting factoid for anyone who has experienced the famous Blue Hole of Belize or snorkeled the cenotes of the Yucatan peninsula.
A visit to any of the blue holes, large or small, is enough to make your charter in the Bahamas truly unique - as if you needed another reason to visit these beautiful islands!
Guests are fascinated by just how clearly you can see how the caves were formed when they were still above ground. Stalactites and stalagmites are only formed when exposed to oxygen and they make for a dazzling sight to see.
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