Experience the perfect blue and exquisite underwater world and tropical wildlife at one of the Bahamas’ National Parks. Inside the confines of some of the Bahamian National Parks are several world wonders, including the largest concentration of blue holes and the largest population of West Indian Flamingos in the world.
There are about 32 national parks in the Bahamas, covering more than two million acres of land. The parks are home to endangered species and protected marine life. It is also home to one of the world’s longest underwater caves and immense coral reefs.
So, which National Park in the Bahamas will you visit?
Abaco National Park
This park is a hot spot for bird watching. At the Abaco National Park, you can find the Bahama Parrot, an endangered species and one of the main reasons for the establishment of this park. The park is also home to the White-crowned Pigeon, the most popular game bird of the Bahamas. The Caribbean Pine is protected at this park and it is one of the most favored trees for its contribution to the cultivation of trees. Seeds generated in Abaco National Park could be used to establish and re-establish pine forest in other parts of the Bahamas as well as other parts of the world!
Blue Holes National Park
Deep in the pine forests of the Andros Island is the Blue Holes National Park. The bodies of water found here are so mysterious and very deep. These naturally formed pools are fresh water baths at the surface but cavernous salt water labyrinths deep underneath. These caves have been found to house many unique and mysterious cave fish and invertebrates, some not found anywhere else in the world! With over 18 holes to choose from, the most accessible are Captain Bills Blue Hole and Cousteau’s Blue Hole.
Exuma Land and Sea Park
Home to some of the most beautiful blue waters is Exuma Island. Here you’ll find Exuma Land and Sea Park and it is known as the “gold crown” of the Bahamian Aquatic world. This 176-square mile park is known for its beauty and a breathtaking marine environment. There are many various cays to explore at this national park.
Lucayan National Park
You can find the Lucayan National Park on the popular Grand Bahama Island. Major ecosystems of the Bahamas can be explored here including the towering pine forests, coppice, and salty coastlines. Gold Rock Beach is the most popular attraction at this national park. It is secluded and gorgeous and this was where the Pirate of the Caribbean movies were filmed! Lucayan National Park is located between Freeport and Freetown at Gold Rock Creek and contains one of the longest uncharted, underwater cave systems in the world.
These are just a few of the many national parks found in the Bahamas. Whichever island you visit, you’re sure to find a national park full of mysterious beauty.
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