About The Island

Long Island is one of the “Out Islands” or “Family Islands” of the Bahamas and is known as the most scenic island in the Bahamas. The name, Long Island, says it all; the island is approximately 80 miles long and an average of 3.5 miles wide.

One main road, The Queens Highway, runs the length of the island on the lee side, skirting the shallow water and mangrove flats. At high tide, the water comes almost to the edge of the road in some places. The drive along Queens Highway offers nearly constant views of the shallow aquamarine water which gave rise to the country’s name, "Bahamas" (from Baja Mar or shallow sea.)

Along the road are small villages called “settlements” with picturesque names like Burnt Ground, Salt Pond, Deadman’s Cay (pronounced “key”) and Hard Bargain. The population has remained at roughly 3,000, with some younger people leaving to attend college or find jobs in Nassau, Freeport and the US and some eventually coming home to retire.

The northeast side of Long Island is known for its steep rocky headlands, known as the “white horses” due to the white coral rock, while the southwest coast is famous for its broad white beaches and soft sand. The terrain ranges widely throughout the island, including white flat expanses from which salt is extracted, swamplands, beaches, and hills. Long Island is particularly noted for its caves, which have played a major role in the island's history.

Dean's Blue Hole, located west of Clarence Town, is the world's deepest underwater sinkhole, dropping to a depth of about 200 meters, making it more than double the depth of most other large holes. This is a very popular dive site on the island and has been the location of several record-setting free dives.

Long Island is surrounded by small bays and inlets, including the large New Found Harbor west of Deadman's Cay, at approximately the midsection of the island.  There are also smaller islands off-shore, including Sandy Cay.  Cape Santa Maria Beach has been recognized by beach lovers and travel writers as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

With all of its attractions from stunning beaches to amazing dive spots, it is even more widely known for its world-class bonefishing. Bonefishing challenges you at every turn, requiring you to rely on your skills as you wade in the shallow waters or balance on your small flats boat. This is the ultimate game fish in the outer islands of the Bahamas.