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Travel – Mayaguana – an unspoilt island in the Bahamas

Mayaguana is an unspoilt island of Bahamas, located on the easterly side of the Bahamas; it is a district of Bahamas. The place retains its Lucayan name. The population of Mayaguana is approximately about 312 with the area being approximately 110 square miles (280 km2). This island is halfway between South Florida and Puerto Rico and is about 450 nautical miles off Palm Beach, Florida. It is 60 miles (9 7 km) to the north of Inagua and 350 miles (560 km) to the south of the capital of Nassau. This island was first inhabited by Lucayans and later by Spanish. This island was uninhabited until 1812. Later people migrated from the Turks and Caicos Islands (located 60 miles (97 km) to the southeast). The uninhabited areas of Mayaguan are the Upper Point (north shore), Northeast Point, and Southeast Point and these are largely inaccessible by road. English is the official language of the place.
People living here make their living by fishing and farming majorly. Because of its fertile land and woody terrain, farming is major for its economy. The Fauna of Mayaguana includes the Bahamian Hutia, a rodent thought to be extinct, American Flamingoes, Bartsch’s Iguanas, plovers, terns, and Osprey, Nesting sea turtles and Brown Booby colonies.
The main islands included are Abraham’s Bay, Pirates Well and Betsy Bay. This island is undeveloped. Abraham Bay is a good harbor and Betsy bay is lost and secluded and there are sun-worn cottages here with hummingbirds and wild corn spread. Pirate’s Well is another place which was once occupied by buccaneers. Mayaguana passage is viewed at its best from Pirates Well and Betsy Bay.
Fishing is the best activity of the island and winters are ideal here. This island is also known as the great outback and Wild West of the Bahamas. The environment around is rugged and salty. Sailing, deep-sea fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming, and walking are other main activities along with viewing and enjoying. One can watch for Flamingos, Iguanas and Pristine reef system which have tropical fish and larger, pelagic species lingering in deep water. One can see thousands of conch littering shallow portions of the bays.

• Abraham’s Bay: One can explore the reef that protects the bay. Swimming with the reef fish and around the coral heads that are huge is a great attraction. Diving gives great views of the deep water and reef system.
• Betsy bay: This bay is secluded, with sun-worn cottages here with hummingbirds and wild corn spread.
• Pirate’s well is another place which was once occupied by buccaneers.
• Mayaguana Passage: This is a beautiful, multi-hued waterway between Mayaguana and Acklins. One can view it best from Betsy Bay and Pirate’s Well.
• Curtis Creek: Swimming or paddling a canoe through the creek is enjoyable. One can watch for baby barracuda, bone fish, sharks, sea turtles, rays, trumpet fish, etc living in the tidal zone through the mangroves. The biodiversity is worth it.
• North Beaches: These North Beaches has the typical Bahamian beach atmosphere. These are white sand beaches over crystal clear water and the reef break.
• Bone Fishing – This Island is a spot for excellent bone fishing.

Major events of Mayaguana:
• There are weekly parties every Saturday afternoon at the airport. There are many varieties of local food, you can listen to a little reggae, and play some dominoes.
• Bahamas International Film Festival: 1 – 5 Dec (annual): An event where 80 international films are screened at the Atlantis theatre and other venues.
• Powerboat Adventures (Daily) – Nassau: This is an aquatic activity; a Powerboat, state-of-the-art 1000-horsepower capacity which takes off to view the Exuma Cays.
• National Art Gallery of the Bahamas Daily; (not Mon or Sun) at National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, Nassau: This holds Contemporary Bahamian art and landscapes, sculptures and textiles and ceramics.
• Pirates of Nassau: Daily at Pirates of Nassau, Nassau: This is like going back to the Golden Age of Piracy (1690-1720) which is actually about the pirate ship Revenge.

Best time to visit / climate:
In summer and early autumn, temperatures can soar beyond 100°F (38°C). Winters are not cold and hence the best time to visit the place. Sailing, deep-sea fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming, and walking are other main activities along with viewing and enjoying.

Location on Google Maps:

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How to get there:

• By Plane: Bahamas Air flies to the island from Nassau which operates three times per week that is on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
• By Boat: Charter a ride or take the mail boat to travel by boat.
• Get around: Many hiking, diving, and fishing destinations are too spread out reaching on foot. Car rentals are an informal affair as the locals simply rent out their private vehicles.

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers):

• http://wikitravel.org/en/Mayaguana#Sleep
• http://www.frommers.com/destinations/mayaguanaisland/H49817.html
• http://iguide.travel/Mayaguana
• http://www.planetware.com/bahamas/mayaguana-island-bah-ma-ma.htm

Blogs / Sites about Mayaguana
• http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-city/Bahamas/Mayaguana/tpod.html
• http://homes.point2.com/BS/Mayaguana-Real-Estate.aspx

Images and photos of Mayaguana

Google Search
• http://iguide.travel/Mayaguana/Activities
• http://www.bahamas4u.com/mayaguanaphotos.html

Videos about Mayaguana (Bahamas) on Youtube:

Our trip with Brass Anchor Scuba on the Nekton Rorqual liveaboard to Mayaguana, Bahamas

BAHAMAS FILM CHALLENGE: 3rd Place – Mayaguana: Mark Drake ‘Blue Movie’

Shark! SCUBA Dive Mayaguana Island, Bahamas

The Best of Mayaguana with SingleDivers

Annals of Mayaguana, Part I

Annals of Mayaguana, Part II

Annals of Mayaguana Part IV

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