In the Bahamas, Cat Island offers spectacular diving and solitude for miles

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In the Bahamas, Cat Island offers spectacular diving and solitude for miles

A corroding fishing boat, abandoned after its captain passed away, lists on a beach in Exuma Sound on Cat Island, Bahamas.
Pompei Johnson breaks out his accordion at Sunshine, a restaurant in New Bight, Cat Island, Bahamas, while a local boy plays a goat-skin drum and tourists watch.
If you go

Informationbahamas.com/islands/cat-islandmyoutislands.comWhere to stayGreenwood Beach Resort1 Ocean Dr., Port Howe, Cat Island
242-342-3053
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This beachfront resort with a throwback, community feel focuses on scuba diving and kitesurfing with on-site professional instruction for both sports but can help arrange adventures all over the island. Rooms are simple but adequate. The grounds include indoor and outdoor dining, bar, small pool, kayaks and cruiser bikes. Aside from the two managers, the residents include three dogs and a cat. Rooms from $166.05.
Where to eatCeeDee’s Restaurant and BarRegatta Site – New Bight, Cat Island
242-342-6157
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The open-air shack and bar, located steps from the beach in Cat Island’s cultural district, serves ample portions of fresh seafood - think conch, lobster and fish - along with ribs, hamburgers and chicken. Entrees from $15.
Da Pink ChickenFlamingo Hills Resort & Marina
242-474-1133
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The casual, semi-open-air bar at beachside serves $4 beers, $5 cocktails and a locally renowned conch salad ($12) with tomato and, upon request, nuclear chile spice.
What to doDivingThe continental shelf ends within a half-mile of the southern coast of Cat Island, dropping to 3,000 feet deep for miles of wall diving. Greenwood Beach Resort offers shore dives for $45, one-tank boat dives for $75, two-tank boat dives for $125 and a 10-dive package for $600.
KitesurfingCat Island’s extensive coastline, with beaches facing in numerous directions, supports kitesurfing in a wide variety of conditions. Greenwood Beach Resort offers private two-hour om $150 and semiprivate lessons from $130, including gear.

In the Bahamas, Cat Island offers spectacular diving and solitude for miles

A corroding fishing boat, abandoned after its captain passed away, lists on a beach in Exuma Sound on Cat Island, Bahamas.
Pompei Johnson breaks out his accordion at Sunshine, a restaurant in New Bight, Cat Island, Bahamas, while a local boy plays a goat-skin drum and tourists watch.

In the Bahamas, Cat Island offers spectacular diving and solitude for miles

Christmas Tree worms emerge from a colony of green mustard hill coral on a reef off of Cat Island, Bahamas.

In the Bahamas, Cat Island offers spectacular diving and solitude for miles

A tree grows on and around the ruins of a plantation in Port Howe. Dozens of such ruins around the island stand as reminders of the use of slave labor to produce sugar cane and other crops in the 18th and 19th centuries.

In the Bahamas, Cat Island offers spectacular diving and solitude for miles

A hermitage built in 1939 by English priest and architect Monsignor John Hawes sits atop Como Hill, the highest point in the Bahamas at 206 feet above sea level.
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