Our Beautiful Island
Cat Island in the Bahamas is one of the least developed islands and has been touched only slightly by tourism. This doesn’t mean that there isn’t plenty to see and do. The fact that the island is so undeveloped means visitors can enjoy a Bahamas island in its native setting. The relaxing atmosphere of the island is augmented by the rolling hills covered in lush tropical forest and the miles of pink sand beaches. There is little commercialization on Cat Island, so if you are looking for large hotels and luxury resorts, this is not the place for you. What you will find on Cat Island is quaint villa rentals, guest houses and smaller boutique hotels providing secluded getaways overlooking white sand beaches and warm blue waters.
Things To Do
As with all the islands of the Bahamas, spending your time in and on the waters of Cat Island is sure to provide days of entertainment. The coral reefs surrounding the island make for plenty of opportunities for diving and snorkeling. These same reefs provide for fishing both in the shallow protected waters nearer the island and deeper out to sea.
Cat Island prides itself on producing the finest rake & scrape music in the Bahamas and holds an annual festival each June highlighting this type of music. Even you are going to attend just one event in the Bahamas, this is one not to be missed. For water lovers, the annual Cat Island Regatta is held for a week at the end of July. Sloop racing, live entertainment and cultural activities and food and drinks are just some of the things to do during the regatta.
Places To Go
Cat Island has some of the most stunning, and private, beaches to be enjoyed. From stretches of white sand to the famous pink sand beaches, beach lovers could spend each day relaxing and enjoying a different view. With a history dating back to the 1700s and further, history buffs will enjoy the cotton plantations and Arawak Indian caves that can be explored. By hiking up Mount Alvernia, the highest point in the Bahamas, the Mt. Alvernia Hermitage can be visited. Not only is the stone monastery worth the trek, but so are the stunning views out over the island.
Getting Around The Island
Cat Island is not a small island. In fact, it is the sixth largest island in the Bahamas. As such, to explore all it has to offer, car rentals and bicycle rentals are available. To explore the natural beauty of the island, there are miles of hiking trails for those who enjoy walking.
Getting To and From The Island
Travel to Cat Island is either by flying into Arthur’s Town airport or New Bight airport, or by private sail boat or motor boat. There is one scheduled commercial air charter company that flies five times a week from Nassau to Cat Island. Other charter and private airlines also fly in. No ferries or other commercial sea vessels visit Cat Island.
Because Cat Island is definitely off the beaten path, a holiday on this island will give all visitors a true sense of Bahamian culture. This is the ideal destination for a family vacation or a romantic getaway for those discerning travellers who prefer to discover all an island has to offer without the need for a packaged tour guide.
- Local currency – Bahamian dollar (US dollars also accepted)
- Average Temp – Average daytime high of 77 - 88 F
- Visa Needed (from USA) – No
- Latitude and Longitude of principal city – Old Bight
- High Season dates – December - April
- Pets Allowed – Yes with permit
- Which side of the road do they drive on – Left
- Amount of airport departure tax - $15 for all passengers over the age of 6
- Don’t miss these events – Cat Island Rake & Scrape Festival (June), Cat Island Regatta (July)