Access & Resources

Jan 22, 2003
Outside Magazine

Bahamas Island Out-Adventures (; 242-333-3282) arranges trips by the day and includes all transportation, meals, activities, and equipment. One-day adventures cost $99 per person. Overnight trips start at $299 per person for two days, $399 for three days, and $499 for four days. The company can also arrange package trips that include round-trip flights from Fort Lauderdale or Miami for $399 per person per day for one day to $799 per person for four days. If visiting Nassau and Paradise Island, you can join trips to Eleuthera for $199 to $599 per person for one to four days respectively, including all transportation.

The Best of Eleuthera
Diving & Snorkeling

Ocean Fox Diving (; 242-333-2323), a full-service PADI shop on Harbour Island, runs divers to a myriad of sites that bless Eleuthera's shores. Two-tank dives start around $45 per person. The Fish Bowl near an area called the Plateau is one of the country's best dives (35-95 feet) for swimming through corral channels amid barracuda, jacks, and lobsters. Other highlights include swimming through the chimney's of the Potato and Onion wreck, a shallow dive (30 feet) on a veggie vessel that had a run-in with a ship-gobbling rise in the reef back in the '70s and the Grouper Hole, where you'll see the big stuff like sharks. Go in the summer for the calmest water.

The Current Cut, a watery slash running through the northern end of Eleuthera, is an exhilarating snorkeling spot on northern Eleuthera where swimmers can ride the stiff tide along underwater walls popping with clown and angel fish.

Head with Aberle and crew out to Hatchet Bay, where you'll paddle through a protected lagoon out into the raw sea to explore a cave by boat. On the way back capsize and cool off in the green water surrounded by limestone cliffs.

The reef off Man Island near Harbour Island trips waves into forming perfect rights when the swell is good (wintertime). Aberle has a good selection of beginner-friendly boards as well as some shorter models for aspiring Kelly Slaters. He'll load you all up into his Mako outboard, motor you out to the breaks, and dole out lessons. Hidden Beach and James Point on Eleuthera will round out your tube time.

An absolute must-see is Smugglers Beach, an incredibly picturesque beach near Rainbow Bay accessible only at low tide by scrambling through a notch in the foreboding cliffs. Aberle knows the way here and to dozens of other hideouts, like Alabaster Bay and Holiday Beach, that you'll be hard pressed to find on your own. Solitude practically guaranteed.

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