The Berry Islands and Great Harbour Cay
White sands with emerald seas
The Berry Islands
The Berry Islands are a chain of islands and a district of the Bahamas,
covering about thirty square miles (78 km²) of the north western part of the
The Berry islands consist of about thirty islands and over one hundred small islands or cays, often referred to as "The Fish Bowl of the Bahamas"
The Berry islands are still relatively pristine. Most of the islands are uninhabited, or owned by a single wealthy person as a second home.
The main attraction is big game fishing. Some of the fish that can be found there are billfish, tuna, grouper, tiger fish, yellowtail snapper, wahoo, king mackerel, and many more.
There are also great spots for snorkelling and scuba diving.
Sand Dollar Beach, Great Harbour Cay
Great Harbour Cay is the most northern and the largest of the Berry Islands.
It is eight miles (13 km) long and one and a half miles (2.4 km) wide.
Chub Cay is the second largest island in the chain and is known an "the bill fish capital of the Bahamas."
The natural beauty of the Berry Islands is extraordinary. Great Harbour Cay has seven miles (11 km) of ocean front beaches that include isolated enclaves, caverns, and open expanses. Haines Cay has 3.5 miles (5.6 km) of beaches.
At the point of closest approach of Haines, Great Harbour, and Hawksnest, there are 10–15 acres (40,000–61,000 m2) of white sand shallows with starfish, sand dollars and other shallow water creatures.
Great Harbour Cay underwent a period in intense and successful development
in the late 1960s when famous persons such as Cary Grant, Douglas Fairbanks
Jr, and Brigitte Bardot holidayed there
Development slowed and then stopped in the late 1970s, and the island has been quiet since.
The recently elected Bahamian government has made an effort to revive the
tourism industry, especially on the outer islands, and great progress and
interest has been rekindled in the smaller islands.
Combined with the golf course designed by Joe Lee and constructed by Golf Force, the full service marina, and other island attractions of fishing and diving, the island is set for a surge in development.
Certain actions in recent years, including repaving of the airport and all major roads, has further led to increased interest in the island.