Andros Island

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Largest of the Bahaman islands - by far, Andros is a wonderful expanse of mangrove estuaries connecting hundreds of tiny cays and inlets. Despite being the largest land mass, Andros Island feels a bit primordial, with greatswathes of  forests, vast, underwater cave systems and gorgeous reefs just off shore. The best places to stay in Andros Island tend to be both luxurious and private, and great for divers.

The Bahaman Tourist Board markets Andros Island as the least explored island in the chain, it's also the most biodiverse, and local folk call it ' The Big Yard'. As well as wetlands, palm forest and mangrove swamps, Andros also has pine forests - well it's technically in the Atlantic Ocean. And the diversity of wildlife is just as impressive as the diversity of wilderness. Andros Island's reefs - it has the third largest barrier reef in the world - are home to a huge range of impressive and beautiful marine life, and on land there's a myriad of birds

Best Places to Stay in Andros Island

For a beach resort

  • Kamalame Cay is a luxurious beach resort with 100 of its own beautiful, private acres. The villas are secluded and elegant with lovely, private, ocean view terraces, and they're well geared up for romance, with the opportunity for sunset cocktails, picnic excursions and a spa with a glass bottom, allowing you to see the fish!

For an active holiday

  • Small Hope Bay is a collection of 21 ocean front cottages, closer to Andros Town. The decor is colourful and tropical, so it feels every bit the island escape. They have a private beach, a games room, library and a great Bahaman restaurant and bar lounge - and it's all surrounded by lush gardens. This is a great hotel if you want an active island break - they offer kayaking and fishing, and of course diving.

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  • Kamalame Cay

    Andros Island, Bahamas

    Private island luxury beach resort in 100 acres. Elegant rooms feature private terraces, high beamed ceilings, nautical touches and huge bathrooms. Outdoor heated pool, tennis court and ocean front spa. Fantastic Caribbean cuisine, and two breezy beach bars. Luxurious, exclusive and laid back.

    from $407
    Romantic Break  -  Very secluded villas, spa with glass bottom to view the fish, sunset cocktails and picnic excursions
    Sights nearby  -  Take a pre-booked picnic lunch (arranged the day before) on your own deserted island
    Kayaking  -  Explore the mangroves at the back of the Cay at high tide by Kayak
    Fishing  -  Go looking for local fish on the 32ft Regulator
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Fodors
  • Small Hope Bay

    Andros Island, Bahamas

    Ocean front cottages. Colourful rooms feature tropical print fabrics, Andros pine furniture and private patios. Lush gardens, private beach, games room and library. Great Bahamian and international menus, sociable bar lounge. For diving and fishing enthusiasts, this is the one for you.

    21 rooms from $520
    Families  -  Kayaking and fishing are popular with children, and for the adults there are plenty of hammocks and shady nooks to read from
    Active Holiday  -  Renowned hotel for scuba diving - with guided trips, numerous spots nearby and plenty of challenges for experiend divers
    All inclusive
    Diving  -  Ask about specialty trips, including blue hole dives and wall dives to 185ft
    Recommended by  -  Fodors
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