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Discover Andros Island's Blue Holes

June 03, 2016

There is no place in the world where you'll find more blue holes than on Andros Island. What is a blue hole? Not to be confused with the black holes of outer space, blue holes are large, underground caverns, or sinkholes, formed during past ice ages.

While taking a casual stroll across the island, you'll find that blue holes are easy to recognize. They are circular and the deep blue water at the radius is ringed by light blue shallow water. They can be as deep as 1,000 feet and they form intricate, interconnected cave systems.

In the 1970s the famous Frenchman Jacques Cousteau traveled to Andros Island to write about blue holes and film The Secret of the Sunken Caves. He identified 178 blue holes on land and 50 more in surrounding waterways. Blue holes are a marvel to behold at sea level, but that's not even, well, scratching the surface. Divers come to Andros Island from all over the world just to explore its blue holes. Some of the most popular dives include King Kong's Blue Hole, Church's Blue Hole, and Guardian Blue Hole. Dean's Blue Hole, near Clarence Town on Long Island, is the world's deepest salt water blue hole at 202 meters.

You don't have to be a world-class diver to enjoy blue holes. After all, those who have come for a relaxing, stress free vacation, may not want to squeeze through coffin-size passages 200 feet below the surface. While island companies offer expeditions for all skill levels, the exotic coral and sea life can be enjoyed using only a snorkel. If you do dive deep, be on the lookout for the Lusca, the half-octopus, half-shark, which, according to local lore has been known to swallow fishing boats whole.

Once you've explored the depths, head back for some rest and relaxation at Kamalame Cay.