Acklins Island is one of the least known islands of The Bahamas. Acklins comprises the southern and southeastern part of the chain. The terrain is hilly and desolate, with unusual rock formations, and varied plant and animal life, including an occasional swamp turtle. Along its coastline are numerous hidden coves with extensive, beautiful beaches and a number of tiny, colorful, villages. Acklins and Crooked Island are separated by a shallow lagoon, known as Bight of Acklins. They are two of the four islands forming an atoll which hugs the beautiful shallow waters of the Bight of Acklins.
Bordered by the nearly uninhabited Castle Island and Long Cay, they are as natural as they were when The Bahamas was first "discovered." Columbus reputedly sailed down the leeward side of the islands through the narrow Crooked Island Passage, which has ever since served as an important route for steam ships traveling from Europe to Central and South America.
The bight of Acklins is more than 1000 square miles of shallow water. This is one of the largest area of bonefish-flats in the Bahamas. Exploring this system of flats, creeks, channels and mangrove marls could take a lifetime.
Acklins Island has many interestingly named hamlets--Rocky Point, Binnacle Hill, Salina Point, Delectable Bay, Golden Grove, Goodwill, Hard Hill, Snug Corner, and Lovely Bay.
(Article By: Bahamasgateway.com)
They say good things come in small packages, and truer words couldn’t be spoken about Acklins, a lesser known island that’s just 92 square miles and four miles across at its widest point. The island hugs the Bight of Acklins, a small but famous lagoon. When most people are researching dream fishing vacation packages, snorkeling trips in The Bahamas or an excuse to enjoy a Bahamas holiday, they often forget about the many opportunities Acklins Island has to offer when compared with other major tourist destinations throughout the Bahamas.
Although the population is scarce, with just over 400 residents, there is plenty to do on a Bahamas holiday on Acklins Island. Snorkeling trips in The Bahamas are not complete without a visit to Acklins. Breathtaking beaches, unusual rock formations and scenic plant and animal life make Acklins Island a nature lover’s dream. An exotic location, Acklins is for the traveler seeking solace. In other words, you’ll be making your own adventures on this quiet island with rugged terrain and little development.
The charm of Acklins Island goes beyond the scenery, especially if you’re searching for a snorkeling trip or dream fishing vacation package. People come to Acklins for serious scuba diving and snorkeling, and even more serious fishing. It may not be known as a tourist destination, but Acklins Island is home to bonefish and big game fishing alike.
With more than 1,000 miles of shallow water, Acklins Island is famous for its bonefish flats and some of the best bonefish expeditions throughout The Bahamas.
(Article By: Bahama Out Islands Promotion Board)