CROOKED & ACKLINS ISLAND
“On a clear night the stars are so bright that you almost feel like you could pluck one from the sky!”
In the far southeastern part of The Bahamas you’ll find a little known group of islands - Acklins, Crooked Island, Long Cay and Castle Island - as natural as they were when The Bahamas was first “discovered.”
Settled by American Loyalists in the late 1780s, when cotton plantations were the economical mainstay. Later the islanders earned a living through sponge fishing days and the salt industry, however nowadays the islanders eke out a small living with farming and fishing. Sprinkled like small jewels among the shallow waters of bonefish flats, these islands once served as convenient bases for buccaneers and pirates.
Crooked Island PassageAcklins is separated from Crooked Island by a lagoon known as the “Bight of Acklins” - more than 1,000 sq. miles of shallow water of Bonefish flats – the leeward side leads to the Crooked Island Passage, which has been a main route for steamships traveling from Europe to Central and South America, is referred to locally as ‘the going through’.
BeachAmong the hidden coves are beautiful beaches and a number of tiny villages with fanciful names like Rocky Point, Salina Point, Delectable Bay, Golden Grove, Goodwill, Snug Corner, Lovely Bay, Gun Point and Cripple Hill.
CavesCrooked Island and Long Cay form the northwest part of the atoll system. The heady aroma of native herbs and flowers earned them the nickname “the fragrant islands.” Quiet and remote, an abundance of bird life thrives on the cliffs and reefs around the islands and magnificent limestone caves pepper the coastline.
Diving & FishingIts shoals are perfect for diving, snorkeling and fishing, and are complimented by miles of secluded white sand beaches.
Once known as Fortune Island, in more prosperous times it served as a transfer point for cargoes on ships sailing between Europe and the Americas.