With a land mass of about 31 sq kilometres (12 square miles), the Berry Islands are a cluster of 30 tropical islands and almost 100 cays lying 56 km (35 miles) north of Nassau. Home to a population of approximately 700, the wonderfully secluded, unspoilt beaches are a private paradise for wildlife such as terns, pelicans and noddies, as well as the occasional visiting millionaire yachtsmen, stopping over between Florida and Nassau.
At just 10km (six miles) long and 4 km (2.5 miles) wide, the largest of the Berry Islands is Great Harbour Cay and its main settlement, Bullocks Harbour. Also not to be missed is Sugar Beach Caves, an area of numerous sandy coves set among tall cliffs, which is considered by many to be the most beautiful spot in The Bahamas.
With many big game fish like sailfish, blue marlin and giant bluefin tuna roaming the waters around the shores, The Berry Islands are an idyllic spot for the dedicated fisherman. The southernmost cay of the chain is Chub Cay which overlooks a deep-sea trench called the Tongue of the Ocean, and is widely regarded as the billfish capital of The Islands of the Bahamas.
For divers, two unmissable places to head for are Mamma Rhoda Rock, a shallow coral reef only 4.9m (16 feet) deep, where crawfish and moray eels share living space in the hole-studded rocks, and Hoffman Cay, a 180m (600-foot) blue hole whose only living inhabitants are oysters.
And no visit would be complete without a visit to Great Stirrup Cay, north of Great Harbour Cay, which is home to a lighthouse that dates back to 1863, and to Sand Dollar Hill where you’ll discover great shell pickings.