Blue Holes of Abaco

Our main island of Great Abaco has received a lot of attention recently because of the many inland, blue holes on the island.  National Geographic published  an extensive article about them in their August 2010 issue.  Here are some links to read more about them.

This link from National Geographic has a great slide show:  Deep Dark Secrets

“The blue holes of the Bahamas yield a scientific trove that may even shed light on life beyond Earth. If only they weren’t so dangerous to explore.”
Here is a recent article from Brian Kakuk where he describes his, and others, efforts to prove that two well know blue holes in Abaco are connected underwater. On October 10, 2016 he did just that. The discovery, which took years of laying line and one final, three hour dive, makes this cave system the longest underwater cave in The Bahamas and possibly one of the longest underwater island caves in the world.  50,000 Feet of Underwater Caves Officially Connected Beneath Abaco
Daniel checking out Sawmill Sink - the Archaeological site that was the main hole explored and documented by National Geographic.

Daniel checking out Sawmill Sink – the Archaeological site that was the main hole explored and documented by National Geographic.

 

Sawmill Sink is the main one documented in the article, and it is just south of us at Casuarina Point.   Many people go swimming in the blue holes.  There is a sign at Sawmill Sink stating that it is an archelogical site and should not be disturbed, but it has a dive platform and ladder going into the water, so it is the easiest to swim in.

The sign at Sawmill Sink says it is a 'Restricted Site'

The sign at Sawmill Sink says it is a ‘Restricted Site’

A view of Sawmill Sink as you approach.

A view of Sawmill Sink as you approach.

Sawmill Sink - one of the Inland Blue Holes of Abaco

Sawmill Sink – one of the Inland Blue Holes of Abaco

The easiest (and closest to Casuarina Point) inland blue hole to drive to is just off the side of the road across from the Coconut Tree Farm.

Blue Hole across from the Coconut Tree Farm - 8.1 miles north of the Casuarina Point entrance.

Blue Hole across from the Coconut Tree Farm – 8.1 miles north of the Casuarina Point entrance.

Another picture of the Blue Hole across from the Coconut Tree Farm

Another picture of the Blue Hole across from the Coconut Tree Farm

The last time I stopped to look at the ‘Coconut Tree Farm Blue Hole’ there was a school of small fish in it.  I am told that they were not naturally occurring but had been introduced by a local.

Here are directions to them main Blue Holes of Abaco. I have not personally visited all of them, but I have the directions from a reliable source!

 Inland Blue Holes – Directions:

Sawmill Sink Blue Hole South of Casuarina Point – the Archaeological Site:  As you leave the entrance to Casuarina Point – turn left on the Great Abaco Highway.  Go 8.6 miles and look for dirt road on the right.  Turn right on it.  Go 1.2 miles and you will see a rocky path to the left – follow the path to the Blue Hole.

Blue Hole – Across from the Sheep Farm/Coconut Tree Farm:

As you leave the entrance to Casuarina Point, turn right on the Great Abaco Highway.  Go 8.1 miles and look for road/open parking area on right.  The Blue Hole is right there on the right.  (Locals call the Coconut Tree Farm, ‘The Sheep Farm,’ but I have never seen sheep there that I remember.  I think the sheep have been gone for a long time.)

Blue Hole North of Marsh Harbour:  Turn left on to the Treasure Cay road by Cost Right.  Go past the Old Dump, the BEC Generator Plant and many old car junk yards.   Pass the intersection with 2 small Bars on two corners.  Up a little farther is a white sign “Out Island Experiences”  just as the road bears left take the dirt road to the right.  The road turns into a path – follow the path to the Blue Hole.

NOTE: Poison wood has five leaves on a branch and is shiny (somewhat).

Blue Hole by Treasure Cay Airport:

Just before the airport turn left on a dirt road (that runs about 300 yards from the end of the runway).  Go about ¼ mile and take another left – takes you to blue hole.

 

 

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