There’s so much to see and do at FBV and on Cat Island, that you’ll need more than one trip to experience it all. Explore the local beaches, go snorkeling, diving, kayaking, boating, paddle boarding or try your luck at fishing! For parents with young children that want to join in on the action we can arrange a babysitter with advance notice. To get started having some fun, just scroll down and explore your options.
*Please Note: To go SCUBA diving, a certification card and a log book are required. If you do not have a log book with proof of having made a dive in the past 6 months you must take the PADI Scuba Review Course. We encourage you to bring your own mask & snorkel if you have them.
Cat Island has some of the best SCUBA diving* anywhere in the world! From spectacular reef dives around massive coral heads to vertical walls that drop off into the abyss – it’s all here. Just let us know you’re interested and we will help you make the necessary arrangements with one of the local dive shops. There is about a 45 minute drive to anyone of the dive locations from Fernandez Bay. Although transportation is not provided, taxis and car rentals are available.
If you’ve never salt water kayaked or paddle boarded before, this is the place to learn. It’s easy – these ocean kayaks and paddle boards are wide and stable, making it easy to balance and maneuver. FBV has one and two person kayaks for you to choose from.
The shallow creek at the southern end of Fernandez Bay makes for a peaceful, quiet trip through twisting and turning waterways. Dubbed an “aquatic nature hike”, the creek is a nursery for baby sharks, manta rays and other small fish. Paddlers can see them cruising along the sandy bottom or darting in and out of the mangrove trees.
Shell Beach, at the other end of the creek is the perfect place to anchor your craft, have a picnic, look for shells and soak up the warm Bahamian sun.
Fernandez Bay Village can also supply maps and directions leading the way through the creek to “Boiling Hole”. This is a snorkeler friendly blue hole with attitude. The blue holes of Cat Island are filled with legends and folklore. Locals tell of both mermaids and sea monsters inhabiting them. Whether fact or fiction, the legends surrounding the Blue Holes of Cat Island make them a curious attraction and an unforgettable adventure to explore.
Catch a personal best, or even a world record. Cat Island flats are teeming with some of the Caribbean’s fattest Bonefish. Mark Keasler, resident fishing guide, has a reputation for patience and a keen intuition for finding, and catching the elusive bonefish. By boat, car or bicycle there are secluded creeks and out-of-the-way flats to cast away on. Just let us know if you’d like to engage Mark as your guide and we’ll take it from there.