Conception Island

Conception Island

Conception Island is highly regarded as one of the most spectacular island in the Bahamas. The uninhabited island is located on a platform that rises out of the deep ocean 15 miles east of Santa Maria, Long Island. The island has miles of pink sand beaches, gorgeous sandstone cliffs, and an extraordinary abundance of wildlife on the land and in the sea. There are numerous locations for spectacular scuba diving and snorkeling.

The main island, Booby Cays, and South Rocks are home to an extraordinary number of wildlife species, many of which are threatened or endangered. Long tail tropic birds, sooty terns, oyster catchers, and osprey nest on the island and cays. The center of the island is a large mangrove and creek habitat and an important nursery for fish, sharks, conch, and crawfish. Green turtles forage in the creek, off the southwestern shore, and in the northern bay. The coral reefs and grass flats in the surrounding sea are unusually healthy and are home to an abundance of sea life.

History
Very little is known about the history of the island but there do exist a few ruins that indicate that people once lived there as far back as the 1900’s.


 

Conception Island National Park - This park encompasses a four-and-a-half-square mile uninhabited island surrounded by its own shallow bank just north of Rum Cay. The island was one of the first landfalls of Columbus in the New World and is an important sanctuary for migratory birds and green turtles, as well as a breeding site for a variety of seabirds. […]