Bimini is known as the Big Game Fishing Capital of the world. Fishing here is excellent year round on the flats, on the reefs and in the Gulf Stream. Ernest Hemingway came here to write his novel Islands in the Stream. Bimini lies just 40 nautical miles from Miami and is divided into 3 main islands, North, South and East Bimini. The smaller North Bimini is better developed and is home to Bimini’s main settlement of Bailey Town. Luxurious yachts and fishing boats are always docked at the island’s marinas.
The luxurious Bimini Bay Resort and Marina is located on North Bimini offering visitors all the amenities of a luxury resort and boating enthusiast s ample, secure moorings at their full service marina.
The Bimini International Airport is on Bimini South. A taxi takes the guest to the ferry and the ferry over to North Bimini. Western Air flies from Nassau to South Bimini Airport & Regional Air connects Bimini with Grand Bahama Island to the North.
Bimini is steeped with lore and legend, with many believing this tiny island community to be part of the road system of the Lost Continent of Atlantis. Today it is the big game-fishing that attracts visitors from across the world to Bimini’s shores.
- Big-game fishing has been the most popular activity on Bimini for decades. But fishing isn’t the only choice in Bimini for travelers. What will the day bring? Whether looking for a weekend getaway or an extended stay, visitors are destined to return home refreshed from a true-true Bahamian experience.
- Boat Building
Ansil Saunders, a fifth generation boat builder builds about one boat per year, with construction usually taking about 10 weeks. He builds boats purposely constructed for the pursuit of bonefish in water as shallow as five inches deep. His materials include mahogany, native horseflesh wood and oak. He is a renowned sports ambassador with his talent as a bonefish guide (to the likes of the late civil rights leader, Martin Luther Kind Jr., and he is also a bone-fishing world record holder.
- Brother Peter’s Well
Also known as “Bul Peter Well,” this natural rock well is located in the Blackland area near the northern shoreline of South Bimini. It was carved into solid limestone rock with hammer and chisel by Peter Russell, an ex-slave, mainly to water the crops on his farm.
- Lost City of Atlantis
In 1968 the discovery of huge limestone blocks off the coast of North Bimini led many to believe that this was once an undersea road to the Lost City of Atlantis. Many divers have examined this half-mile stretch of neatly aligned relics, and everyone seems to have an opinion of what this may, or may not, be You can get a look for yourself; it is near the shore in only 20 feet of water.
- The Fountain of Youth
It is believed that Ponce de León stopped in Bimini during his search for this mythical fountain in 1513. Reportedly, he heard about if from Taino Indians, when he served as Governor in Puerto Rico. This fountain is believed to exist somewhere in the flats and pools of South Bimini.
Today’s “Fountain of Youth,” near the road leading to the South Bimini airport, is really a six-foot deep well of freshwater, bubbling up to a two-foot square hole, filled with stones as well as water. The well formed when carbonic acid ground water flowed into solid limestone rock thousands of years ago, forming a natural “sink.”
In 1995, the site was turned into a commemorative park, with a limestone rock wall several feet high built around the well. Benches were installed and a stone path was constructed leading to the well.
- The Healing Hole
In the mangrove swamps on East Bimini is a very large well, a pool known as the “Healing Hole.” This spring of fresh water, percolating up inside a salt water mangrove swamp, is supposed to be rife with minerals. People go there to meditate and bathe in the water, said to heal whatever details their bodies.
Bimini has magnificent reefs teeming with every kind of sea life imaginable and some of the finest dive spots in the world are found in our waters. Moray Alley, Hawksbill Reef and Rainbow Reef offer a wonderful variety of sights, with depths from 25′ to 75′. Near Cat Cay are Victory Reef and the Tuna Alley Wall and the Cat Cay Wall. The Shark Reef is home to pet Caribbean Reef Sharks. The Bimini Road or Road to Atlantis was made famous by numerous Discovery Channel specials, and the Bimini Barge was rated “one of the ten best wreck dives in The Bahamas and Caribbean” by Skin Diver Magazine.
- Bimini Biological Field Station
The Bimini Biological Field Station is a small, self-contained, independent research facility affiliated with, but not owned by the University of Miami. Its mission is evenly divided between education and research. Their primary research involves elucidation of the role of the lemon shark in a tropical marine ecosystem.
A variety of knowledgeable guides are available for bonefishing and deep-sea fishing enthusiasts.
To nourish your body and soul, head for Alice Town on North Bimini to experience fine dining and local nightlife. If it’s native cooking you crave, check out the huge helpings at the Red Lion Pub. For a more intimate occasion, visit the Anchorage Dining Room, located in the Bimini Blue Water Resort overlooking the ocean. And if you just want to hang with the locals at a casual, down-to-earth joint, join the crowd at the Gulfstream Restaurant and Bar.
To get to Bimini, fly into South Bimini Airport (BIM), then take a taxi to either your hotel on South Bimini or to the others on North Bimini, which will require a ferry ride. The taxi and ferry together are approximately $5.00/person each way from South Bimini Airport to North Bimini. (you pay either they ferry captain or the taxi). There are regular scheduled daily flights from both and Nassau & Grand Bahama Island. International passengers can enjoy direct service to Bimini from Fort Lauderdale (FLL) on Continental Airlines.