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What’s the geography of the Bahamas? Your bonefishing expert has the answer.


October 2, 2019

The Bahamas is well-known for its beautiful ocean waters, and pristine beaches...but what is the geography really like? You might be surprised by just how interesting the Bahamas geography is, and we can assure you it might even encourage you to travel to our beautiful area of the world. Here is all of the information you need to know about the Bahamas before visiting.

The first thing to know is that the Bahamas lie 50 miles off of the Florida coast and they are made up of approximately 700 islands/cays, although only about 30 of them are inhabited by people. The two biggest islands, Grand Bahama and New Providence make up the majority of tourism here in our favorite Carribbean location. While Grand Bahamas might be equally as large, the capital of the Bahamas (Nassau) is located on the island of New Providence. Stretching over 100,000 square miles, the Bahamas islands was mostly formed by coral reefs and seashells.

The geography of the Bahamas is perfect for the beautiful and unique wildlife that inhabit the island. From turtles to iguanas, you’ll truly see some of the most unique wildlife in the Carribbean. Did you know that the world's largest colony of pink flamingos in habit the Bahamas? The perfect temperatures and beautiful sunshine allows the flamingos to thrive on the beautiful soft beaches. More wildlife thrives in the Andros Barrier Reef - one of the longest coral reefs in the world. This reef is home to native, bright colored and tropical fish. 

The Bahamas is home to a number to beautiful wildlife/nature parks and conservatories that you can visit as well if you are interested in ecotourism. Including:
  • Fern Gully/Josey Cave and Nature Trail: With various bird and local animal species, nature enthusiasts will love the Fern Gully/Josey Cave and Nature Trail. 
  • Lake Windsor: Also known as Lake Rosa, Lake Windsor is the largest lake in the Bahamas and is home to a flock of Caribbean flamingos - the largest in the northern hemisphere. 
  • Andros Nature Conservatory and Trust (ANCAT): The ANCAT is home nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to the conservation and protection of the Andros Islands and its animal wildlife. 
  • Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park: The Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park is one of the most gorgeous areas to dive in. With visibility up to 100 feet, and warm water temperatures, you’ll have the opportunity to see large schools of reef fish enjoy a large variety of marine life. 
  • Moriah Harbour Cay National Park: If marine life isn’t your thing, try exploring at Moriah Harbour Cay National Park - home to a wide variety of bird-life who have chosen to nest in and around the National Park. 

Now that you know a little more about the geography in the Bahamas, why not stop by and schedule a time to go on your bonefishing adventure? No matter what you are looking for, Bonefish Drex can help with charter boat rentals in the Bahamas. Not only can we provide you with a charter rental, but we can give you the sightseeing tour you are looking for. To learn more about our services, give us a call at 242-356-0243. We look forward to seeing you in the upcoming months - the weather is gorgeous!
 
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What you should know about Hurricanes in the Bahamas


September 18, 2019

As you prepare to book your Bahamas Bonefishing vacation, there are a few things you should know. Particularly if you are concerned about hurricanes and visiting during hurricane season. Before we get in to our list, always know that your safety is our top priority when you book with Bonefish Drex. If at any point during your rental with us we begin to fear your safety, we will immediately contact you and assist you in staying safe. Now, let’s get in to what you need to know about hurricanes and hurricane season.

What is a hurricane? 
Hurricanes are tropical storms that form over the water - they are, in essence, tropical cyclones. Once winds of a tropical storm reach over 74 miles per hour, the storm becomes classified as a hurricane. Hurricanes are ranked from Category 1 - Category 5, with a Category 5 hurricane being the most severe. Official hurricane season starts on June 30, and will end on November 30. While that seems to take out a lot of your travel months - don’t worry! High-intensity hurricanes in the Bahamas are rare.

How will it impact the area? 
The impact a hurricane will have on an area is reliant largely on the Category. We’ve broken down the Categories, and what they can mean below: 
Category 1: These hurricanes will cause minor damage, and have winds ranging from 74-95 miles per hour. Category 1 hurricanes are nothing to worry about, and while you should stay safe on shore they aren’t cause for major concern.
Category 2: Hurricanes that reach 96-110 mph winds rank in Category 2, and can cause extensive damage. As an example, extensive damage can be defined as breaking windows and uprooting trees.
Category 3: The next level up, Category 3, can be devastating. This means the 111-129 mph winds can not only break windows, but doors as well. 
Category 4: Category 4 hurricanes can cause catastrophic damage, tearing off roofs and severely damaging the external structure of buildings and additional infrastructure. Category 4 hurricanes have winds reaching 130-156 mph.
Category 5: Rare, but not unheard of. Category 5 hurricanes have winds that reach over 157 mph and it can’t get any worse than this. Category 5 hurricanes can level cities and towns - this is extremely dangerous.

What’s this mean for me? 
As already stated, while you book a vacation and charter with us your safety is our top priority. For any hurricane, we want to ensure that you are on shore for the duration of the storm. For hurricanes ranking about Category 2, we will work with you to ensure your safety and arrange plans. 

Just remember, that when you visit the Bahamas you should be respectful of the local wildlife and nature - they can be unpredictable so stay safe! Now that you know more about the wildlife in the area, why not stop by and schedule a time to go on your bonefishing adventure? No matter what you are looking for, Bonefish Drex can help. Not only can we provide you with a charter rental, but we can give you the sightseeing tour you are looking for. To learn more about our services, give us a call at 242-356-0243. We look forward to seeing you in the upcoming months - the weather is gorgeous!
 
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Wildlife you might encounter when bonefishing in the Bahamas


August 28, 2019

Renting your first sailing charter is super exciting! By enjoying a sailing charter you’re not only going to enjoy your time on the water, but you’ll have a front-row seat to the wildlife in the area, particularly when bonefishing. We’ve compiled our list of what you should expect (and want) to see while spending time in the Bahamas. 

Bimini Dolphins
With crystal clear waters and beautiful landscaping, the Bahamas is the perfect spot to see Bimini Dolphins. Legends have it the dolphins enjoy playing near boats and other moving vessels, which will make for a fantastic show for you and your travel companions. These dolphins are known for their light, easy-going, and playful attitudes. 

Sea Turtles
Once again, the clear waters of the Bahamas makes for the perfect wildlife watching spot. You are likely to see Sea Turtles while cruising the waves. The Sea Turtles thrive in the blue, sun-soaked waters and their docile nature make them the perfect animal to introduce the little ones to.

Spider Crabs
Spider Crabs are large, unique, and certainly not something you would see day-to-day. As the name implies, this species of crab has long, spidery legs, and often blend into the ocean floor. When walking, we recommend being careful when walking and maybe even dragging your feet along the bottom of the floor.

Sharks
Beware of these beautiful creatures! While they are certainly beautiful to look at, we still recommend keeping a safe distance. Sharks are safer than you would think, but you should still exercise caution. Afterall, a shark that mistakes you for food could be harmful (even deadly) and with rising sea temperatures and the destruction of habitats you can never be too careful. Sharks are temperamental, and as their habitats change so can their behavior.

Exumas Pigs
These pigs have become world famous! These pigs enjoy their sun-loving beaches and reside on the Exumas Islands. They aren’t typically known to be aggressive - in fact many tourists will come just to swim with the pigs. However, remember that they are still wild animals and should be treated with respect.

Just remember, that when you visit the Bahamas you should be respectful of the local wildlife and nature - they can be unpredictable so stay safe! Now that you know more about the wildlife in the area, why not stop by and schedule a time to go on your bonefishing adventure? No matter what you are looking for, Bonefish Drex can help. Not only can we provide you with a charter rental, but we can give you the sightseeing tour you are looking for. To learn more about our services, give us a call at 242-356-0243. We look forward to seeing you in the upcoming months - the weather is gorgeous!

 
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Why you should kayak after your Bahamas charter rental


So you’ve decided to rent a sailing charter in the Bahamas - great news! While you might love sailing on the charter for most of your week, a little low-key kayaking might be the perfect way to get some physical activity in while still enjoying the beautiful scenery the Bahamas have to offer. 

Kayaking 101
Kayaking typically involves a one-seat, small vessel. But sometimes you can get a tandem kayak if you’d prefer to kayak with a loved one or friend. When you sit in the kayak, make sure all personal possessions are secured and safe. We recommend a waterproof bag, or box, to hold your phones and keys. You can purchase bags/boxes specifically for kayaking, so if they go overboard it’ll float. 

When you kayak, alternate strokes. Keep strokes even, short, and smooth to prevent an overturned kayak. When you are navigating turns and tighter spaces, that’s when you should use different levels of power and lengths of strokes. This will help guide you on your journey.

Health Benefits
There are a number of health benefits to kayaking, including: 
Stress: Kayaking helps to lower stress and leave you feeling relaxed, as well as rejuvenated.
Mental Health: The lower stress levels will lead to you feeling lighter, happier, and you’ll even feel an increase in confidence. 
Workout: One of the best workouts you’ll get is kayaking - it’s perfect if you are looking for a fun activity to do while on vacation.
Heart Health: Kayaking is a cardiovascular activity, which will help to workout your heart and give it the exercise it needs to remain strong. 

Kayaking Safety
Now that you are ready to go kayaking, there are a few things you should know and be aware of. Afterall, safety is most important! 
Wear your life jacket: We know, a life jacket might not be the most fun thing but it can save your life. Just think, what happens if you fall out and hit your head? Always be safe, rather than sorry.
Kayak with others: Kayaking with others will help keep you safe, but also ensure people know where you are at. If you do choose to go out alone, make sure friends and family know where you go, as well as how long you’ll be gone. 
Weather: Pay attention to the weather prior to going out on the water. If poor weather is on the horizon, reschedule your kayak outing for another date. Dangerous kayaking conditions can be detrimental to your trip, and your safety.

Now that you know a little bit about bonefish, why not stop by and schedule a time to go on your bonefishing adventure? No matter what you are looking for, Bonefish Drex can help. Not only can we provide you with a charter rental, but we can give you the sightseeing tour you are looking for. To learn more about our services, give us a call at 242-356-0243. We look forward to seeing you in the upcoming months - the weather is gorgeous!

 
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What is a bonefish?


July 31, 2019

You might have heard of bonefishing in the Bahamas, but what is a bonefish anyways? Is bonefishing as easy as it appears? We are here to give you all the details on what a bonefish is, but also why bonefishing is the perfect relaxing activity while you are on vacation. 

Where do they live? 
Well, of course bonefish live in the Bahamas, but what are their typical habitat? Bonefish typically live in the coastal areas - and enjoying schooling. So it’s not uncommon for you to see quite a few of them surfing the area together! Don’t be surprised if you even see a few hundred - schools of bonefish can travel with groups of 40-400! Not only do bonefish school together, they tend to stay in the same area for a few days. So if you see a few, you’ll most likely see them in a day or two after that. Typically, the warmer the months, the deeper the bonefish like to be under the water. 

Diet
As bottom feeders, Bonefish typically feed on shrimps, mollusks, worms, and small fishes. While bonefish travel in schools, they don’t necessarily feed in schools. So expect a bonefish that is feeding to be alone for a few. 

Size
Bonefish can grow up to 31 inches long, and weigh approximately 4-6 pounds in the Bahamas. Fish that reside in the Florida area tend to be larger - weighing approximately 13-14 pounds. The average bonefish live between 19-24 years, and reach full maturity around 3-4 years. 

Fishing Tips
When it comes to fishing bonefish, you’ll have to be patient and alert. As a general rule of thumb, if you begin to see wakes or nervous water that could be the sign of a bonefish school swimming by. Bonefish are almost a green color, and easy to see when they are belly-down. However, if they get spooked you’ll see their side which will nearly blend into the bottom of the ocean floor. As they blend in, bonefish can be difficult to see and track.

Stay smooth in all of your movements, and be careful not to spook or frighten the bonefish. Once you hook a bonefish, don’t be too quick to pull the fish out of the water. With soft mouths, it won’t typically be a struggle for you to hook a bonefish, but it can be easy to lose them if you aren’t careful.

Now that you know a little bit about bonefish, why not stop by and schedule a time to go on your bonefishing adventure? No matter what you are looking for, Bonefish Drex can help. Not only can we provide you with a charter rental, but we can give you the sightseeing tour you are looking for. To learn more about our services, give us a call at 242-356-0243. We look forward to seeing you in the upcoming months - the weather is gorgeous!

 
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