Few can resist the calm shallow waters here, and the coral reefs encircling the islands lend themselves perfectly to scuba-diving and snorkelling. Take a dive into the crystal clear water to spot starfish, stingrays and shoals of tropical fish, or swim through hidden coves and underground rivers of the Blue Hole National Park. Perhaps the most unique of inhabitants here are the native sea-swimming pigs roaming free along the island’s shores.
But there is plenty more to The Bahamas than just pristine beaches and rum-based cocktails – the islands boast a rich history leading to real colonial charm and brightly coloured architecture. It also has a heritage of pirates, British colonialism, slavery and Civil War mules. With such a fascinating heritage and its picture-perfect setting, it is no wonder that The Bahamas is one of the most sought-after holiday destinations in the world.