The warm and welcoming Sea of Abaco is teeming with incredible corals, magical marine life, and remarkable shipwrecks. Along with the remains of America's first steamship, the San Jacinto, scuba divers can explore an amazing diversity of fish and vegetation, much of which is protected by the Sandy Cay, Fowl Cay, and Pelican Cay National Parks.
Come for the remarkable pink-sand beach, stay for the captivating history. From battered reefs and weather-warped rock to charming colonial villages and rolling pineapple plantations, evidence of Eleuthera's past is visible everywhere. The island is also home to some of the Bahamas' best boutique hotels, seafood restaurants, and surf breaks.
Shop till you drop in the hustle and bustle of capital city Nassau - the Bahamas' alter ego. For an authentic experience, head to the popular straw market to barter over unique souvenirs and handcrafted goods. Alternatively, the swish stores of Bay Street promise more sophistication, with international designer brands operating out of its brightly-coloured buildings.
Lucayan National Park is a 40-acre protected reserve on Grand Bahama with one of the world's longest underwater cave systems. Much of the park is strewn with waterways, making it navigable by kayak. Paddle your way through the dense forest and catch a glimpse of the unique native wildlife, which includes the Remipedia bat.
Pigs don't fly in the Bahamas, but they most certainly swim. Nobody knows exactly how pigs came to inhabit Big Major Cay, but theories include being dropped off by sailors who never returned to cook them, and swimming to shore after surviving a shipwreck. Either way, you can join these adorable water-loving piggies in the shallow turquoise waters.