Lucayan National Park

March 8, 2013 by

Sightseeing, Things To Do, Top Attractions

The road to Lucayan National Park defies traditionally held conceptions of Bahamian landscapes. Photo courtesy of ironypoisoning via Flickr.

The road to Lucayan National Park defies traditionally held conceptions of Bahamian landscapes. Photo courtesy of ironypoisoning via Flickr.

Often thought of as simply pristine coastline and white sand beach, what makes the Bahamas famous,  is more than idyllic beach beauty. Six very diverse ecosystems at work in this island nation, and all six of them can be seen in one spectacular little trip to Lucayan National Park. Pine trees, mangroves, ferns, swamp and orchids abound, and at Lucayan National Park, you can see some of what makes the Bahamas more than just a resort island escape.

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The Lucayan National Park is roughly 40-acres of pristine wilderness, and with just one visit you’ll see a whole new side of what the Bahamas are all about. Dozens of rare flower species, orchids, bats, and thousands of other species of animal reside here, as does one of the longest and most extensive systems of underground caves in the world. This vast tunnel system was created over eons of time by acidified water runoff eating away at the island’s limestone bedrock. This truly unique environment is renowned the world over and divers flock to this magnificent labyrinth to dive in a place like no other anywhere on earth. It is so vast, it is still being mapped, and for this reason ( as well as to preserve the park), divers are limited to the areas in which they are allowed to go, and then you’ll need permission.

Still, if you get the opportunity, even just to see the caves, the Lucayan National Park never disappoints. With stalactites and the eerily-clear water, it makes for one of the most memorable experiences you’re likely to have. Bring a camera and a sense of adventure, and see what makes the Lucayan National Park special for yourself.

-Hudson Hornick

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