Cat Island Travel

From the weather to the water to the sand, everything about Cat Island is pristine. Its perfect for those looking to explore the island’s natural beauty, with a laid-back environment that provides a unique destination to relax and unwind. With 50 miles of rolling hills, nature trails and the eight-mile Pink Sand Beach, you can choose to do everything or absolutely nothing.

There is much to be discovered on Cat Island.  With 150 square miles of natural landscape, it offers a rich Bahamian experience. You’ll find the plot of land where Sir Sidney Poitier’s boyhood home once stood. The island is home to one of the best climates in The Bahamas. Its location near the Tropic of Cancer means temperatures range from the mid-60s in the winter to the high-80s in the summer.  The perfect weather for getting out and exploring Cat Island’s landscape and history. For more information on the best beaches on Cat Island, visit The Best Beaches in the Bahamas Guide.

Cat Island Weather – When  to Visit

The best time to visit Cat Island is from mid-December to mid-April, the country’s peak season. Though temperatures here are great year-round, the islands fall within the hurricane belt, so hurricanes may be a factor between June 1 and Nov. 30. Most of these months (plus May) also fall within the region’s rainy season, which can leave you with fewer days spent enjoying the islands’ outdoor activities. But keep in mind that mid-December to mid-April’s sublime weather attracts hordes of tourists, so prices will be at their highest and crowds at their thickest during these months.

Cat Island Attractions

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The Hermitage on Mt Alvernia

This small, stone, medieval-style monastery sits on the peak of Como Hill on Cat Island, the highest point in The Islands of The Bahamas at 206 foot above sea level. It was built in 1939 by a Roman Catholic priest, Monsignor John Hawes, known to locals as Father Jerome. An admirer of St. Francis of Assisi, Father Jerome called the getaway Mount Alvernia, after La Verna, a mountain in Tuscany that was given to Assisi as a place where he could peacefully contemplate, and it was where Assisi received the Wounds of the Cross.

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Dean’s Blue Hole

Dean’s Blue Hole is said to be the deepest blue hole in the world, and  the second largest underwater chamber. This warm salt-water swimming pool dips some 663 feet into the ocean floor right offshore. At the surface it is 80 x 120 feet, but opens out after 60 feet into a cavern with a diameter of at least 330 feet.  A school of tarpon hang in the shadows at 65 feet and friendly turtles and tiny sea horses sometimes come into the hole for a break from the ocean currents. The coral caves and sand banks on the side of the entrance harbor all kinds of tropical reef life, from tiny shrimps and colorful tropical fish to groupers and snappers.

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This former 18th-century cotton plantation had an antebellum-style mansion that must have been quite spectacular In its glory days. Ruins on the site include the stone structures of that great house and outbuildings; you can see the heavy wooden beams that supported the roofs, etc. and some of the original decorative trim.



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This freshwater pond, accessible by boat only, percolates within salt water in the mangrove swamps. It is referred to as the ‘Healing Hole’ because of the healing properties reported by those who have been swimming in it.



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Without a doubt, the incredible beach speaks for itself. A person can walk for miles and never see another human being. Sometimes you may see a fish jump, a lazy sea-gull swoop down to investigate something interesting on a reef or find a special shell and you realize that there is not that much important to bother you ever.


Things to Do on Cat Island

Bahamas Catamaran Charter

They offer sailing expeditions to any region of the Bahamas but, specialize in the southern, more unspoiled of the Bahamas islands.  All of the charters are customized to suite the desires of the quests.  Some of the more popular charter/expeditions include:  fly fishing and offshore fishing trips to the most unspoiled corners of the Bahamas.  For more information call 242-342-5155, or visit them on the web at Bahamas Catamaran Charter.

Top Cats Fishing Service

At Top Cats Fishing Service, they strive to provide the absolute best fishing experience available in the Bahamas. Cat Island is world renowned as a pelagic fishing mecca, its creeks and flats abound with bone fish and the crystal clear waters surrounding the reefs and coral heads are unsurpassed for snorkeling, with or without a spear.  For more information call 242-342-7087, or visit them on the web at Top Cats Fishing Service.

Bow Leg Charters

Capt. Reynold Butler guides you through half and full day fishing trips with the option to snorkel in some secluded bay. A life long resident of Cat island and fisherman he knows these waters and how to put you on the fish. Trolling or bottom fishing he does it all.  Telephone:  1 242-464-6022  Web:  Bow Leg Charters

Best Cat Island Restaurants

Da Smoke Pot  $11 – 30

This restaurant is an authentic Bahamian experience, and is named after the local tradition of burning green brush in the evening, creating smoke to keep the bugs away for the guests. Fresh seafood and a variety of Bahamian dishes are served daily; closed on Mondays.  Telephone:  1 242 354-2094  Web:  Da Smoke Pot

Sammy T’s Restaurant & Bar  $11 – 30

The breakfast menu features mouth watering Bahamian cuisine. Chase eggs, omelets, with all the trimmings topped with fresh fruits and juices. The lunch menu consists of delicious grilled conch, fish or burgers, fresh salads topped with Sammy T’s secret dressing.   They have mouth watering conch fritters, conch chowder. At dinner choose from a selection of Bahamian dishes including lobsters, grouper, or conch served with crab and rice or pigeon peas and rice.  Telephone:  1 242-354-6009  Web:  Sammy T’s Restaurant & Bar

Boggie Pond Lodge Restaurant & Bar  $11 – 30

You’ll feel like you are in a traditional Bahamian kitchen, when you drink in the smells as you enter our family-owned restaurant. They offer the usual breakfast selections, in addition to local favorites and tropical fruits. Lunch includes hot or cold sandwiches with homemade bread; dinner consists of traditional Bahamian dishes, with local seafood a specialty and topped off with tantalizing desserts.   Telephone:  1 242-354-2215  Web:  Boggie Pond Lodge Restaurant & Bar

Shannas Cove  Under $10

Shannas Cove is a resort that sits at the very tip of the north side of the island in North Bain Town. This place has the best pizza on the island and you will not be disappointed.  Try a shrimp and pineapple pizza, it’s amazing! The view at the top of the restaurant is one you don’t want to miss either. So grab a couple of drinks for the road (It’s allowed here), buckle up and start driving north for some of the best grub on the island.  Telephone:  1 242-354-4249  Web:  Shannas Cove

Fish Fry  $11 – 30

The fish fry is where locals and visitors alike come to enjoy fresh Bahamian food, great conversations and maybe even a little rake and scrape – the native music of the Bahamas. This was actually the only place where I did see cats on Cat Island.  The Fish Fry is also the most popular spot for conch salad, which is diced (uncooked) conch, onions, sweet pepper, tomatoes, lime, salt, and pepper.  Located near New Bight – a collection of food vendor stands selling fish and local snacks.

Best Cat Island Bars

Da Pink Chicken

You absolutely cannot go to Cat Island without having a drink (or two, or three) at Da Pink Chicken. It’s the ultimate island beach bar where visitors from long ago let you know they were there by leaving their mark all over the walls.  Telephone:  1-242-474-1133  Web:  Da Pink Chicken

Cocktails by the Sea

This quaint waterfront hangout is a favorite of both locals and visitors. You can watch amazing sunsets and listen to rolling waves from the patio; drink a chilled Bahamian brew, rum cocktail or other beverage at the bar; and see how well you stack up against other patrons in a game of Dominoes.  Telephone:  1 242-354-2005  Web:  Cocktails by the Sea

Sammy T’s Restaurant & Bar

The Bar opens 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. Try their special Bahamian drinks and the world famous Kalik beer along with a full selection of wines and spirits. Special champagne is available upon request.  Telephone:  1 242-354-6009  Web:  Sammy T’s Restaurant & Bar

The Hot Spot Karaoke Bar

Their bar is a gathering place for both locals and visitors, who enjoy Hot Spot signature drinks like the “Como Hill,” the “Blue Hole,” and the very popular “Bahamian Flag,” which showcases the colors of our flag: black, aquamarine and gold. Bahamian beers and other favorite beverages are also available. On weekends, holidays and other special occasions, they have DJ music, limbo dancing and karaoke.  Telephone:  1 242-354-2076  Web:  The Hot Spot Karaoke Bar

Best Cat Island Hotels

Rollezz Villas Beach Resort

Offering a restaurant and a private beach area, Rollezz Villas Beach Resort is located in Old Bight. Free WiFi access is available in this holiday home.  The accommodation will provide you with air conditioning and a patio. There is a full a kitchenette with a microwave and a refrigerator. Featuring a shower, private bathroom also comes with a bath and a bath or shower. You can enjoy sea view and mountain view from the room.  At Rollezz Villas Beach Resort you will find free bikes An array of activities can be enjoyed on site or in the surroundings, including fishing, hiking and snorkeling. The property offers free parking.

Greenwood Beach Resort

This property is 1 minute walk from the beach. Offering an outdoor pool and water sports facilities, Greenwood Beach Resort is situated in Port Howe Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant.  Certain units include views of the sea or garden. Rooms are equipped with a private bathroom equipped with a shower.  You can play billiards and darts at this hotel, and the area is popular for snorkeling. The hotel also offers free use of bicycles and car hire.

Pigeon Cay Beach Club

This Pigeon Cay cottage is on the beach, 11.7 mi (18.9 km) from Blue Hole, and within 25 mi (40 km) of Fernandez Bay and The Hermitage of Father Jerome.  Guests at this beach cottage will appreciate convenient onsite amenities such as barbecue grills and a picnic area.

Orange Creek Inn

This property is 1 minute walk from the beach. This apartment-style hotel is on beautiful Cat Island in the Bahamas and features quick beach access, free Wi-Fi and excellent ocean views. Ocean Creek Inn has free parking.  The spacious suites at this property feature air conditioning and a kitchenette. Guests can also enjoy a cable TV and a wardrobe, and the private bathrooms feature a shower and toilet.  There is a small grocery store on site, and guests can find restaurants serving national and international cuisine within a 10-minute drive of the property.

Flamingo Bay Hotel & Marina

This property is 3 minutes walk from the beach. This island hotel and marina, in Freeport, Bahamas, is just 600 feet from Taino Beach and the Caribbean Sea. It offers free Wi-Fi access and bright rooms with cable TV.  All guests have free access to the facilities at Flamingo Bay’s sister hotel, Taino Beach Resorts. Facilities include a large outdoor pool with a water slide, lazy river and a swim up bar. The oceanfront restaurant is also open to guests.  Each room has kitchen facilities which include a microwave, small fridge, toaster and dishware. They are decorated in soft cool colors and have tile floors.  Flamingo Bay Hotel & Marina offers laundry facilities and a gift shop on site. A large water sports facility is available to guests as well.


  1. Mim Akter

    Hi Leahrae,
    Thank you for sharing this great informational article. it is very important article which will help my. If I had a chance to go to Cat Island I would choose the Mail Boat from Nassau. I will definitely be back to your website for some more of your helpful information on a lot of topics. I will share this article with my friends.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great Mim, thank you.  Glad you enjoyed my Cat Island Travel post.  Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Shannon

    All I can say is WOW! You have given me yet another fantastic destination to add to my bucket list! The photos and video you have included are just stunning. I can only imagine what Cat Island must look like in person! 

    I am especially interested in the healing hole fresh water pond. I am a huge advocate of natural healing, not to mention I have a few aches and pains of my own I could do without 😉

    Even though there is a risk of rain, I think I would prefer to travel to Cat Island during the off peak months. Not only would the cost be lowered but it would be less crowded with tourists. I would love the opportunity to walk along through the trails or on the beaches feeling like I am the only person around. That sounds like heaven on Earth.

    Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I agree with you on visiting during the off peak season months.  I live in Florida, so getting some rain on vacation is not a big deal with all the sunshine we get here LOL. Thanks for stopping by beach travel destinations.

  3. Harry

    I am currently planning my summer vacation (which is going to start in one month from now) and my main destination is the Bahamas.

    I hear you about the possibility of coming across some rains during this season but I really don’t care… With rain or without, I think that the Bahamas is an amazing place for someone to spend their vacation.

    Thank you for your guide! I’ll definitely refer back to it once I am there to find places to eat, drink, as well as go sightseeing.!

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great Harry and I agree with you!  I live in the sunshine state, so I really don’t mind the rain.  I can still walk the beach and play in the water.  Now snow would be a different story LOL!  Thanks for visiting beach travel destinations.

  4. AmDetermined

    Hi Laehrae, Visiting a new place is fun to me, i love the story about the Island it is educating, i would love to have an experience there, i really appreciate you for giving me clue on their best  Bar, Restaurant and hotel, as a visitor to any country this places are first on the list and what makes me love your research in the post is they are the best places to relax.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great!  I am glad you enjoyed my Cat Island Travel post.  Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Jessa Pausanos

    Oh my God! While watching the video i want to dive in the water.Haha. I wish i can visit there to have some summer vacation and relax. The view really looks amazing and the water is so clear. Damn it’s really awesome! Any recommendations for Airlines from Phippines going there?

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Hi Jessa, and yes the video does entice!  The Philipines is so big, so I would have to know exactly where you are to look up airlines and pricing for you.  You can go to this link for Jet Radar and put in your exact location and to Cat Island and then you can find out what airlines are available and the pricing.  I did see that the airline tickets are pretty reasonable for you though, sweet!  Thanks for stopping by my Cat Island Travel post.

  6. Todd Matthews

    Cat Island would be a great vacation spot; you had me early with hiking trails and rolling hills; anywhere with those features are definitely a hot sell. Dean’s Blue Hole would be an awesome location to visit as well as the ruins; as I’m obsessed with old places and abandoned ruins are just the thing. Food looks to be affordable as well and I’ve stayed in villas in resorts in the past, loving every second of them. 

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Looks like you need to plan your vacation to Cat Island!  Thanks for visiting beach travel destinations.

  7. Daniella

    Fantastic article!

    My sister has been in Cat island, and you know what, she stayed in the Orange Greek Inn. She showed us beautiful pictures of Cat Islands. She went there to celebrate her honeymoon. I wish I could be there now! However, she enjoyed so much that she and her husband didn’t want to come back. They even start to plan to spend the rest of their life there:) But once they came back, things got back to normal:)  I will show her this article. I am sure she will go crazy:)  Thank you for this excellent article!

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I am so glad you enjoyed reading more on Cat Island.  I am sure that it does not compare to being there as your sister was for her honeymoon. What a wonderful destination to start the beginning of a marriage!  I could see myself living there permanently as well.  Anywhere with such beautiful beaches, culture and people!

  8. Kyle Green

    This place looks beautiful! I had been researching Cat Island and glad I found your post.  I am ready to go right now after reading! Its getting cold where I live. The weather seems amazing year round. I would love to live in a place that has weather like that year round. The restaurants seems really cool and located in awesome places with great views. I would love to go diving and take the catamaran, those are always fun! I will bookmark your site and use the information when I am ready to plan my vacation!

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I am glad you came across my site and the information on Cat Island Travel is helpful for your planning.  You will have a wonderful time for sure!  Please let me know if there is any other information you need from me.  I would be more than glad to help.

  9. Flavia

    Another fantastic article. If I had a chance to go to Cat Island I would choose the Mail Boat from Nassau.

    It’s amazing how many people have commented that they had never heard of Cat Island! I am a travel agent and of course I have NEVER heard of it either!

    It’s so good to know about these places that are off the beaten track because when visitors go back to the same place over and over, they want to find something different to do. This is perfect for people returning to Nassau.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Wow, I cannot believe that you have not heard of Cat Island.  It is a wonderful pick, and of course less crowded than some of the other Caribbean islands.  And yes, great pick if you are headed to Nassau.  thanks for visiting Cat Island Travel 🙂

  10. Veronica

    OH, MY!!!

    Well, I actually never heard of Cat Island in the Bahamas, but you better believe that I’m going to remember that name now!

    All the pictures you provided were stunning, Leahrae! I especially like the Dean’s Blue Hole. Am I reading that correctly…it goes to 663 ft. offshore!!!

    And why did you have to include that video!!! I live in New York City…needless to say, my view is slightly different, lol. I think that may be a video I’ll have to watch repeatedly.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      It is a great video!  I would love to visit New York as well!  On my bucket list for sure.  Been there once, but it was for a competition so didn’t get to do anything really.  Yes, you are correct with Deans Blue Hole.  Quite amazing.  Thanks for visiting Cat Island Travel!

  11. Phildora Perez

    Leahrae, your Travel Destination pictures and detailed information on each location makes me want to buy a Boeing 757 and take a large group of people to Cat Island. I’m from Key West and most of my ancestors are from Cat Island.

    I am a Concher by birth. We eat it all including cracked conch, conch fritters, etc. Thanks for reminding me to add this Travel Destination and Cabo San Lucas to my list!

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome and wow, you live in such a Beautiful place too 🙂 I am in Clearwater! Thanks for visiting Phildora.

  12. Ciara

    Wow! Cat Island looks like its on the top of my list of places to sail to in the future. It seems it has a peaceful vibe and a comfortable climate, too. Thank you for providing info how to check in and clear with customs at Bennett’s Harbor. There are definitely some gorgeous diving spots here that I didn’t know about before. I hope to make it to this beautiful island in the near future.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Oh to sail there and go diving.  Sounds wonderful for sure.  I have not done neither, but I certainly plan to in the near future.  Especially at a beach travel destination like Cat Island!  

  13. Robert

    I never knew about Cat Island, but I now know it is on my must visit list. You gave us a nice sense of the history, the culture, the places to dine and the things to do, and the descriptions put a yearning to visit in my mind. I did not know it was a left side driving environment.  Your tip for pedestrians, to look right left right before crossing the road was spot on.  Great information!

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, Cat Island is one of those places that a lot of people are not aware of.  This is what makes it a nice destination to travel to, without all the excess crowds to deal with 🙂  I don’t know what more anyone could want, sunshine, great beaches, and very little crowds.  Thanks for reading Robert!

  14. Homies (One of the sites I'm building)

    Hi Matty’s Mom,

    Hubby and I traveled to the Bahamas when our children were young. Unfortunately, they were too small to appreciate all the islands had to offer.

    I loved the water and how amazingly beautiful it was.

    We would love to travel again soon, but being empty nesters  we have to save up to do anything. Hopefully soon we’ll be able to get moving. I’d love to visit the Bahamas again and hit the casino beach; which was one of the best parts of the trip. We didn’t do any gambling, we just visited the area behind the casino.
    Amazing, just amazing.

    Thank you for the information,


    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, amazing is right for sure!  When you get ready to go again, let me know and I can help you find some great deals 🙂  Thanks for visiting!

  15. Lane Wesley

    This looks like a wonderful place to visit. I love the Bahamas but have never been to Cat Island. Thanks for the travel information and airports, it is very helpful. The video looks like paradise.

    Do you find it is worth the extra money to stay in the higher end places?

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, I think it is always worth while to stay in higher end places.  After all we are on vacation right?  🙂

  16. Ahmad

    Hello Matty, thanks again for providing us with travel destinations. It has always been my dream to visit the Bahamas, and Cat Island looks so amazing!!! The weather is nice, the hotel prices are affordable, I would love to go diving for the first time, and I would love to go to Shanna’s Cove Restaurant since I love seafood. When the time is right for me to start traveling all over the world, I will most definitely pay Cat Island a visit. Thanks again!!!

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I love seafood too, and it goes without saying that in the Bahamas you have to eat the seafood and the Bahamian food for sure.  As a beach bum and a foodie, I just think you can’t go wrong anywhere in the Bahamas.

  17. Orion

    Your article on Cat Island sounds Vacation-Lishes
    You realy cover all the basis and offer a very broad and extensive details as to what to what to expect.
    Thank you for the wonderful description and the pictures
    I am cetrainly going to add it to my file of places to visit and vacation in.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you!  Cat Island is for sure a great beach vacation destination.  You will not be disappointed.  Please let me know if you have any other questions.


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