Tiamo Resort

Sample Itinerary—The Wild Bahamian Backcountry

Curated exclusively for National Geographic

Dive into the unspoiled wonders of Andros Island—the largest island in the Bahamas, and one of the most overlooked—on a four-night stay at Tiamo. Explore the planet’s third-largest barrier reef on a snorkeling excursion, cast a line into some of the world’s best bonefishing flats, and dive into the mesmerizing blue holes that dot the coasts and lush inland forests.

Your experience at the lodge will be tailored to your interests. The sample itinerary below was curated for National Geographic travelers and can be customized as you wish.

Highlights

  • Join an expert naturalist on a private exploration of Andros Island’s pristine forests, learning about traditional bush medicine on a nature walk, and cap off the excursion with a swim in one of the island’s brilliant inland blue holes. (National Geographic Exclusive)
  • Head out with a local guide to discover some of the world’s best bonefishing flats, dive the planet’s third-largest barrier reef, or look for dolphins and West Indian flamingos on a boating tour of the island’s wild western coast.
  • Go snorkeling in dazzling coral gardens and swim in the deep waters of an oceanic blue hole.
  • Whether paddling in a glass canoe or walking along the forest’s edge, spy some of the island’s 300-plus bird species, including hummingbirds and the rare Bahama parrot.

Day 1—Arrive South Andros Island, Bahamas

Start off your island getaway with a splash: Snorkel or dive the colorful coral gardens of the world’s third-largest barrier reef with a naturalist and guide. After a short boat ride to the Andros Barrier Reef, gear up and jump in. With nearly 150 feet of visibility underwater, watch for sea life ranging from starfish and parrotfish to barracudas, stingrays, and turtles. Explore several of the blue holes along the coast, a natural phenomenon made famous by Jacques Cousteau in the 1970s. This evening, savor the flavors of Caribbean fusion cuisine prepared by a Michelin-trained chef.

Day 2—Bush Medicine Walk

Learn how the ancient island’s natural history intersects with local customs. Join an expert naturalist on an informative walk through Andros Island’s pristine forests, hearing about traditional medicinal uses for the native flora as you go. Hidden in the forest are more sparkling blue holes; when you encounter one, jump into the deep azure waters for a swim. Later, dine alfresco on the beachfront terrace, where you can watch the sun set over the water and enjoy the aromas of barbecued seafood drifting up from the lower deck.

Day 3—Out on the Water

Spend the day relaxing by the pool, indulging in a seaweed wrap or other spa treatment under the shade of tropical palms; or enjoying the resort’s miles of private beach and calm Caribbean waters. Or stoke your spirit of adventure on a fishing, diving, or boating excursion (additional costs apply).

Bonefishing: Discover why Andros Island is known as the “bonefishing capital of the world” on a guided fishing excursion. Set out on a shallow draft boat with an expert local guide at the helm. Navigate the crisscrossing inland channels that lead to coastal flats teeming with the silvery fish, known locally as the “ghost of the flats,” which your guide will help you catch and release.

SCUBA Diving: Head out with Tiamo’s dive master for an unforgettable experience plumbing the wildlife-rich waters of the Andros Barrier Reef. Just beyond, you can try a wall dive in the spectacular Tongue of the Ocean, a mile-deep abyss filled with dolphins, marlin, and more reef creatures. Or navigate the underwater caves in an oceanic blue hole.

West Coast Boat Tour: Explore Andros Island’s wild western coast on a boat tour led by an experienced naturalist. Learn about the mangrove forests that blanket this side of the island, and watch for tarpons, sea turtles, sharks, dolphins, and birds such as the West Indian flamingo.

Day 4—Birds, Boards, and Boats

Glide out on the water in the lodge’s glass canoe or perhaps a kayak or paddleboard. Take a lesson or ply the surrounding seas on your own, depending on your comfort level. As you paddle, keep quiet and watch for birds wading along the shore, roosting in the mangroves, and hiding in the coppice. You might spot ibis, spoonbills, flamingos, hummingbirds, woodstars, and the rare Bahama parrot. If you’d rather stay shore-bound, enjoy the resort’s six kilometers of private beach or hike along winding trails aflutter with 300-plus bird species. On your final evening, linger over a moonlit dinner on the restaurant terrace.

Day 5—Depart

Enjoy a final breakfast before flying home.

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