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Andros Island, “The Bahamas' Most Extraordinary Natural Wonder.”
Franko’s Andros Island Mini-Map and Fish Card All of The Bahamas Out Islands are wonderfully full of natural attractions, but Andros Island, which is the largest and most unpopulated of The Bahamas, has by far the most in natural places and natural experiences for you to explore. Andros Island is simply huge - 104 miles in length and up to 40 miles in width. Andros Island is really many islands, with three main ones - North Andros, Mangrove Cay, and South Andros. Generally speaking, Andros Island is perfect for a relaxed beach getaway, a scenic wedding or an exclusive honeymoon, but at the same time Andros Island is perfect for all kinds of eco-tourists, including kayakers, bird watchers, hikers, snorkelers, divers and fishermen. Andros Island is simply amazing.
I'm more than proud and happy to present Franko’s Andros Island Mini-Map and Fish Card for you to study and ponder. If you study Andros Island long and hard, you will somehow find yourself preparing for a wonderful trip to this destination. No map large or small can really depict the magnificent scale and diversity of Andros Island. However, this fine and accurate mini-Franko Map shows the intricacies and major points of Andros Island. Andros is really a huge island chain. It is so huge and so diverse, as well as thickly covered with vegetation, that much of Andros Island is still unexplored. It is hard to imagine that right there in the Bahamas there is a huge wilderness of unexplored territory. The map also shows two tones of ocean blue, the lighter, which is a vast expanse of shallow sea, and the darker blue, which represents the deeper water of the open ocean. The deeper part of the sea here is also called "The Tongue of the Ocean", for the vast tongue-shaped bathymetry.
There are so many facts that make Andros Island interesting and intriguing. You will want to have a copy of Franko’s Andros Island Mini-Map and Fish Card to see where everything is, but here are some points about Andros Island that make it fascinating:
Andros Island is Wonderfully Natural
It is said that Andros Island is "The Bahamas’ most extraordinary natural wonder." The wonder starts with the earth’s third-largest barrier reef (after Australia’s Great Barrier and Central America’s Belize Barrier Reef) along its shores. Beyond the Andros barrier reef is the mile-deep Tongue of the Ocean abyss, which is rimmed with coral at the drop-off, then filled with pelagic species such as marlin and sharks, plus whales and dolphins. Underwater caves filled with water, perforate the island f Andros. On the surface these water-filled caves appear as blue holes that local legends say are the lairs for the sea monster Lucsa, which sucks the unwary divers or swimmers down into the bottomless blue beyond Andros. Endless mangrove-lined wetlands cover extensive shallows across Andros Island. The mangroves have infinite channels that serve as fish nurseries, plus open onto bonefish flats and hidden beaches. Of course Andros Island is a paradise for divers and snorkelers, who find the shallow coral gardens and the long coral reef structure all along the east coast to be a wonderland of tropical sea creatures. Interestingly, the blue holes that are found all over the island, such as in the forest, in bonefish flats, and inside channels, are also found along the shore in the shallow Caribbean Sea. Openings to the blue holes that are found all over Andros Island have probably not been fully numbered yet, let alone explored. Much of the entire 2,300 square-mile Andros Island is made up of fossilized reef. This now-stony ancient reef that makes up most of the landscape of Andros Island, but those beautiful little beaches that are found on Andros Island are comprised of chewed-and-digested coral that parrotfish and other fishes actually excrete. That's right, all of those beautiful Caribbean beaches are made of parrotfish poop! But we love those beautiful beaches! Andros Island remains mostly untouched by civilization, and that is exactly how the Andros Islanders and you like it.
Bird Watching Andros Island
Why do so many bird watchers flock to Andros Island? It is because so many birds flock to Andros Island too! Birds find Andros Island an ideal stopover on their annual migration route. They join the local exotic species such as rare Bahama Parrots, plus ibis, spoonbills, flamingos, hummers and woodstars, making Andros Island a fabulous spectacle for bird watchers.
Fishing Andros Island
Fly fishermen hire local guides and set off in small boats into the cuts and channels that split Andros Island into three main sections and many islands. The find "Bonefish Flats", which are open shallows filled with silvery bonefish. Big-game fishermen find themselves on bigger boats out in the deep blue of The Tongue of The Ocean, which attracts the fishermen, who are after tasty snapper along the deep reef, and pelagics including dorado (mahi-mahi), tuna, wahoo and marlin.
Hiking Andros Island's "Backabush"
Hikers with a good local Andros Island guide get a natural history tour and a lesson about local culture by taking a "backabush” walk, where inland blue holes are found amid ancient forests and where a the local guide will explain the traditional medicinal uses of the plants – a rare handed-down knowledge from their local ancestors.
Civilized Things to See and Do
Andros Island visitors may never take a break from the adventure, but when they do there are many things to do on the island, including picnicking at Morgan’s Bluff, sitting on Love Hill or Somerset Beach, doing a "rum shop crawl", or shopping for locally genuine batik fabrics called "Androsia" in Fresh Creek. You might also love to look for unique baskets and wood carvings at Red Bay.
Snorkeling and Diving
With so much pristine crystal ocean, a 100-mile barrier reef, and blue holes, it is no wonder that diving and snorkeling are the most favorite of activities for visitors to Andros Island. The diving is just stupendous. The barrier reef has not even been fully explored! There are well over 400 species of Caribbean reef fishes, plus all kinds of colorful corals and a crayola array of sponges on the extensive coral gardens and reef just offshore to Andros Island’s east. Just beyond the reef, typically starting at 140' depth, the drop-off into the abyss of The Tongue of the Ocean sits with an immense, lush and healthy coral reef system that is the third largest barrier reef on earth. Wow! No wonder I wanted to make a fish card for Andros Island! It is too amazing!
So that leads to side two of Franko’s Andros Island Mini-Map and Fish Card , which I will now describe:
Side 2 of Franko’s Andros Island Mini-Map and Fish Card is the fish side. Well over 100 species of fish are arrayed on this 5.5” x 8.5” card in an underwater, coral reef setting. Note that the card is sized just right for 3-ring binder-type dive logs. Divers who keep dive log booklets can put this card into their log book to keep track of where they’ve been, plus what species of fish they’ve seen. The extensive list of fish and other coral reef creatures found on this card is as follows:
Reef Butterflyfish, Blue Angelfish, Juvenile Blue Angelfish, Rock Beauty, Gray Angelfish, Juvenile Gray Angelfish, Queen Angelfish, Juvenile Queen Angelfish, French Angelfish, Juvenile French Angelfish, Yellowfin Damselfish, Porupinefish, Jawfish, Horse-Eye Jack, Sea Anemone, Tomtate, Spotted Scorpionfish, Spiny Lobster, Sand Tilefish, Cushion Sea Star, Elkhorn Coral, Creole Wrasse, Brown Tube Sponge, Basket Sponge, Sea Rod, Sea Horse, Cleaning Goby, Bi-color Damselfish, Blue Tang, Juvenile Blue Tang, Spotted Goatfish, Longspine Squirrelfish, Smooth Trunkfish, Garden Eel, Cero, Bar Jack, Striped Burrfish, Tobacco Fish, White Grunt, Blue Chromis, Tarpon, Bermuda Chub, Coney, Tiger Grouper, Sargassum Triggerfish, Black Durgon, Ocean Triggerfish, Queen Triggerfish, Banded Butterflyfish, Spotfin Butterflyfish, Puddingwife, Beaugregory, Spanish Lobster, Midnight Parrotfish, Balloonfish, Highhat, Yellowstriped Goatfish, Smooth Star Coral, Mountainous Star Coral, Arrow Crab, Brain Coral, Branching Vase Sponge, Sea Cucumber, Sand Diver, Redlip Blenny, Green Razorfish, White-Spotted Filefish, Squirrelfish, Trumpetfish, Fairy Basslet, Queen Parrotfish, Rainbow Parrotfish, Blue Parrotfish, French Grunt, Yellowtail Snapper, Glasseye Snapper, Sergeant Major, Orange-spotted Filefish, Barred Hamlet, Bluestriped Grunt, Spotted Trunkfish, Honeycomb Cowfish, Spotted Drum, Juvenile Spotted Drum, Foureye Butterflyfish, Scrawled Filefish, Grey Snapper, Stoplight Parrotfish, Princess Parrotfish, Nassau Grouper, Spanish Hogfish, Great Barracuda, Graysby, Hogfish, Clown Wrasse, Yellowhead Wrasse, Bluehead Wrasse, Red Hind, Black Grouper, Schoolmaster, Mahogany Snapper, Palometa, Brown Chromis, Staghorn Coral, Long-spined Sea Urchin, Peacock Flounder, Glassy Sweepers, Yellow Tube Sponge, Octopus, Sheet Coral, Yellow Stingray, Fire Coral, Sea Fan, Green Moray Eel, Spotted Moray Eel, Orange Sponge, Coral Crab, Giant Brain Coral, Gorgonian Fan, Orange Tube Sponge.
Divers and snorkelers are urged to obtain a 3-ring dive log booklet and keep a collection of Franko Fish Cards in it. They are good little map references to check where you've been, plus an excellent fish identification guide, to name the fish you've seen. Divers who keep dive log booklets can put this card into their log book to keep track of where they’ve been, plus what species of fish they’ve seen, so why not buy a dive log book even if you are just snorkeling (that makes about 90% of us fish watchers).