Inagua can be best described as ‘the great outback of The Bahamas’. If you are looking for a complete naturalist holiday, then Inagua is the place for you. Rare birds and reptiles thrive in a rugged and salty environment, wild cows and donkeys ramble, and wild boars are pursued across wide open spaces for both food and sport.
The most southerly island in The Bahamas, Inagua is 645 square miles with a population of 911 people. It is divided into two seperate islands, Great Inagua and Little Inagua. Great Inagua has an abundance of salt fields, producing 100 tons of this commodity a year. The West Indian Flamingos which are indigenous to this island is a breeding ground for over 60,000. They are also the National bird of The Bahamas.
Travelling to the island by air and sea is easy and affordable as there are scheduled weekly flights from Nassau and the country’s mailboat system. Once in Inagua, don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Union Creek Reserve, which encompasses 4,940 acres of an enclosed tidal creek on the northwest shore of Great Inagua. It serves as a captive research for sea turtles, especially the Green Turtle.
Little Inagua is 35 miles to the north. It covers 30 square miles and is completely uninhabited, except for the wild donkeys and goats (descendants of stock introduced by the French) and a wide variety of bird life, including a rare species of heron. Because of the vast protective reef apron that prevents boats from coming in too close, little Inagua will probably remain safe from human invasion.