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Photo © Bahamas Ministry of Tourism - Dean's Blue Hole - Dean's, Long Island
Photo © Bahamas Ministry of Tourism - Dean's Blue Hole - Dean's, Long Island
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Long Island

Long Island is not the longest island in the Bahamas, despite what its name suggests, but it does have the deepest underwater sinkhole in the world. Dean’s Blue Hole sits inside a shallow cove on the southeast coast of the island. Recreational swimmers marvel at its boundlessness from surface level, while free divers test the limits of the human body below its depths. As the island is no more than 6.5 kilometres (4 miles) wide at any point, life centers around one main road, running 129 kilometres (80 miles) from Cape Santa Maria to South Point. Atlantic Ocean waves crash on the cliffs and caves along the east coast, while the Great Bahama Bank on the west cradles a sandy shoreline.

 Natural Area
View of Dean's Blue Hole
   
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Dean's Blue Hole

Dean's Blue Hole dips some 663 feet (203 meters) into the ocean floor right off shore. It is...

 Local Points of Interest
St. Peter & St. Paul's Catholic Church
   
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St. Peter & St. Paul's Catholic Church

St. Peter & St. Paul's Catholic Church was designed by the late Father Jerome Hawes. The...

 Festival or Event
Vertical Blue International Free Diving Competition at Deans Blue Hole,Long Island,Bahamas The platform is where the announcer, safety divers, and free divers gather to watch as each competitor attempts their dive.
   
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Vertical Blue International Free Diving Competition

Male and female competitors from all around the world will compete over nine days of diving in...

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Columbus Monument

Long Island is said to be the third island discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1492. Columbus...

 Accommodation
Stella Maris Resort
   
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Stella Maris Resort

Stella Maris Resort is an ideal place to unwind, relax, and explore nature on land, in water,...

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Inside Hamilton's Cave
   
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Hamilton's Cave

Hamilton's Cave is the largest cave system in The Islands of The Bahamas. The Lucayan Indians...

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Quick Facts

Area: 173 sq. miles
Population: 3,094 persons
Highest Point: 178 feet
Location: approximately 155 miles southeast of New Providence
Origin of the Name: Initially called by the Arawak name "Yuma," Long Island was rechristened "Fernandina" by Christopher Columbus on his first voyage to the New World in 1492. The island reportedly earned its current name because a seafarer felt that it took too long to pass the island when he was sailing by.