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Kayaking around Bimini

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Bimini is the westernmost of the Bahamas, and by night you can also view the distant lights of the Florida coast, but for all that Bimini and its own shorelines retain a very definite sense of individual history, legend and character. Actually composed of several adjacent islands, together they have provided the location for both mythical and real enough events and personalities, ranging from the lost city of Atlantis to the Fountain of Youth, to the ocean depths of big game fishing which Ernest Hemingway based some of his novels on and generations of anglers have favored ever since. Add to all that the past centuries of rum runners, pirates and other sea-faring characters that have navigated in and out of Bimini, and you can truly feel yourself among fascinating presences here while out on a kayak.

South Bimini has the best established eco-touring and kayaking options. This area is an interconnecting maze of shallow ponds, creeks and lagoons. The narrow channels allow you to paddle up close to the embankments of heavy growth and mangrove, which provide home or resting place to a variety of bird life large and small. On East Bimini, you can get close to the site of the Healing Hole, another spot with much local legend attached to it. The so-called flats of Bimini are a pleasure for their crystal and smooth surfaces, where you can glimpse the darting bonefish or occasional tarpon. Bring bottled water, sunscreen, and if you need a guided tour this is also available locally.

Written by  Hal Peat.

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