First settled in 1648, Eleuthera is perhaps the best known of the Out Islands and one of the main agricultural centres of The Bahamas. Eleuthera is shaped like a praying mantis, and this strip of an island is just under 8 km wide and 177 km long, with hills of rich red soil at its centre that are ideal for producing pineapples, tomatoes and a variety of vegetables. In fact, in the late 1800s, Eleuthera dominated the world pineapple market with its luscious fruit that possessed a rare sweetness.
Stunning two-ocean vista
Today, the island's lush pineapple plantations and natural beauty aren't all that attract visitors. Ask anybody on Eleuthera and Harbour Island – Bahamas residents will tell you all about the views! There's the magnificent glass window bridge to the north of Eleuthera which offers spectacular views of the deep blue Atlantic on one side, and the turquoise Caribbean Sea on the other, out beyond The Bahamas. Eleuthera also has a scattering of settlements, grottos and hidden caves that combine to create the island’s remote and laid-back ambience.
Scuba fun and games
Eleuthera and Harbour Island – Bahamas hot spots for water activities – are also famous for great fishing holes and dive sites. The Devil's Backbone is a popular spot just north of Spanish Wells. It’s a long stretch of fringed reef and a vast playground for a variety of reef and deep-sea fish that are attracted to the many shipwrecks. The challenging Current Cut, running between Eleuthera and the small island of Current, makes for fun dives; changing tides send a rollercoaster current through a 100-yard wide channel.