Plunge into the bottomless blue…Ocean Hole
Local legend has it that if you toss a coin into the Ocean Hole, your wish will come true. If your wish was to swim or dive in crystal clear deep blue waters, then a visit to Ocean Hole will definitely fulfill your wishes.
Ocean Hole is a large, circular, inland blue hole located in Rock Sound, Eleuthera, Bahamas. Approximately one mile from the ocean, it is one of Eleuthera’s most famous landmarks, teeming with several different types of fish that was stocked many years ago by fisherman. Locals believe that this mystical body of water is bottomless and has healing powers. The hole was once explored by Jacque Cousteau, a former winter resident of Eleuthera.
How to get there:
A hidden gem awaits…
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The Ocean Hole is a naturally formed saltwater lake that is approximately 600 feet deep. It is believed that the lake was formed during the last ice age, and it has been a popular destination for locals and tourists alike for many years. Despite its depth, the water is crystal clear and its blue-green hues are absolutely breathtaking.
As you approach the Ocean Hole, you’ll be greeted by its tranquil and serene atmosphere. The surrounding lush greenery and palm trees make for a peaceful and idyllic setting, perfect for a picnic or a quiet swim. The area is also home to a variety of wildlife, including turtles, fish, and even the occasional iguana.
Visitors can swim, explore the area and feed the fish, but no fishing is allowed. The surrounding area has nice pathways, a covered gazebo, and a rock rim bordering the entire Ocean Hole. There is also very informative educational signage and placards on wildlife and history.
If you’re feeling adventurous, the Ocean Hole is also a popular spot for diving and snorkeling. The clear waters provide a unique opportunity to explore the diverse marine life that calls this lake home. From colorful fish to unique coral formations, there’s plenty to see beneath the surface.
OCEAN HOLE REVITALIZATION
Images of Ocean Hole revitalization from One Eleuthera Foundation and Seacology
In the mid-1950s to early 1970’s Ocean Hole was a well-established park that was used by both locals and visitors alike. The One Eleuthera Foundation, working with several local and international organizations, has worked to revitalize the park and its surroundings.
Ocean Hole has been a source of recreation and education for locals and visitors for a long time. Teachers occasionally take their students here on field trips when teaching about the history of the island or environmental science. The Park is sometimes used for community events such as Junkanoo Summer which is usually held in August. Residents and visitors frequent the hole to feed the fish, dive off of its cliffs, and take in its beauty while dipping their feet in its waters.
Revitalization efforts include upgrading of Ocean Hole’s existing infrastructure as well as additional amenities to be added to include a retail space for local Art & Craft vendors, signage, decks, waste management, and safety features. Finally, the public will be encouraged to utilize this space to learn about various plant and animal species, swim, relax, host wedding receptions, etc. and attend various community events.
Ocean Hole Initiative
The Nature Conservancy
Ministry of Tourism