Cat Island is home to the highest point in all of the Bahamas. Mount Alvernia rises to 206ft above see level, and offers magnificent panoramic views. The mountain was once home to Father Jerome Hawes, who positioned his hermitage on its slopes. Having made the island his home in 1939, he went on to build a small monastery thatís still a feature of the mountain today. He is reputed to have carved all of the steps that lead to its walls by hand. With 50 miles of trails and hills, trekking the interior of Cat Island is a major attraction for many visitors.
Cat Island has excellent weather throughout the year. Wintertime temperatures are in the region of 60 degrees, while visitors in the summertime can expect 80 degrees with a welcome breeze rolling in from the ocean.
Activities for visitors to Cat Island are varied. Around the beaches and the glorious Atlantic waters conditions are excellent for snorkeling, swimming and fishing. The beaches are many so itís easy to find a secluded place to relax. For sunbathers the conditions could hardly be more tranquil, with swaying coconut palms and beautiful pinkish sands. The fact that the island remains relatively untouched by mass tourism means visitors can enjoy an enormous amount of freedom in this native tropical setting.
For adventurous souls the ocean around Cat Island can offer many delights. There is the opportunity to swim safely and under supervision with sharks. Snorkeling is great here, as are the opportunities to go diving. For rustic charm it would be hard to better Cat Island, with its tiki bars and fishing marinas. For many visitors it may be the opportunity to relax and enjoy some peace and quiet that appeals the most.