Crawfish (aka lobster or bug) season begins this month (August 1-March 31) along with Emancipation Day weekend festivities on August 1-4, so the number of visiting cruisers will rise. Respect the environment, carry a valid fishing permit, practice safety while diving, and mind The Bahamas’ regulations to enjoy successful dives and outstanding meals. Some say that Bahamian spiny lobster is sweeter than crustaceans from the U.S. northeastern waters of Maine and Massachusetts.

Celebrated international marine wildlife artist-scientist-ocean conservationist Guy Harvey has joined his Guy Harvey Outpost Expedition Collection with the well-established, award-winning, eco-sustainable Bimini Sands Resort & Marina on south Bimini Island. The superior conservation duo shares forward-thinking plans to promote and protect the island’s heritage.

A familiar beacon to cruisers, this fully protected Blue Flag-awarded marina is the first marina before the notorious shifting sands of the main navigational channel to the north island, with an eight-foot depth at the entrance. Cruisers will find one of the finest family-owned, family-friendly, deep-water marinas in all of The Bahamas. Amenities include 100 slips up to 100 feet, floating Bellingham docks, 30/50-amp power, fuel (the only diesel on both islands), ship’s store with every commodity imaginable, and Bahamas Customs on site during peak weekends. Take your pick of three swimming pools, including an infinity design overlooking the straits with a new, well-covered snack shack, three first-rate restaurants and three watering holes.

This recent alliance will suit the majority of cruisers and water sports folks. Expect to hear about innovative, co-hosted IGFA fishing tournaments with noted organizers and famous anglers, and remarkable animal adventures with the famed Neal Watson Dive Center—the ultimate diving outpost in the Biminis, headquartered at the Bimini Sands Beach Club. The well-respected Eco Activities Department based at the marina offers numerous environmentally friendly guided tours—kayaking within the Bimini Mangroves, nature hikes on the Bimini Nature Trail, snorkeling with friendly stingrays in Honeymoon Harbour, tours of the world-famous Bimini Biological Field Station (Shark Lab), and more.;