History of the Island

Berry Islands

Source: Wikipedia

The Location of the District of the Berry Islands

The Berry Islands are a chain of islands and a district of the Bahamas, covering about thirty square miles (78 km²) of the northwestern part of the Out Islands. The Berry Islands consist of about thirty islands and over one 100 small islands or cays, often referred to as “The Fish Bowl of the Bahamas.” They have a population of only about seven hundred, most of which are on Great Harbour Cay. The islands were settled in 1836 by Governor Colebrook and a group of freed slaves.


The Berry Islands are still relatively undeveloped, with no major airport, hotel or other attractions. Most of the islands are uninhabited, or owned by a single wealthy person as a second home. During the winter season, the islands are visited by out-of-town guests and second home residents, but the difficulty of reaching the Berry Islands and the lack of infrastructure keeps things low-key. Due to seasonal residents, the Berry Islands can say that they have more resident millionaires per unit area than any other place in the world.

The main attraction is big game fishing. Some of the fish that can be found here are billfish, tuna, grouper, tiger fish, yellowtail snapper, wahoo, king mackerel, and many more. In May, Great Harbour Cay is packed with visitors and fishing captains such as Habana Joe who come here for the annual fishing tournament. There are also great spots for snorkelling, scuba diving, conc gathering, lobster speraring and shelling.

Chub Cay and Marina

A first class marina with the Harbor house restaurant and bar. The Club was established in the early 1960’s and is one of the long standing, premier fishing clubs in all of the Bahamas. Website link is chubcay.com.

Other Islands

Great Harbour Cay is the most northern and the largest of the Berry Islands. It is eight miles (13 km) long and one and a half miles (2.4 km) wide. The largest port of the Berry Islands is on Great Harbour Cay. Chub Cay is the second largest island in the chain and is known as “the bill fish capital of the Bahamas.”

Little Stirrup Cay is leased by Royal Caribbean International, which calls it Coco Cay, and acts as a private island for tropical activities engaged in by visitors on its cruise ships of the Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises labels. Great Stirrup Cay is owned by Norwegian Cruise Line and is used for similar purposes.