Great Abaco Island, The Bahamas "The Boating Capital Of The World."
Franko's Great Abaco Island Mini-Map and Fish Card Great Abaco Island dominates the island group that is referred to as "The Abacos". The Abacos are "The Real Bahamas". This beautiful island chain naturally makes a beautiful map, dominated by Great Abaco Island arcing from northwest toward the south. Franko's Great Abaco Island Mini-Map and Fish Card has a wonderful little map in Bahamas-inspired colors - pastel green for the land and turquoise ocean blue for the sea. Take a good look at the map and its scale and note that The Abacos consist of a 120-mile-long island chain, which resembles a mini-Bahamas, complete with its own group of "Out Islands". The two largest islands are Great Abaco Island and Little Abaco Island. Compared to the dozens of islets, these two islands are practically a "mainland". Note on the mini-map that there is a string of islands separating Great Abaco and Little Abaco from the Atlantic. Between the Atlantic and these islands is a calm shallow turquoise sea full of boaters and sailors called the "Sea of Abacos". Indeed, The Abacos boast their very own sea, and also note that the "Sea of Abacos" is dotted with charming islands. This heavenly sea makes The Abacos one of the world's top boating and sailing destinations.
Given that The Abacos are a world-class boating and sailing destination, it is true that many visitors to The Abacos sleep on their boats. But ashore there are also quaint colonial towns, two golf courses, and many, many miles of superb beaches. The Abacos also boast great fishing and diving, and a wonderful selection of hotels, resorts, restaurants and bars. It can be accurately said that The Abacos are the most complete vacation destination in The Bahamas Out Islands.
I am happy to present Franko's Great Abaco Island Mini-Map and Fish Card , for all to see and to have. On side 1, as you see in the image above, Franko's Great Abaco Island Mini-Map and Fish Card is an accurate map, but on side 2 it features all of the favorite coral reef creatures abundantly found in the crystal waters here. These are the same reef fish and coral species that are common to the entire Caribbean Sea. You will note that The Abacos are on the outer fringe of the Caribbean Sea. Franko's Great Abaco Island Mini-Map and Fish Card is one of a series of Franko Map products for the Bahamas. Other "Fish Cards" include, New Providence, Andros, Long Island, Cat Island, Eleuthera, San Salvador, Berry Islands, Bimini, Great Exuma, Grand Bahama, and The Bahamas. Franko Maps also produces a generic Caribbean Sea card, a small 4"x6" Caribbean Reef Creatures card, and numerous others for all kinds of favorite destinations in the Caribbean. Note that the card is sized just right for 3-ring binder-type dive logs. Divers who keep dive log booklets can put this card into their log book to keep track of where they've been, plus what species of fish they've seen.
Again, please look closely at side 1 of Franko's Great Abaco Island Mini-Map and Fish Card. You will find many favorite spots in The Abacos, and if you ponder this card and these words, you will surely have to go there! That is how goal setting works. Think long and deep about the wonders that you can imagine there as you review this Franko Map, and you will somehow cause yourself to go there. Here are a few more words to ponder to aid you in the goal of going to visit Great Abaco Island and The Abacos: Marsh Harbour
There are no real big cities with bright lights in the out islands, but if there were it would be Marsh Harbour. I like to say, "LaBelle Marsh Harbour" (LaBelle Marsh was my mother's name!). To explain just how busy Marsh Harbour is, note that it has just one traffic light, and this traffic light is the only operating one in all The Bahamas Out Islands. Yet Marsh Harbour still manages to have a fine selection of hotels, yummy restaurants and favorite bars. Marsh Harbour is also where to find charter boats and full-service marinas with guest docks. Live-aboard sailboats and powerboats are available for hire or for rent.. Treasure Cay
The whitest, softest sand in the world is just 20 miles northwest of Marsh Harbour at Treasure Cay, which also has a hotel, a golf course, a marina and residential development.. To the south lies Little Harbour, a picturesque protected bay. Here you'll discover the Johnston family artist colony, and Pete Johnston's popular pub, called "Pete's Pub". The Cays of Abaco
Sail across the Sea of Abaco from Great Abaco Island, and you can steer toward any one of a many of islets, each a vacation destination worth visiting. What else could Abaco island hoppers call this but "paradise"? The Settlements of Abaco
The Abacos were settled by colonists who were loyal to the English crown even after the American Revolutionary War. To this day in settlements in The Abacos, such as Hope Town on Elbow Cay and New Plymouth on Green Turtle Cay have the look of New England fishing towns, still with picket fences and gingerbread trim. However, as with the rest of the Caribbean, they are very colorful, with a rainbow of Bahamian pastels. Hope Town
Hope Town has a photogenic candy-striped lighthouse. Back in 1863 the local residents didn't want the lighthouse erected because up until then, the they had been making a living by salvaging ships that wrecked on the offshore reefs. With the new lighthouse there would be few shipwrecks and much less wreckage to help themselves to! Man-O-War Cay
North of Elbow Cay, Man-O-War Cay is a "dry" (no alcohol, thank-you) island, and The Abacos' boat-building center. The Man-O-War Cay Harbor is naturally protected, so it is just right for boat-fitting and sail shops. Great Guana Cay
Great Guana Cay is like one big beach, made famous by its Sunday barbecues at Nippers Bar that sits atop the island's huge sand dune, which overlooks Guana's desolate seven-mile beach. The Coral Reef
The coral reef shown on the map side of this card is there to remind the viewer that the sea and its reef dominates this environment. A few species of reef creatures on side 1 of this map shown here include the Green Sea Turtle and Hawksbill Turtle, plus the Caribbean Reef Shark, Nurse Shark, Southern Stingray, the Hermit Crab and the Queen Conch. The secondary reason for placing these reef creatures on side 1 of this card is that side 2 has 114 reef creatures show on just a 5.5" x 8.5" card, and no more would fit! I have more favorite reef creatures than one card could represent, but I just had to add a few more. I couldn't leave off the turtles and sharks! So I put reef creatures on the map and on side 2. Plus it just enhances the artistic look of the map of The Abacos. Abaco National Park
This National Park, comprising 22,500 acres in Southern Abaco near Hole In The Wall, has been designated a preservation area by the Bahamas Government and is managed by The Bahamas National Trust. Included are 5,000 acres of pine forest – the nesting area and habitat of about 1000 endangered Bahama or "Abaco" Parrots. The parrots once lived on as many as seven islands in The Bahamas, but now only exist in Abaco and Great Inagua. Consider yourself very lucky if you ever get to see a Bahama Parrot here on Abaco.
Side 2 of Franko's Great Abaco Island Mini-Map and Fish Card is the fish side. Well over 100 species of fish are arrayed on this 5.5" x 8.5" card in an underwater, coral reef setting. Note that the card is sized just right for 3-ring binder-type dive logs. Divers who keep dive log booklets can put this card into their log book to keep track of where they've been, plus what species of fish they've seen. The extensive list of fish and other coral reef creatures found on this card is as follows: Reef Butterflyfish, Blue Angelfish, Juvenile Blue Angelfish, Rock Beauty, Gray Angelfish, Juvenile Gray Angelfish, Queen Angelfish, Juvenile Queen Angelfish, French Angelfish, Juvenile French Angelfish, Yellowfin Damselfish, Porupinefish, Jawfish, Horse-Eye Jack, Sea Anemone, Tomtate, Spotted Scorpionfish, Spiny Lobster, Sand Tilefish, Cushion Sea Star, Elkhorn Coral, Creole Wrasse, Brown Tube Sponge, Basket Sponge, Sea Rod, Sea Horse, Cleaning Goby, Bi-color Damselfish, Blue Tang, Juvenile Blue Tang, Spotted Goatfish, Longspine Squirrelfish, Smooth Trunkfish, Garden Eel, Cero, Bar Jack, Striped Burrfish, Tobacco Fish, White Grunt, Blue Chromis, Tarpon, Bermuda Chub, Coney, Tiger Grouper, Sargassum Triggerfish, Black Durgon, Ocean Triggerfish, Queen Triggerfish, Banded Butterflyfish, Spotfin Butterflyfish, Puddingwife, Beaugregory, Spanish Lobster, Midnight Parrotfish, Balloonfish, Highhat, Yellowstriped Goatfish, Smooth Star Coral, Mountainous Star Coral, Arrow Crab, Brain Coral, Branching Vase Sponge, Sea Cucumber, Sand Diver, Redlip Blenny, Green Razorfish, White-Spotted Filefish, Squirrelfish, Trumpetfish, Fairy Basslet, Queen Parrotfish, Rainbow Parrotfish, Blue Parrotfish, French Grunt, Yellowtail Snapper, Glasseye Snapper, Sergeant Major, Orange-spotted Filefish, Barred Hamlet, Bluestriped Grunt, Spotted Trunkfish, Honeycomb Cowfish, Spotted Drum, Juvenile Spotted Drum, Foureye Butterflyfish, Scrawled Filefish, Grey Snapper, Stoplight Parrotfish, Princess Parrotfish, Nassau Grouper, Spanish Hogfish, Great Barracuda, Graysby, Hogfish, Clown Wrasse, Yellowhead Wrasse, Bluehead Wrasse, Red Hind, Black Grouper, Schoolmaster, Mahogany Snapper, Palometa, Brown Chromis, Staghorn Coral, Long-spined Sea Urchin, Peacock Flounder, Glassy Sweepers, Yellow Tube Sponge, Octopus, Sheet Coral, Yellow Stingray, Fire Coral, Sea Fan, Green Moray Eel, Spotted Moray Eel, Orange Sponge, Coral Crab, Giant Brain Coral, Gorgonian Fan, Orange Tube Sponge.
Divers and snorkelers are urged to obtain a 3-ring dive log booklet and keep a collection of Franko Fish Cards in it. They are good little map references to check where you've been, plus an excellent fish identification guide, to name the fish you've seen. Divers who keep dive log booklets can put this card into their log book to keep track of where they've been, plus what species of fish they've seen, so why not buy a dive log book even if you are just snorkeling (that makes about 90% of us fish watchers).