One of the most dramatic features on New Providence Island is the Tongue-Of-The-Ocean which is a deep oceanic trench that is 120 miles long, and 24 miles wide, with depths reaching 6,000 feet. The Tongue spans the gap between New Providence and Andros Island and comes to with-in a half a mile of shore on the southwest side of New Providence. Imagine the Grand Canyon, filled with water, and within a 1/2 mile of a pristine beach.
Besides creating dramatic visual sights, the Tongue-Of-The-Ocean also creates a unique marine environment. The deep waters bring large pelagic marine life close to shore. Nutrients from the deep well-up through the colder deep waters to the shallower warm waters creating nutrient rich waters in the shallows.
Consistent Clear Waters
Nassau has a reputation for having consistently clear waters throughout the year. However, when a storm does pass by, waters may get stirred up. The deep oceanic trench nearby allows sediments suspended in the waters from the storm to be quickly swept over the edge of the wall with the tidal changes once the winds die down. In a very short time - crystal clarity returns.