A group of islands known as Bimini lie about 50 miles from Miami and
miles from Nassau. The two main islands are North Bimini and South
The waters off Bimini are known as the "Big Game Fishing Capital of
World". They also offer excellent pan fishing and bone fishing.
Due to the small size of the islands, all dive sights can be reached
by boat. The best wall dives are off the west coast of Bimini, while
reefs that surround the island are enriched with black coral
sponges and blue holes.
For more information about the Bahamas visit the Bahamas Board of
Tourism’s official website –
The Sapona, which was a ferro-concrete steamer is also known as the
Concrete Wreck. She was a 350 foot concrete hulled freighter,
Henry Ford and built in 1919 by Liberty Ship Building Co. in
Ga. This 2,795 ton vessel was originally christened the Lone Star.
one of a handful of ships built with steel reinforced concrete. This
construction was done in an effort to conserve on precious steel
World War I.
Due to the extreme weight of this vessel, the Lone Star quickly
she was not cost efficient to operate and was sold soon after. A few
later, the Lone Star, which was by this time renamed Sapona, was
by a Bahamian who used the vessel to store prohibition whiskey. Rum
would cruise to and from Florida picking up their illegal cargo from
Sapona, which was moored just offshore of Bimini.
ln 1926, a severe hurricane hit Bimini. Even though the Sapona had
moved to a safe protected area, she was -broken into two after being
bounced off of the sea bed by massive merciless waves.
During World War II, the Sapona was utilized once again, this time
as a target for bombing practice. Air Force and Navy planes flew
to Bimini to drop bombs on the Sapona. Accuracy of their staffing
were improved by firing 30 caliber bullets into her rusting hulk.
Today, the wreck of the Sapona rests in only 15 to 20 feet of water.
is seen by some as an ugly, rusting hulk sticking out of an
sea, and by others as a wonderful underwater sanctuary for all types
marine creatures. Due to her depth, this site can be explored by
as well as scuba divers. Visitors of the Sapona will see yellow
tangs, puffer fish, stingrays, queen and French Angelfish,
jacks. Just be careful of the fire coral which abounds on this
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