Spent a few days in Acklins Sound. Gorgeous, no other boats, with our draft
(4'9'') we had a lot of options where to anchor
, lobster paradise, some groupers, very little conch (just their trails). There are even dolphins
that come into the sound it was fun swimming with them! And sailing is brilliant with nice winds and little waves (however, in bad weather
the shallow sound would be nasty).
There are two passes, we did one just sound of Long Cay as the northern one didn't look trustworthy. Watch out for the weather
and time it so the waves are coming from direction other than onto the pass.
Near Crooked Island from the sound side there are several Blue Holes in shalllow water
(2-5'). They are marked on the maps. These holes go under Crooked Island to the deep blue ocean on the other side. After free-diving them, we've renamed them Lobster Condominiums. They sit there in their holes stacked one above the other, just have to pick ones you like the most. These holes also have a thriving fish
population, including groupers, reef, lemon sharks. And to boot, all sorts of corals, sponges, etc - better than in an aquarium. Be careful though, there are quite strong reversing currents going into and out centers of these holes (I guess from the wave action on the other side), so maybe it's worth diving
There are also interesting mangroves to explore on the main island, and a lot of smaller sealife near the mangroves - we found several new [for us] types of shrimps there.
We didn't get to explore much of the north and didn't do much island/villages/culture exploration (just Spring Point), because the weather said to go further south.
It has remained one of our favorite spots in Bahamas
(Andros and certain Exuma cays where you can get only with shallow draft).