Whale Cay A Rare Gem in the Heart of the Bahamas

Berry Islands BY



5 Beds

6 Baths


Built in 1940

Discover the unparalleled beauty and potential of Whale Cay, an extraordinary private island nestled in the fishing haven of the Berry Islands, Bahamas. Spanning 711 acres of pristine landscapes, this idyllic retreat is a prime canvas for exclusive residential development, with approximately 575 acres still available for acquisition.

Location and Accessibility: Situated in the central Northern Bahamas between the Bahama Banks and the tongue of the ocean, Whale Cay is a coveted destination for fishing and boating enthusiasts. Boasting exceptional proximity to Florida and just 30 miles north of Nassau, this island paradise is easily accessible by boat, seaplane, or the 4,000-foot airstrip. Chub Cay, a mere 6 and 1/2 miles to the west, stands as the main port of entry, offering customs, immigration, marina facilities, restaurants, fuel, and supplies.

Natural Waterway and Marina Potential: On the northern side of Whale Cay lies a two and a half mile long natural waterway, approximately 25 feet wide. With a depth of one and a half to four feet at mean tide, this waterway presents an incredible opportunity for dredging, creating an excellent anchorage and marina for boats. The open ends ensure constant water movement, adding to the allure of maritime possibilities.

Historic Charm and Architectural Heritage: This island is not just a canvas for future luxury living but also holds a rich history. Built between the 1930s and 1970s by the renowned English writer Marion Carstairs, several structures grace the island, including The Great House, Guest Cottage, Music Room, Staff Dormitory, Museum, an island chapel, lighthouse and more. While many have succumbed to the passage of time, these structures all offer a unique opportunity for restoration and preservation.

Utilities and Sustainability: Whale Cay is equipped with private diesel generators providing electricity to the Great House and surrounding buildings. Each structure boasts its rainwater catchment cistern, totaling an impressive 800,000 gallons across 42 catchment tanks. Well water is readily available, and sewerage disposal is efficiently managed by private septic tanks. Communication is facilitated through satellite or cellular phones. Much of the infrastructure would require restoration and updating.

Whale Cay invites visionaries and discerning investors to seize the opportunity to shape a tropical paradise, with a fabled history into an unparalleled residential resort and marina enclave, combining natural beauty, historic charm, and modern luxury.
This property is offered in US$.



January 24, 2024


May 9, 2024



Whale Cay A Rare Gem in the Heart of the Bahamas
Berry Islands BY

Interior Features



Total Bathrooms


Full Bathrooms


Floor Description






Cooling Description

No A/C



Exterior/Building Features

Exterior Features

Boat Ramp, BBQ, Fire Pit, Balcony / Lanai, Carriage House, Terrace, Concrete Block

Architectual Style

2 Story



Other Property Details




No Garage



Water Source

Storage Tank, Ocean




Courtesy of Christopher Ansell

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