This unique 13-acre island is located in the Abaco Islands in the Bahamas and takes its name from its interesting shape and the amount of bonefish in this region. Over the past 7 years this formerly deserted island was turned into a first-class getaway. Five buildings totalling 15,000 square feet were constructed of the finest materials imported from Europe and the United States. The entire complex is hurricane-proof. The property is fully air-conditioned, and Bone Fish Cay generates its own electricity and has its own desalination plant. All communication services (telephone, fax, internet) are provided. A newly and very solidly built jetty and several boats are included with the island.
Construction Architect: D. M. Thompson Structural engineer: Quantum Technologies Electrical drawings and installation: P. Russel USA Plumbing: Brad’s Design Build Ltd. Interior Architect: F. Kennison USA
The construction of this formerly deserted island started in 2000 and was completed in 2006. The five buildings have a total area of 15,000 sq. ft. The architect was asked to design the entire construction to be hurricane proof and all the buildings are built from solid concrete and blocks. The dimensions of the main lodge (approximately 5,000 sq. ft. and 30 ft. high ceilings) needed a steel construction. This was totally built in the USA then shipped by a special barge to the island, as well as 13,000 sq. ft. of precast planks for all the floors.
Heavy tropical wooden shutters (permanent) allow the building to be closed up in just a couple of hours. All sliding doors and windows are made by Plaza Door “High Performance Atlas Series” in the USA. The white electro-statically painted high-grade heavy gauge aluminum frames have reinforced stiffeners in their center to resist high winds, especially in the main lodge, where four sliding windows 16 foot by 7 foot needed special attention.
All buildings received cypress wood ceilings inside with rope lights. The roofs are covered with “architecture shingles”. The ground and wall tiles were imported from Spain/Europe. All the service facilities, kitchen, workshop, mechanical service rooms, laundry room, diving shop, storages, generator room, are tiled with white tiles on the floor and the walls up to the ceiling.
Power Northern Light Generators 32 KW and 125 KW Dockside diesel fueling to 6000 GL Double wall fuel tank gives autonomy of 10 to 12 months Each of the five buildings has its own battery bank and “trace” inverter system. The 32 KW will automatically start and stop by instruction of the inverter. This reduces the use of diesel.
Water The SK Watermaker HC 5000 produces 5000 gallons per day by osmosis from sea water and the SK Watermaker HC 1500 produces 1500 gallons per day. These machines resolve any drink water/fresh water needs, including irrigation of the gardens. Two cisterns built under a bungalow collect 40,000 gallons of rainwater or/and watermaker production A full firefighting system is installed in every building which can use cistern water or sea water under high pressure.
Communication Telephone, fax, internet, sat. phone and cell phone are available. The WiFi system covers (almost) all buildings. Com ICM 502 SHF radio base station Asay Pacs R40 telephone system and data printer Hughes HN 7000 S internet satellite system Linksys WRT 54 G wireless broadband router Linksys WG 54 wireless repeater 2 direct TV satellite television receiver systems
Villas In two villas we have an owner’s suite and six additional suites. In the caretakers villa there is an extra suite available, which gives a total of 8 double suites with modern bathrooms, which can accommodate up to 16 people. The 750 sq. ft. owner’s suite contains a unique central glass shower as well as a bathtub for two, all in a setting of pink granite imported from Brazil. The oversized king bed overlooks the Gulf of Abaco. This suite offers a dressing room, separate toilet/bidet facility and has its own private telephone, fax and internet service. Beautiful furniture and many fine art works from all over the world complete the decoration. The interior architect selected an individual style and color harmony for each suite.
Main Lodge In the dining area the very long glass table seats 14 (or 18 with four acrylic padded folding chairs). Breakfast, lunch and dinner have all got different linen and porcelain (some porcelain was specially made for Bonefish Cay). The tableware and silverware will honour the work of any chef! The 30 foot high cathedral ceilings made of cypress wood lend majesty to the main house. The centre of the main lodge is the 28 ft. fully equipped maple bar. The beautiful 9 ft. maple pool table and the poker table (with a bumper/pinpool table inside), as well as the DJ sound system, light machine, karaoke machine, guarantee entertainment! The very comfortable TV area offers a large Philips TV screen, Bose home theatre, direct TV and 120 DVD movies.
Sport on land and sea Bonefish Cay has a fully equipped gym with views over the Gulf of Abaco, also volley ball equipment, beach games, etc.
Exploring the sea The jetty – 200 ft. long and 10 ft. width – was built strong enough to support a loaded truck with cement. A remote control system allows the captain approaching the island to command generators and boatlifts from his boat. Two high capacity boatlifts and a davit boatlift allow boats and passengers to board the island in very comfortable and safe conditions.
Panga/32 ft. 2005 2x200 HP Key West style – tournament center console with all electronic navigation equipment Panga/26 ft. 2003 1x115 HP – center console Zodiac Pro Open 550/18 ft. 1x85 HP – center console 2 Kawasaki 750 SLX Jet-ski standup 2004 2 Yamaha VX Cruiser 2007 1 Polaris Genesis 1999 “Virus” Magnum 21 ft. Trimaran, very stable sailboat with 1xg HP (all boats and toys have trailers) 2 x Ocean Pro 3 seat Kayaks 1 x clear acrylic totally transparent 2 seat kayaks Fins, masks, snorkels – many assorted sizes 6 certified scuba tanks (Bauer electric scuba air compressor imported from Germany) S.W.V: Hyundai Santa Fee 7 persons 2007 Case 1840 Skidsteer, case fork, case bucket etc. Gehl Skidsteer
The Island Bonefish Cay has two long, sandy beaches and paths over the island. There are many shells and native plants, so the scenery makes for a lovely stroll. Take a swim at low tide around the island's own coral reef and see the multitude of coral and fish. Or you can paddle out in ocean-going kayaks and see dolphins. The area around Bonefish Cay is famous as a fisherman's paradise. There are many (high) trees and very dense vegetation on this 13.5 acre island as well as large areas of grassland. Approximately two thirds of this island are a natural bird sanctuary. Many birds live in this “untouched” part of Bonefish Cay, from honeybee birds to pelicans. A discovery trail goes all around the island … for nature lovers or J Pod runners! The south beach is the “lounge chair” beach. The west and north beaches are also spectacular. From the north side of the island to the coral barrier there are several square miles of unspoiled coral reef and sea (max 15 ft. deep), which is the absolute paradise for snorkeling and diving in crystal clear water. The big fish are right behind the barrier. You can take the kayaks and meet the very present dolphins in the Gulf of Abaco.
Around Bonefish Cay
Spanish Cay: By boat 15 minutes – a very friendly neighbor. They offer a full marina, bar, restaurant, hotel, swimming pool, 4 tennis courts. It is also an official port of entry with a 5,000 ft. airstrip, shuttle to harbor and a permanent custom and immigrations service. Many islands around will offer great dining and shopping like Greenturtle Cay, Guana Cay, Man-o-War Cay, Elbow Cay, Hopetown and many more, all accessible by boat or explore by jet-ski or sailboat one of the many small islands around for a picnic!
Marsh Harbour: The “city” of North Abaco is an important service center. It offers an airport, supermarkets, medical services, general supplies, great shopping and dining. This is 50 minutes away with our car via the Abaco highway. Cooperstown (facing Bonefish Cay +/- 900 habitants) is about 12 minutes away by boat.
Treasure Cay: It offers an airport, an 18 hole golf court (by Dick Wilson), supermarket, dining and shopping. It is 15 minutes to Cooperstown by car and then 12 minutes by boat or 20 minutes directly by boat.
Rental This first class getaway has a high rental potential. The new owner would be able to rent it out immediately if he wishes. All furnishings (furniture, tableware, silverware, boats, etc.) are included. When the island is rented, a special “Laundry Setup” system is used, as well as a double cover set equipment for the main lodge furniture. This explains the important inventory of the laundry room.