One of the Bahamas' most fascinating natural wonders
Between the Acklins Islands and Great Guana Island lies Hogtsy reef, a coral atoll with a shallow lagoon and a number of shipwrecks that create incredible scuba and snorkelling opportunities.
One of the most remote attractions in the Bahamas, Hogsty Reef is the perfect addition to a Bahamas yacht charter which explores the Southern Out Islands.
Stretching three miles wide and five miles long, the reef forms part of an atoll that curves around a lagoon. The lagoon is between 15- 30ft deep, while the reef itself rises up to just one or two foot in places.
Such shallow water allows for incredible visibility while snorkelling, and you'll find a variety of coral species across the reef, as well as a sand-covered seabed where you can swim through the endless blue.
But for many people, the real draw of the Hogsty Reef atoll are the shipwrecks scattered across the water.
While many of the wrecks have succumbed to the deep water that surrounds the atoll, there are two major wrecks that are still visible sitting atop the reef. They both jut out above the water, creating a wondrous sight on sunny days.
The first is a Liberty ship named Trebišnjica, which ran aground to the north of the atoll on 17 July 1963. The skeleton of this ship has been reduced to rust now, with the hull and superstructure almost entirely disintegrated.
The second is a more recent wreck, which is believed to have been an inter-island transport vessel- the name 'Lady Eagle' is still clearly visible on the side of the boat. She is around 120ft long and in far better shape, so she's ideal for exploring.
The reef is a must-visit when exploring the Bahamas on a crewed yacht charter, and it can be accessed in 3.5 hours from Little Guana and 3 hours from the southern Acklins Islands.
As well as the lagoon and reef, there are two small uninhabited islets that can both be circumnavigated in under ten minutes' time. One is known as Northwest Cay, where you'll find a wide stretch of sandy beach, an automated lighthouse and a sheltered anchorage offshore.
Atolls are very rare and highly unusual in this part of the world, with most found in the Pacific where there is more volcanic activity. If you're looking to add something truly unique to your itinerary, make it Hogsty Reef.
It's best to visit Hogsty Reef on a clear day with little wind. You need good visibility to swim, snorkel and safely navigate the lagoon.
You can cruise into the lagoon through a 3/4 mile gap in the reef on the west side. Your yacht can anchor in the mouth of the lagoon, or opposite the cay where there is some shelter from any wind or swell.