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Diving in The Bahamas

Nassau, Bimini, Exumas, Grand Bahama and the Sharks of Tiger Beach

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...Highlights: shark action, great macro life/marine diversity, schooling fish & big pelagics...
...Bahamas' diving environment: wrecks, wall diving, beginner and advanced divers...

The Bahamas is the ideal Caribbean liveaboard diving location that merges international elegance with a relaxed tropical vacation vibe. Conveniently positioned 56 miles (90km) off the coast of Florida, the 2,500 cays and 700 islands (of which 30 are uninhabited) form the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. Liveaboard diving tours to Grand Bahama and Nassau & The Exumas is the perfect way to explore the many dive sites in comfort and style. Show more

Dive Site Descriptions for Bahamas

Amberjack Reef - Previously this was a shark feeding site. Thankfully, in accordance with the Land and Sea Park’s request, sharks are no longer fed here (or in principle they should not be), however they still frequent this part of Exuma Keys.

Amberjack's drawcard is the abundance of marine life that frequent the patch reef. Although your descent will merely be to 50 ft (15m), take a moment to control your breathing as you will soon be surrounded by up to 10 Caribbean reef sharks and 10-15 large, yellowmouth and yellowfin grouper. Don’t be so distracted by the big fellows, as this dive spot also has many interesting small critters such as pirate blennies. The sea floor is home to garden eels that pop their heads out of the sand, or can be seen gently swaying in the current. As you ascend, you will be met by a welcoming safety stop party of over 100 horse-eye jacks! Show more

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How to Dive Bahamas

The Bahamas are best experienced from the comfort of your liveaboard. Boat diving cruises are the top choice for those who want to maximize their scuba opportunities and take in the top side scenery. The Bahamas form a chain of inner and outer island sites that you will dive directly from your sturdy liveaboard, enabling a comfortable entry and elegant exit:

Since the Bahamas are a popular spot with a very low number of liveaboard operators, availability can be an issue. We recommend you book 12 months in advance to avoid disappointment.

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Bahamas Diving Season

Diving the Bahamas is possible year round. There are some fluctuations in the weather, however for the most part these have a minimal effect. November brings with it colder fronts occasionally, and the water temperature can drop to 77°F (25°C). For 'winter', the temperatures are still at a level to dive comfortably.

The warmest water temperatures (85°F / 30°C) occur during the summer months from June to September. This is also when the seas are the calmest and visibility the best. However with such incredible conditions, the visibility is still spectacular even during the winter months. August is considered to be the month that experiences most storms, although these are also infrequent.

Although a year round destination for divers, there are some seasonal factors that could affect the species you encounter. The Bahamas iveaboards visit Tiger Beach to see tiger sharks around the May to July period, while March to June is the best time for spotting oceanic whitetips. April tends to the be the best critter time of the year and therefore favored by macro enthusiasts. May is an active period for fish and coral spawning.

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Where is the Bahamas and How Do I Get There?

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The Commonwealth of The Bahamas comprises around 2,500 cays and 700 islands (30 of which are uninhabited). The closest point of the islands to the USA lies around 56 miles (90 km) off the coast of Florida. New Providence Island is home to the capital, Nassau, connected by bridge to Paradise Island.

Airports such as Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Atlanta are the prinicpal US gateways. There are many direct flights from other US and international cities. Airlines that fly to the Bahamas include Delta, US, British Airways and American.

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Bahamas Reef Summary

Depth: 19 - >130ft (6 - >40m)
Visibility: 50 - 98ft (15 - 30m)
Currents: Mild to moderate
Surface conditions: Generally calm with some swell or chop during storms
Water temperature: 78 - 84°F (25 - 29°C) in summer and 72 - 80°F (22 - 27°C) during winter
Experience level: Beginners to advanced
Number of dive sites: ~20
Recommended length of stay: 8-12 days

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Useful References for Bahamas Dive Trips

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