The sheer size of the Bahamas is breathtaking. You'll find the third-largest barrier reef offshore, plus deep walls, wrecks, blue holes, tunnels, caverns and some of the best shark diving in the world.
Waters off New Providence provide drop-offs that are close to shore, blue holes, caves, historical wrecks and thrilling shark diving. Directly exposed to the Atlantic, the pristine reefs of the Abacos have relatively shallow dive sites – 18m or less.
Andros has wrecks and blue holes. Grand Bahama Island gives you the chance to see dolphins. The warm waters of Bimini are filled with life, while Eleuthera and Harbor Island offer a rip-roaring drift dive. The Exumas have a combination of walls and rich shallow reefs, and San Salvador boasts vertical walls, underwater caverns and wrecks.
The climate in The Bahamas is subtropical, providing around 340 sunny days a year - alongside superb diving conditions. Summer water temperatures are approximately 88°F (31°C), dipping to 75-80°F (24-27°C) in winter.
If you enjoy diving at uncrowded dive sites, book your trip from June-October. This is low season in the Bahamas. Diving in the Bahamas changes little from month to month.
In addition to great topside conditions, November to May is also the best time for shark diving. Tiger sharks are present from October to January at Tiger Beach, and you’ll find hammerhead sharks at Bimini from December-March. Oceanic Whitetips can be seen from April-June.
Find local PADI dive shops and explore the top dive sites with our map.
The Bahamas features three international airports, namely Freeport Grand Bahama International Airport, George Town International Airport on Exuma and Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau.
Flights arrive regularly and onward travel to the many islands is a simple trek. Arriving by cruise ship, ferry or private boat is another popular option. To travel between islands, you’ll need to use commuter planes, ferries or private transfers by speedboat.