Sheltered from the Atlantic by the other islands in the Bahamas, Exuma and its row of cays (collectively called the Exumas) are known for their shallow coral reefs and colorful walls.
Currents are minimal along the reefs, and several shallow sunken ships offer a splendid introduction wreck diving. There are several blue holes and underwater cave systems to be explored. As with the rest of the Bahamas, shark feeds are popular at the Exumas, and some of the walls in the area can offer up to a 2-knot drift.
While it is possible to access a number of the reefs from shore, the majority of diving in the Exumas takes place from small speedboats. If you wish to visit more remote dive sites, consider booking a liveaboard. These depart from Nassau on New Providence.
The Bahamas enjoys a hot and sunny climate year-round. Air temperatures during the summer months range from 75-91°F (24-33°C) while water temperatures are approximately 88°F (31°C). Air temperatures during the winter months range from 65-77°F (18-25°C) while water temperatures are 75-80°F (24-27°C).
November to May is the dry season in the Bahamas. During these summer months, you can expect sunny, hot and mildly humid conditions. In addition to great topside conditions, November to May is also the best time for shark diving. You’ll find the most grey reef sharks from November until May.
Find local PADI dive shops and explore the top dive sites with our map.
Because of the growth of George Town, getting to the Exumas is easier than ever. Direct flights arrive to Exuma International Airport from Nassau, Atlanta, Miami and Toronto. Those with private transportation are also welcome to land at the small airstrip on Staniel Cay.
Those traveling by boat can expect a journey of 1 hour from Nassau to the far northern cays of the Exumas.