Best known for its shark and dolphin encounters, Grand Bahama Island also features shallow shipwrecks, protected coral reefs along its southern shore and one of the world’s largest underwater cave systems for scuba divers to explore.
While it is possible to access a number of the reefs from shore, the majority of diving takes place from small speedboats. There is an extensive mooring system along the southern reefs that ensures the boats don’t harm the ecosystem. Furthermore, many of the Bahamas’ liveaboards depart from Grand Bahama. If you choose a liveaboard tour, you’ll get to dive on the best sites nearby as well as those surrounding the Out Islands.
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. Tiger sharks are present from October to January at Tiger Beach, and you’ll find Caribbean reef sharks at Shark Junction during the same months.
Find local PADI dive shops and explore the top dive sites with our map.
Grand Bahama International Airport welcomes frequent flights from North America and the smaller airports scattered around the Bahamas. Once on the island, use taxis to travel from point A to point B. Renting a car is a great option as well.
Some happy travelers also arrive to the island via cruise ship, stopping off for a day or two to explore.