There are dives to enjoy around the entire perimeter of New Providence, though many of the favorites can be found on the western side of the island.
Schools of silversides prefer the cover of Nassau’s many wrecks. Nassau grouper and sea turtles swim among the healthy coral reefs, and stingrays camouflage themselves on the sandy bottom.
There are also huge animals, including an impressive array of sharks. Caribbean reef sharks and silky sharks are common visitors. The occasional tiger shark wanders by. Keep a lookout for dolphins, as well, frolicking just offshore.
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 Caribbean reef sharks from November until May.
Find local PADI dive shops and explore the top dive sites with our map.
Fly into Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau or come by cruise ship from the United States. Then, rent a car or take taxis to get around New Providence.
If you own a boat, there are plenty of sizeable marinas where you can dock, giving you an easy way to travel through the rest of the Bahamas.