Each Island Has A Signature Experience
Offering Scuba Divers A Range Of Dive Adventures
The Bahamas are an archipelago of 700 islands situated where the Western Atlantic Ocean meets the Caribbean Sea. The waters are amazingly clear and offer scuba divers a range of dive adventures on flourishing reef dives, along vertical walls, over wrecks and through tunnels, caverns and blue holes. The subtropical climate provides approximately 340 sunny days each year and the dive conditions are impressive year-round. Each island dive destination has its signature experiences. The waters off New Providence, where Nassau is the main city, provide drop-offs that are close to shore, blue holes and caves, historical wrecks and thrilling shark diving. Diving off Grand Bahama Island gives you the chance to see dolphins and visit several shallow wrecks. On Long Island, you can dive the world’s deepest blue hole, find great reefs, visit wrecks and look over walls that drop into the deep blue. Directly exposed to the Atlantic, the pristine reefs of the Abacos are slightly different from much of the Bahamas with many relatively shallow dive sites – 18 meters/60 feet or less. Andros has wrecks, blue holes and spectacular wall dives off the deep Tongue of the Ocean. The warm waters of Bimini are filled with an incredible diversity of sea life. Eleuthera and Harbor Island offer a rip-roaring drift dive. The Exumas have an intriguing combination of beautiful walls and rich shallow reefs. San Salvador boasts vertical walls, underwater caverns and many wrecks. All islands have a laid back vibe and soft, white and pink beaches to relax on after diving.
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Visibility – Average visibility in the Bahamas is 24-30m/80-100ft.
Water Temperature – Average of 24°C/75°F during the winter, 27°C/80°F in spring and 31°C/88°F in the summer.
Weather – Lots of sunshine in this subtropical climate makes diving great all year long. The average air temperature during winter is 18-25°C/65-77°F and 24-33°C/75-91°F during the summer. June through October is hurricane season in the Caribbean, with the highest risk around September.
Featured Creatures – With a diverse array of marine life, you’ll see a large variety of fish and invertebrate species. Look for the Nassau Grouper – the national fish of the Bahamas. Spiny lobsters are also common and the “March of the Spiny Lobsters” takes place a couple times a year in shallow water. Divers will also likely see conch, dolphins, sharks, rays, sea turtles and the invasive lionfish.
Recommended Training – Take the PADI Deep Diver and Drift Diver courses to be prepared for the fabulous wall diving in the Bahamas. The PADI Wreck Diver course will get you ready for exploring the diverse wrecks. The AWARE – Coral Reef Conservation course will help you appreciate the many marine protected areas and coral monitoring programs in the islands.
Note - Travel to any destination may be adversely affected by conditions including (but not limited) to security, entry and exit requirements, health conditions, local laws and culture, natural disasters and climate. Regardless of your destination, check your local travel advisory board or department for travel advice about that location when planning your trip and again shortly before you leave.
Language – English is the official language, although spoken with Bahamian flair.
Currency – The Bahamian dollar is equal with the U.S. dollar. Credit cards are widely accepted.
Major Airports The Lynden Pindling International Airport is the largest airport, located in the capital, Nassau, on New Providence. The Freeport Grand Bahama International Airport on Grand Bahama receives international flights and the George Town International Airport on Exuma also receives a few international flights. More than 50 smaller domestic airports are scattered throughout the other islands.
Electricity and Internet – The electric current is 110 volts, 60 Hz and internet is available in most hotels.
Topside Attractions – Depending on which islands you visit, be sure to see the Abaco Wild Horse Preserve near Treasure Cay; the Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Center near Nassau; Lucayan National Park and the Port Lucaya Marketplace on Grand Bahama; and Junkanoo festivals that are celebrated at various times throughout the year.
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