Dive The Bahamas

The Islands Of The Bahamas offer an array of dive experiences like no other destination in the world. You’ll find sunken Spanish galleons, inland blue holes, underwater caves and forest-like coral reefs teeming with vibrant marine life. You can even feed and swim with reef sharks—an experience sure to get your adrenaline pumping. Explore what else makes The Bahamas the most complete diving destination in the world. To download our Dive Map & Visitor's Guide please click here

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Types of Diving

Blue Holes, Caves & Caverns

Whether inland or submerged in the sea, the incredible blue holes of The Bahamas offer a truly unique dive experience. The greatest concentration of blue holes is found inland and in the shallows of Andros Island, where more than 50 blue holes have been recorded. Scattered throughout the island, blue holes, caverns and caves provide spectacular diving experiences.

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Dolphin & Shark Encounters

Dolphin encounters are some of the most popular diving experiences in The Bahamas. Nowhere else can you find more opportunities to swim with these beautiful marine mammals, in the open ocean or inside a marine mammal facility. Dolphins are not the only big animals in The Bahamas. A shark dive may offer the most thrilling 45 minutes you'll ever spend underwater.

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Reef & Wall Diving

Dive the reefs and walls of The Islands of The Bahamas for incredible underwater adventures. The world’s third largest fringing barrier reef is found here, along with hundreds of other sites with breathtaking aquatic vistas. Wall diving is not for the faint-of-heart. These great underwater trenches, like the Tongue of The Ocean, plunge thousands of feet deep. It is along these escarpments that the beauty of coral spires and sponges is fully realized.

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Snorkeling & Family Diving

Unmatched water visibility combined with a striking spectrum of blues and lush coral reefs, makes The Bahamas unmatched as a destination for snorkeling and family diving. Today, more and more people are rediscovering the simple joys of snorkeling and free diving.

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Wrecks

A good wreck is a great dive, and The Bahamas offers many great natural and artificial wreck dives. They can be found in all conditions and at all depths. Shallow wrecks are exposed to lots of sunlight and have an abundant fish life. Congregations of snappers, grunts, angelfish and parrotfish are everywhere. With such exceptionally clear water, there is nothing like seeing a deep wreck from a distance in Bahamian waters.

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Bahamas Map

Diving

Acklins & Crooked Island

Acklins & Crooked Island have some of the most fascinating dive sites in the world, including wall dives about 200 yards from shore that start at 40 feet, a blue hole cavern 50 feet offshore and several shipwrecks that you won't want to miss. There is no formal dive operation, but a few certified scuba divers are available to accompany exclusive diving in small groups; tanks are available for rent.

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Andros

The Andros dive experience ranges from shallow water, wreck and blue-hole dives to dramatic wall dives off the 6,000-feet-deep Tongue of the Ocean. About 1-1½ miles off the east coast of Andros sits the Andros Barrier Reef, the world’s third-largest barrier reef, measuring 190 miles long and home to more than 160 species of coral and fish.

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Bimini

Bimini is the true “Island in the Stream,” perched at the edge of a sheer underwater cliff that falls thousands of feet into the blue abyss. There is an array of experiences for both novice and advanced divers, with the best dive sites in the south. The Bimini Road (Bimini Wall) plummets a heart-thumping 4,000 feet beneath the sea.

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Cat Island

Cat Island’s north side is wild, untamed shoreline and it offers some of the best scuba diving anywhere in the world. The reefs are virtually unexplored, with superb diving off its south shore where there are massive coral heads, vertical walls and an abundance of caves and coral canyons to traverse. Blue holes, walls, shipwrecks, shark dives, dolphins and stingrays are also part of the experience. While veteran divers may know their way around the ocean floor, diving lessons and guides are available from a PADI dive center to help novices experience life under the sea.

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Eleuthera & Harbour Island

You can enjoy some of the finest blue hole, cave and reef diving here, and more natural wrecks than any other island of The Bahamas. The Devil’s Backbone, a shallow and jagged reef, extends across the northern edge of the islands. Forests of Elkhorns, star and brain corals, are crowned by sea fans, lobsters peak from holes, and eels wind through the reef. You can also feed the fish, take a dip in the inland “Ocean Hole,” or swim through the drift dive called Current Cut. There are exceptional dive facilities, PADI-trained instructors, certification programs, and scuba equipment available for rental.

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Grand Bahama Island

Grand Bahama Island's reputation as a diver's paradise has been growing since the filming of Sea Hunt here over 50 years ago. You will have a truly authentic diving experience, whether you are looking to explore shallow reefs or deep caves with abundant marine life, the mystery of sunken ships, or dolphins and sharks.

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Inagua

Clear blue water makes diving in Inagua great year-round, with an average visibility of 100 feet. Close to shore there are breathtaking coral formations and others seemingly dropping into the abyss just offshore. The Great Inagua Wall is located north of Matthew Town at the edge of the Great Bahama Wall. Little Inagua also offers great wall diving. A number of documented treasure-laden ships from Britain, France and Spain were destroyed on reefs here between 1500 and 1825 and remnants can be seen amongst the coral.

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Long Island

You will gaze in wonder at Dean’s Blue Hole, a salt-water swimming pool dipping some 663 feet into the ocean floor right off shore. It is said to be the world's deepest blue hole and the second largest underwater chamber, with warm, calm waters. A school of tarpon hang in the shadows at 65 feet and friendly turtles and tiny seahorses sometimes come into the hole for a break from the ocean currents. The coral caves and sand banks on the side of the entrance harbour all kinds of tropical reef life, from tiny shrimps and colorful tropical fish to groupers and snappers. The free-diving world record was set at Dean’s Blue Hole in April 2007 by William Trubridge, who dove about 410 feet on a single breath. Every year, free-divers from all over the world come here and try to beat that record. You can also have a great experience diving on varied reefs, at a wreck sitting upright in 90 feet of water and along walls that begin at 40 feet and drop to 6,000 feet. Visit a reef and watch sharks feed right before your eyes. Arrangements can be made with the dive team at Stella Maris Resort Club for you to experience the best Long Island has to offer.

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Mayaguana

Mayaguana has some of the most beautiful unspoiled coral reefs in The Islands of The Bahamas, home to an amazing quantity and variety of fish and other marine life, plus big sponges and fan coral. Curious game fish, including wahoo, do not usually shy away from human contact, so you can often get quite close to them. Offshore reefs are usually in the 45-60 foot range, but there are a number around 70 feet. Beautiful walls start around 50 feet and then drop to a bottomless chasm; sea caves sit on the ocean at Northwest Point.

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Nassau & Paradise Island

If you’re looking for an amazing diving experience, you’ll find it here in the water surrounding Nassau & Paradise Island. Warm, crystal-clear waters and drop-offs close to shore make our islands a diver's dream. Mysterious blue holes and caves, historical wrecks and vibrant living reefs, soaring wall dives and thrilling shark watches, all await learning and experienced divers. From packages that include instruction, lodging, and meals to solo launches for expert divers, Nassau/Paradise Island has dives for any certified bottom-dweller.

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Ragged Island

In addition to numerous fish species, the undersea vista here is peppered with a rich and healthy population of sharks visible in the "cuts," plus stingrays and eagle rays playing hide and seek in the shallows. There is no formal dive operation, but certified or experienced divers can seek the assistance of local fishing guides to explore the surrounding waters. They know the best spots for free diving or to view the variety of interesting and unusual marine life.

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Rum Cay

Rum Cay’s location on the continental shelf presents opportunities for some of the best diving in the region, both inshore and on the edge. Sites include drop-offs, deep reefs, numerous tunnels big enough to drive a vehicle through, and the wreck of the HMS Conqueror (1855) preserved as the Underwater Museum of The Bahamas. Spectacular diving can also be found at huge walls such as the 60-foot coral walls at the "Grand Canyon," that almost reach the surface of the water; "Chimney,” where you enter the coral reef through a natural hole that looks like a hearth and then a tunnel goes up through the reef; and “Pinder’s Point,” a deep wall with Staghorn coral right off Sumner Point.

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San Salvador

San Salvador’s fascinating underwater topography has led to its renown as a great diving destination. It is one of the top five wall-diving destinations in the region and underwater visibility ranges between 100 and 150 feet. More than 50 sites are located on the island's lee side, reducing the chance of encountering rough seas.

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The Abacos

The Abacos are known as one of the world’s top boating and sailing destinations due to its calm sea surrounded by charming islands. However, those qualities also make The Abaco Islands a very popular dive spot, with several protected underwater areas such as Fowl Cay National Reserve and Pelican Cays Land and Sea Park, boasting massive reefs with swim-through caves that are seasonally filled wall-to-wall with silver baitfish. And at certain dive spots on the edge of the reef, you’re almost guaranteed to experience the thrill of seeing reef sharks up close.

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The Berry Islands

The Berry Islands offer spectacular cavern, reef, wall and wreck diving with several "must-see" sites. At Great Stirrup Cay, the wreck of an unidentified ship lies just offshore. Hoffman Cay is famous for a 600-foot-wide blue hole in the middle of the ground, worth the 20-foot plunge off a cliff to see the oysters living in it. Crawfish and moray eels share living space in the spiky, 16-foot-high Mama Rhoda Reef near Chub Cay. Also nearby is the "eel garden," with stingrays and parrot fish on the white-sand ocean floor. West of Little Stirrup Cay and East of Great Harbour are the most popular reefs in The Northern Berry Islands; other interesting reefs lie off the southern shores of Frazier’s Hog Cay. Scuba diving can be arranged through Chub Cay Resort.

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The Exumas

These islands are one of the most spectacular places in The Bahamas to enjoy the undersea world. Vast beds of undisturbed coral reef teem with brightly colored schools of fish. The Amberjack Reef, a patch reef, houses several types of sharks. You can explore Mystery Cave, a 400-foot-deep blue hole, dropping from 15 to 100 feet. There are also several excellent wall dives and the Austin Smith Wreck and "Thunderball Grotto" are a must-see. There is a PADI 5-Star Dive facility on Great Exuma and PADI professionals on Staniel Cay, offering the ultimate dive experience on small, personalized dive trips. Basic scuba diving and dive master courses are also available.

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Things To Know
Average Water Temps

Average Water Temps

The temperature of our crystal-blue water averages an amazing 80°F year-round. Which means it’s perfect for diving and a variety of other water adventures, such as kite-boarding, kayaking, waverunning, island boat tours, wild dolphin excursions and even shark encounters.

View a full year-round water temp chart here.

Bahamas Diving Tips

Bahamas Diving Tips

Before going on a diving excursion in The Bahamas, there are a few things you need to know in order to make your trip safe and enjoyable. Your experienced guides will also fill you in with information specific to your dive site.

Take a look at some Bahamas Diving Tips.

What To Wear

What To Wear

Lycra skin and/or 3-5 millimeter wet suits are recommended. However, your thermal protection should be based on your individual sensitivity and comfort.

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Directory Listing

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