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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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