What You Need To Know

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Why is diving in The Islands Of The Bahamas better?
The word "Bahamas" means “shallow banks.” We boast on having the world’s third largest barrier reef with more than 360 blue holes plus, with 160 blue holes on the Island of Andros. You can snorkel on one side and drop off on the other.

In addition, with virtually no runoff, nearly all rainfall is absorbed by porous limestone islands. Sedimentation is minimal, creating some of the clearest tropical waters in the world. Divers can expect visibility beyond 150 feet year-round with the very best visibility often found immediately after a winter or eastern front has moved through. During these periods, the sea can become flat calm and visibility can exceed beyond 200 feet.

Do I have to be certified to dive in The Bahamas?
Yes.

What types of diving does The Bahamas offer?
Dolphin encounters, wreck diving, shallow reefs, wall dives, blue holes, caverns, wall flying, liveaboards and splendid world-class drop-offs.

Sharks Encounters - We strongly recommend this ONLY be done with one our certified Bahamas Diving Association members. The dive is in a controlled environment, and divers and feeders are fit with a full-body chain-mail suit. The feeders present the bait on the end of a stainless steel rod (spear), a technique that keeps the sharks a bit farther away during the feeding encounter.

Can I go snorkeling off the beach?
Yes.

What is the average water temperature in The Bahamas?
Between 75-85 degrees.

Do Bahamian dive operators offer Nitrox dives?
Yes, dive operators offer Nitrox dives.

Can I go spearfishing in The Bahamas
Yes, free-dive only and nonmechanized equipment such as an Hawaiian sling. The use of power spear guns at anytime is against the law.

Can divers get their own tanks filled in The Bahamas?
Yes.

Are there any operators geared for handicapped persons?
Yes, at Stuart Cove and UNEXSO, for example.

Are marriages performed underwater?
Yes.

Do I need a visa to enter The Bahamas?
For US citizens, a visa is required for stays exceeding eight months.

For Canadian citizens, a visa is required for stays exceeding 90 days.

Click here for complete travel details to see if you require a visa to enter The Bahamas. Please note entry requirements for citizens from various countries may differ.

Do I need a wetsuit?
No. But during the months of November-February a 3-millimeter neoprene full-length wet suit is suggested but not required.

Where is the nearest recompression chamber located?
The nearest recompression chamber is located in Nassau.

What is the average water temperature in The Bahamas?

April | 74°F-75°F 23°C
May | 75°F-77°F 24°C
June | 78°F-80°F 26°C
July | 80°F-82°F 27°C
August | 81°F-83°F 28°C
September | 80°F-82°F 27°C
October | 78°F-80°F 26°C
November | 77°F-79°F 26°C

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