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Bahamas

Overview

The Bahamas encompasses 700 islands and over 2,000 rocks and cays, scattered over 470,000 square kilometres of water, at the meeting point of the Western Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. The archipelago is an ecological haven, boasting the third-largest barrier reef in the world.

With the most transparent waters on earth, The Bahamas provide an unbelievable variety of dive environments, from dramatic wall dives at the ‘Tongue of the Ocean’ to exhilarating shark dives and everything in between. All the islands have an easy-going, mellow atmosphere and breath-taking white and pink beaches to relax on when you’re not taking advantage of the phenomenal diving.

The beautiful appeal of The Bahamas reaches far beyond its phenomenal natural splendors. It’s the smiles of the locals, the unique sounds of their rich culture, and the warm hospitality of the country’s heritage and colourful history encapsulating invaders, settlers, traders and pirates.

Life is grand in The Bahamas!

Snapshot

With its mellow, tropical weather, refreshing trade winds and 340 days of sunshine a year the Bahamas is always a winner.

The temperature during the summer months ranges from 24°C – 33°C. June to October is considered hurricane season, make sure you have travel insurance if travelling during this period.

November to May is the dry season with temperatures ranging from 18°C – 25°C.

Spring Break Season in The Bahamas runs from late February to mid-April and is a hectic period.

During the day casual summer clothing is all you need, but remember to bring along a light jacket or sweater for the evenings if you’re there between December and February. If you plan on going out in the evening, men will need to wear a jacket, especially in the more built-up cities such as Nassau and Freeport.
If you plan on going to a church service while you’re there, keep in mind that beachwear is inappropriate. This is also true if you are visiting restaurants and casinos. When you are not at the beach or sitting at the pool, your swimsuit should be covered with a pair of shorts or a long shirt if you’re going out in public. The dress code is a bit more relaxed in the more remote areas of the island.

Bahamian Dollar – BSD
Type A, Type B
GMT -5
Tap water is generally safe to drink in The Bahamas, however it is still wise to be safe when drinking water abroad. Bottled water is readily available.

Diving

Overview

The Bahamas offers a wide choice of dive experiences for all levels of diving. From sunken Spanish galleons, blue holes, tunnels, underwater caves and forest-like coral reefs abundant with marine life, to stunning walls and drop-offs, dolphin encounters and some incredibly intimate shark dives, all in crystal clear waters with visibility beyond 45 metres year-round, there is something for everyone.

Depending on where you dive, it’s very likely you will get up-close and personal with the following shark species – Caribbean reef sharks, dusky lemon sharks, nurse sharks, bull sharks, tiger sharks, silky sharks, great hammerheads, and oceanic whitetip sharks. There are very few places in the world where you can see this many species in one area!

One of the most extraordinary attributes of The Bahamas is that every island offers its own unique diving experiences. Beginners are spoiled for choice with shallow reefs near most islands. Andros is a favourite for more advanced divers. The caves of Grand Bahama are a tec divers paradise.

With such a variety of diving and so many islands to explore, The Bahamas is best suited to liveaboard diving. This is especially true if you’re travelling from the South Pacific region.

Temperature

Summer (June to October) is the rainy season with water temperatures averaging a comfortable 29.5°C. Winter (November to May) is the dry season and the best time to go shark diving. Water temperatures range between 22°C and 28°C. No wetsuit is required, but from November to February, a 3mm wetsuit is suggested.

Dive Season

Diving is conducted year-round as the conditions under the water are quite consistent throughout the year, and water temperatures are always mild.

Dive Highlights

Andros Barrier Reef

The mesmerising blue holes of Andros Barrier Reef – the world’s third-largest fringing barrier reef. Some say the blue holes are home to the mythical creature Lusca – a half-giant octopus, half-shark that eats unsuspecting divers. It is also home to the Tongue of the Ocean (a 1.6km chasm brimming with dazzling marine life) and boasts an exceptional marine ecosystem.

 

Tiger Beach, Grand Bahama

The most well-known site for tiger and lemon shark encounters. Be surrounded by dozens of circling sharks feeding on chum while you kneel on the shallow white sand bottom.

 

Cat Island

Come face to face with oceanic whitetips as they chase the massive tuna migration to Cat Island from April to June.

 

Eleuthera and Harbor Island

Enjoy an exhilarating drift dive attracting an incredible diversity of reef life through the famous Current Cut and explore some of the many shipwrecks in the area.

 

Bimini

Bimini is one of the few places in the world where you have the opportunity to dive with Great Hammerhead sharks in the open ocean between December and March.

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