Agitated by the arrival of fall storms in October and November, large groups of spiny lobsters ‘march’ to deeper water near Abacos and Grand Bahama.
Love shark diving? Head to ‘Shark Rodeo’ in Walker’s Cay where dozens of Caribbean Reef Sharks show up to feed daily, putting on a show for divers.
Tall corals create some of the most interesting formations in all of the Bahamas. Swim through twisting alleys and coral caverns full of reef life.
The Bahamas enjoys a hot and sunny climate year-round, although June to October is considered the rainy season. It usually rains once a day, every day but for only short periods of time.
June to October is also considered hurricane season. If you are planning a trip to the Bahamas during these months, consider taking out travelers insurance on the off chance a hurricane forms during your vacation.
Air temperatures during the summer months range from 75-91°F (24-33°C) while water temperatures are approximately 83°F (28°C).
If you enjoy getting the best deals and diving at uncrowded dive sites, book your trip from June to October. This is low season in the Abaco Islands. Besides the sometimes stormy weather and the number of sharks present, diving in the Abaco Islands changes little from month to month.
November to May is the dry season in the Abaco Islands. During these summer months, you can expect sunny, hot and mildly humid conditions.
Air temperatures during the winter months range from 65-77°F (18-25°C) while water temperatures are 70-79°F (21-26°C).
In addition to great topside conditions, November to May is also the best time for shark diving. The most Caribbean reef sharks can be seen at Walker’s Cay during these months.
However, November to May also represents high season for tourism in the Caribbean. So be sure to book early in order to get a good deal on accommodation and flights.
Most of the dive sites are located on the northeast side of the Cayes. Nearly all of the dive sites are accessible to all levels of scuba diver.
The Abaco Islands not only hosts hundreds of colorful fish, pelagic species also love this archipelago. In particular, scuba divers flock to the area for one-of-a-kind encounters with Caribbean reef sharks.
Other than the sharks and the graceful dolphins that travel around the islands, keep an eye out for the Nassau Grouper, a goliath fish that can reach almost 20 pounds. Many of these are fed by local dive masters and maintain near pet-like status. Frantically swimming around the grouper are their little friends, the wrasse, which clean the grouper in exchange for protection. Tarpon can also be seen in abundance near Tarpon Wall.
Perhaps the most iconic aquatic creature is the Queen Conch, a massive (and delicious) mollusk that slowly make their way across the sandy bottoms. Prized for their colorful and extravagant shells, conchs are often harvested in great abundance.
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