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Scuba diving in Bahamas

With great shipwrecks, stunning walls, healthy coral reefs and some of the best shark diving in the world, diving in the Bahamas is easy to enjoy.
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The Oceanic Whitetips of Cat Island

From April to June, oceanic whitetip sharks follow the tuna migration to Cat Island where you’ll come face-to-face with this open-ocean predator.

Andros Wall

Considered one of the top wall dives in the Bahamas, Andros Wall boasts fascinating canyons and unusual marine life due to its depth at 90 ft (27m).

Silky Sharks at Shark Buoy

An hour into the open ocean from New Providence, a large yellow shark buoy serves as a meeting point for pelagic species, especially silky sharks.

Tiger Beach

Head to Tiger Beach near Grand Bahama for an adrenalin-inducing dive with Tiger Sharks. Dozens circle and feed on chum while divers kneel in the sand.

Diving in Bahamas

Quick facts

With over 700 islands, the Bahamas features more dive environments than you’re likely to see in one trip. The third largest barrier reef is found offshore. There’s also deep walls, fascinating wrecks, blue holes, tunnels, caverns and some of the best shark diving in the world.

With so many islands to choose from, you’ll be happy to note there are dive shops dotting the shoreline of most of the populated islands, especially on Grand Bahama and New Providence.

Most of the dive sites are protected from open ocean currents, but there are deep sites to explore and some of the far eastern sites boast heavy currents. If you’re a tec diver, you’ll be able to reach some deep wrecks or wind your way through submerged tunnels and caves.

Furthermore, the Bahamas are a great place to achieve a couple of specialty certifications, or even to attain your basic open water certification. You can make your way out to the reefs in a small boat with an off board motor, or cruise through the seas in a luxury yacht. Let your pocketbook be your guide!

Keep in mind that spearfishing or collecting fish while scuba diving is prohibited.

When to go

Diving in the Bahamas is best outside of the summer months as June to October is hurricane season. October to June is the best time for shark diving.

June to October

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 88°F (31°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 Bahamas. Besides sometimes stormy weather and the animals present under the waves, diving in the Bahamas changes little from month to month.

November to May

November to May is the dry season in the Bahamas. 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 75-80°F (24-27°C).

In addition to great topside conditions, November to May is also the best time for shark diving. Tiger sharks are present from October to January at Tiger Beach, and you’ll find hammerhead sharks at Bimini from December to March. Oceanic Whitetips can be seen from April to June.

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.

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Where to dive

Beginners will find shallow reefs near most islands. Andros is a favorite of advanced divers and tec divers will enjoy the caves of Grand Bahama.

  • Abaco Islands
  • Andros

    With access to the world’s third longest barrier reef and the Tongue of the Ocean, Andros features exciting shark dives, blue holes and sunken ships.

  • Bimini

    On the far reaches of the Bahamas and the edge of the Bermuda Triangle, the Gulf Stream cruises past Bimini, attracting hammerheads and bull sharks.

  • Eleuthera & Harbour Island

    With more shipwrecks than any other area in the Bahamas, Eleuthera and Harbour Island delight wreck divers but also please reef and cave enthusiasts.

  • Exumas

    With easy reef dives, colorful walls, wrecks and a few blue holes, the Exumas are home to schools of colorful reef fish, grey reef sharks and more.

  • Grand Bahama (Freeport)

    Drift through the comfortable waters of Grand Bahama Island, where scuba diving leads to shipwrecks, photogenic caverns and epic tiger shark encounters.

  • Long Island

    An island of superlatives, Long Island in the Bahamas is home to the world’s deepest blue hole, one great wreck and colorful offshore islands.

  • Nassau (New Providence)

    The capital city of Nassau rests easily on New Providence and is home to popular dive sites such as easy wrecks, walls and open ocean shark encounters.

  • San Salvador

    As the exposed peak of a submerged mountain, San Salvador in the Bahamas is surrounded by fringing reef and drastic walls full of uncrowded dive sites.

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Snorkeling in Bahamas

Almost every visitor to the Bahamas will at least be tempted to partake in a snorkeling excursion. Surrounding most islands, there are shallow coral reefs with amazing visibility, the perfect combination for topside spotters. New Providence, Grand Bahama, Bimini, Long Island, Exumas, Elbow Cay and San Salvador all have easily accessible snorkeling sites.
There are thousands of wrecks surrounding the Bahamas. Most are outstanding, so it is difficult to limit this section to just a few. If you’re here for the shark diving, don’t miss Shark Rodeo of Walker’s Cay, the Hammerhead Dive in Bimini, Third Basin Reef near Cat Island and Shark Buoy on New Providence. Popular wreck dives include Theo’s Wreck and Sugar Wreck at Grand Bahama, the James Bond Wrecks of New Providence, the Comberbach of Long Island, Devil's Backbone in Eleuthera and the Sampona of Bimini. For walls and coral reefs, check out Conception Island Wall at Long Island, the Coral Caverns at Green Turtle Cay, Andros Wall, Bimini Wall, Amberjack Reef in Exuma and Hole in the Wall and Vicky’s Reef of San Salvador. Two famous blue holes, namely Angelfish Blue Hole and the Dean's Blue Hole, as well as the caverns of Littlehale’s Lair in Grand Bahama beckon the daredevils among us.

What to see

The Bahamas 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 hammerhead sharks, bull sharks, oceanic whitetip sharks and silky sharks.

Other than the sharks, graceful dolphins and whales that travel around the islands, keep an eye out for the Nassau Grouper, a goliath fish that can reach almost 20 pounds. Frantically swimming around them are their little friends, the wrasse, which cleans the grouper in exchange for protection.

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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