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.
Intentionally scuttled in 1982, this 230-foot wreck now sits 100 feet (30m). Today, it’s covered in gorgeous black corals and a variety of marine life.
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.
These two small caverns were formed by coral growth around surge channels. Today, you can swim through one for great underwater landscape photographs.
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 only for 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 on Grand Bahama Island. Besides the sometimes stormy weather and the number of sharks present, diving in the Bahamas changes little from month to month.
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 Caribbean reef sharks at Shark Junction during the same 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.
Beginners can dive on the wrecks off the West End and the reefs near the southern shore of Freeport. Tec divers can head to the Lucayan Caverns.
Animals flock to the extensive barrier reef that borders the islands, the third largest in the world. You can see leatherback turtles during certain seasons. During a reef dive, watch for nurse sharks as they rest quietly on the seafloor, or one of the several species of rays that call these waters home.
In deeper waters, look out for the Nassau Grouper, a fantastically large fish that can only be found off the shores of the Bahamas.
If you’ve ever been tempted by the thought of shark diving, Freeport is the place to finally bite the bullet. There are several different sharks to dive with, but tiger sharks are the most popular. You can dive a cage, or without, depending on your comfort level.
Another favorite water activity in Freeport is swimming or diving with dolphins. There are few other places in the world where you can swim with playful dolphins in the wild. Tucked into a protected lagoon, you can interact with these beautiful creatures, relaxing in the waters.
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