Long Island in the Bahamas is home to the deepest ocean blue hole on Earth! Dean’s Blue Hole is accessible to scuba divers and freedivers from shore.
This 110-foot (94-meter) British freighter was purposefully sunk. Today she sits at 100 feet (30 meters) and its hold has been opened for exploration.
While Long Island is a scuba destination in its own right, it’s also the jumping off point for Rum Cay and Conception Island with its sponge-filled wall.
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. A hurricane comes into contact with Long Island about once every three years. 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 Long Island. However, besides the sometimes stormy weather and the number of pelagic species 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. During these months, you have the best chance of encountering dozens of Caribbean reef sharks at Long Island.
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 explore the shallow reefs near Clarence Town and Seymour's. Advanced divers should head to the northern shore and Conception Island.
Long Island, like many areas in the Bahamas, is most famous for its sharks in terms of marine life. In particular, scuba divers flock to the area for one-of-a-kind encounters with Caribbean reef sharks.
Graceful dolphins also travel around the islands, and 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 Poseidon Point.
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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