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Dive Locations

8 recommended locations:

Andros

The largest Bahamian island is home to over 200 kilometres of barrier reef and lies next to the ‘Tongue of the Ocean’, a 2,000 metre deep oceanic trench. Also famed for its blue holes, biodiversity of bird species and inland waterways, there’s something for everyone.

  • Ideal for viewing: Nassau grouper, Caribbean reef shark, southern stingray, garden eel
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving

Bimini

The most westerly island in the Bahamas and just a short flight from Nassau, Bimini has become recognised for its world-class diving and snorkelling, with crystal clear waters home to wild dolphin and an abundance of fish, wrecks and sharks; including hammerheads.

  • Ideal for viewing: great hammerhead shark, Atlantic spotted dolphin, spotted eagle ray, lemon shark, hawksbill turtle
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Shark diving, Hammerhead shark, Snorkelling

Cat Island

One of the least inhabited islands of the Bahamas, with rolling hills, miles of idyllic deserted beaches and world-class diving experiences, Cat Island is a stunning year round destination - whether you want to dive, snorkel or just get away from it all.

  • Ideal for viewing: oceanic white-tip shark, nurse shark, green turtle, southern stingray, Nassau grouper
  • Excellent for: Shark diving

Exumas National Land and Sea Park

Considered to be the most pristine area in the Bahamas, the Exumas are home to some of the most prolific and varied underwater life of any coral reef in the world. A photographer’s dream, divers can expect regular shark encounters and plenty of critters.

  • Ideal for viewing: Caribbean reef shark, nurse shark, lemon shark, southern stingray, marine iguana
  • Excellent for: Liveaboard diving, Singles diving, Shark diving

Grand Bahama

Full of history and charm, Grand Bahama island is the most northerly in the archipelago and combines a young thriving town with enchanting marine life. Expect unique shark encounters, a maze of underwater cave systems, reefs, wrecks and dolphins.

  • Ideal for viewing: tiger shark, oceanic white-tip shark, lemon shark
  • Excellent for: Liveaboard diving, Resort based diving, Shark diving

Long Island

Hardly touched by modern tourism, Long Island is unspoiled and tranquil, with exquisite scenery, pristine soft white sand beaches and an exciting mix of dive sites including the world famous Dean’s Blue Hole, accessible from the shore.

  • Ideal for viewing: Caribbean reef shark, barracuda, green turtle, common dolphin, Atlantic tarpon
  • Excellent for: Shark diving

Nassau, New Providence

Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas, sits on the island of New Providence, where underwater highlights include wonderful walls, colourful reefs, world famous wrecks and plenty of shark encounters. The island also offers some vibrant culture, museums and restaurants.

  • Ideal for viewing: Caribbean reef shark, nurse shark, Nassau grouper, hawksbill turtle, southern stingray
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Shark diving, Snorkelling

San Salvador

San Salvador lies in the southeast of the Bahamas, and is its best kept secret. Divers can expect pristine beaches, stunning visibility, healthy reefs teeming with marine life, swim-throughs and caverns, and plenty of shark encounters, including hammerheads.

  • Ideal for viewing: Caribbean reef shark, scalloped hammerhead shark, southern stingray
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Shark diving, Hammerhead shark

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Dive trips

The stunning islands that make up the Bahamas are particularly famous for their shark encounters. Explore the exceptional Exumas National Park by liveaboard or enjoy a resort-based diving holiday to remember.
6 recommended trips. Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.

Great Hammerhead Encounters

Bimini is renowned for its shark encounters, especially that of the great hammerhead. Get up close to these amazing creatures during their annual aggregation - an incredible experience.

  • When to go: Jan-Mar
  • Duration inc. flights: 10 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,195 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Oceanic White-tip Adventure

Renowned for regular sightings of oceanic white-tip sharks in season, Cat Island is undoubtedly one of the best locations in the world for encounters with this inquisitive pelagic species.

  • When to go: Mar-Jun
  • Duration inc. flights: 11 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,375 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Bahamas Liveaboard

Exclusive departures in 2018 & 2019

With so many islands and dive sites to explore, a liveaboard is one of the most popular ways to dive the Bahamas. Enjoy crystal clear water, vibrant reefs, blue holes and plentiful shark encounters.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 9 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £1,795 pp
  • Trip type: Liveaboard trip

Visit the Bahamas

Base yourself in Nassau for a week and explore wonderful walls, colourful reefs and world famous wrecks. There is even a chance for thrill seekers to participate in an adventure with wild sharks.

  • When to go: Nov-Jun
  • Duration inc. flights: 9 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £1,875 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Tigers in the Bahamas

Book an adventure of a lifetime. Enjoy unique and thrilling underwater encounters with tiger and lemon sharks. Departing from Grand Bahama Island, there are also plenty of wreck and reef dive sites nearby.

  • When to go: May-Sep
  • Duration inc. flights: 11 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,195 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Island Escapade

Head over to San Salvador, one of the Bahamas Out Islands, for a week diving some of the Bahamas’ most spectacular dive sites. Experience stunning reefs, plunging wall dives and encounters with hammerhead sharks.

  • When to go: Nov-Jun
  • Duration inc. flights: 11 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,595 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

When to go

The Bahamas are best visited from November to May each year.

Seasons

  • Hurricane season

    Jun to Oct: The summer months are wetter in the Bahamas and the seas are calmer, with the chance of hurricanes between June and October
  • Dry season

    Nov to May: November to May sees the best weather in the Bahamas and also offers its best diving conditions

Wildlife events

  • Feb to Mar: The best months for bull sharks and tiger sharks
  • Jan to Mar: Great hammerhead sharks on Bimini Island
  • Apr to May: Oceanic whitetip sharks in the Cat Islands

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