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The crystal clear waters of Bimini are home to wild dolphin, an abundance of fish, rays, wrecks and sharks; including the great hammerhead.

This group of islands lie just 80 kilometres east of Miami, North and South Bimini being the largest and most visited. The islands are located on the northwest edge of the Great Bahamas Bank, a warm, shallow body of water over a sandy sea floor. The islands feature an intricate mangrove system which is an important nursery ground for juvenile marine species.

In stark contrast, immediately to the west of the island chain is the Gulf Stream, a deep ocean trench with fast flowing, nutrient rich waters and an abundance of pelagic species who choose whether or not they decide to visit the area, allowing for exciting underwater encounters.

The special charm of the islands extends to the crowd free beaches, where resorts are few and far between. Underwater highlights include the Sapona wreck, the ‘Road to Atlantis’ and the ‘Bull Run’ with its guaranteed shark sightings. The season is short, but shark enthusiasts will enjoy the unique great hammerhead encounters offered from here.

South Bimini is home to the world famous Bimini Biological Field Station which primarily focuses on research but also encourages conservation and protection of the local natural ecosystem. Known locally as ‘Sharklab’ the organisation works hard on educating the public on the vital role of sharks, in particular the lemon, but also works with spotted eagle rays and southern stingrays. The waters around Bimini are home to nurse, tiger, black-tip, Caribbean reef, bull, great hammerhead, blacknose and Atlantic sharks.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: great hammerhead shark, Atlantic spotted dolphin, spotted eagle ray, lemon shark, hawksbill turtle

Dive trips

This dive location is featured in the following itinerary:

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 £3,295 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation options are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina

This small resort and marina, established in 1947, is as famous for its fishing excursions as it is its diving activities and shark encounters, due to its prime location on North Bimini island.

Bimini Sands Resort & Marina

Located on the island of South Bimini, famous for its dolphin and hammerhead shark encounters, this luxurious resort caters for divers after plenty of adventure. The on-site dive centre offers daily boat diving.