August 5, 2023 -
 August 11, 2023


Aboard Blackbeard’s Ship


Where we are diving

Ahoy mateys! You’re about to board Blackbeard’s ship for a week of diving, exploring, and navigating the oceans below. Say goodbye to the city lights as we head south to the Exuma Cays. The central Bahamas was once a popular hideout for pirates. Now it offers crystal clear waters and deserted beaches to explore. These dive sites can only be reached by dive liveaboards.

Once you’re out on the sea you’ll be surrounded by an abundance of marine life and beautiful walls. Some of the most common marine life? Sharks! Caribbean reef sharks and nurse sharks have been spotted swimming along the sandy banks. You’ll also be able to experience a passive feed where you can observe the sharks and their behaviors.

While diving the Exuma Cays you’ll experience a variety of different environments. As the third-largest reef in the world, you could see shipwrecks, dark caves, blue holes, and massive walls covered in colorful coral and vibrant sponges. The average visibility is up to 150 to 200 feet. Perfect for a clear view of your amazing surroundings.

The liveaboard crew is there to ensure you have the trip of a lifetime. On board you’ll have captains that plan your trip and keep you safe, cooks to fuel you up after dives, dive instructors to assist you on your dives, and engineers that keep everything running smoothly.

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Trip Leaders

Harrison Barnfield-Jones, Open Water Diver Instructor

Harrison is a self-proclaimed scubaholic. He started scuba diving in 2019 and got addicted the moment he took his first breath under the water. Within a year he became a Scuba Instructor. Harrison lives for the experience and loves the adventure. He is excited to share his passion with everyone and makes some awesome memories!

Nolan Hardison, Divemaster Instructor

Nolan has been diving since 1985 and has been an Instructor since 1989. He has taught all levels of diving, a wide range of specialties and has been certified as an Instructor Trainer and Certifier. Nolan was recognized for his dedication to the highest standards of teaching by being awarded the NASDS Instructor of the Year in 1998.

Top 5 reasons you should travel on Blackbeards!

1. This is an excellent trip for all levels of divers. There are shallow and deep dives, walls, drift and night dives.

2. The dive sites are gorgeous and vibrant with all kinds of big and small wildlife to see. Especially sharks!

3. You get to be a pirate and have the opportunity to anchor on uninhabited islands around the Exuma Cays.

4. Blackbeard’s boats are set up perfectly for camaraderie and making friends.

5. The Bahamas are easy to travel to and incredibly welcoming.

Liveaboard Details

Where we are staying

Blackbeard’s liveaboard is all about:

  • Jumping into the best dive spots
  • Making new friends
  • Camping on water
  • Disconnecting from the world
  • Doing things you never thought possible
  • Going down the unbeaten path

Think summer camp for scuba divers!

The 65’ liveaboard offers dorm-style bunks with shared restrooms and showers and buffet meals with picnic-style dining. You’ll also have the opportunity for hands-on activities such as sailing and fishing.

Learn more about the accommodations from the liveaboard website.

Trip Details



Ground only

  • Diver: $1,600

Deposit and payments

  • 1st deposit:  $500 due at sign up
  • 2nd deposit: $500 due February 3, 2023
  • Full Balance: Due April 7, 2023
  • Pre-trip meeting: July 9, 2023

Other info

  • Prices are based upon double occupancy
  • All payments are non-refundable
  • Prices are subject to change due to events outside of our control

What’s included

  • 6 nights of Accommodations
  • Meals & beverages (beer on tap, wine and rum punch). You may BYOB.
  • Tanks, weights, weight belts
  • Up to 19 dives
  • Ground Transfers (3 per person)
  • Port fees      

What’s not included

Sample Itinerary

Itineraries are weather dependent and tailored to best diving available each trip.

Noon board. Check-in, lunch, unpack, safety briefing.
Depart by 3 P.M. for Central Bahamas.
During long summer days, we can offer one check-out dive upon arrival in the Exumas.

Sunday through Wednesday
3 daytime dives and 1 night dive per day/night in the Exuma Cays and/or Eleuthera.

2 daytime dives. Return to Nassau 2-5 P.M. depending on weather and travel distance.
Port night in Nassau. Dinner is served on board. The evening is yours to enjoy on your own in Nassau.

Disembark vessel by 9 A.M..

COVID restrictions/requirements: As of September 20, 2022, the COVID-19 testing requirement for entering the Bahamas has been eliminated. All travelers, regardless of vaccination status, are no longer required to submit to pre-travel COVID-19 testing to enter the country.

What prior travelers say

“Blackbeards is my favorite dive trip. It’s all about the diving. It is such a unique experience, from the blue waters, great visibility, great crew, awesome food, and the verity of sea life is unbelievable.”

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