Diving in the Bahamas is unlike any other diving you’ll experience. The diverse marine life and variety of narrow passages and tunnels give divers the chance to be completely surrounded by its beauty.
The Bahamas is a chain of islands in the Caribbean, southeast of Florida. It’s made up of over 700 islands and 2,400 cays. Out of all this land, only 30 are inhabited.
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.
What To Expect
While diving in the Bahamas, you’ll experience a variety of different environments. With the third-largest reef in the world, you’ll be surrounded by an abundance of marine life and beautiful walls. Dive through tunnels, caverns and shipwrecks. Explore the ocean floor that is bursting with colorful coral and sponges. The crystal-clear waters and calm currents offer a crisp view of the underwater world around you.
The average visibility is from 150 to 200 feet. Perfect for a clear view of your amazing surroundings.
You might see:
- Nassau groupers
- Porcupine fish
- Caribbean reef sharks
- Nurse sharks
Recommended Specialty Courses
- Boat diving
- Waves, tides & currents
- Shark ecology
- Photo & video
- Deep diving
- Perfect buoyancy
The original residents of the Bahamas were the Lucayan people. They were the first indigenous Americans encountered by Christopher Columbus. The islands gained their independence in 1973 and are a member of the Commonwealth. About 90% of the population lives on the three main islands, New Providence, Grand Bahamas and Abaco. The official language of the islands is English, but locals speak a Bahamian dialect. Three popular indigenous forms of music and dance that you may hear are Goombay, Rake n’ Scrape and Junkaroo.
Take a trip to Harbour Island for one of the best beaches in the Bahamas, Pink Sand Beach. Pink Sand Beach is home to perfectly pink sand with crystal-clear water. This picturesque beach offers swimming, straw markets, snorkeling and even horseback riding!
Pigs can’t fly, but they do swim! Big Major Cay, also known as Pig Island, in the Exumas, is home to around 20 pigs and piglets. Visit this island for a chance to swim right alongside these playful creatures. The pigs might even swim right up to the boat!
Take a trip to the past by visiting historical forts in Nassau. There are three forts, Fort Charlotte, Fort Fincastle and Fort Montagu. These forts were built to protect the island against pirate attacks or to prepare for battles! At Fort Charlotte, the largest of the forts, you can find a moat, dungeons, underground passageways and over 40 cannons. Fort Fincastle was built to protect the island from Spanish invaders. It’s located at the highest point in the city, offering spectacular views. Fort Montagu is the oldest fort that is still standing and was used during the American Revolutionary War.
What prior travelers say
“Bahamas on the Aqua Cat is a must-do trip. It never ceases to amaze me how much fun and comradery we have on this trip. There is everything from diving, relaxing, beach time, tons of shore excursions to choose from, an amazing chef on board, a huge dive deck and spacious rooms. Plus, you cannot beat the number of sharks you will encounter. I can’t wait to be back.”
Know Before You Go
Dive insurance is required on all Diventures trips. We recommend purchasing DAN dive insurance.
Travel insurance is not required but is highly recommended for all Diventures trips. We recommend purchasing DAN trip insurance.
The Bahamas currency is Bahamian dollars, which are equivalent to the U.S. dollar and are interchangeable. If you have US dollars, there is no need to exchange currency on boat or on land.
English is the primary language spoken.
You need a passport that is valid for 6 months after your arrival.
Tap water in the Bahamas is generally ok to drink, but bottled water is a safer option.
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