The Bahamas

Welcome to the Bahamas.

Bahamas FlagThe Bahamas: The Group of Islands making up the Bahamas generally sits on two shallow banks and depths don't exceed 30 feet but then you get out to the trenches which of course drop of thousands of feet. With the magnitude of islands there is all kinds of diving, walls, caves wrecks. Famous for its Caribbean Reef Sharks and Liveaboards there is something for every ability and interest. Tourism is not more developed anywhere else and being so close to Florida means that it can be easy to get to. You could spend the rest of your life getting to know the place - what a thought.

The best general online resource for diving and enjoying the Bahamas.

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When to Go ?

The slightly cooler months of September through to May 70-80 f. With the Bahamas you are more likely to visiting a particular resort however you can find more family run beachside accommodations. If you have a modest accommodation please let us know. There are some super upscale resorts with casinos for example as well. The outer islands offer more idylic and laid back atmosphere.

With over 700 different islands, an average water temperature that ranges between 75 and 85 degrees and approximately 1,000 dive sites, the Bahamas is considered the ultimate magical underwater playground for scuba divers of all skill levels. The Bahamas boast spectacular diving locations, including various historic shipwrecks just waiting for you to explore.

Land based trip report for Exuma Bahamas

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Prior to diving Exuma, I had searched for Exuma trip reports, found few and even less land based reports. So here are my experiences and a few photos.

Scuba Diving is highly developed in the Bahamas and there are always places nearby to get wet. It's such a massive area to cover but here we will do our best to condense the array of options and locations.

Exerpt from book entitled Professional Nomad by Maurice Marwood. See: Professional Nomad Book

We watched with rapt attention as the Stuart Cove diver carefully opened the lid of the bait box, skewered a piece of raw fish on the hand spear and slowly held it above his head. Instantly, an eight-foot reef shark swung its head sideways, turned upwards, snatched the bait off the end of the spear, and then swam a short distance away to enjoy its morsel. Meanwhile, a dozen other sharks swam over and around us as we sat, motionless on the sand, among the coral heads 50 feet below the surface. They appeared to be maneuvering into a favorable position as they stalked the bait box, knowing that another piece of food would soon be coming.

My stepson Andrew had only recently acquired his scuba certification and was determined to do a shark-dive before ending his brief visit to the Bahamas. Once he had made up his mind, there was little I could do but go with the flow and try to make it a safe and memorable experience for him. I had already been intrigued by the possibility of doing a shark dive, but had not considered it high priority. However, sharing the experience with Andrew was a good excuse to make it happen.

When the visibility is good you can drop a razor in it and watch it sink a hundred feet, flashing a Morse invitation to you all the way to the bottom. I don’t think that there is anything, anything at all, that excites me more that motoring out to a dive spot on one of those mornings. I feel this overwhelming elation, excitement, joy, a sense of presence and contact with some supreme being.

I am talking about the Bahamian waters I grew up in. This is my turf. The animals I see are the friends of my youth, the ones who will never let me down or cease to cheer me up. I have been a DM for about 20 years, but since I started freediving my SCUBA gear is only for work.