BAHAMAS DIVING HOLIDAYS

Diving Holidays In The Bahamas

While some 700 islands form the Bahamas only a few are accessible to the travelling diver. New Providence island is best known for the Bahamas capital, Nassau and the sophisticated playgrounds of Cable Beach and Paradise Island. But there's another face to New Providence, colonial architecture and quiet sandy beaches. To truly escape fly to one of the Bahamas' Out Islands. Columbus' first landfall in the Caribbean was on the white sand beaches of the tiny island of San Salvador. A holiday here is about relaxation and quiet contemplation.

Diving The Bahamas

Nassau
Lost Blue Hole - The rim of this large blue hole lies in 40' of water surrounded by coral heads, stingrays and many schools of fish. There is a lobster filled crevice at 80'. In the sand surrounding the hole, divers will find many small fish such as Banded jawfish, Seminole gobies and Tobacco fish. There are usually 1 or 2 nurse sharks here and during the spring a large school of Blacknose sharks inhabits the bottom of the 200' hole. This is the location of the Bahamas first lionfish sighting.
 
Periwinkle Reef - This is a shallow patch reef that is teaming with fish. The local Nassau operators feed fish here, so sergeant majors and angelfish will approach scuba divers looking for a handout.
 
Exumas
Amberjack Reef - A 50' patch reef that has prolific fish life. You will see reef sharks and up to 10 large grouper. This dive also has many interesting small critters such as pirate blennies and garden eels. During the safety stop divers will be surrounded by a school of 100+ horse-eye jack that hang out under the yacht.
 
Austin Smith Wreck - A 90' Bahamian Defense Force Cutter lying in 60’ of water that sank in 1995 while being towed to San Salvador to be sunk there as a dive site.
 
Barracuda Shoals - This bankside patch reef has huge schools of fish as well as many small critters on the reef and surrounding sand.
 
Blacktip Wall - Hammerhead sharks have been sighted frequently on this wall. This reef is also where Ned Deloach (Reef books co-author) found the very rare Lemon goby.
 
Cathedral - This site is part of the Dog Rocks Reef. This reef starts at 35' and slopes off to 50' before dropping straight down into the Exuma Sound. The Cathedral is a large swim-thru where the light filters down from above reflecting off the thousands of silversides that occupy the swim-thru. This swim-thru has many grouper and jacks that come to feed on the silversides. The wall has large stands of black coral and orange elephant ear and tube sponges. Pelagics, eagle rays and sharks are frequently seen off the wall.
 
Cracked Coral Head - This massive coral head rises 40' off the bottom. Several large swim-thrus make it looked like it is cracked.
 
Jeep Reef - This site named from a coral encrusted jeep that sits near the morring is in the middle of the Exumas Land & Sea Park and hosts a healthy population of fish.  It is also one of the prettiest reefs you will ever see. Current that sweeps through this cut keeps the reef 's corals very healthy..
 
Pillar Wall - One of many excellent wall dives. It starts at 30' and slopes to 50' before dropping 5,000' to the bottom. There are many caves and crevices. There is a large colony of Yellowhead jawfish in the rubble inside the reef.
 
 
Southwest Eleuthera
Cave Rock - A large coral mound in 50' of water surrounded by several smaller coral heads. There are several caves where you can swim from one side to the other. The large variety of corals and fish will amaze you. Hammerhead Sharks have been frequently seen here.
 
Monolith - Large mounds of coral rise out of the sand at the edge of the wall. They start at 100' and rise to 55'. There is a colony of Garden Eels in the sand next to the mounds.
 
 
Little San Sal
Cave Reef - This 40' shallow patch reef has several large swim-thrus cutting through the middle.
 
Empress Pinnacles - This wall dive features 30' high pinnacles coming out of the sand at the edge of the wall. Peligics are seen frequently in the clear water off the wall. There are large stands of black coral on the sides of the pinnacles.
  
 
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Things To Do In Bahamas

The Bahamas is a perfect playground for kids of all ages. The Bahamas is known for its stellar beaches. With over 2,000 breathtaking islands and cays, and the clearest water on Earth. When it comes to exploring nature, The Bahamas has plenty to offer. Bahamas play host to some of the most intriguing, exotic and mysterious natural phenomena on the planet. Shopping in The Bahamas is a unique experience. Throughout the islands, shoppers will find a variety of jewelry, local crafts and other authentic Bahamian items. From stylish boutiques to open-air markets to straw vendors and even large retail centers

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