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Scuba Diving Bahamas

including Abaco, Andros, Bimini, Grand Bahama Island,
Long Island, New Providence, San Salvador and Walker's Cay

Diving Bahamas articles, reviews, and reports from Undercurrent

Diving Bahamas Overview

Easily accessible from Florida for long weekends. Bahamas Diving varies substantially among islands, with pretty reefs (many are affected by algae), decent tropicals, and resorts that feed sharks. Liveaboards out of Florida take divers to spots with bigger fish and more dramatic seascape. Keep hurricane season, June through November, in mind; winter weather means low 70F water and sweaters in the evening; nighttime temperature is in the mid-60s, but can drop into the 50s if winter air blows off the continent.

Bahamas Seasonal Dive Planner

May through November is summer in the Bahamas. During these months, the most rain falls and temperatures average about 81°. Winter can bring surprisingly cool weather, with averages down about 70°. Northers can disrupt diving during winter months. The islands south of Nassau (such as Great Exuma, San Salvador, and Long Island) usually manage to stay a degree or two warmer. Easterly trade winds predominate for most of the year, but there is usually a lee to be found for diving.

Diving Bahamas Feature Articles and Reader Reports

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Bahamas Dive Reviews

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Dive Operation Resort Name Area Reporter Dive Date
Sunn Odyssey Divers Review The Ocean at Taino Beach FreePort grand bahamas Pejman Khosropour 2015/10
Sunn Odyssey Divers Review The Ocean at Taino Beach FreePort grand bahamas Pejman Khosropour 2015/10
Blackbeard's -- Morning Star Review [same] Eleuthera Dave Madorsky 2016/08
Lost Island Voyages Review Avalon [N/A] Richard Jones 2016/09
Sandals Grand Bahamian Review [same] Nassau Dennis Gobeil 2016/05
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Diving Bahamas Articles - Land Based

Managing Dive Trip Expectations, more readers report and tell it like it is, 10/16
The Good, the Bad and the Uncomfortable!, Undercurrent subscribers telling it like it is, 8/16
Brutal Murder of Stuart Coves Dock Manager, Bahamas crime rate is far higher than NYC or Chicago, 6/15
Florida, Maui, Palau . . ., good and bad Bahamas dive shops; the best week to dive Bonaire, 10/14
Hawks Nest Lodge, Cat Island, The Bahamas Hawks Nest Lodge, Cat Island, The Bahamas -- Publicly Available, hanging in the blue with oceanic whitetips, 6/13
Belize, Hawaii, Cozumel, Palau . . ., Caribbean winter warnings and more trouble with the Siren fleet, 3/13

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Bikini Atoll, Hawaii, Raja Ampat, and one readers Hurricane Sandy dive trip, 11/12
Bahamas, Carriacou, Puerto Rico . . ., and choose from land-based or liveaboard options in the Galapagos, 10/12
Bonaire, Maui, Phuket, Francis Coppolas five-star resort, a clueless Cozumel divemaster, 6/12
Bahamas Sharks Threatened by Seafood Exporters Expansion, 10/10
Oman, Fiji, Hawaii, Bahamas, need a change of pace? check out these dive sites and operators, 4/10
Florida, California, Bahamas, Philippines, good U.S. diving, Cozumels best gear repairman, and more, 5/09
Riding Rock Inn, San Salvador, Bahamas , wall diving close to the U.S., but still far from crowds, 4/09
Bahamas, B.V.I., Ontario, Roatan, the good, bad and ugly in dive resorts, boats and service, 10/08
Bahamas, Canada, Caymans, Indonesia, planning your next dive trip? Here are readers suggestions, 7/08
Small Hope Bay Lodge, Andros Island , Bahamas diving with one big happy family, 4/08
Hawks Nest Resort, Cat Island, Bahamas, now, if theyll only get a dive operation, 9/02
Bahamas Rogue Downwellings, 8/01
The Truth About San Salvadors Algae, 8/01
Riding Rock Inn, San Salvador, Bahamas, where walls are the main attraction, 6/01
Thumbs Down for Riding Rock Inn, 2/00
Diving into the Known, A week with UNEXSO in the Bahamas, 9/97
Riding Rock Inn, San Salvador, 7/96
Diving in Nassau, 5/96
Shark Sanctuary, 5/96
Readers' Shark Dives, 5/96
Caribe Bay Defended, 6/95
Caribe Bay, Bahamas, 3/95

Diving Bahamas Articles - Liveaboards

Dolphin Dream, The Bahamas, dolphin snorkeling for the patient and energetic, 9/16
Aqua Cat, The Bahamas, reefs and the vessel showing their age, 8/16
Bahamas, French Polynesia, St. Vincent, and two great places for underwater photo classes, 2/16
R/V Coral Reef II, Bahamas, on the hunt for 1, 337 fish to stock the New England Aquarium, 11/13
Bahamas, Hawaii, the Red Sea. . ., one Micronesia resort worth visiting, another thats not, 7/13

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Cape Eleuthera, Fiji, Maui, Mexico, two more Baja boats, a new dive shop, and a great night dive, 3/12
Aqua Cat, The Bahamas, algae-free dive sites far from the crowds, 7/10
Nekton Cruises Shuts Down, 6/10
Sea Dragon, Exuma Cays, Bahamas, a good-value charter for dog-loving divers, 1/08
Thumbs Down: AquaCat, 10/07
Morning Star, Blackbeard's Cruises, The Bahamas, frills-free liveaboard camping on the Caribbean, 3/07
RV Coral Reef II, The Bahamas, Fish Collecting with the New England Aquarium, 10/05
MV Shear Water, The Bahamas, swimming with sharks, 8/05
Bottom Time Not Well Spent, but Sea Fever generates relative heat, 2/02
One More Bahamas Boat, the Rorqual, 2/02
Doing the Bahamas in a Box, diving from a floating resort, the Nekton Pilot, 3/99

Bahamas Dive Reviews

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Editor's Book Picks for Scuba Diving Bahamas
including Abaco, Andros, Bimini, Grand Bahama Island,
Long Island, New Providence, San Salvador and Walker's Cay

The books below are my favorites about diving in this part of the world All books are available at a significant discount from; just follow the links. -- BD

Reef Life: A Must Have Guide to Tropical Marine Life Reef Life: A Must Have Guide to Tropical Marine Life
by Brandon Cole and Scott Michael

What? Another fish ID book when you thought Paul Humanns and Ned Deloachs were enough? Yes indeed, and while I rarely say this, Reef Life: A Guide to Tropical Marine Life is a must-have for the library of every traveling diver. And if you only want one ID book, this is it.

Click here to order through Undercurrent and you’ll get Amazon’s best price -- and our profits will go to save coral reefs.

Travel Edition of Reef Fish Identification: Caribbean, Bahamas,
South Florida. Travel Edition of Reef Fish Identification: Caribbean, Bahamas, South Florida
by Paul Humann and Ned DeLoach

Today's airline weight restrictions not only limit the amount of dive gear and cameras you can pack for overseas trips, but also those valuable prized marine life identification books. And with spotty Internet access overseas, it's not like you can look a critter of or fish up easily online. For the divers who still want a book in their hands post-dive to look up the fishes they encounter, Paul Humann and Ned DeLoach are offering "Travel Edition of Reef Fish Identification: Caribbean, Bahamas, South Florida." It's lightweight enough to thrown in your carry-on but rugged enough to withstand frequent saltwater washings on board.

Click here to buy it at Amazon via our website -- our profits go to save the reefs.

Reef Fish ID Reef Creature ID Reef Coral ID

The Reef Set: Reef Fish, Reef Creature and Reef Coral (3 Volumes):
Paul Humann ID Books
by Paul Humann, Ned Deloach

The three set fish, creature and coral ID books by Paul Humann are the unparalleled sources for information on Caribbean sea life and identification. Paul and his partner Ned Deloach recently released updated and expanded editions of each, with scores of new critters, even better photos, and information unavailable anywhere else. Why, the Reef Fish Identification book, at more than 500 pages, is 20 percent larger than the previous volume, which came out in 1994. Whenever I travel to the Caribbean, I tote all three books and spend my down hours figuring out what I saw and where to look to find rare creatures. Paul's splendid Reef Creature book (420 pages), covers sponges, nudibranchs, octopus, crustaceans, Christmas tree worms and plenty more. His Reef Coral ID book (276 pages) helps you identify all the hard and soft corals, spawning, and even the growth on top of corals, as well as algae and other plant life. Beginners may want to ID only fish, but I'd recommend that all three books be part of every diver's library. And, if you have an old set, by all means replace it. You'll be delighted at the additions and improvements. Each book normally retails for $40, but are discounted when you order here. And the boxed 3-volume set is available now at a bigger discount, up to 30%. You'll get the best prices has to offer, speedy delivery, and the knowledge that a large hunk of our profit will go to preserve coral reefs.

* Reef Fish Identification: Florida Caribbean Bahamas,
* Reef Creature Identification: Florida Caribbean Bahamas, and
* Reef Coral Identification: Florida Caribbean Bahamas
* The Boxed Set of all three (you can save up to 30%)

You might find some other books of interest in our Editor's Book Picks section.

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