Your Guide to Diving Bahamas
including Abaco, Andros, Bimini, Grand Bahama Island, Long Island, New Providence, San Salvador and Walker's Cay
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Diving Bahamas Overview
From the Spanish meaning shallow seas, the archipelago of the Bahamas spread from close by Florida to the Turks & Caicos Islands with the only really deep water close to New Providence that bears the capital Nassau. Some islands, notably the Abacos and Grand Bahama, are easily accessible from Florida. The diving varies substantially among islands, with some pretty reefs and others affected by algae, decent tropicals, and resorts that feed sharks. Liveaboards out of Florida take divers to spots with bigger fish in the flow of the Gulf Stream as do operators in Bimini and Grand Bahama. Keep the hurricane season, June through November, in mind; winter weather means low 70°F (20°c) water and sweaters in the evening; night temperature is cool if winter air blows off the continent. Most of the islands escaped damage from the twin hurricanes of 2017.
Bahamas Seasonal Dive Planner
The Bahamas are not in the Caribbean but the sub-tropical Atlantic. May through November is summer in the Bahamas. During these months, the most rain falls and air temperatures average about 81°F (27°C). Winter can bring surprisingly cool weather, with averages reduced to about 70°F (21°C), and cooler water means more rubber. You won’t go far wrong with a 5mm wetsuit and hood. Northerlies can disrupt diving during winter months. The islands south of Nassau (such as Great Exuma, San Salvador, and Long Island) usually 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 Reader Reports and Feature Articles
Latest Reader Reports from Bahamas
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Stuart Cove's Dive Bahamas Report
"Excellent trip with 18 people July 2023"
filed Sep 16, 2023 by Tom Leaird (Experience: Over 1000 dives)
[None]Stuart himself went out of his way to help make our trip a good one. We did a short trip with only 3 days of diving. Part of ou... ... Read more
Stuart Cove's/Sandy Port Beach Resort Report
"Dive Shop Mayhem"
filed Jul 12, 2023 by Jeffrey Marselis (Experience: 251-500 dives, 2 reports)
Hi everyone. We are reporting our experience focused more on the local dive shop than other facilities or attractions in Nassau, Bahama... ... Read more
GUANAHANI DIVERS/Riding Rock Inn and Marina Report
in Bahamas/San Salvador
"San Salvador Bahamas. GUANAHANI DIVERS, a sharkey place"
filed Jul 10, 2023 by GUANAHANI DIVERS (Experience: Over 1000 dives, 19 reports, Contributor )
Several very lovely things about Guanahani's operation and dive sites include 1. lots of sharks without actually being a shark fee... ... Read more
Blackbeard's -- Sea Explorer Report
"A fun week on Blackbeards Sea Explorer"
filed Jul 4, 2023 by Mary Adams (Experience: 501-1000 dives, 21 reports, Sr. Contributor )
Blackbeards is famous for its low-budget liveaboards in the Bahamas. The Sea Hunter and its sister boat Morning Star are beautiful sail... ... Read more
Aqua Cat Cruises Report
in Bahamas/Nassau to Little San Salvador
"Aquacat made the BEST out of hammered Bahamian reefs"
filed Jul 2, 2023 by Ronald Johnson (Experience: 501-1000 dives, 9 reports, Sr. Reviewer )
The Good news: The 22 year old Aquacat is still, IMHO, the finest liveaboard diving platform in the world. We had a group of 21 Club E... ... Read more
Complete Articles Available to Undercurrent Online
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Diving Bahamas Articles - Liveaboards
|A Serious Shark Bite After the Dive Ended, 7/23|
|South Caicos, Jupiter, St. Vincent, Cozumel , Undercurrent subscribers are traveling again, 10/21|
Available to the Public
|Bahamas Master Cancels On Diver Twice In Two Years, 7/19|
|Bahamas Aggressor, The Bahamas, sharks and swimming pigs, 1/18|
|Roatan, the Brac, Sulawesi, Fiji …, and a lot of bad diving behavior, 11/17|
|Belize, Utila, Palau, Komodo, Bonaire, Caribbean whalesharks, missing hammerheads, 6/17|
|MV Kate, Tiger Beach, The Bahamas, don’t forget, you are still prey, 3/17|
|Sick Divers, Macho Divemasters, travels in Egypt, Fiordland, Bonaire, the Bahamas... , 11/16|
|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 that’s not, 7/13|
|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|
|RV Sea Dragon; Bahamas, A Well-priced Liveaboard, 2/93|
|MV Sea Fever; Bahamas, An Alternate Choise, 2/93||
Diving Bahamas Articles - Land Based
|Nobody Gets Away Scot Free, diving death shuts down dive operator decades later, 7/22|
|Small Hope Bay Lodge, Andros Island, Bahamas, safe-feeling super-congenial hideaway, 4/22|
|Riding Rock Resort, San Salvador, Bahamas, a dive resort awakens, post-pandemic…, 11/21|
Available to the Public
|After the Storm -- The Bahamas, 10/19|
|Killed by Sharks While Snorkeling with Pigs, 7/19|
|Bahamas Conch Populations in Jeopardy, 10/17|
|Neal Watson and Bimini Big Game Club Get Sued, 8/17|
|Shark Dives Operating in The Bahamas, 4/17|
|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 Cove’s 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|
|Hawk’s Nest Lodge, Cat Island, The Bahamas, 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|
|Bikini Atoll, Hawaii, Raja Ampat…, and one reader’s 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 Coppola’s five-star resort, a clueless Cozumel divemaster, 6/12|
|Bahamas Sharks Threatened by Seafood Exporter’s 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, Cozumel’s 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|
|Hawk’s Nest Resort, Cat Island, Bahamas, now, if they’ll only get a dive operation, 9/02|
|Bahamas Rogue Downwellings, 8/01|
|The Truth About San Salvador’s 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|
|Catch-50 at Club Med, 3/94|
|Stella Maris, Long Island, Bahamas, Where One Dive May Be Woth The Trip, 6/88|
|Bimini, Bahamas, 9/86|
|Rum Cay, Bahamas, Keeping An Eye On The Tour Operator, 11/83|
|Somewhere In The Bahamas, Searching For Dolphins, 10/81|
|Chub Cay, One Of the best Of the Bahamas, 7/81|
|Bimini, Bahamas, Going below with the 60-mile man, 9/79|
|Riding Rock Inn, San Salvador, Bahamas, #NAME?, 5/79|
|Small Hope Bay Lodge, Andros, Bahamas, Goombay, repartee, and the Chinese chicken fish, 4/79|
|Stella Maris, Long Island, Bahamas, Greater than the sum of its parts, 11/77|
|San Salvador, Bahamas, Lookin' good., 10/76|
|Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas, Safe, Pleasant, and Mostly Unadventurous Diving, 5/76|
|The Current Club, North Eleuthera, Bahamas, The Only Game in Town, 12/75|
Bahamas Sections from Our Travelin'
Reader Reports filed for
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 Amazon.com; just
follow the links. -- BD
Travel Edition of Reef Fish Identification: Caribbean, Bahamas,
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.
World Atlas of Coral Reefs
by Mark D. Spalding, Corinna Ravilious,
Edmund P. Green, United Nations World Conservation Monitoring Center.
If there is one book that belongs in every traveling diver's library, this is
it. The superb World Atlas of Coral Reefs has everything you want to know
about the reefs from Costa Rica and Cuba to the Coral Sea and Cayman. The information
is specific and up to date. The photos, maps and layout superb. And the price,
for this 424 page, full color, hard bound volume, is a steal at $31.50
The Atlas was released in September by the United Nations World
Conservation Monitoring Center to document and conserve the world's coral reefs.
Clearly written with divers in mind, it's an invaluable resource for global
travelers. Here's what you'll find.
- 94 maps, including global maps of biodiversity and reef
stresses, regional maps showing 3-D bathymetry and high resolution maps showing
reefs, mangroves, population centers, dive centers and protected areas.
- 280 color photographs, showing reefs, wildlife, people and
places, Including 84 photographs taken from space by Shuttle astronauts.
- Text explaining the formation, structure and ecology of
coral reefs; their various uses and abuses at the hands of humans; and the
techniques used in coral reef mapping.
- Detailed texts describing the distribution and status of
coral reefs in every country.
- Data tables listing information on biodiversity, human
use, and protected areas. These include statistics on coral reef area, biodiversity,
fish consumption, and threats.
For example, you can learn about pollution damage to the reefs
at Providenciales and the lack of human impact, as well. Or, where extensive
bleaching took place in Honduras 1998. You'll read that Milne Bay in Papua New
Guineas has the most extensive reef system in that country and where, in Fiji,
the bumphead parrotfish and tridachna clams will not be found, thanks to overfishing.
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%. Click below to buy them at Amazon:
* 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%)
A Guide to the Coral Reefs of the Caribbean
by Mark Spalding
This book doubles as a guide to the natural history of the coral reefs and a diver's travel guide. In addition to providing information about some of the most popular diving and snorkeling, it also offers practical suggestions to divers who want to protect these sites. Author Mark Spalding, a coral reef scientist who has worked on coral reefs in over thirty countries, delves into the eco-problems with a focus on what each person can do to protect the reefs. The guide section covers 35 dive destinations with key information on the reefs, marine parks, remote places, and unusual species as well as excellent maps and a photographic field guide of the marine flora and fauna.
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