Bahamas Diving Liveaboard

Bahamas Diving Liveaboard

Bahamas diving is famous for the shark encounters. There are very few places where you have the chance to see so many species in one place. But scuba diving in the Bahamas can offer a whole lot more than this.

Bahamas shark diving is famous worldwide. There are very few places where you have the chance to encounter so many species in one place. Caribbean reef, nurse, bull, lemon, tiger, hammerhead and oceanic white tip sharks can all be seen in this fantastic diving area. But scuba diving in the Bahamas can offer a whole lot more than this.

There are over 700 islands and almost 2,500 cays, meaning that it is the third largest reef system worldwide. Scuba diving in the Bahamas is like nowhere else in the world with the fantastic reef life and varying topography.

The diving includes archaeological sites, blue holes, shipwrecks, caves and caverns combined with the clear warm water. This leads to some of the best scuba diving not only in the Caribbean but worldwide.

The liveaboard cruise diving can be enjoyed by all levels of divers and snorkelers alike offering a memorable cruise for every guest onboard.

Take a look at the Liveaboard Cruise options below.

Bahamas Diving Liveaboard - 8 LIVEABOARDS

From $256 / day

All Star Cat Ppalu

All Star Cat Ppalu Liveaboard in Bahamas is a 20 metres Schooner Rigged Sailing Catamaran that has cabin space for 12 guests. Her four double cabins and two twin cabins each have a vanity and sink. There are two showers and heads on the vessel. There is an air conditioned main saloon area also used as a dining area that can accommodate all guests comfortably where movies and games are available. The forward trampoline is a space guests can use while underway.

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From $274 / day

All Star Aqua Cat

All Star Aqua Cat Liveaboard in Bahamas is a 32 metres catamaran that offers a luxury liveaboard. She has a stable hull and can travel at high speed. Eleven large cabins have a twin, double, triple or quad set up to carry between 22 and 30 guests. A large saloon is also used as an indoor dining area, in addition to the alfresco deck with BBQ and seating. The sun deck has loungers and a bar area. The dive deck has a camera station.

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From $363 / day

Bahamas Master

Bahamas Master Liveaboard in Bahamas is a member of the highly regarded Master Liveaboards fleet as of early 2018, is a 35m steel vessel offering exciting 7, 10 and 14 day trips for divers wishing to get up close to the many species of sharks the Bahamas is famous for. Caribbean reef, lemon, nurse, bull, tiger, great hammerhead and oceanic whitetip sharks can all be seen here! She has eight well-designed, air-conditioned cabins and can comfortably welcome 16 divers aboard.

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Diving in the Bahamas

The Bahamas offers terrific scuba diving over the various islands which are under marine park protection.

Scuba divers can enjoy the Bahamas' clear warm water that provides both the larger pelagic life along with historical wreck dives and some amazing blue hole dives descending into the abyss. The sites are ideal for photographers with the white sand substrate providing extra light reflection for the fascinating marine life that seems to pose happily, allowing for the perfect photo opportunities.

Best Places to Dive in the Bahamas

The best scuba diving in the Bahamas can be divided into three distinct areas.

Abaco Area -  This includes the island of Grand Bahama and its many famous dive sites.

Exuma Cays -  Something for all divers with sinkholes, walls, reefs and wrecks in the area. 

Bimini Area - The great hammerheads congregate in this area at specific times of the year making it an unmissable dive.

The Andorra and Abaco area is home to a few protected areas like the Fowl Cay National Reserve and Pelican Cays Land and Sea Park that have reefs with swim-through caves.

The Exuma chain of islands offers a unique combination of walls, reefs and blue holes along with exciting wreck dives.

In the Bimini area from January to April, great hammerheads congregate so divers can experience close encounters with these usually shy and elusive marine creatures. There are shark feeding trips that are considered the best diving in the Bahamas, as the hammerheads have been known to hang around for a few hours.

Best Dive Sites in the Bahamas

Grand Bahama

The island of Grand Bahama is home to one of the most popular sites that is known as the best shark dive in the world.

At this Bahamas dive site, divers can have a unique close interaction with tiger sharks. Sharks dives are when the shark feeders bait the water which allows divers and photographers to get that elusive unique shot of these impressive creatures in their natural environment.

Tiger Beach

This is one of the Bahamas shark diving sites where these passive observations can take place. Not only tiger sharks are here but also another five species and the possibility of a rare dolphin encounter.

Theo’s Wreck 

One of the many shipwreck sites during the Bahamas cruise. For wreck enthusiasts, the Bahamas diving has many beautiful underwater structures to explore within the recreational dive limits.

Austin Smith Wreck 

Another shipwreck dive to enjoy on your Bahamas diving trip. Sank by accident, this fascinating wreck was not planned to be in the clear water of the Bahamas but was on its way to San Salvadore before becoming one of the best dive sites in the Bahamas.

The Washing Machine 

An ideal dive for the adventurous on board. Named after the swirling water that can create an exciting dive for anyone brave enough to join.

The Bahamas diving liveaboard offers some fantastic opportunities to dive with sharks. Shark feeding dives are included in every cruise where divers get that close-up experience. For more information about Bahamas Dive Sites please click on the photo.

Bahamas Scuba Diving Sites

Bahamas Scuba Diving Highlights

  • Common sightings - Caribbean reef sharks, nurse sharks, stingrays
  • Special sightings - Dolphins, giant hammerheads
  • Topography - Sinkholes, reefs, channels and wrecks
  • Visibility - 25m+
  • Certification recommendation - Diving in The Bahamas is available for all certified divers, and conditions are ideal for newer divers to enjoy the sites. Experience in drift dives is an asset but not required.
  • Onboard options - Beach visits, hiking and nature reserves.

Best Time to Go

The Bahamas are a year-round destination but the hurricane season runs from June to October.

February and March are most successful for bull shark sighting.

April and May are most common for oceanic white tips.

January to March for great hammerhead sharks.

November to June for tiger sharks.

May to September for lemon sharks.

Rainy season is May to June with twice the rainfall in the northern islands compared to the southern ones.

Water temperature is 25 to 29 C, so a 3mm shorty or long suit is suitable for most divers, 5mm long if you feel the cold in the colder months.

How to Get There

There are a few airports in The Bahamas, so check the departure port your liveaboard will be using. 

Flights can be routed via the US or direct from Europe.

The Lynden Pindling International Airport, located in the capital city of Nassau, is the largest airport.

Freeport Grand Bahama International Airport on Grand Bahama and the George Town International Airport on Exuma also both receive several international flights.

Country Information

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Local time vs GMT

Language

Airports

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What to pack

Average temperature

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Bahamian Dollar (BSD)

On entry for most nationalities

-4 hours

English

Nassau International Airport (NAS), Grand Bahama International Airport (FPO)

Christian

Suncream, lightweight and beach apparel

25 - 32 C daytime, 17 - 24 C evenings

Southern American and Caribbean