The Bahamas Dive Sites
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.
The Bahamas dive sites offer a great variety of topography with walls, deep blue holes, sloping reefs and wrecks.
Stretching from the Northwestern islands that are close to the US to the Southeastern islands of the Caribbean.
The Bahamas is most famous for the shark diving. Guaranteed interactions with an up close and personal experience are available on every liveaboard cruise. Shark feeding is strictly monitored and only permitted at dedicated sites with professional staff.
Diving is possible year round and takes place in its clear warm tropical waters. There are three liveaboard cruise areas in the Bahamas each distinctive. Bimini Islands, Abaco Area and Exuma Cays with dedicated itineraries for each during the year.
Take a look at the Liveaboard Cruise options below.
The Bahamas Dive Sites - 8 LIVEABOARDS
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.Book Now
Shear Water Liveaboard in Bahamas is a 19 metre dive yacht that can accommodate up to 10 guests. The inside area is climate controlled, and guests can choose from twin cabins or quad share cabin with privacy curtains and shared bathrooms. The saloon has an entertainment system, and guests can choose to eat inside or alfresco. An outdoor lounge area at the front of the vessel is also a sundeck. The dive area has fresh water rinse tanks and storage areas. Nitrox is available.Book Now
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.Book Now
From January to April, this is an area where great hammerheads congregate so divers can experience close encounters with these usually shy and elusive marine creatures. There are shark feeding trips where they have been known to hang around for a few hours.
The Road dive site has caused some discussion whether this is man made or a natural occurrence. Also known as Bimini Wall, features limestone blocks forming what could be a road structure when sea levels were lower long ago.
This includes the island of Grand Bahama, and it’s many famous dive sites.
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.
This is a site in the Abacos offering coral pinnacles up to 18 meters in height. The bommies are covered in both soft and hard corals and home to amazing macro life as well as being swarmed by schools of fish. To add variety, there are also tunnels and caverns here where turtles and stingrays can be spotted.
Grand Bahama Highlights
The island of Grand Bahama is home to one of the most popular sites in The Bahamas and is known as the best shark dive in the world. Here, you can closely interact with tiger sharks which circle you as you rest on a sandy bottom at 20m. Shark feeders are there to ensure photographers can get the impressive shots of not only the tigers but also lemon, Caribbean reef and nurse sharks often join in.
This is a dive site where passive shark observations can take place. Here, Caribbean reef sharks, lemon sharks, hammerheads, bull sharks, oceanic white tips and tiger sharks can be seen, with the chance for an encounter with dolphins too.
Theo’s Wreck was scuttled in 1982 and is a large freighter, sitting in 35m of water. The vessel is 80m in length lying in the sand with the bow to the land and stern to the seaward direction. She has two permanent buoys to locate her position, useful when there is current for descents and ascents.
She is covered in colourful soft corals and sponges with fantastic gorgonian fans near the bow. There are some entry points to view the engine rooms and cargo holds, and you can enjoy watching the marine life of large groupers, snappers, jacks and hogfish that can be seen in the area.
There is a resident green moray along with turtles, reef sharks and occasional dolphins that are known to frequent this site.
Exuma Cays Highlights
The Exuma chain of islands offers a unique combination of walls, reefs and blue holes along with interesting wreck dives.
Austin Smith Wreck
Austin Smith Wreck was the site that never should have been in the Bahamas. The 30m Bahamian Defence Force Cutter that was decommissioned in 1995 was on its way to San Salvador to be an artificial reef there when it sank in 60m of water giving the Bahama’s a new wreck dive.
Named after the Bahamian marine killed in a 1980 attack the intact vessel is covered in corals and sponges and supports a myriad of marine life including goliath groupers.
The Vulcan Bomber
The Vulcan Bomber and Tears of Allah wrecks in the area will be of particular interest to James Bond movie fans as they both feature in the movies Thunderbolt and Never Say Never Again respectively.
Lost Blue Hole
Lost Blue Hole is a site for divers with any experience and is often called as one of the best sites in the Bahamas.
Huge schools of fish and stingrays are seen in the area starting at 12m depth and surrounded by coral bommies at this unique dive spot. The rim of the hole have jawfish and gobies in the sand.
In the sinkhole itself which descends to 80m, you can see blacktip reef sharks during the spring and summer months and nurse sharks throughout the year. This site is also the location of the first lionfish sighting in the Caribbean.
Dean’s Blue Hole
Another famous site is Dean's Blue Hole, the deepest sinkhole at 300m+ and famous for being the place where many freediving world records have been set.
Divers can explore the site closer to the surface to view the reef life of grunts and snappers along with turtles in the current free environment.
Cathedral is part of the Dog Rocks Reef and features a large swim-through bathed in light where thousands of silversides reside along with the jacks and grouper that hunt them. Look for the black coral on the wall along with great reef life, pelagics passing by such as eagle rays and a variety of sharks.
Jeep Reef Dive Site is named after the encrusted jeep that is close to the mooring line. It is one of the prettiest reefs you will see as the area has strong currents that keep the reefs very healthy. This dive can only be completed at slack tide, and you will find a healthy population of life here.
The Washing Machine dive site is just as it is named. There are strong incoming tides (6 mph) that can take scuba divers through a narrow cut to a drop-off, then a ledge and finally makes a sharp bend to the left.
The water swirls like the water in a washing machine, hence the name of the site, tossing scuba divers head over heels. This can be avoided for the less adventurous by taking a cut through which leads directly onto the reef.
Kayaking and paddle boarding are on offer along with beach visits and a trip to see the iguanas on Allan’s Cay. The Exumas Land and Sea Park also have many trails and hikes.
The Exumas have many seabirds and their nesting areas, they include white-tailed tropicbirds, audubon shearwaters, brown noddies and bridled and sooty terns.
Marine Park and Conservation in The Bahamas
The Bahamas has 25 land and marine national parks. They were first established in 1958 and are managed by the Bahamas National Trust.
There are many no-take zones in the marine parks which have established guidelines for the use of not only the marine areas but also seabird breeding habitats.
Park fees are to be paid onboard to cover the use of these areas.