With the third largest barrier reef system in the world and over 700 islands and cays, the Bahamas covers a vast 470,000km² of crystal clear Atlantic Ocean, stretching southeast off the Florida coast, above Cuba. The size of the Bahamas is one of the reasons that the island chain guarantees such a variety of diving experiences – wrecks, caves, blue holes, coral gardens, infinite walls and of course, sharks.
The Bahamas is justifiably famous for shark diving. Forget the fleeting glimpse of sharks that you might have seen out in the blue in other destinations. In the Bahamas, shark encounters are typically up close and personal. Caribbean reef sharks, lemon sharks, nurse sharks, bull sharks, great hammerheads, tiger sharks and even oceanic white-tips can all be found in the Bahamas. Most dive centres offer shark experience dives to ensure divers successful shark spotting.
Diving out of New Providence (Nassau)
New Providence is the most populous island in the Bahamas and home to Nassau, the Bahamas capital city, and its international airport. Most visitors to the island chain will at some point pass through New Providence and enjoy its vibrant culture and international restaurants and nightlife.
Below water, New Providence is teeming with colourful reefs and spectacular coral walls, including the eponymous Shark Wall, which drops from 10m to an incredible 2km or more, and is home to a community of grey Caribbean reef sharks. A dive here is often part of the thrilling Shark Adventure programme in which a ‘free swim’ dive is followed by a second shark feeding dive.
Nassau is also well-known for its diverse wreck diving. Here you can dive everything from historical cutters to artificially-sunk freighters, a make-believe Vulcan bomber and a twin Cessna used as underwater film sets in James Bond, Jaws and many other movies.
Twin Centre and Liveaboard Options
The size of the island chain, and the variety of both diving and atmosphere between the islands, makes the Bahamas an ideal destination for a twin centre holiday. Please contact a member of the Regaldive team to explore the many options available.
Regaldive also offer itineraries on-board the liveaboard Carib Dancer which sails out of Nassau and explores the beautiful Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park, and Freeport (Grand Bahama) taking in exciting Tiger Beach. Find out more about Bahamas Liveaboards here.