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.
Regaldive offers Bahamas liveboard trips aboard the Bahamas Aggressor (formerley the Carib Dancer). The vessel’s 7 and 10 day main itineraries cruise from Nassau through the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park bringing easy access to remote yet premier dive spots.
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The spectacularly scenic Exumas consist of an array of more than 350 small islands and cays streaming down from just 35 miles south of new Providence to the anchor islands of Great and Little Exuma to the south. The Exumas are a 120-mile-long island chain-within-the-chain of the Out Islands. The Cays are the most exotic of the Out Islands, a collection of tiny jewels set in the aquamarine and sapphire of the most beautiful water you’ve ever imagined with an intriguing combination of walls and rich shallow reefs. The crystal-clear tropical Atlantic waters are thick with coral reefs that are alive with every imaginable ocean critter.
During the Summer months, Bahamas Aggressor offers special itineraries out of Freeport (Grand Bahama) to visit the remote areas around the West End of Grand Bahama and well-known Tiger Beach. The West End area is rarely visited by guests and is home to many creatures – both large (sharks and dolphins) and small (grouper, snapper, assorted other reef fish).
Twin Centre 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 or a land and liveaboard combination.
Please contact a member of the Regaldive team to explore the many options available.
British Airways flies from London to Nassau airport (Sir Lynden Pindling International - NAS) five times a week, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The direct flight takes nine hours. Airports on other islands can be reached via cities in the USA such as Miami and Orlando.
Bahamasair offers seven flights daily from Nassau to Grand Bahama Island.
Departure tax: $15 throughout the Bahamas.
In Grand Bahama (Freeport) there is an additional $3 airport security fee for a total of $18.
Transfers: Regaldive can arrange transfers according to your requirements.
Twin centre: The Bahamas makes an ideal twin centre destination and you can combine a land-based holiday with a liveaboard for the ultimate dive holiday. Please ask one of our sales executives for more information.
Passports & Visas
Passengers travelling to the Bahamas must have six months valid on their passport from the date of entry into the Bahamas. British passport holders visiting the Bahamas as a tourist do not need a visa, but you do need to complete an immigration card on arrival.
Note: If you are travelling to the Bahamas via the US, even if you are only transiting, you must check the US entry requirements. If you do not have the correct authorisation you will not be allowed to travel to or transit through the US.
Guests should note that you may well be asked for proof of an exit or onward ticket and of sufficient funds to finance your stay ($200 / day) upon arrival in the country.
There are no compulsory vaccinations, but we recommend protection against tetanus and hepatitis A. Vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed before departure. For the most up to date advice please consult your travel clinic. Further information regarding vaccinations for travel to this country can be found at www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk and from your local healthcare provider.
Guests should note that proof of yellow fever vaccination is required if you are travelling from an infected area.