Bahamas Master: Hammerhead and Tiger Shark Experience (7 nights)
The Hammerhead and Tiger Shark Experience covers the best of the West End of Grand Bahama Island plus the renowned Bimini Islands. Expect to see lots of sharks including hammerheads, nurse sharks, lemon sharks, tiger sharks, and even bull sharks, as well as dolphins, rays, grouper, turtles and octopus.
This 7 night liveaboard adventure allows between 18-20 dives including several night dives (depending on conditions). In some areas the diving is comparatively shallow and there will be an 'open platform' policy to allow diving as and when you like between 8am and 10pm. This does not apply to Bimini Islands.
Experience level: PADI Open Water or equivalent - no minimum number of logged dives required although we recommend experience beyond beginner level to ensure maximum safety and enjoyment.
Tiger Beach - One of the best locations for tiger and lemon shark encounters located off the West End of Grand Bahama Islands. With a white sand bottom and shallow depth (6-7 meters) this is a favourite site for photographers and videographers as well. Sightings of great hammerheads and nurse sharks are common, with an occasional bull shark making an appearance.
Fish Tales - Close to Tiger Beach with similar shark sightings but a little deeper depths. There is also an opportunity to see lemon sharks, Caribbean reef sharks and tiger sharks.
Lighthouse - Just beyond West End, this is another great location to see great hammerheads, tiger sharks, nurse sharks, lemon sharks, and even bull sharks have been spotted.
Sugar Wreck - This 110-meter long, four-masted steel sailing vessel sank about 100 years ago while carrying molasses. As a shallow wreck in just 7 meters of water, there will be plenty of bottom time for exploration. The wreck is now residence to green moral eels, turtles, octopus, nurse sharks and large schools of snappers.
Bimini Islands - As the westernmost island group of the Bahamas, the Bimini Islands are renowned for the marine life brought by the warm Gulf Stream current. Found to the southwest of Grand Bahama Island and on the edge of an underwater cliff that drops hundreds of meters into the abyss, Bimini provides a variety of dive sites including walls, reefs, wrecks and caverns. Bimini Road (or Bimini Wall) plunges over 1300 meters into the deep and has been claimed to be part of the lost city of Atlantis. In the shallow waters between South Bimini and North Cat Cay can be found several wrecks including Spanish galleons, a WWI freighter, and the Sapona which ran aground in 1926 during a hurricane and remains partly above the surface. The Bimini Islands are famous for great hammerheads and bull shark sightings, best seen between January and March. There is also a chance to see humpback whales, sperm whales and whale sharks in the spring, with dolphins, eagle rays and various turtles seen year round.