The Joys of the Bahamas

The Bahamas are only a single flight away from the UK and represent some fabulous scuba diving and snorkelling opportunities. Even if you are a non-swimmer you can experience its underwater world courtesy of a bubble-sub operated by centres on New Providence, the home to the capital of the Bahamas, Nassau.

Enjoying a ride in a Bubblesub. Enjoying a ride in a Bubblesub.
The Bahamas are famous among divers for its shark-feeding dives, where diver can get close-up and personal with its Caribbean reef sharks. Diver's are never in any danger and he sharks are only turn up for the free hand-out of food offered. It's an educational experience when you discover that these are not the undiscerning and voracious predators so often portrayed by the sensation-seeking media. In fact thousands of divers have attended these shark feeds near New Providence without anyone being injured although more experienced divers are now visiting other parts of the archipelago in a quest for greater thrills with tiger sharks and oceanic white-tips.
Caribbean reef sharks pass close by divers in the Bahamas and yet nobody feels in the leas bit threatened by them Caribbean reef sharks pass close by divers in the Bahamas and yet nobody feels in the leas bit threatened by them
Divers are fully briefed before they enter the water where they take up position as instructed and wait for the shark feeder to arrive with a box full of bait. The sharks are used to this and will follow the feeder rather like a flock of over-sized pigeons. Once the feed begins the sharks circle round in an orderly manner while the feeder passes out cuts of fish on the end of a short spear. The sharks are careful not to get in each others' way and subscribe to a definite order of priority. While they are circling in this way it makes for a great photo-opportunity.
Cave Diving within a Blue Hole
If you really want to seek out hazardous circumstances under water, the islands of the Bahamas are riddled with prehistoric cave systems that flooded once sea levels rose after the last Ice Age and these tidal caves so formed (often called Blue Holes) can represent some of the toughest diving conditions in the world and are only suitable for visits by carefully trained cave divers. However, on the island of Grand Bahama it is possible to get a carefully supervised introduction to this sort of experience. You'll need plenty of reliable lighting equipment and we can help with that at Ocean Leisure. Notwithstanding that, there are plenty of other great scuba diving opportunities in the waters of the Bahamas. Many of the reefs are still in pristine condition and make for very pretty dives.
Theo's wreck off Grand Bahama Theo's wreck off Grand Bahama
The outer islands have immaculate conditions with reefs heavily populated with fishes while around New Providence and Grand Bahama there is a plethora of shipwrecks waiting to be visited. Most of them have been intentionally sunk for the benefit of divers ad some of them have been used as underwater sets for famous Hollywood films. Sanctuary Bay on Grand Bahama is home to a colony of dolphins that have been rescued from circuses and dolphinarium throughout the world. You can pay for a dolphin experience and go out to see with one of these human-friendly mammals.  You pend around forty-five minutes in the company of the best breath-hold diver you will ever encounter. On your part, it's breath-taking!  You would certainly regret not taking a camera with you to record the experience.
A human-friendly dolphin from Sanctuary Bay, Grand Bahama. A human-friendly dolphin from Sanctuary Bay, Grand Bahama.
These are Atlantic bottlenose dolphin and they represent very big animals. It'd amazing to watch how effortlessly they can move in their home environment yet they are never tempted to stray from home because they are regularly fed there and are clever to know a good thing when they see it. What do you do in the Bahamas when you are not underwater? Did we mention the warm sunshine, the fabulous food, the white sandy beaches, the clear turquoise water and the friendly people? Remember to get your diving equipment serviced in good time before you make any dive trip.
Did we mention the turquoise water and the friendly people? Did we mention the warm sunshine, the clear turquoise water and the friendly people?
 

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