What You Can Expect From Bahamas Scuba Diving


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In addition to the Clearwater Island beaches, there are several other locations in the Bahamas that are known for their great diving. Some of these include:

Endeavouring near the islands of Turks and Caicos, you will find Grand Bahama Island. Here you will discover bays, flats and reefs, as well as the wonderful underwater world known as blue holes. The waters at this island can be very warm, so it is important to make sure that you bring warm clothing with you, especially if you decide to scuba dive around sunset. The blue holes here are actually quite deep, and it may be a good idea to wear a depth finder.

The Bermuda Islands

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At one time, the Bahamas was home to a group of islands called the Bermuda Islands. These berry islands are off the coast of South Carolina and have beautiful crystal clear water. One of the islands, Cat Island, is an open sand beach and home to several wreck sites from World War II.

Other islands in the Bahamas scuba diving range from the quiet bays of Arikokak, where you can explore quiet bays and reefs, to the more populated cays of St Georges and St Lucia, where you can dive with a group or just on your own.

The Cat Ba Island Lighthouse

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On Catalina Island, there is what is known as the Cat Ba Island Lighthouse. This is a great location for divers and snorkelers alike. You can learn a little bit about marine life by scuba diving here, and there are even several wrecks here that you can explore.

If you’re looking for a dive into the Bahamas, this is a great place to start because you’ll get to see some great reefs and blue holes up close. In addition to snorkeling and diving, Catalina Island has other activities like boating, fishing, sailing, jet skiing, swimming, and golf.

Catalina Island

At Catalina Island, there is another popular attraction. This is the Paradise Reef, which is home to several varieties of tropical fish including the wonderful stingray. If you have never been to the Caribbean, then you should definitely go to this dive site to see one of the most unique marine life in the world. The Paradise Reef has black sand bottom and is the perfect spot for a relaxing day of snorkeling and butterfly watching.

The Caribbean

In the summer, the waters are warm and clear, but in the springtime, when the humidity rises, the waters become very deep and choppy. This can make it hard to dive at times and the weather can be quite unpredictable.

If you’re planning a trip to scuba diving this spring time, then you will want to make sure to check the water temperature, because this is often the determining factor for the best time to dive. The best time to dive in the Caribbean is usually late in the afternoon when the waters are cooler and the air temperature is higher.

The Garden Isle

There are also two good scuba diving vacation homes on Catalina Island. The Garden Isle is two secluded locations that offer the ultimate in privacy and seclusion. This is a wonderful way to spend your holiday, because you can explore the underwater world and swim with the turtles without having to disturb anyone else on the beach.

The other, slightly closer to the shore is the Wild Cat Island Liveaboard. While this vacation home is not as private, it is still a lovely location to dive from.

Conclusion

While you are on the liveaboard, you won’t be able to do much of anything but sunbathe and relax. You will however, be able to dive from the comfort of your swimming pool and enjoy the clear, warm water. The Garden Isle and Wild Cat Island Liveaboard both have full showers and full kitchens so you can cook up your own meals. For the best snorkeling action, it is recommended that you visit the Garden Isle between 8 a.m. and noon. The Wild Cat Island Liveaboard will most likely be crowded during high tide, so it is recommended that you arrive a little early for a good spot.

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