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Your Guide to Diving Bahamas
including Abaco, Andros, Bimini, Grand Bahama Island, Long Island, New Providence, San Salvador and Walker's Cay

All of Undercurrent's information on diving Bahamas, including articles, reader reports, Chapbook sections, ...

Diving Bahamas Overview

From the Spanish meaning shallow seas, the archipelago of the Bahamas spread from close by Florida to the Turks & Caicos Islands with the only really deep water close to New Providence that bears the capital Nassau. Some islands, notably the Abacos and Grand Bahama, are easily accessible from Florida. The diving varies substantially among islands, with some pretty reefs and others affected by algae, decent tropicals, and resorts that feed sharks. Liveaboards out of Florida take divers to spots with bigger fish in the flow of the Gulf Stream as do operators in Bimini and Grand Bahama. Keep the hurricane season, June through November, in mind; winter weather means low 70°F (20°c) water and sweaters in the evening; night temperature is cool if winter air blows off the continent. Most of the islands escaped damage from the twin hurricanes of 2017.

Bahamas Seasonal Dive Planner

The Bahamas are not in the Caribbean but the sub-tropical Atlantic. May through November is summer in the Bahamas. During these months, the most rain falls and air temperatures average about 81°F (27°C). Winter can bring surprisingly cool weather, with averages reduced to about 70°F (21°C), and cooler water means more rubber. You won’t go far wrong with a 5mm wetsuit and hood. Northerlies can disrupt diving during winter months. The islands south of Nassau (such as Great Exuma, San Salvador, and Long Island) usually stay a degree or two warmer. Easterly trade winds predominate for most of the year, but there is usually a lee to be found for diving.

Diving Bahamas Reader Reports and Feature Articles

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Latest Reader Reports from Bahamas

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Bahamas Master Report in Bahamas LiveAboard
"Diving & Crew Great, Boat not so Good"
filed Nov 13, 2023 by Steven E Holmstrom (Experience: Over 1000 dives, 2 reports)
4 stars

Diving was great, Tiger Sharks on every Tiger scheduled dive. Boat was disappointing. Cabins lacked storage/hanging areas. Many cabi... ... Read more

Aqua Cat Cruises Report in Bahamas/Exumas LiveAboard
"Quality liveaboard"
filed Nov 6, 2023 by Thomas Read (Experience: Over 1000 dives, 3 reports, Reviewer )
4 stars

Outstanding dive operation on a solid boat (same layout as Mike Ball's Spoilsport). Everything runs like clockwork, but with a smile. B... ... Read more

Royal Caribbean Excursion Report in Bahamas/CocoCay
"Perfect Day Diving at CocoCay"
filed Oct 27, 2023 by Kevin Peterson (Experience: 251-500 dives, 8 reports, Sr. Reviewer )
4 stars

CocoCay is an island owned by Royal Caribbean cruise line. Only their cruise ships stop here and you have to sign up for a scuba diving... ... Read more Photos available

Aggressor Report in Bahamas/Tiger Beach
"You will see Tigers at Tiger Beach"
filed Oct 4, 2023 by Tabby Stone (Experience: Over 1000 dives, 8 reports, Sr. Reviewer )
5 stars

We were on the Mike and Mike Photo Expedition on the Bahamas Aggressor. The Tiger Beach route leaves from the Old Bahama Bay Resort whe... ... Read more

GUANAHANI DIVERS/Riding Rock Inn and Marina/Riding Rock Report in Bahamas/San Salvador
"Second times a charm"
filed Sep 30, 2023 by R.C. Jennings (Experience: 501-1000 dives, 7 reports, Sr. Reviewer )
5 stars

This was my second dive at San Salvador. Previous dive 2019 at Club Med. Take away from that dive was the recommendation to try Riding ... ... Read more Photos available

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Diving Bahamas Articles - Liveaboards

A Serious Shark Bite After the Dive Ended, 7/23

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South Caicos, Jupiter, St. Vincent, Cozumel, Undercurrent subscribers are traveling again, 10/21
Bahamas Master Cancels On Diver Twice In Two Years, 7/19
Bahamas Aggressor, The Bahamas, sharks and swimming pigs, 1/18
Roatan, the Brac, Sulawesi, Fiji …, and a lot of bad diving behavior, 11/17
Belize, Utila, Palau, Komodo, Bonaire, Caribbean whalesharks, missing hammerheads, 6/17
MV Kate, Tiger Beach, The Bahamas, don’t forget, you are still prey, 3/17
Sick Divers, Macho Divemasters, travels in Egypt, Fiordland, Bonaire, the Bahamas... , 11/16
Dolphin Dream, The Bahamas, dolphin snorkeling for the patient and energetic, 9/16
Aqua Cat, The Bahamas, reefs and the vessel showing their age, 8/16
Bahamas, French Polynesia, St. Vincent, and two great places for underwater photo classes, 2/16
R/V Coral Reef II, Bahamas, on the hunt for 1, 337 fish to stock the New England Aquarium, 11/13
Bahamas, Hawaii, the Red Sea. . ., one Micronesia resort worth visiting, another that’s not, 7/13
Cape Eleuthera, Fiji, Maui, Mexico, two more Baja boats, a new dive shop, and a great night dive, 3/12
Aqua Cat, The Bahamas, algae-free dive sites far from the crowds, 7/10
Nekton Cruises Shuts Down, 6/10
Sea Dragon, Exuma Cays, Bahamas, a good-value charter for dog-loving divers, 1/08
Thumbs Down: AquaCat, 10/07
Morning Star, Blackbeard's Cruises, The Bahamas, frills-free liveaboard camping on the Caribbean, 3/07
RV Coral Reef II, The Bahamas, Fish Collecting with the New England Aquarium, 10/05
MV Shear Water, The Bahamas, swimming with sharks, 8/05
Bottom Time Not Well Spent, but Sea Fever generates relative heat, 2/02
One More Bahamas Boat, the Rorqual, 2/02
Doing the Bahamas in a Box, diving from a floating resort, the Nekton Pilot, 3/99
RV Sea Dragon; Bahamas, A Well-priced Liveaboard, 2/93
MV Sea Fever; Bahamas, An Alternate Choise, 2/93

Diving Bahamas Articles - Land Based

Nobody Gets Away Scot Free, diving death shuts down dive operator decades later, 7/22
Small Hope Bay Lodge, Andros Island, Bahamas, safe-feeling super-congenial hideaway, 4/22

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Riding Rock Resort, San Salvador, Bahamas, a dive resort awakens, post-pandemic…, 11/21
After the Storm -- The Bahamas, 10/19
Killed by Sharks While Snorkeling with Pigs, 7/19
Bahamas Conch Populations in Jeopardy, 10/17
Neal Watson and Bimini Big Game Club Get Sued, 8/17
Shark Dives Operating in The Bahamas, 4/17
Managing Dive Trip Expectations, more readers report and tell it like it is, 10/16
The Good, the Bad and the Uncomfortable!, Undercurrent subscribers telling it like it is, 8/16
Brutal Murder of Stuart Cove’s Dock Manager, Bahamas’ crime rate is far higher than NYC or Chicago, 6/15
Florida, Maui, Palau . . ., good and bad Bahamas dive shops; the best week to dive Bonaire, 10/14
Hawk’s Nest Lodge, Cat Island, The Bahamas, hanging in the blue with oceanic whitetips, 6/13
Belize, Hawaii, Cozumel, Palau . . ., Caribbean winter warnings and more trouble with the Siren fleet, 3/13
Bikini Atoll, Hawaii, Raja Ampat…, and one reader’s Hurricane Sandy dive trip, 11/12
Bahamas, Carriacou, Puerto Rico . . ., and choose from land-based or liveaboard options in the Galapagos, 10/12
Bonaire, Maui, Phuket…, Francis Coppola’s five-star resort, a clueless Cozumel divemaster, 6/12
Bahamas Sharks Threatened by Seafood Exporter’s Expansion, 10/10
Oman, Fiji, Hawaii, Bahamas…, need a change of pace? check out these dive sites and operators, 4/10
Florida, California, Bahamas, Philippines…, good U.S. diving, Cozumel’s best gear repairman, and more, 5/09
Riding Rock Inn, San Salvador, Bahamas , wall diving close to the U.S., but still far from crowds, 4/09
Bahamas, B.V.I., Ontario, Roatan…, the good, bad and ugly in dive resorts, boats and service, 10/08
Bahamas, Canada, Caymans, Indonesia, planning your next dive trip? Here are readers’ suggestions, 7/08
Small Hope Bay Lodge, Andros Island , Bahamas diving with one big happy family, 4/08
Hawk’s Nest Resort, Cat Island, Bahamas, now, if they’ll only get a dive operation, 9/02
Bahamas Rogue Downwellings, 8/01
The Truth About San Salvador’s Algae, 8/01
Riding Rock Inn, San Salvador, Bahamas, where walls are the main attraction, 6/01
Thumbs Down for Riding Rock Inn, 2/00
Diving into the Known, A week with UNEXSO in the Bahamas, 9/97
Riding Rock Inn, San Salvador, 7/96
Diving in Nassau, 5/96
Shark Sanctuary, 5/96
Readers' Shark Dives, 5/96
Caribe Bay Defended, 6/95
Caribe Bay, Bahamas, 3/95
Catch-50 at Club Med, 3/94
Stella Maris, Long Island, Bahamas, Where One Dive May Be Woth The Trip, 6/88
Bimini, Bahamas, 9/86
Rum Cay, Bahamas, Keeping An Eye On The Tour Operator, 11/83
Somewhere In The Bahamas, Searching For Dolphins, 10/81
Chub Cay, One Of the best Of the Bahamas, 7/81
Bimini, Bahamas, Going below with the 60-mile man, 9/79
Riding Rock Inn, San Salvador, Bahamas, #NAME?, 5/79
Small Hope Bay Lodge, Andros, Bahamas, Goombay, repartee, and the Chinese chicken fish, 4/79
Stella Maris, Long Island, Bahamas, Greater than the sum of its parts, 11/77
San Salvador, Bahamas, Lookin' good., 10/76
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas, Safe, Pleasant, and Mostly Unadventurous Diving, 5/76
The Current Club, North Eleuthera, Bahamas, The Only Game in Town, 12/75

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Editor's Book Picks for Scuba Diving Bahamas
including Abaco, Andros, Bimini, Grand Bahama Island, Long Island, New Providence, San Salvador and Walker's Cay

The books below are my favorites about diving in this part of the world All books are available at a significant discount from; just follow the links. -- BD

Travel Edition of Reef Fish Identification: Caribbean, Bahamas,
South Florida. Travel Edition of Reef Fish Identification: Caribbean, Bahamas, South Florida
by Paul Humann and Ned DeLoach

Today's airline weight restrictions not only limit the amount of dive gear and cameras you can pack for overseas trips, but also those valuable prized marine life identification books. And with spotty Internet access overseas, it's not like you can look a critter of or fish up easily online. For the divers who still want a book in their hands post-dive to look up the fishes they encounter, Paul Humann and Ned DeLoach are offering "Travel Edition of Reef Fish Identification: Caribbean, Bahamas, South Florida." It's lightweight enough to thrown in your carry-on but rugged enough to withstand frequent saltwater washings on board.

Click here to buy it at Amazon.

World Atlas of Coral Reefs
by Mark D. Spalding, Corinna Ravilious, Edmund P. Green, United Nations World Conservation Monitoring Center.

If there is one book that belongs in every traveling diver's library, this is it. The superb World Atlas of Coral Reefs has everything you want to know about the reefs from Costa Rica and Cuba to the Coral Sea and Cayman. The information is specific and up to date. The photos, maps and layout superb. And the price, for this 424 page, full color, hard bound volume, is a steal at $31.50

The Atlas was released in September by the United Nations World Conservation Monitoring Center to document and conserve the world's coral reefs. Clearly written with divers in mind, it's an invaluable resource for global travelers. Here's what you'll find.

  • 94 maps, including global maps of biodiversity and reef stresses, regional maps showing 3-D bathymetry and high resolution maps showing reefs, mangroves, population centers, dive centers and protected areas.
  • 280 color photographs, showing reefs, wildlife, people and places, Including 84 photographs taken from space by Shuttle astronauts.
  • Text explaining the formation, structure and ecology of coral reefs; their various uses and abuses at the hands of humans; and the techniques used in coral reef mapping.
  • Detailed texts describing the distribution and status of coral reefs in every country.
  • Data tables listing information on biodiversity, human use, and protected areas. These include statistics on coral reef area, biodiversity, fish consumption, and threats.

For example, you can learn about pollution damage to the reefs at Providenciales and the lack of human impact, as well. Or, where extensive bleaching took place in Honduras 1998. You'll read that Milne Bay in Papua New Guineas has the most extensive reef system in that country and where, in Fiji, the bumphead parrotfish and tridachna clams will not be found, thanks to overfishing. Order now.

Reef Fish ID Reef Creature ID Reef Coral ID

The Reef Set: Reef Fish, Reef Creature and Reef Coral (3 Volumes):
Paul Humann ID Books
by Paul Humann, Ned Deloach

The three set fish, creature and coral ID books by Paul Humann are the unparalleled sources for information on Caribbean sea life and identification. Paul and his partner Ned Deloach recently released updated and expanded editions of each, with scores of new critters, even better photos, and information unavailable anywhere else. Why, the Reef Fish Identification book, at more than 500 pages, is 20 percent larger than the previous volume, which came out in 1994. Whenever I travel to the Caribbean, I tote all three books and spend my down hours figuring out what I saw and where to look to find rare creatures. Paul's splendid Reef Creature book (420 pages), covers sponges, nudibranchs, octopus, crustaceans, Christmas tree worms and plenty more. His Reef Coral ID book (276 pages) helps you identify all the hard and soft corals, spawning, and even the growth on top of corals, as well as algae and other plant life. Beginners may want to ID only fish, but I'd recommend that all three books be part of every diver's library. And, if you have an old set, by all means replace it. You'll be delighted at the additions and improvements. Each book normally retails for $40, but are discounted when you order here. And the boxed 3-volume set is available now at a bigger discount, up to 30%. Click below to buy them at Amazon:

* Reef Fish Identification: Florida Caribbean Bahamas,
* Reef Creature Identification: Florida Caribbean Bahamas, and
* Reef Coral Identification: Florida Caribbean Bahamas
* The Boxed Set of all three (you can save up to 30%)

Coral Reefs of the Caribbean A Guide to the Coral Reefs of the Caribbean
by Mark Spalding

This book doubles as a guide to the natural history of the coral reefs and a diver's travel guide. In addition to providing information about some of the most popular diving and snorkeling, it also offers practical suggestions to divers who want to protect these sites. Author Mark Spalding, a coral reef scientist who has worked on coral reefs in over thirty countries, delves into the eco-problems with a focus on what each person can do to protect the reefs. The guide section covers 35 dive destinations with key information on the reefs, marine parks, remote places, and unusual species as well as excellent maps and a photographic field guide of the marine flora and fauna.
Order Now at a reduced price of only $16.47.

Diving Southeast Asia There's a Cockroach in My Regulator
by Undercurrent

The Best of Undercurrent: Bizarre and Brilliant True Diving Tales from Thirty Years of Undercurrent.

Shipping now is our brand new, 240-page book filled with the best of the unusual, the entertaining, and the jaw dropping stories Undercurrent has published. They’re true, often unbelievable, and always fascinating. We’re offering it to you now for the special price of just $14.95.

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You might find some other books of interest in our Editor's Book Picks section.


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