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Scuba Diving in Grand Bahama Hot

 
Dive area / region : Grand Bahama - See the map Scuba Diving in Grand Bahama

Best diving season : January  •  February  •  March  •  October  •  November  •  December
Recommended number of days to stay : More than 1 week...
Number of dive sites : More than 20 Dive Sites
Water temperature and wetsuit advice : 21-25C : Thin Wetsuit
Average visibility : 30 meters plus
Average dives depth : 25 Meters
Type of currents : Strong currents - drift diving
Months when these currents are present : N/A
General surface conditions : Very variable conditions
Wreck types : Old wooden ship  •  Recent world ships  •  Artificial wrecks  •  Airplane
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Type of marine life : Barracuda  •  Moray Eels  •  Octopus  •  Shark - Great white  •  Shark - Hammerhead  •  Shark - Reef shark  •  Tuna  •  Turtles  •  Whales
Presence of caves / caverns : No

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Easily accessible from Florida for long weekends. Diving varies substantially among islands, with pretty reefs (many are affected by algae), decent tropicals, and resorts that feed sharks.
Live-aboards out of Florida take divers to spots with bigger fish and more dramatic seascape. Keep hurricane season, June through November, in mind; winter weather means low 70F water and sweaters in the evening; nighttime temperature is in the mid-60s, but can drop into the 50s if winter air blows off the continent.


Grand Bahama is one of the northernmost of the islands of the Bahamas, and the closest major island to the United States, lying just 55 mi (90 km) off the state of Florida. Grand Bahama is the fourth largest island in the Bahamas island chain of approximately 700 islands and cays.
Administratively the island consists of the Freeport Bonded Area and the districts of East Grand Bahama and West Grand Bahama. Island's earliest known inhabitants were the Stone Age hunter-gatherer Siboney Indians, of whom little evidence remains apart from artifacts such as ornamental shells or jewellery. These primitive people eventually disappeared to be replaced by the Taino Arawaks from South America, who travelling in dugout canoes eventually colonized most of the Caribbean.
The Arawak communities on Grand Bahama, who became known as Lucayans (a name that lives on in the popular tourist town of Port Lucaya) were believed to have advanced and well-organized social and political structures, and there were estimated to be approximately 4,000 on Grand Bahama at the time of the arrival of the Spanish Conquistadors in 1492. This arrival, and the subsequent claim of the island by Spain shortly after, eventually caused the Lucayans to disappear from Grand Bahama entirely, whether dying through the spreading of European diseases, through the frequent European genocides, or being captured as slaves (usually to mine for gold in the larger Caribbean islands of Hispaniola or Cuba, or to dive for pearls in Trinidad). The disappearance of the Lucayans was rapid, and it is probably for this reason little is known beyond rough estimates about their society. However, in sites such as the Lucayan National Park and Dead Man's Reef there have been numerous artifacts discovered including animal bones, pottery shards, shell beads and evidence of a complex burial system.
The Spanish gave the island the name Gran Bajamar, meaning "Great Shallows", and what the eventual name of the Bahamas islands as a whole is derived from.

Grand Bahama's existence for almost two centuries was largely governed by the nature of these "great shallows" - the coral reefs surrounding the island were treacherous, and repelled its Spanish owners (who largely left it alone apart from for infrequent en-route stops by ships for provisions) while attracting pirates, who would lure ships onto the reefs where they would run aground and be plundered.
The Spaniards took little interest in the island after enslaving the native Lucayan inhabitants.
Nassau / Paradise Island: Just 30 minutes away from Nassau is the Blue Lagoon Island where an unforgettable experience of a lifetime awaits, an opportunity to swim in the crystal-blue waters accompanied by one of natures’ friendliest creatures, the dolphin. The dolphin swim lasts for up to 30 minutes and you also have a chance in feeding and petting them under supervision. Nassau has a number of different water sport activities to offer such as jet skiing, parasailing, canoeing, kite boarding, sailing, fishing and for those who are keen on diving but have never dived before, lessons available and in a few short hours you can explore Bahamas underwater life.

Activities on land include golf, cultural tours, casino games, night clubs, shopping at the straw markets and after a hard day of serious fun why not take a visit to the health spa for a relaxing massage to have you ready for the next day of adventure. For a change of pace take a good book in one hand and an ice-cold tropical drink in the other, then take a leisurely stroll down to the beach and relax under an umbrella until the heart’s content.

Grand Bahama Island: This tropical island is the four largest as well as the second most popular island in the Bahamas and is limitless with things to see and do. You can scuba dive along coral reef accompanied by the dolphins or for a rush of adrenalin visit Unexso’s Shark junction and watch experienced staff hand-feed the reef sharks! Tours for cave and wreck diving are also available as well as diving lessons. Other water adventures include snorkelling the shallow coral reef, glass bottom boat rides, deep sea fishing, jet skiing, parasailing and much more.

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