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With access to the world’s third longest barrier reef and the Tongue of the Ocean, Andros features exciting shark dives, blue holes and sunken ships.

Highlights

Andros Wall

Considered one of the top wall dives in the Bahamas, Andros Wall boasts fascinating canyons and unusual marine life due to its depth at 90 ft (27m).

Blue Holes National Park

Created in 2002, Blue Holes National Park contains the largest concentration of inland blue holes. Tec divers can explore these freshwater reservoirs.

Grouper Spawning at Andros Reef

Every year at the full moon in late January, up to 30,000 Nassau grouper gather on the world’s third longest barrier reef to spawn their young.

Diving in Andros

Quick facts

With underwater formations including blue holes, caves, wrecks, pelagic-filled currents, the third largest barrier reef in the world and the incredibly deep Tongue of the Ocean, Andros has a wide range of dive sites to keep every diver interested.

Beginners will feel comfortable at many of the protected sites of the barrier reef. Advanced divers can explore the walls created by the Tongue of the Ocean as well as the blue holes. Currents in the area range from mild to strong so be sure to consult with a local dive professional before venturing out.

The ability level of the wrecks is based on preference. A few lie within shallow water but only advanced divers should attempt to penetrate the ships’ interiors.

While it is possible to access a limited number of house reefs from shore, the majority of diving takes place from small speedboats. Liveaboards sailing the Bahamas may also include stops at Andros.

Keep in mind that spearfishing or collecting fish while scuba diving is prohibited. Also remember that many of the shark dives in the area are chummed.

When to go

Diving at Andros is best from November to May when topside conditions are at their peak. June to October is hurricane season and best avoided.

June to October

The Bahamas enjoys a hot and sunny climate year-round, although June to October is considered the rainy season. It usually rains once a day, every day but only for short periods of time.

June to October is also considered hurricane season. If you are planning a trip to the Bahamas during these months, consider taking out travelers insurance on the off chance a hurricane forms during your vacation.

Air temperatures during the summer months range from 75-91°F (24-33°C) while water temperatures are approximately 88°F (31°C).

If you enjoy getting the best deals and diving at uncrowded dive sites, book your trip from June to October. This is low season on Andros. However, besides the sometimes stormy weather and the number of sharks present, diving in the Bahamas changes little from month to month.

November to May

November to May is the dry season in the Bahamas. During these summer months, you can expect sunny, hot and mildly humid conditions.

Air temperatures during the winter months range from 65-77°F (18-25°C) while water temperatures are 75-80°F (24-27°C).

In addition to great topside conditions, November to May is also the best time for shark diving. You’ll find the most Caribbean reef sharks from November until May.

However, November to May also represents high season for tourism in the Caribbean. So be sure to book early in order to get a good deal on accommodation and flights.

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Where to dive

North Andros is the access point for the Andros Barrier Reef and the Tongue of the Ocean. South Andros hosts many blue holes and a few wreck sites.

    Snorkeling in Andros

    Approximately 100 miles (160 kilometers) of healthy coral reef stretch out along the eastern shore of North Andros. This combined with the fish nursery created through the expanse of streams and mangroves on Andros, make this Bahamian island a snorkeler’s paradise. Liben’s Point, Central Park, Red Shoal, Solarium and Goat Cay are good destinations to grab your mask and snorkel before jumping in the water.
    The abundance of dive environments off Andros leads to several great dives. By many accounts, The Wall is considered to be one of the best sites in the Caribbean, if not the world. This site can even be split in two, Over the Wall and Edge of the Wall. Be prepared to look into the blue abyss below. This wall drops more than 2 miles (3 kilometres). Great Blue Hole is also a “must-dive” site. This is the second deepest blue hole in the Bahamas and includes an ancient waterfall chute and a swim-through nicknamed the skylight room. Other noteworthy sites to look out for include Giant Staircase, Gardens Dense and The Marion, a wreck sitting at 70 feet (21 meters).

    What to see

    Andros is home to 164 species of fish and coral, and you’re sure to see plenty of them during your dive holiday on the island. There are small creatures like the Bahama sea star, blue tang, snapper, sea bass, squid, spiny lobster, queen conch, angelfish flounder, butterfly fish and octopus. Schools of silversides prefer the cover of Nassau’s many wrecks. Nassau grouper aggregate annually nearby and sea turtles swim among the healthy coral reefs while stingrays camouflage themselves on the sandy bottom. There are also huge animals, including an array of sharks. Caribbean reef sharks are common visitors. The occasional tiger shark wanders by. Keep a lookout for dolphins, as well, frolicking just offshore.

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    Area

    Although Andros appears as one large island, it is actually an archipelago of smaller islands connected by a network of mangroves, streams and bights. The three major islands of Andros are North Andros, South Andros and Mangrove Cay. Together these islands form the largest land mass of the Bahamas and the sixth largest island in the West Indies. In fact, Andros has a greater area than all of the other Bahamian islands combined.

    Because of its position on the edge of the Tongue of the Ocean, Andros is home to the Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center which conducts special sonar and submarine operations in the deep sea.

    Other attractions

    Those who make the effort to come to Andros Island will be rewarded for their effort with beautiful vistas and plenty of excursions to fill their time. Deep sea fishing is a popular day-trip as is hiking along the Rainbow Blue Hole Trail. A refreshing swimming area awaits at the end of the trail. The caves of Morgan’s Bluff are worth exploring. Kids will love imagining the pirate history of the area. But don’t forget about your friends back home. Stop by the Androsia Batik Works Factory for some colorful clothes to take home as souvenirs.

    Getting there

    There are a few options for getting to off-the-beaten-path Andros Island. The first is to charter a flight from Ft Lauderdale to Fresh Creek, Andros. The second is to fly into Nassau and then take a short flight on one of the daily scheduled flights between the two islands. The third option is to take one of the ferries that travels between Nassau and Andros Island.

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