From April to June, oceanic whitetip sharks follow the tuna migration to Cat Island where you’ll come face-to-face with this open-ocean predator.
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).
An hour into the open ocean from New Providence, a large yellow shark buoy serves as a meeting point for pelagic species, especially silky sharks.
Head to Tiger Beach near Grand Bahama for an adrenalin-inducing dive with Tiger Sharks. Dozens circle and feed on chum while divers kneel in the sand.
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 for only 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 in the Bahamas. Besides sometimes stormy weather and the animals present under the waves, diving in the Bahamas changes little from month to month.
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. Tiger sharks are present from October to January at Tiger Beach, and you’ll find hammerhead sharks at Bimini from December to March. Oceanic Whitetips can be seen from April to June.
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.
Beginners will find shallow reefs near most islands. Andros is a favorite of advanced divers, and tec divers enjoy the caves of Grand Bahama.
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.
On the far reaches of the Bahamas and the edge of the Bermuda Triangle, the Gulf Stream cruises past Bimini, attracting hammerheads and bull sharks.
With more shipwrecks than any other area in the Bahamas, Eleuthera and Harbour Island delight wreck divers but also please reef and cave enthusiasts.
With easy reef dives, colorful walls, wrecks and a few blue holes, the Exumas are home to schools of colorful reef fish, grey reef sharks and more.
Drift through the comfortable waters of Grand Bahama Island, where scuba diving leads to shipwrecks, photogenic caverns and epic tiger shark encounters.
An island of superlatives, Long Island in the Bahamas is home to the world’s deepest blue hole, one great wreck and colorful offshore islands.
The capital city of Nassau rests easily on New Providence and is home to popular dive sites such as easy wrecks, walls and open ocean shark encounters.
As the exposed peak of a submerged mountain, San Salvador in the Bahamas is surrounded by fringing reef and drastic walls full of uncrowded dive sites.
The Bahamas not only hosts hundreds of colorful fish. Pelagic species also love this archipelago. In particular, scuba divers flock to the area for one-of-a-kind encounters with hammerhead sharks, bull sharks, oceanic whitetip sharks and silky sharks. Other than sharks, graceful dolphins and whales travel around the islands. Also, keep an eye out for the Nassau Grouper, a goliath fish that can reach almost 20 pounds and is the national fish of the Bahamas. Often frantically swimming around the Nassau Grouper are their little friends, the wrasse, which cleans the grouper in exchange for protection. Perhaps the most iconic aquatic creature is the Queen Conch, a massive mollusk that slowly make their way across the sandy bottoms. Prized for their colorful and extravagant shells, conchs are often harvested in great abundance. Spiny lobsters are also common, and the “March of the Spiny Lobsters” takes place a couple times a year in shallow waters.
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