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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.


Hammerhead Diving in Bimini

Every winter from December to March, great hammerhead sharks gather around the Bimini Islands in large numbers, curiously approaching dives.

Tuna Alley

The Gulf Stream runs past Bimini, bringing in a host of big fish to the pristine, sloping wall of Tuna Alley, so named for its frequent schools of tuna.

Bull Shark Diving for Charity

Each year, divers cage dive with bull sharks for charity. This event is managed by the Bimini Big Game Club and proceeds go to shark conservation.

Diving in Bimini

Quick facts

In Bimini, colorful coral reefs, sheer walls, shallow wrecks and caverns produce a variety of dive types including night dives, drift dives, easy reef dives and tec dives. Of course, this part of the Bahamas is most famous for its shark dives.

Beginners will feel comfortable at many of the protected reefs, but the Gulf Stream, which travels past Bimini, can create fast-paced drifts more suitable to advanced divers.

While it is possible to access a number of the reefs from shore, the majority of diving takes place from small speedboats. If you wish to visit more remote dive sites, consider booking a liveaboard. These depart from either Grand Bahama or Florida, USA.

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 Bimini is best from November to May when hammerhead and bull sharks are found nearby. 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 in Bimini. 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 hammerhead sharks at Bimini from December to March. Bull sharks can be found during the same months.

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

Shallow and deep coral reefs can be found on the western edge of North Bimini. For wrecks and drift dives, head south to the west side of the cayes.

    Snorkeling in Bimini

    Snorkeling off of Bimini is wonderful with several fascinating spots. First, Atlantis Road features mysterious limestone blocks in 20 feet (6 meters) of water. Many speculate this was the road that led to the lost city of Atlantis. The wreck of the Sapona is another great snorkel spot. Used by rumrunners during Prohibition in the United States, this wreck sits partially above and below the water.
    About two dozen dive sites surround the islands of Bimini and the nearby cayes. Many of these are suitable to beginners. Atlantis Road (15ft/5m), Hawksbill Reef North (35ft/11m), Kinks (50ft/15m) and Moray Alley (50ft/15m) are all colorful and easy reef dives. Beginners will also appreciate the wrecks of The Hesperus (20ft/6m) and the Sapona (15ft/5m). If you’re feeling like adding a drift dive to your Bimini experience, schedule a trip to Tuna Alley (50ft/15m) or Victory Reef (40ft/12m). Advanced divers can travel a little deeper to Little Caverns (80ft/24m) or Nodule Wall (75ft/23m). And deep divers will appreciate Continental Shelf (145ft/44m).

    What to see

    Many scuba divers who are attracted to Bimini come to see the sharks. During the winter and spring months, you’re likely to see hammerhead sharks, bull sharks, Caribbean reef sharks, silky sharks, oceanic whitetip sharks and the occasional tiger shark. Dolphins often show up to investigate both divers and their boats. And pilot whales, humpback whales and sperm whales can be seen when traveling to open ocean dive sites. Green turtles, hawksbill turtles, leatherback turtles and eagle rays swim along the current while seahorses, Bahama sea stars, queen conches and hordes of tropical fish hide amongst the colorful coral reefs.


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    Located only 50 miles (80 kilometers) east of Miami, Florida in the United States, Bimini has the unique advantage of sitting on the edge of the continental shelf and the Gulf Stream. This area in the Bahamas consists of two main islands, North Bimini and South Bimini, as well as several small cays to the south.

    During Prohibition in the United States, Bimini was used as a speakeasy and rum-runner supply point due to its proximity to the states. These islands were also home to famous author, Ernest Hemingway who was inspired to write two novels based on Bimini’s beauty. Finally, Bimini is believed to contain a “vortex” where navigational systems fail. Because of this, it’s part of the infamous Bermuda Triangle.

    Other attractions

    Outside of snorkeling and scuba diving, Bimini is known as a deep sea fishing destination. Some even go as far as to call it the “Deep Sea Fishing Capital of the World.” However, commercial fishing has severely depleted the big game stocks. While not traditionally a beach destination, there are several beautiful beaches and a lively party scene fueled by yachtsmen who travel to Bimini from the United States. In fact, bars outnumber restaurants two to one on the islands. If you’re interested in the history of the island, check out the Bimini Museum located in Alice Town.

    Getting there

    There are two airports in Bimini. These are the South Bimini Airport and the North Bimini Seaplane Base. Both airports have scheduled flights from Ft. Lauderdale and Miami in Florida. If you own a private boat, it’s also possible to sail from Florida to Bimini in less than three hours. Once on Bimini, you can use boat taxis, ferries, bicycles and golf carts to travel around the islands.


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