Agitated by the arrival of fall storms in October and November, large groups of spiny lobsters ‘march’ to deeper water near Abacos and Grand Bahama.
Between Eleuthera and Current Island, a narrow channel takes divers, sharks and eagle rays on a drift dive with waters that reach a speed of 4 knots.
One of the most unusual wreck dives found in the Bahamas, Devil’s Backbone is home to a sunken train from the 1860s complete with a steam locomotive.
Once notorious as a settlement of “wreckers” who lured in unsuspecting ships with false navigation lights, there are dozens of sunken ships to explore.
For tec divers, Eleuthera offers an inland limestone sinkhole known as Bone Cave. Inside you’ll find artifacts from an ancient Lucayan civilization.
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 Eleuthera and Harbour Island. Besides the sometimes stormy weather and the number of fish present, diving in the Eleuthera and Harbour Island changes little from month to month.
November to May is the dry season in Eleuthera and Harbour Island. 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. The most Caribbean reef sharks and blacktip reef sharks can be seen during these 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.
You can see a flabbergasting variety of creatures while diving in the waters surrounding the smaller islands of the Bahamas. Eleuthera and Harbour Island are home to Caribbean reef shark and the occasional bull shark. Shark baiting and diving here is in its infancy. You can expect to see an array of brightly hued tropical fish, and maybe even a dolphin or two. In the shallows, keep an eye out for rays burrowed in the sand or eagle rays floating in the current.
Once, sea turtles nested heavily on the islands. Unfortunately, the turtles no longer lay their eggs here. However you can still come across green, hawksbill, and giant loggerhead turtles feeding on the sea grasses.
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