It’s rumored more underwater photos have been taken of San Salvador than anywhere else. The vertical walls, like “Hole in the Wall,” are noteworthy.
For those who dare, many of the northern and southern walls have eroded to form caves. Check out Sandy Point Cave or Double Cave near Sandy Point.
As an entry and exit point to the Atlantic, the shores of San Salvador are littered with famous wrecks such as Brig Enterprise Wreck at Green Cay.
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. A hurricane comes into contact with San Salvador about once every three years. 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 San Salvador. However, besides the sometimes stormy weather and the number of pelagic species present, 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. During these months, you have the best chance of encountering a hammerhead shark in San Salvador.
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.
Nearly all of the dive sites are located on the west side of the island. Beginners can stay closer to shore. Advanced divers can head further away.
The majority of scuba divers seek out San Salvador for its amazing wall dives. These are full of life, but a highlight of the biodiversity are the natural shark encounters. During the winter and spring months, you might come across 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. Green turtles, hawksbill turtles and leatherback turtles munch on the reefs while eagle rays appear out of the blue on the walls. Seahorses, Bahama sea stars, queen conches and hordes of tropical fish flit amongst the colorful coral reefs, and friendly grouper might approach to say hello.
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