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4 Star

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335

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5 star dive center

Offsite (Free pickup)

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Resort Highlights

  • The British Colonial Hilton is the only beachfront hotel in downtown Nassau
  • Private powder sand beach and panoramic views of the cruise ship harbor
  • Outdoor freshwater swimming pool on site
  • WiFi in all rooms & public areas
  • Near duty-free shopping & downtown attractions
  • Incredible wreck diving, including planes

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BOOKING

Once we receive your booking, we double check availability with the dive operator and reserve your spot. If there are any issues, we get back to you within 24 hours

CONFIRMATION

If all is good, we send you an E-mail confirming that your booking is final

24H FREE CANCELLATION PERIOD

You then have 24 hours to take care of other travel arrangements. Your credit card will only be charged after that period

Payment terms

  • 30% of the total booking amount is due at the time of booking
  • 70% (balance) is due 60 days prior to arrival

Cancellation fee

  • 15% of the total booking amount will be charged if you cancel more than 10 days prior to arrival
  • 50% will be charged if you cancel less than 10 days prior to arrival

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Resort Description

The British Colonial Hilton is located in the heart of downtown Nassau, occupying an enviable location on the beachfront, complete with private power sand views.

Combining a taste of the island's rich colonial flair with fabulous modern amenities and conveniences, this urban resort offers picturesque views of the Nassau cruise port and a private outdoor freshwater pool surrounded by day beds and colourful cabanas. The resort, first opened in the 1920s, underwent extensive renovation in 2009.

Rooms are spacious and include views of the island, city or harbor. There are two on-site restaurants and a coffee shop. Head to the Aqua restaurant for international favourites with a Caribbean slant, while the trendy Bullion Bar provides an impressive selection of rums in a chic atmosphere. The hotel is known for its association with the James Bond franchise, as a filming location for Never Say Never Again.

The diving around the British Colonial Hilton is excellent, with wreck diving a particularly exhilirating niche. Visibility remains clear and consistent year round, something that has given Nassau the reputation as the 'Underwater Movie Capitol' of the world.

Explore diving around the British Colonial Hilton

Best dive sites in Nassau (New Providence)

The walls and reefs on the southwest side of the island can be explored by Open Water and Advanced divers. Popular sites are Goulding Cay Wall and Schoolhouse Reef. Shark Arena is a shallow dive with plenty of Caribbean reef sharks. If you’d like to try wreck diving at New Providence, look for the Cessna Wreck, as well as the Sea Viking Wreck. Shallower wrecks include the James Bond Wrecks and The Willaurie Wreck. Tec divers will also enjoy exploring Lost Blue Hole, and Trinity Caves is a favorite of many daredevils.

Snorkeling in Nassau (New Providence)

With clear and colorful waters, snorkeling around New Providence and Nassau is easy on the eyes. You’re sure to find plenty of dive operators willing to take you out on a day-long excursion. A few of the best destinations for such trips are Goulding Cay, Gambier Deep Reef and Rose Island Reef. While not as colorful, it’s also possible to rent snorkel gear and create your own snorkeling trip from several of the island’s beaches.

What to see

An endless array of marine life make their home in these waters. 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 and sea turtles swim among the healthy coral reefs, and stingrays camouflage themselves on the sandy bottom. There are also huge animals, including an impressive array of sharks. Caribbean reef sharks and silky sharks are common visitors. The occasional tiger shark wanders by. Keep a lookout for dolphins, as well, frolicking just offshore.

Dive Center

Highlights

  • Stuart Cove's has a long history of excellence, having opened in 1978
  • Ideal location on the southwestern side of New Providence Island
  • Lots of wrecks to explore, including a plane!
  • Special adventure dives, including the chance to see sharks!
  • Superb shallow tropical reefs and vertical walls
  • State of the art classroom, retail boutique, fresh water showers

Description

Stuart Cove's Dive Bahamas is Nassau's leading full-service dive operation, originally opened in 1978 and now boasting seven dive vessels, five of which are over 40 feet in length.

Stuart Cove offers a diverse selection dive sites suitable for novice and expert-level dives alike. Dive sites encompass steep vertical walls that plummet to 6,000 feet, shallow tropical reefs, 13 different locations containing ship or airplane wrecks and numerous locations that were used as underwater movie sets for feature films.

Qualified divers can participate in up to five dives a day. Two dives are offered in the morning, with two additional dives in the afternoon. An optional night dive is available on selected evenings as well. 

A dive guide is available for all dives, though it is optional as to whether you follow them. As a qualified diver, you are welcome to buddy up and explore the dive site on yourselves, based on the dive site breifing.

The dive center has state of the art training facilities, a retail boutique, 9 spacious dive boats and a number of smaller RIBs capable of handling 200+ dives per day. The team is hugely experienced and this is a well-oiled operation. 

DIVING SERVICES

PADI® Courses Available

  • Refresher Dive
  • Intro Dives/Discover Scuba
  • Open Water Diver
  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Rescue Diver Certification
  • Divemaster
  • Divemaster Internship
  • Instructor/Idc Course
  • Free-Diving Course
  • Kids Courses
  • Underwater Photography
  • Deep Diver Certification
  • Underwater Videographer
  • Night Diver
  • Wreck Diver
  • Boat Diver
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy

Diving gear

  • Tanks With Int (Yoke) Valves
  • Tanks With Din Valves
  • Din/Int Adapters
  • 15L Tanks Available
  • Filling Station

Diving Facilities

  • Shop
  • Battery Charging Station
  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fish Id And Diving Books

For your safety

  • Emergency Oxygen Kit
  • First Aid Kits
  • Automatic External Defibrillator (Aed)
  • Vhf Radio

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Italian
  • Portuguese
  • Other Languages On Request

PADI membership level

  • Padi 5 Star Idc Resort

Distinction

  • Padi 5 Star Cdc/Idc

Dive boat facilities

  • Ladder
  • Custom Built
  • Drinking Water
  • Shaded Space
  • Seating Area
  • Dry Area
  • Toilet

Resort Amenities

Activities

  • Sunset Cruises
  • Cultural Excursions
  • Live Music

Food & drink

  • Buffet
  • A La Carte
  • Snacks All Day
  • Alcohol
  • Vegetarian Food

Wellness & Relaxation

  • Fitness Center/Gym

Facilities

  • Beach Front
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool(S)
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Garden
  • Facilities For Disabled Guests

Great for families

  • Kids Club
  • Babysitting/Child Services

Payments

  • Mastercard
  • Cash (Usd)
  • Cash (Local Currency)

Sports & Watersports

  • Snorkeling
  • Sailing
  • Fishing

Amenities & services

  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Air-Conditioning

How to get there

Arrival

  • You will mostly likely fly into Sir Lynden Pindling Nassau International Airport.
  • The British Colonial Hilton is eight miles from the airport, approximately a 20 minute drive.
  • You can hire a public taxi at the airport to take you to the resort, or you can hire a car.
  • If driving, turn right onto John F Kennedy Drive. Take a left turn onto Blake Road and then a right turn onto West Bay Street all the way into downtown Nassau.
  • Self-parking and valet parking are available at the British Colonial Hilton (for an additional charge).
  • Check-in time is 4pm. 

Departure

  • Check-out time is 11am.
  • The resort can arrange a taxi to take you back to the international airport.

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