When one thinks of the Bahamas, it conjures up images of azure seas, balmy evenings, rustling palm trees and the ‘ol Caribbean way of life, slow yet purposeful. This may be true, but there are 101 things to do in the Bahamas, many of which are fast paced, mysterious and downright exhilarating. Diving is one of them. The Bahamas doesn’t just offer one type of diving experience, it offers several, making this part of the world unique, and one of the most sought-after dive locales in the world. Those who venture to the mysteries of the great blue deep will find magnificent Spanish galleons, mysterious underwater caves, an abundance of forest-like coral reefs, inland blue holes, and an array of marine life that will leave you in awe. If diving is on your ‘things do in the Bahamas list’, take a look at these different options to see what experience will suit you:
Blue Hole & Cavern Diving
The Bahamas is home to an impressive collection of inland blue holes. For those who aren’t familiar with the term, a blue hole is a cave or underwater sinkhole. You will often seen them referred to as vertical caves, and they’re located all over the world, generally in low-lying coastal regions like the Bahamas. The largest concentration of blue holes in the Bahamas is actually found inland, in the shallows of Andros Island. Marine biologists and professional divers have recorded some 50 blue holes scattered through the island. This is sort of diving excursion is perfect for the advanced or intermediate diver seeking a challenge.
Reef & Wall Diving
Dive enthusiasts from around the world list wall and reef diving as one of the best things to do in the Bahamas. Home to the third largest barrier reef on the planet, the Bahamas offers up some of the most challenging dive sites. Wall diving is some of the most difficult, but once you’ve mastered your first few complicated dives, myriad escarpments, breathtaking vistas and mysterious trenches await.
Wild Dolphin Encounters
It’s one thing to jump into an aquatic enclosure and wade around with dolphins, but it’s another to swim alongside them when they’re free. There are few places in the world, where you have as many opportunities to swim with dolphins as you do in the Bahamas. If you’re truly lucky, you’ll encounter more than just dolphins when you’re out there on the reef. Reef sharks are in abundance and if you think you have what it takes, a 45 minute shark dive is exactly what you need to get the heart racing.
One of the best things to do in the Bahamas is to go on a wreck dive. With a wide array of natural and artificial wreck sites available to explore, many of the wrecks here are shallow and exposed to a significant amount of sunlight, attracting an abundance of color marine life. The wreck sites are perfect for novice divers, and for those with more experienced, there are plenty of deep sea wrecks available to explore.
The Bahamas, without question, is one of the most beloved dive sites in the world, and out of all the things to do in the Bahamas, it’s one of the most exciting activities. From the novice to the seasoned diver, the Bahamas promises to be a memorable experience for everyone. A great way to explore the coral reefs surrounding the islands is to do a scuba dive Bahamas!