Grand Bahama Island’s reputation as a diver’s paradise has been growing ever since the earliest episodes of “Sea Hunt” were filmed here in the late 1950s. When you dive deep into the crystal clear waters of Grand Bahama, you’ll find detailed coral gardens, playful dolphins, and inviting blue space. There is so much to discover beyond the beach! You’ll be completely captivated by what you see in this amazing underwater world.
DIVE WITH DOLPHINS
Grand Bahama Island is one of the few places you are guaranteed to dive with dolphins in the wild. This is done through the Underwater Explorers’ Society’s (UNEXSO) “Dolphin Dive” program, where local dolphins from the Dolphin Experience frolic with divers at a reef about a mile off shore. Many people can only imagine getting this close to a dolphin in the wild. Don’t miss out on this rare and amazing experience––swim with them right here on Grand Bahama Island.
DIVE WITH SHARKS
If you want to dive with sharks, there are two feeding programs you can participate in on Grand Bahama Island; one with UNEXSO and another with Xanadu Undersea Adventures. In both programs, an experienced shark feeder wearing chain mail offers fish to a swirling group of Caribbean reef sharks. Anyone who’s done this dive will tell you that it makes for an incredible photo opportunity.!
The adventure will typically begin with a detailed briefing at the dock. The shark feeder will run through the various phases of the dive, then you will travel to the dive site together via boat. Once in the water, you will soon be amazed at the sights around you. You will often see 10-25 sharks, varying in length from 4 to 9 feet, many of which will come quite close to the group. Definitely an experience to remember!
BEST DIVE SITES
If you’re an avid diver, you’ll benefit from knowing what some of the most unique and best dive sites are in the areas surrounding Grand Bahama Island.
Deep Dive Sites
High profile corals in tongue and groove formations lie in 60 – 100+ feet of water. Sharks, turtles and large pelagic creatures are most likely to be seen in these depths.
Medium Dive Sites
These dive locations are found in 40 – 60 feet of water. Typically, there are scattered coral heads growing into more solid reef formations along a sandy bottom.
Shallow Dive Sites
Shallow sites are generally 10 – 15 feet deep. Perfect for snorkeling, beginning divers, fish watching and picture taking. These reefs offer the most colour, fish and coral because of their shallow depths.