Believe it or not, Nassau has probably the largest variety of dive sites in The Bahamas. This is because of our proximity to the Tongue of the Ocean, which can be best described as an underwater Grand Canyon, which merges with the Florida Gulf Stream and the Atlantic Ocean, providing a plethora or marine life and habitats for eager divers to discover. The Tongue of the Ocean offers great wall dives, which start somewhere around 60ft and drop off to thousands of feet! Along this wall hide lobsters, octopus, and lionfish; you will see turtles out in the deep cruising, massive tuna, wahoo, mahi mahi and at more times than not, a local Reef Shark cruising by in the distance.
The great thing about the wall dives is that you don’t have to dive to great depths to experience a wall dive. The wall dives are usually combined with a wreck dive, the wreck purposely sunk close to, and along the “Edge of the Ocean” as the locals call it. The top of the wall starts at 60 ft., so the less adventurous can stay on the wreck or at the top of the wall and still see all the sights, staying close to everybody else who may venture down a bit deeper.
As far as I’m concerned, you haven’t dove until you dive a wall. It is an amazing experience that is beyond description, one that must be had to be appreciated. Here are some great wall dives - Tunnel Wall, Lampton Wall, DC3 Wall, Trimaran Wall.
While wall diving dominates in the west, diving in the East is different. Eastern dives tend to be shallower, with many hidey holes in and around Rose Island that are great for snorkeling as well as scuba diving, searching for rays, turtles and colorful tropical fish, followed by a relaxing lunch on a deserted beach.
Some legendary eastern dives include the Mahoney and Miranda Wrecks, located just off Paradise Island, at depths of around 60ft; the Fish Hotel off Blue Lagoon Island is a reef with many, many tropical fish. These spots offer shallower dives on wrecks and colorful reefs. There is also the Blue Hole dive about 10 miles east of Nassau, which gives a different, blue hole experience.
Many Bahamian wrecks were used in the making of some great Hollywood Movies, and all have their own history of how they got there. Some wrecks that are just waiting for you to come an explore them are Sand Chute, Shark Wall, Pumpkin Patch, Mikes Reef, James Bond Wrecks, Wilaurie Wreck, Sea Viking Wreck and the David Tucker Wreck.
We have some great dive companies in the Bahamas, all offering expert service and a great experience in a safe environment. Bahamas Divers located in the famous Nassau Yacht Haven just east of Paradise Island Bridge specializes in Eastern Dives. Stuart Cove, located in South Ocean are the Western Dive gerus. These major companies offer the full range of equipment, dive supplies, and wetsuits as a package and offer one tank, and two tank dives, night diving, shark diving, snorkeling - something for everybody! All offer transportation straight from your hotel. They also offer PADI resort and dive Certification Courses. The written part of the course can be taken online before you come, so you’re not spending 2 days of vacation in the classroom. Once you pass online, you come down with proof and you’re straight in the pool for familiarization and the next day you’re certified after taking and passing your open water dives.
Great diving awaits! Just another reason it is 'Better in The Bahamas'!