About Scuba Diving and Snorkeling, Nassau, Bahamas

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Nowhere in the world will you find such vast stretches of shallow, clear, emerald waters as you see in the photo at right. I shot this photo in Mayaguana, an island at the far southeastern tip of chain. As you can see, it's absolutely amazing. You can see more than 200 feet underwater.

With all that’s happened over the region’s long and sometimes violent history, it’s no wonder that Nassau now is one of the richest dive sites in the Bahamas, if not the Western world. From the days of the great Spanish treasure ships, through the age of the pirates, privateers, and the Confederate blockade runners – right up to the present – literally hundreds of ships have gone down off New Providence. Add to all that an underwater world of coral reefs and deep clear waters, all teeming with the life of the ocean, and you have a great variety of diving experiences.

Huge expanses of coral reef lie in waters shallow enough for even the most inexperienced snorkeler or scuba diver to enjoy. You can explore dozens of shipwrecks, some barely covered by the rise and fall of the tide, some in water 90 to 100 feet deep. You’ll enter great caverns, coral clusters, and shallow flats where bonefish run, barracuda hunt, sharks lurk, and spotted eagle rays lie hidden beneath the sand.

A dozen or so dive operators stand ready to take you out – they also offer instruction. If you want to do it all on your own, there are as many boat rental companies as there are dive operators. If you want to snorkel, the chances are you can do it right from the beach.

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Getting There:

For visitors arriving by air, the Bahamas are served through Nassau by most US airlines and by international airlines from Canada and Europe, and to a slightly more limited degree through Freeport.

The Out Islands are served mainly by Bahamas Air via connections in Nassau and Freeport.

The Bahamas is also a major destination for the cruise ship industry

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