Best Dive Sites, South & West, Nassau, Bahamas

Experts will tell you that the best diving is on the south and west sides of New Providence. There, also, is where you will find most of the dive operators.

The Shark Wall
This is the place to go if you want to observe these somewhat maligned denizens of the deep. At any one time, a half-dozen to a dozen sharks patrol the waters off the edge of the coral-encrusted drop-off known as the Tongue of the Ocean. The sharks – looking for free hand-outs of food – vary in size from four feet to more than eight feet, and include reef, bull, and lemon sharks. Divers interested in this unique, though contrived, situation position themselves on the sand between the coral heads in about 50 feet of water, while the organizers feed the great fish tidbits from the ends of spiked poles.

The Runway
The Runway is a neat, yet underrated, dive site on the south side of the island, and almost anyone with a little diving experience can visit it. Though there’s not much to see, the site is a popular gathering place for Southern stingrays. It’s not uncommon for divers to see rays as big as six to eight feet across. And even if the rays are not present, the resident barracuda, a silvery four-footer named Barry, will be pleased to entertain you.

The Southwest Reef
This is one of New Providence’s most spectacular and most popular dive sites. Magnificent, multi-structured coral heads – elkhorn, fan, brain, tube, and more – host a multitude of colorful fish and crustaceans, such as flags, squirrelfish, parrotfish, sergeant majors, grunts and barracuda. It is all in only 15-30 feet of water, making the site easily accessible to scuba divers and snorkelers alike.

The Tunnel Wall
A part of the Clifton Wall on the southwest coast, this is an interesting and colorful system of caves, crevices and tunnels. It’s a drop-off dive beginning in about 30 feet of water, descending to exit the tunnel system some 70-100 feet down along the near-vertical wall.

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