Scuba Diving in the Bahamas

Photograph of diving in the BahamasScuba diving in the Bahamas is excellent. Dive operators on most of the islands can take you on scheduled dives, or to locations of your own choosing.

For the most part, the waters off the Bahamas are very clear, shallow and offer an abundance of coral reefs and gardens for you to explore, as well as shipwrecks, modern and ancient.

For more information, links to dive sites and dive operators around the islands, go to About Scuba Diving in the Bahamas

Note: Unless you are an experienced diver, it’s probably best to work with an operator, especially if you want to go wreck or shark diving.

About the Dive Sites:

The dive sites listed throughout this website are, for the most part, remote and difficult to get to without a qualified guide. The locations of most listed sites in the Out Islands are not marked in any way – on maps or in the ocean – and are the closely guarded secrets of the local dive operators who make their living taking divers out on guided tours. If you want to see a particular site, ask your operator. If there are enough people interested in the site to make a full boat, it will cost no more than the regular half-day or full-day tour. If not, you’ll have to rent the boat and guide on your own, which can be expensive.

It is not recommended that you go off on your own. Local knowledge of the waters and currents is essential, and it’s dangerous to dive without such knowledge, especially where shipwrecks are concerned.

About the Marine National Parks:

More and more, the government of the Bahamas is concerned with protecting the fragile ecosystem and expanding the national park system, especially marine parks. At the time of writing, these included:

While you are welcome to visit these parks and reserves, preferably with a guide, it is an offense to remove anything from the parks, alive or dead. This includes seashells.

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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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