The true wonders of the Bahamas lie beneath the crystal blue water, with 700 tropical islands and perfect weather all year round, you can visit any time and be sure of fabulous diving. The Bahamas offers a variety of dive experiences, from pristine coral reefs, superb vertical walls, wreck, caves, caverns and the awesome blue holes.
The diversity of sea life in the Bahamas is exceptional. Special events such as the 'March of the Spiny Lobster', the spawning of the Nassau Grouper and shark dives like no other, people come from everywhere to witness these special dives. Along with many species of sharks, you can see dolphins, turtles, huge schools of fish, conch and many different species of reef fish, hard and soft corals.
The most popular dives in the country are the blue holes and Andros Island is where the greatest concentration can be found with more than 50 on record, interlaced with caves and caverns, this truely is the ultimate diving adventure. The famous Great Blue Hole is found at Andros Island, along with the deep wall dive of Andros Wall.
The Dean's Blue Hole at Long Island is the deepest blue hole on the planet and one of the most popular dives in the country. Surround yourself with dozens of reef sharks at Shark Reef for a very thrilling dive. Wreck dive the Comberback or drift along the wall at Conception Island Wall, all great dives around Long Island.
Bimini offers shallow wreck diving and a big diversity of marine life along the vertical walls. Snorkellers can see the Sapona wreck, which lies just beneath the surface. Head to Abacos for another incredible shark dive called Shark Rodeo at Walker's Cay where up to 100 reef sharks swarm around you; it really is a shark rodeo!
And now for even more shark dives! The gorgeous islands of Nassau and Paradise Island have two shark dives available: out in the blue at Shark Buoy for silkies and Caribbean Reef Sharks, which are also the main attraction at Runway and Shark Arena. There's also Shark Alley at Grand Bahama Island where you might spot hammerheads.
Wrecks galore for all levels, there's the shallow Sugar Wreck with loads of fish inhabiting the area, The deep Theo's Wreck with sharks, rays and turtles hanging about, both dive are at Grand Bahama. Be sure to visit the famous James Bond Wreck where Sean Connery himself dives here in the moves Thunderball and Never Say Never Again.
So take the plunge into the amazing world of Bahamas diving. The diversity of marine life, stunning reefs and magical adventure dives will leave you begging for more. Be sure to let us know of your favourite places in the country and share your best photos.
(By Kelly Luckman)