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A Paradise for Divers

Posted by Gina Knowles on Monday, November 12th, 2018 at 9:28am.

Here in The Bahamas, our underwater scenes are just as stunning as anything you'll see on land.

We've earned a well-deserved reputation as on of the best places in the world to experience the dazzling diversity of ocean life.

The Bahamas consists of over 700 islands and cays dotted over 100,000 sq miles of ocean.

The unique topography of the islands has created a truly magical diving experience as divers can see intricate underwater tunnels and canyons, mysterious deep blue holes, stunning coral reefs and submerged cliff faces which plunge dramatically to the seabed.

With a sunny climate year-round, the water stays a comfortable temperature even during the winter months and is known as some of the clearest sea on the earth - divers can enjoy visibility up to 150 ft. The bright, turquoise blues are so unique they're even visible from space.

Unsurprisingly, given The Bahamas' maritime history, shipwrecks abound in the islands. Local tour companies offer half-day and full-day trips to see reefs and wrecks off New Providence.

Explore 'The Lost Blue Hole,' a hole around 100 ft across and over 200 ft deep. Adventurous divers explore the depths up to 90 ft and see large reef and pelagic fish.

In these waters, you'll meet a variety of underwater inhabitants including stingrays, Caribbean Reef sharks, turtles, grouper, dolphins and large spotted eagle rays as well as stunning coral formations and sea sponges.

Adrenalin junkies can get a close-up look at sharks during a thrilling shark dive, but for something more sedate, amateur and inexperienced divers can enjoy plenty of snorkeling options or train for their PADI.

Tour companies offer learners courses and half or full-day snorkeling excursions to experience the colourful coral reefs that teem with schools of tropical fish such as yellow and black-striped sergeant majors and tiny damselfish. Consider taking a night dive - when the sun goes down the coral transforms, coming alive with glowing colours and a parade of after-dark activity as lobsters and crabs scuttle around.

Photo credit bahamas.com

 

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