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Guide To The Bahamas

 

Description

The Bahamas. So close, yet so far away. The Bahamas chain is within a scant 50 miles from the coast of Florida, but in that 50 miles you cross into another dimension. A time and place without worries, a relaxing atmosphere, and friendly people. Even though you can reach the Bahamas in less than an hour's flight from the Florida coast, the country's natural beauty and exotic appeal make it seem more like a far-flung outpost. The water ranges from pale aqua to deep sapphire, the spectrum changing hourly as the relentless Bahamian sun sweeps across the island sky.

The Islands Of The Bahamas is a 100,000-sq-mile archipelago that extends over 500 miles of the clearest water in the world. The 700 islands, including uninhabited cays and large rocks, total an estimated land area of 5,382 sq miles, and register a highest land elevation of 206 ft. Most notable, however, is that each island has itís own diversity that continues beyond geography, carrying through to the heart of The Bahamas, the Bahamian people.

You can choose an island with lots of activities, shopping, dining and nightlife. Or maybe an island where few other people will be seen, and the afternoon activities include swinging in your hammock and watching the sun fall from the edge of the earth. It's up to you.

Getting There

All of the islands have airports, or at least an airstrip. Flying into the Bahamas, you will usually arrive in Nassau or Freeport, and if bound for an out island, a smaller commuter plane will complete your journey. Listed below are scheduled airlines, however there are a number of charter flights available, check with your travel agent.

Nassau/Paradise Island Airport Service

Air Canada
Bahamasair
American Airlines
Silver Air
Delta

Grand Bahama Airport Service

Bahamasair
Silver Air
Miami Air
Southwest
American Airlines

Treasure Cay Airport Service

American Airlines
Bahamas Air
Air Sunshine
Silver Air

Marsh Harbour Airport Service

American Airlines
Silver Air

North Eleuthera Airport

Silver Air

Entry Requirements


USA Citizens

Travel by Air: All U.S. citizens are required to present a valid U.S. passport in order to enter or re-enter the United States when travelling be air. U.S. citizens do not need visas for short trips to The Bahamas for tourist/business purposes. It is important to note that although the Bahamian government only requires proof of citizenship and identity in order to enter The Bahamas, the U.S. government requires that Americans have a valid passport in order to fly home. Most airlines will not permit a U.S. citizen to fly to The Bahamas without a valid U.S. passport and risk getting stranded.

Travel by Sea: Americans may enter the Unites States from The Bahamas by sea using a passport, passport card, or other Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) compliant document. Travelers arriving via private watercraft are charged docking fees.

We strongly encourage all American citizen travelers to apply for a U.S. passport or passport card well in advance of anticipated travel. American citizens can visit the Department of State website or call 1-877-4USA-PPT (1-877-487-2778) for information on how to apply for their passports.

U.S. citizens planning on an extended stay should be prepared to present proof or evidence of financial solvency upon entry to The Bahamas.

Canadian Citizens

To enter The Bahamas, Canadian citizens must have a valid passport, accompanied by a return or onward journey ticket and proof of funds to support the visit.

A current passport is required for Canadian citizens traveling to The Bahamas. The passport must have at least six months validity from the departure date of their trip. Canadian citizens can visit for a maximum of 90 days without a visa.

Citizens from other countries

To enter The Bahamas, citizens from countries other than the U.S. and Canada require a Passport that must be valid for six (6) months beyond the dates of travel and/or a valid Bahamas Visa. You must also possess a return or onward journey ticket and proof of funds to support the visit.

NOTE: If you are using an electronic ticket, please show Immigration a copy of your travel itinerary and ticket number. PASSPORT refers to a valid passport from the individual's country of birth. VISA refers to a Bahamas Visa only. If a person is born in one country and resident in another (other than the U.S. or Canada), the documentation required is based upon the country of birth.

Upon your arrival to The Islands Of The Bahamas, you will be asked to fill out an Immigration Arrival/Departure Card, which you will keep part of until your departure.

A Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers over one year of age coming from the following countries: Angola, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Colombia, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, French Guiana, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Peru and Sudan. Travellers are required to be vaccinated 10 days prior to entering The Islands Of The Bahamas and must have a valid certificate of vaccination against Yellow Fever.

Customs

When you enter The Islands Of The Bahamas, you will be asked for a verbal baggage declaration. However, your luggage is also subject to customs inspections. If you are carrying dutiable items, you will need to fill out a Baggage Declaration Form.

Custom Duty

Baggage declaration by temporary visitors is oral, but baggage is subject to Customs inspection. In case there are dutiable articles, the visitor will be required to complete a Baggage Declaration Form. Each adult is allowed 50 cigars or cigarettes or one pound of tobacco and one quart of spirits free of Customs Duty, in addition to personal effects. In addition, purchases up to a value of one hundred dollars ($100.00) are permitted by all arriving passengers.

Household effects, such as small appliances (such as blender etc.) are dutiable at 45% of the cost. Linen and china are duty free for each arriving visit. Computers such as laptops are considered a part of your personal effects and therefore are duty-free.

For the latest entry requirents for your country, please visit:

http://www.bahamas.com/bahamas/about/entryrequirements.aspx?sectionid=59196

Helpful Visitor Information

Taxis
Taxis are accessible from all areas at all times. Jitney buses run from downtown and Cable Beach in Nassau/Paradise Island and from several depots at Freeport/Lucaya on Grand Bahama Island at ten minute intervals for 75 cents per ride.

Driving
Rental cars, scooter, and bikes are available on almost every island. British rules apply, so please drive on the left. Visitors may use their home license for up to three months and may also apply for an international driver's license.

What to Bring
Airlines restrict the amount of baggage you may bring to the Bahamas, especially if you are commuting on the out islands. Try to pack light. so you'll meet the baggage restrictions. The planes that fly to The Out Islands may restrict you to one bag and one carry-on bag.

Besides lightweight garments and comfortable shoes, you'll probably want to bring a camera, sunscreen, sunglasses and a beach towel. You can also bring your own fishing or scuba diving equipment, although these items can be purchased or rented at most beach resorts. Whatever you do, remember to leave enough room for souvenirs!

It's a good idea to set aside B$15.00 to cover the departure tax, unless you are leaving The Islands Of The Bahamas from Freeport on Grand Bahama, where the departure tax is B$18.00. You may substitute United States dollars for Bahamian dollars since American currency is accepted everywhere and the exchange rate is the same. You will also need to have the appropriate documents for entry into The Islands Of The Bahamas. Please click here to view these documents.

Plan to wear spring and summer attire. The Islands Of The Bahamas have a semitropical climate with temperatures ranging from 70°F to 80°F.

Electricity
Electricity is normally 120 volts AC. American appliances are fully compatible.

Water
The quality of water varies from island to island. The water is drinkable; however, bottled water is available in the hotels, restaurants, gas stations and supermarkets.

Tipping
Tip according to quality of service. Bellboys and porters usually receive $1 per bag, while most other servers (waiters, taxis, etc.) receive 15%. Many establishments include the gratuity in their bills, so look at your bill before you leave a tip.

Shopping
11 categories of items are duty-free - Perfumes and Fragrances, Crystal, Leather Goods, Jewelry, Fine Linens and Tablecloths, Watches and Clocks, Photographic Equipment, China, Binoculars, and Telescopes are all duty free. Savings on these items are between 25% - 50% below US prices.

Stores in downtown Nassau generally open for business between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays. In Grand Bahama, the principal shopping areas are the Lucaya Marketplace and the International Bazaar which are open for business at 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays. With the exception of the straw markets and malls, only a few stores in the downtown area of Nassau/Paradise Island and the International Bazaar and Lucaya Marketplace in Grand Bahama will be found open on Sundays. The straw markets and malls are usually open for business on Sundays. On the out islands shops and store hours may vary, check with your hotel or host for more information.

Time Zone
Eastern Standard Time is used within The Islands of The Bahama. April to October is Eastern Daylight Time, in conjunction with US summer hours.

Communications
The U.S. and Canada are a direct-dial call away and most hotels provide direct-dialing service from your room or conference center.

Pets
An import permit is required from the Ministry of Agriculture, Trade and Industry (Nassau) for all animals being brought into the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. The permit is valid for 90 days from the date of issue. Applications for such permits, stating the kind of animal, breed, age, sex and country of embarkation (along with a $10 processing fee), must be made in writing.

Visitor Activities and Attractions

Scuba Diving

The islands offer some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving in the world. Every island is rimmed by coral reefs, and the waters offer exceptional visibility and year-round temperatures that make wetsuits unnecessary. There are plentiful ship and plane wrecks to explore - even a train off Eleuthera. The Bahamas is renowned for wall dives along the sheer-faced trenches at the edges of the Bahama Banks. There are also blue holes, caves, shallow reefs, shark and dolphin dives, drift dives, incredible night dives and more. If you enjoy snorkeling, all of the islands offer clear, shallow areas.

And the visibility, how about an average of 100'+, and 200' not an uncommon occurance. Dive services range from small personal 6-paks where you may be one of the few on the boat, to large personal operations with multiple boats where you will get a chance to meet and dive with scuba enthusiasts from all over the world. Where will you dive? The choices are yours to make.

Beaches

The Bahamas have some of the most beautiful white powdery sand beaches in the world. On the out islands, you may find yourself all alone to enjoy.

Dining

Bahamian cuisine is available roadside, beachside, and in fine-dining establishments with a host of international cuisine. Dining in The Bahamas is an enjoyable experience, differing from meal to meal. Most dishes center around seafood like conch or rock lobster, but youíll find a tremendous variety of fare throughout the islands.

Shopping

Effective January 1, 1992, the Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas abolished all import duties on 11 categories of items. Perfumes and Fragrances, Crystal, Leather Goods, Jewelry, Fine Linens and Tablecloths, Watches and Clocks, Photographic Equipment, China, Binoculars, and Telescopes are all duty free. Savings on these items are between 25% - 50% below US prices.

Each U.S. resident may bring home items total retail value of $600.00 USD duty free. Free gifts or promotional items must be taken into consideration as must personal goods. Families traveling together can pool their exemptions. This means that it does not matter if there is one item or four items totaling $1,200.00 for a family of two or $1,800.00 for a family of three and so on.

Requirements: the U.S. resident must have been out of the U.S. for at least 48 hours and this exemption can only be taken every 30 days. If you do not remain outside of the U.S. for at least 48 hours or have previously used your exemption you are limited to a $25.00 duty-free exemption per person and cannot pool this exemption with family members. If you exceed your exemption you loose it and must pay duty on the total value of what you purchased.

Also, there are limits to the amount of alcoholic beverages (2 liters) or tobacco products allowed within the $600.00 limit. Also you must be at least 21 year old to bring back alcoholic beverages. Cuban cigars are not allowed.

Items produced in the Bahamas, such as straw goods, Bahamian brewed beer, conch shells, wood carvings and similar items are allowed in addition to your duty-free allowance provided they are for your personal use.

Golf

Both 9 and 18 hole championship fairways and greens await golfers in the Bahamas. Courses can be found on The Abacos, Eleuthera/Harbour Island, The Exumas, Grand Bahama Island and Nassau/Paradise Island. A number of tournaments and events are held throughout the year as well.

Hiking/Exploring

Exploring nature and the environment is a fun and exciting vacation activity. The Bahamas has many national parks that protect and preserve the natural environment and offer unsurpassed viewing of rare and indigenous wildlife.

Festivals

There seems to always be a carnival or some sort of festivities somewhere in the islands. You may experience some of the most lively and varied events of any place on the planet! Events celebrating everything -- fishing, sailing, shopping, eating, drinking, dancing and more -- can be found on the islands throughout the entire year. In The Bahamas, the party never stops.

Fishing

The Bahamas have long been known as a mecca for sportfishing. Deep-sea fishing and bonefishing are the two standouts, with events held nationwide throughout the year. Experienced guides and fishing lodges are plentiful in the islands and are fully outfitted to make sure you have the very best fishing experience possible. From chartered boats to flats fishing, The Bahamas have just about every type of fishing for first-timers and fanatics.

Casinos

Are you a high roller or are slot machines more your speed? The casinos of Nassau/Paradise Island and Freeport/Lucaya offer cards, dice, roulette, slots, sports betting and live shows.

Nightlife

One of the real pleasures of the Bahamas is that each island has its own personality. No matter what kind of nightlife entertainment you want, youíll find it on one of our islands. Peaceful nighttime serenity abounds on The Outer Islands. A world of glamour and gaming thrive on Grand Bahama and Nassau/Paradise Island. Whether you choose to spend your vacation nights under the stars or under the bright lights, thereís an island waiting for you, or if itís variety you seek, some islands offer both!

Boating

Cruising the islands can be fun and adventurous. Day sailing on catamarans, or overnight bareboat experiences await. Cruise and enjoy what the islands are all about.

Parks/Gardens

Ardastra Gardens and Zoo, Nassau, New Providence Island
Exotic wildlife like the South American honeybear and the rare Caribbean flamingo make these gardens home.

Garden of the Groves, Freeport, Grand Bahama Island
This famous 12-acre park is home to a large selection of tropical plants, animals and birds.

Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park, Great Exuma, Out Islands
This 176-mile land and sea nature reserve is filled with beaches and family fun and has played a major role in conservation of fish native to the Bahamas.

Hydroflora Gardens, Grand Bahama Island
See over 154 carefully cultivated plant species at this botanical garden.

Parrot Jungle's Garden of the Groves, Grand Bahama Island
Twelve-acre garden full of tropical plants and animals: one of the most popular tourist attractions on the island.

Botanical Gardens, New Providence Island
Tropical gardens filled with exotic blooms and vine-covered trees.

Peterson Cay, Freeport, Grand Bahama Island
Located a mile off the mainland shore, this small, often deserted island is a relaxing place for snorkeling and viewing birds.

Inagua National Park, Bahamas
This park is best known for its beautiful pink flamingos.

Versailles Gardens and French Cloister, Paradise Island, New Providence Island
Beautifully manicured gardens set next to a 12th century Augustine monastery.

Stingray City, New Providence Island
Rub elbows with the ocean elite: southern stingrays, moray eels, grouper and crayfish hobnob with adventurous divers at this three-acre underwater park.

Garden of Remembrance, Nassau, New Providence Island
A park that honors the Bahamian veterans of WWI and WWII.

Abaco National Park, Great Abaco Island, Out Islands
Some of the best birdwatching on the island can be done at this tropical park.

Nassau Botanical Gardens, Nassau, New Providence Island
18 acres of brightly colored flowers and tropical plants.

Pelican Cays National Park, Great Abaco Island, Out Islands
An underwater nature preserve, saving grouper fish and spiny lobsters from fishermen's traps and cooking pots: perfect for scuba diving.

Memorial Sculpture Garden, Great Abaco Island, Out Islands
Stone plaques and sculptures commemorate the Abacos residents who have made important contributions to the history of the island.

Fortune Hill Plantation, San Salvador, Out Islands
Former cotton plantation, now open for tours.

Royal Victoria Garden, Nassau, New Providence Island
Beautifully landscaped gardens offering over 300 species of tropical plant.

Historic Sites

Fort Fincastle, Nassau, New Providence Island
The top of this 126-foot fort offers spectacular panoramic views of the ocean.

Balcony House, Nassau, New Providence Island
The oldest wooden structure on the island, built in the 18th century.

Fort Charlotte, Nassau, New Providence Island
Underground passages and dungeons lie underneath this old fort, built in 1787.

Queen's Staircase, Nassau, New Providence Island
This limestone staircase was built by slaves to honor Queen Victoria's help in the abolition of slavery in the Bahamas.

Fort Montagu, New Providence Island
The oldest fort on the island, also a place to kick back and relax on well-manicured lawns overlooking the ocean.

Blackbeard's Tower, Nassau, New Providence Island
Watch tower reportedly used by the pirate Blackbeard.

Cooper's Castle, Freeport, Grand Bahama Island
Imaginative buisnessman crowns himself prince of the island, and he's built this beautiful castle to prove it.

Nassau Public Library and Museum, Nassau, New Providence Island
This museum on the history of Nassau features an old jail and exhibits on the Lucayan Indians.

The Retreat, Nassau, New Providence Island

Patience House and The Shark Lady of the Exumas, Great Exuma, Out Islands
The house-museum and shop belonging to Gloria Patience, shark trapper, jewelry maker and collector.

Vendue House, Nassau, New Providence Island
The site of an old slave market now houses the Pompey Museum, featuring exhibits on the African experience in the Bahamas.

Dunmore Town, Out Islands
Picturesque seafront village for visitors who want to get away from the more hectic touristy spots on the island.

Bowe Family Plantation, Great Exuma, Out Islands
This ruined cotton plantation serves as a striking reminder of the island's colonial past.

Landfall Park, San Salvador, Out Islands
The highlight of this park is the large white cross that marks the place where Columbus first set foot on the island.

Adelaide Village, New Providence Island
This historic village was established in 1831 when the Governor of the Bahamas gave the land to freed slaves.

Cenotaph, Nassau, New Providence Island
Pay tribute to Bahama's war heroes: a concrete monument honoring the Bahamian veterans who fought in WWI and WWII.

Marine Farm, Bahamas
Ruins of an old British fort constructed to protect the area from pirates.

Rolle Town Tombs, Great Exuma, Out Islands
Tombstones of an overseer and his wife who lived during slavery times.

The Hermitage, Great Exuma, Out Islands
Eight miles from George Town, these tombs date back to the 1800s and are best explored with a local guide.

Columbus Point, Long Island, Out Islands
Scenic lookout point offering spectacular panoramic views of the coast.

Amusement Parks

Harbour Bay Shopping Centre, New Providence Island
Large shopping complex sells everything under the sun, from groceries to books, but it's most popular for TropiKids, a kid entertainment center.

Waterscape, Paradise Island, New Providence Island
The largest outdoor aquarium in the world, featuring six lagoons, five swimming pools, 40 waterfalls and underwater walkways for viewing fish.

Beaches and Water Sports

The Dolphin Experience, Lucaya, Grand Bahama Island
Participants in this popular program get the opportunity to swim with bottlenose dolphins.

Blue Lagoon Island, Bahamas
These trained dolphins are playful and friendly, specializing in giving visitors a ride on the "dolphin surf," where one of these gentle creatures pushes you through the water with their snout.

Forfar Field Station, Andros, Out Islands
For students and marine life enthusiasts, an opportunity to get hands-on experience in this unique environment.

Elbow Cay, Great Abaco Island, Out Islands
Island best known for the friendliness of its residents and its candy-cane-colored lighthouse.

Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park, Great Exuma, Out Islands
This 176-mile land and sea nature reserve is filled with beaches and family fun and has played a major role in conservation of fish native to the Bahamas.

Gold Rock Beach, Lucayan National Park, Grand Bahama Island
This beach is as pretty as a postcard, with smooth white sands and clear blue waters.

Arawak Cay, Nassau, New Providence Island

Green Turtle Cay, Out Islands
The narrow streets and shuttered houses on this island make it popular with tourists who want to get away from the glitz and glamour of the island's more touristy areas.

Dolphin Close Encounter, New Providence Island
Meet some of the ocean's friendliest residents: they're loveable, if not a little pushy, so why not meet them through this program?

Moore's Island, Great Abaco Island, Out Islands
Remote island known for the friendliness of its inhabitants and delicious Bahamian food.

Bahamas Fast Ferry Services, Nassau, New Providence Island
This high-speed ferry makes the trip from Nassau to Harbour Island in just under two hours.

Sapona, Bimini, Out Islands
Concrete ship originally built by Henry Ford during WWI, now an upright wreck in 14 feet of water.

Love Beach, New Providence Island
Snorkeling hotspot only a 20 minute drive from downtown Nassau.

Walker's Cay, Great Abaco Island, Out Islands
This cay is known for its shipwreck-dive sites as well as its great opportunity for shark diving.

Bimini Road, Bimini, Out Islands
Natural rock formation or the ruined highway of the lost city of Atlantis? This long, flat stretch of limestone will have historians and geologists puzzling for years to come.

Marsh Harbour, Great Abaco Island, Out Islands
Tropical birds are known to flock here - so birdwatchers, whip out those binoculars and head on over!

Stones of Atlantis, Bimini, Out Islands
A 300-foot long rock formation estimated to be around 5,000-10,000 years old, now a popular diving site for adventurous divers.

Andros Barrier Reef, Andros, Out Islands
Fishers and divers flock to the third largest reef in the world.

Theo's Wreck, Grand Bahama Island

Peterson Cay, Freeport, Grand Bahama Island
Located a mile off the mainland shore, this small, often deserted island is a relaxing place for snorkeling and viewing birds.

Shark Junction, Bahamas
Spoiled reef sharks swarm this dive site, waiting to be hand-fed by expert dive guides: you could watch.

Berry Islands, Out Islands
Attention snorkelers! Beautiful Elkhorn coral nearly touch the surface of the water, meaning great visibility for those who shun the wetsuits and oxygen tanks.

Ragged Island, Out Islands
This two-by-five mile island bears a single settlement: Duncan Town, population 89.

Blue Holes, Andros, Out Islands
Unique geology has formed these freshwater "holes" in the ocean off Andros that can be explored by diving or boat.

Cat Cay, Bahamas
This island is best known for its huge Bluefin tuna: fishermen grab your rods!

Taino Beach, Grand Bahama Island
Lovely beach, known for its remote stretches of sand.

Bimini Blue Water Marina, Bimini, Out Islands
Fishing boats for charter, a necessary stop for deep-sea fishermen.

Treasure Reef, Grand Bahama Island
Named after the REAL treasure found in a sunken Spanish ship; now, this reef is explored only for its natural beauty.

Battery Hole, Grand Bahama Island
Turtles, crabs and nurse sharks inhabit this small blue hole: a great place to spot all kinds of marine life.

Rainbow Reef, Grand Bahama Island
Staghorn and Elkhorn coral can be seen at this colorful reef.

Seahunt Reef, Grand Bahama Island
Named after an 1980s TV show, this reef is a popular dive site.

Gaulding's Cay, Eleuthera, Out Islands
A remote, one-mile stretch of whitebeach surrounded by pines: a peacefull, scenic place to lounge and snorkel.

Conception Island, Long Island, Out Islands
The endangered green turtle lays its eggs on the shores of this island, which is also the site of one of the most unusual and beautiful scuba diving sites in the Bahamas.

Sandy Point Cave, San Salvador, Out Islands
Cave covered with brightly-colored sponges and haunted by the occasional hammerhead shark.

Yamacraw Point, New Providence Island
Beautiful white beach at the eastern most tip of the island, where you can watch the ocean stretch out endlessly before your eyes.

Stingray City, New Providence Island
Rub elbows with the ocean elite: southern stingrays, moray eels, grouper and crayfish hobnob with adventurous divers at this three-acre underwater park.

Eco-Tour, Nassau, New Providence Island
This tour, arranged by the Ministry of Tourism, allows you to see the island's natural beauty by bike, boat or foot.

Waterscape, Paradise Island, New Providence Island
The largest outdoor aquarium in the world, featuring six lagoons, five swimming pools, 40 waterfalls and underwater walkways for viewing fish.

Andros Wall, Andros, Out Islands
The most popular underwater wall in the Bahamas, best known for its diverse sites, from canyons to peaks and everything in between.

Bimini Wall, Bimini, Out Islands
A continuous underwater wall facing the Gulf Stream, popular among divers for the beautiful, multi-colored fish that inhabit it.

Burial Mound Cave, Lucayan National Park, Grand Bahama Island
Stalatites and staglamites and other unusual rock formations are featured in this cave.

Ben's Cave, Lucayan National Park, Grand Bahama Island
This underwater cave is the only one on the island that can be dived: experienced divers only, please!

Chub Cay, Bahamas
Catch a fish of biblical proportions: marlins and reef fish haunt the reefs surrounding this island.

Zodiac Caverns, Grand Bahama Island
Chartered boats can take you to see this underwater cavern.

Mermaid's Lair, Grand Bahama Island
Underwater cavern, a diving site only for the adventurous scuba diver.

Thunderball Grotto, Great Exuma, Out Islands
This fantastic underwater cave was used in the filming of two James Bond movies and is a must-see for divers and snorkelers.

Pink Sands Beach, Eleuthera, Out Islands
Scenic beach, great for snorkeling and diving.

Lucayan National Park, Lucayan National Park, Grand Bahama Island

Bull Run, Bahamas
Caribbean reef sharks call this reef home, well-fed on the scraps provided by guides on diving expeditions.

White Hole, Bahamas
Large coral heads surrounded by pure white sand: a scenic diving site near the northern end of Eleuthera.

Samana Bay, Bahamas
Tourists frequent this dolphin playground.

Castaway Cay, Bahamas
Bahamian Out Island currently owned by the Disney Corporation, which is accessible only by arriving on a Disney cruise ship.

Sanctuary Bay, Grand Bahama Island
This bay is known for its swimming with dolphins.

Grand Bahama Wall, Grand Bahama Island
A mixture of coral reefs and spectacular wall sites lining the southern coast of Grand Bahama, a popular site for divers.

Old Bahama Bay, Grand Bahama Island
Marked snorkeling trails for seeing the beautiful marine life of the Caribbean.

White Sand Ridge, Grand Bahama Island
Shallow sea bank: scuba diver haven and dolphin hangout.

Mount Olympus, Grand Bahama Island
This dramatic underwater mountain is a popular diving site among scuba divers.

Pygmy Caves, Grand Bahama Island
Divers dig this beautiful coral reef, full of colorful creatures.

Silverpoint Reef, Grand Bahama Island
Explore this coral reef and get to know first hand the beauties of the sea.

Gold Rock, Grand Bahama Island
Breathtaking color and a spectacular array of marine life: this coral reef is a popular spot for divers.

Shark Alley, Grand Bahama Island
Sharks love this reef because they get fed; tourists love this reef because they get to see sharks.

Chub Cay Wall, Out Islands
A variety of wall formations can be found in this underwater stretch running along the southwestern tip of Chub Cay.

Riding Rock Wall, Out Islands
A string of underwater walls running along the western coast of the island.

Conception Island Wall, Out Islands
Located 40 feet underwater, this wall is home to beautiful sponge and coral formations.

Dangerous Reef, Out Islands
Don't let the name fool you: the reef sharks, hammerheads and black groupers that inhabit this reef are anything but man-eaters; they will expect to be fed, though.

Crooked Island, Out Islands
Sparsely occupied island known for its great fishing, diving and snorkeling.

Anchor Wall, Out Islands
A deep dive, with the wall starting at 75 feet and home to many different kinds of marin life, from coral and sponges to sharks and eagle rays.

Lighthouse Point Wall, Out Islands
Sharks, turtles, barracuda and sting rays congregate at this underwater wall, making it a fantastic diving site.

French Wells, Out Islands
Beautiful and peaceful area where visitors can view flamingos, sharks and barracuda.

Exuma Wall, Great Exuma, Out Islands
Seventy-five foot vertical underwater wall: a popular diving site.

Dog Rocks Wall, Great Exuma, Out Islands
Swim through this maze of coral, full of marine life.

Pelican Cays National Park, Great Abaco Island, Out Islands
An underwater nature preserve, saving grouper fish and spiny lobsters from fishermen's traps and cooking pots: perfect for scuba diving.

Land and Sea Park and Preserve, Great Abaco Island, Out Islands
This park includes both sunny beaches and clear blue water, and is best known for its snorkeling sites.

Little Bahamas Bank, Great Abaco Island, Out Islands
Popular diving site that seldom goes deeper than 30-40 feet, best known for its open cavern systems.

Coral Caverns, Great Abaco Island, Out Islands
This dive site is loaded with marine life, from grouper to eagle rays and silver tarpon.

The Towers, Great Abaco Island, Out Islands
Underwater wall featuring lots of marine life and colorful coral growth.

Tahiti Beach, Great Abaco Island, Out Islands
Beautiful beach on Elbow Cay bordered by a thick grove of palm trees.

Victory Reef, Bimini, Out Islands
This brightly colored coral reef is only matched by the brightly colored fish that inhabit it.

Tuna Alley, Bimini, Out Islands
Underwater wall reaching up to 100 feet in depth offers a spectacular array of marine life, from corals and sponges to tropical fish.

Briland's Blue Hole, Harbour Island, Out Islands
Underwater cave off Harbour Island offers exciting underwater exploration for scuba divers.

Somerset Beach, Andros, Out Islands
This beach's beauty is best seen at low tide for a clear, wide stretch of white sand.

Great Barrier Reef, Andros, Out Islands
One hundred and forty miles of beautiful coral reef: a diver's paradise.

Church Windows, Andros, Out Islands
An intense, deep dive into an underwater cavern resembling a lofty Gothic cathedral.

Bannerman Town, Eleuthera, Out Islands
Small, ocean-side community with a spectacular beach and breathtaking views of the sea and Mt. Alvernia.

Devil's Backbone, Eleuthera, Out Islands
This strech of shallow reef has put many a tear in unwary ships' bottoms, giving it its name.

Current Cut, Eleuthera, Out Islands
A popular snorkel site, known for the colorful marine creatures that feed here.

Shark Reef, Long Island, Out Islands
You'll have Reef Sharks eating right out of your hand during this adrenaline-pumping shark encounter.

Great Cut, San Salvador, Out Islands
Although there may not be much color, this underwater wall more than makes up for it in drama: this wall begins at 60 feet and plunges over 100 feet down in a spectacular vertical drop.

Telephone Pole, San Salvador, Out Islands
Diving site with fantastic visibility, allowing great views of all kinds of marine life, from scalloped hammerheads to hawksbill turtles.

East Beach, San Salvador, Out Islands
Beautiful 6-mile beach reminiscent of Cape Cod or the Hamptons, but with turquoise waters and sharks.

Lake Killarney, New Providence Island
Large lake with beautiful wooded shores and a large population of island birds.

Lake Cunningham, New Providence Island
Beautiful lake surrounded by woods - a perfect spot to see some of the island's most beautiful birds.

Lake Nancy, New Providence Island
Small, quiet pond - a great place for canoeing.

Caves Beach, New Providence Island
Beautiful white-sand beach hugs the shores in the shape of a small crescent: great for lounging and swimming.

Saunders Beach, New Providence Island
Popular spot for lounging and swimming, especially on the weekends.

Tongue of the Ocean, New Providence Island
A string of underwater walls: a popular diving site.

Southwest Reef, New Providence Island
Shallow reef known for its abundant marine life.

Goulding Cay, New Providence Island
Shallow reef popular among divers.

Barracuda Shoals, New Providence Island
Named after it's inhabitants, this coral reef is bursting with color and marine life.

Pumpkin Patch, New Providence Island
There are no squash here: a shallow reef popular among divers for its colorful abundance of marine life.

Razorback, New Providence Island
Shallow reef offering spectacular vistas of colorful coral and fish.

Lyford Cay Wall, New Providence Island
Breathtaking coral cliff, popular among divers.

Southwest Wall, New Providence Island
Coral Canyon stretching several miles, populated by colorful sponges and other sea creatures.

Shark Runway, New Providence Island
Caribbean reef shark hangout, a perfect opportunity to see these magnificent creatures up close and in the wild.

Shark Wall, New Providence Island
Named after this reef's most notorious inhabitants: diving with sharks is the latest trend among adventurous scuba divers.

Shark Arena, New Providence Island
Lots of sharks for those who want to get into the latest craze: diving with sharks.

The Graveyard, New Providence Island
Four ships have been sunk here, meaning some great diving for scuba divers.

Atholl Island, New Providence Island
Friendly yellowtails and Sergeant Majors pester divers for food, meaning there's no better way to see the marine life than on the reefs off this island.

Lost Blue Hole, New Providence Island
A circular depression in the ocean floor, providing exceptional diving for interested divers.

South Ocean, New Providence Island
The location for such films as "Flipper," "Cocoon," "Splash"and the granddaddy of all underwater motion pictures, the 1950s classic "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea."

 

 

 






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