Top 5 Diving Spots in The Bahamas

Diving in the Bahamas

Diving in The Bahamas should be on everyone’s bucket list.

With ocean temperatures reaching 27 degrees Celsius all year round, The Bahamas is known for its diving spots. 

Marine life, crystal clear waters, caves and reefs, The Bahamas is the perfect destination for adventure seekers.

I mean who doesn’t want to deep dive into the world’s second deepest marine “blue hole?”

Each diving spot will tempt even the non-adventurous person to dive in and experience something new.

Exploring Diving Spots

Aerial view of Dean’s Blue Hole.
Courtesy via Pinterest

DEAN’S BLUE HOLE

This blue hole is located near Clarence Town on Long Island. It has a bird’s-eye view of Dean’s Blue Hole and reveals an impressive sight with the surrounding cliffs, trees and sandy beaches. 

You’ll witness beautiful gradations of blue water. However, don’t let the view deceive you about what lies beneath. 

You’ll take a plunge into a cavern that’s 663 feet (202 metres) deep to be greeted by schools of fishes and coral reefs. 

However, if you’re uneasy and inexperienced, you can swim/snorkel around the perimeter of the hole where the water is only waist-deep. 

Should you wish to challenge yourself, you can enter the Vertical Blue Freediving competition, which happens every year. 

 

BEN’S BLUE HOLE (CAVE DIVING AT LUCAYAN NATIONAL PARK)

Ben’s Cave, Lucayan National Park
Courtesy of Stop Having A Boring Life.

 

The Bahamas is said to contain over 1000 blue holes, and only 20% of these blue holes have been explored by scientists. 

Located in Grand Bahama, Lucayan National Park encompasses 42 acres, six ecosystems and two caves. 

Ben’s Blue Hole is another exciting underwater location that attracts and captivates divers and marine photographers. 

Moray eels, loggerhead turtles and other marine life can be spotted clearly on clear, sunny days swimming near the reefs and the surrounding areas of the blue hole. 

Several tour companies will take you through the national park system before arriving at your diving destination.

You’ll be diving 9 miles underwater observing unique fossilized rocks. 

 

MERMAID’S LAIR CAVE 

Diving in Freeport.
Courtesy of Harmony Beaches.

To deter their children from playing near the hole, local parents would tell their children a fable that mermaids would pull little children into the water/cave.

This blue hole is in Old Freetown. 

The inland blue hole is home to several ecosystems and even though the water looks murky at surface level, don’t let this deceive you. 

Once you swim beneath the surface, the water is completely crystal clear.

OWL’S HOLE CAVERN 

Owl’s Hole
Courtesy of Tripadvisor.com

If you’re willing to descend a 30 foot ladder before touching any body of water, then the Owl’s Hole Cavern is just the right adventure for you. The opening of the cavern has a diameter of 30-feet.

If you want to leap, you can dive into the frigid freshwater and look up to the heavens once you’re inside. 

For those interested in diving, you can explore the rest of the cavern, which lies roughly 90 feet in depth.

Should you continue to dive deeper, you will encounter a layer of fresh water resting upon a body of saltwater. Geologists call this a Halocline. 

Located in Grand Bahama, you can contact local tour groups, which are quite pricey, or you can rent a car and explore the island at your own pace. 

JAMES BOND “THUNDERBALL” GROTTO

Snorkel inside the Thunderball Grotto James Bond Cave on a Staniel Cay Day trip with Bahamas Air Tours Day Trips by plane.
Inside view of the “Thunderball” Grotto Courtesy of Bahamas Air Tours

Hollywood is not foreign to filming movies in The Bahamas. Two James Bond movies, “Thunderball” (1965) and “Never Say Never Again” (1983) were filmed and since then the grotto has carried the name. 

The grotto is stationed west of Staniel Cay (The Exumas) and is great for snorkelling, diving and wading.

Those who want to snorkel can see vibrant marine life and coral reefs. 

Because of the grotto’s hidden entrance, adventure seekers are advised to enter during low tides. 

Furthermore, during high tides, diving equipment is necessary to gain entry. 

Travel Precautions

When travelling to The Bahamas, please take into consideration the time of season when visiting the islands.

Hurricane season roughly runs through June to November. Also, consider the time you’ll be booking your stay. 

High season normally runs from November to May, so it’s always best to book your accommodations well in advance. 

Nonetheless, your next deep-sea diving adventure awaits in The Bahamas. 

Be sure to follow us on Instagram for the latest travel inspiration and information regarding all your Bahamian travel needs. 

Check out my previous post on Eight Unique Airbnbs in the Bahamas.

Syd Rey

Freelance journalist x forever chasing sunsets.

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