Scuba Diving in the Bahamas – Bimini, Grand Bahamas, and San Salvador

Sandals - Photo from Flickr - Healther 0714
Sandals - Photo from Flickr - Heather 0714

The Bahamas are an archipelago, situated towards the west of the Central Atlantic, north of Cuba and comprise of over 700 islands and and are a combination of the rich Atlantic marine life and the best surroundings of the Caribbean. Bahamas holds an important place as the world’s top five diving sites, as the vertical walls and reefs covered with abundant corals and sponges, along with a lot of wrecks and blue holes, offer great visibility to some of the most spectacular, plentiful marine life.

It is possible for the Bahamas to offer such a great diving experience, because of its natural geographical formation. Most of the Bahamas are covered by the “Bahamas Banks” Plateaus and about 20 pinnacles that Bahamas is formed of ensure that most of the Bahamas has shallow water, divided by a lot of deep ocean trenches. Over time the lime stones in the Bahamas eroded considerably, which triggered the collapse of the underwater caverns thus naturally forming plenty of blue holes. Bahamas contains the largest number of blue holes in the whole world in the Grand Bahamas and the Cal Say Bank thus able to offer diving experiences that can be never matched by any other diving site of the world.

The diverse diving opportunity that Bahamas offers entices divers from all over the world and invites them again and again. Sharks, Manta Rays, Stringrays, Dolphins, Whale Sharks, and sometimes Pilot Whales are often sighted throughout the Bahamas range. The Grand Bahamas, Barry Island, Cay Sal, Andros, New Providence and Bimini are some of the great locations in the Bahamas that offer exhilarating diving experiences.

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