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To be in the water with these enormous & powerful creatures and to have no fear of them, to find nothing but peace & beauty in the "air" is astonishing . . . And the sunlight that filters through the turquoise water, relected by the stark white sand in the shallow depths, is exhilarating. To quote another diver, it is like "sacred meditation".
I've done the Tiger Beach trip 3 times now and each time I found it more incredible than the previous time. You begin to get to know some of the different sharks, recognize their stripes and their personalities .... and they DO have personalities. Emma, that 17-footer who always seems to be there, is a sweetheart and everyone loves her. There are probably more photos of Emma around the world than of Gerber babies !
As you may know, in the past few years, the diving around Bimini and Cat Island, with great hammerheads, bull sharks and oceanic white tips, has been commercialized with great success. Another huge plus for shark enthusiasts and underwater photographers!
I'd recommend reading about the various trips on our Shark Encounters page .... which contains a sampling of what's available in the Bahamas and elsewhere ...
Now, of course, the Bahamas offer more than just the sharks. The spotted dolphins, for one thing, are prolific and playful and energizing and many of the shark trips include a dive or two with some of the dolphin pods. Plus, you've got that enigmatic Blue Hole, some wrecks, some really great reefs, plenty of critters and additional pelagics for more zip.
Check it all out here on our Bahamas page and when you're ready to hear more, I'm an email or a phone call away and will respond to your request with any additional details that you wish. Cheers, Dom
Go for CALM ... or HEART RACING adventure. Start with classic CORAL REEF scuba diving ... with COLORFUL & CHARISMATIC REEF FISH, healthy corals in every color of the rainbow & large, exotic sponges. Don't forget the shimmering, turquoise CRYSTAL-CLEAR WATER carpeted with miles of white sand. Add the up-close & personal shark encounters with TIGER SHARKS, LEMON SHARKS & reef sharks. Mix in massive great HAMMERHEADS, BULL SHARKS and nurse sharks ... and the fearsome OCEANIC WHITETIPS, You may even dive the exotic LOST BLUE HOLE in the Exumas National Park.
Scuba diving in the Bahamas has always presented lovely & traditional diving filled with a delightful variety of the most colorful & charismatic reef fish, healthy corals, large sponges, rays, sharks, groupers and even a bit of shark action .... plus the attraction of a rather exotic visit to the Lost Blue Hole (included on most Exuma Cays itineraries). The rim of this curious blue hole lies in 40 feet of water and is surrounded by coral formations. You'll get fish, sting rays, lobsters ... and plenty of the petite creatures such as jawfish & gobies. Plus, there's almost always a shark or two lurking ...
On the flip side of the coin, for the truly adventurous divers amongst you, there are extraordinary scuba diving opportunities for up close and personal shark encounters - tiger sharks, lemon sharks & reef sharks at Tiger Beach .... massive great hammerheads, bull sharks and nurse sharks at Bimini .... oceanic white tips at Cat Island. With the shimmering, turquoise crystal-clear water carpeted with miles of white sand, the photo ops are beyond belief.
You can dive from a few land-based options but serious divers who wish to experience the most remote areas and to access the best of the diving in the Bahama, will want to be on a dive liveaboard. We have chosen the vessels we have full confidence in. They run reliable, safe-conscious, professional diving adventures which we recommend without hesitation.
If you're as shark-mad as we are, check out the titillating opportunities in our shark encounters section. Trips with great whites, tigers & lemons, silkies, hammerheads, bull sharks, oceanic white tips ... And more.
Simply one of the world's finest diving venues for shark encounters. Crystal clear turquoise waters, white sand .... tiger sharks & lemon sharks. Shallow waters. Dive as often as you like. Pure magic. On the slightly "extreme" side of the Caribbean, you find Tiger Beach in the Bahamas. Tiger Beach is the ultimate tiger shark encounter! 6–7 foot lemon sharks mingling with 10-14 foot tiger sharks. ..... read more ...
Occasionally even a great hammerhead joins the fun! With the stunning underwater white-sand beach & the clear turquoise water, this is a site-to-die-for for photographers & videographers!
While no one can ever guarantee shark encounters, the diving trips to Tiger Beach have so far had 100% success.
With 5 dive liveaboards now available to take you to this exhilarating destination, you have a plethora of choices & styles. See the liveaboards here for detailed information about each .... and check our search for spaces to book your trip.A spectacular lifetime experience!
A National Underwater Park. You'll dive miles of undersea coral gardens in gin clear waters with lots of fish, plenty of critters, a blue hole & a bit of pelagic action ..... There's no fishing, spearfishing or collecting allowed resulting lots of fish, plenty of critters and a bit of pelagic action. Your cruise will explore the waters surrounding several hundred largely uninhabited islands, graced with beautiful beaches. For over 30 years, much of this area, known as the northern Exumas, ... read more ...
Your cruise will explore the waters surrounding several hundred largely uninhabited islands, graced with beautiful beaches. For over 30 years, much of this area, known as the northern Exumas,
Your itinerary will almost certainly include a visit to visit Lost Blue Hole, the rim of which lies in 40′ of water surrounded by coral heads, sting rays and schools of fish.
Beyond that you'll find the dives to be varied, incorporating a couple of wrecks, lovely & healthy reefs with prolific fish life (including everything from small critters such as pirate blennies and garden eels to large parrotfish, sergeant majors, butterflyfish and angelfish.)
On one dive you'll find black coral and orange elephant ear and tube sponges plus plenty of pelagic action, featuring eagle rays and sharks. Indeed, many of the dives offer encounters with friendly groupers, Caribbean reef sharks, nurse sharks, the powerful lemon sharks and even hammerheads from time to time.
In addition, you can expect some strong currents, fantastic wall dives, lovely caves and crevices and swim-thrus.
Aqua Cat and the Bahamas Aggressor both dive these waters.
Cat Island in the Bahamas is a splendid place to experience being in the water with the awe-inspiring Oceanic Whitetips, as there are probably more of these sharks around this island than in any other single spot around the world. Although the Oceanic Whitetip is a fierce predator - dining on turtles, tuna, sea birds, even sting rays - you'll find these magnificent creatures, in general, quite calm and curious with divers. ... read more ...
Oceanic Whitetip sharks are massive and powerful animals ranging in size up to 4 meters (over 12 feet) in length.
Of course, while in the water with them, you'll always be accompanied by a highly trained and experienced dive team to ensure your safety.
As a plus, in these waters, you're likely to encounter silky and dusky sharks and if you're lucky, you may have the occasional blue marlin passing by.
You'll be able to participate in scuba or free diving – or both. The important thing to note is that you'll be in blue water with no cage so advanced certification is required and free diving experience is recommended.
The best period for Oceanic Whitetip encounters is March through June, as that's when you'll find the Oceanic Whitetips in the greatest numbers (although the animals are around Cat Island all year).
Remember, the Oceanics are in deep water locations, so this isn't the white sand photo-op of Tiger Beach and Bimini .... but still, Cat Island offers terrific conditions with calm, crystal clear water which does provide the great photo ops you're longing for with these sharks!
Is there a creature on Earth with a more astonishing appearance than the hammerhead shark? Diving with them, photographing them …. this is the stuff dreams are made of. January through March each year is the period when the great hammerheads are found in large numbers around the Bimini Islands in the Bahamas. After that, they generally begin to migrate in search of cooler waters. ... read more ...
And, at Bimini, you get all of this with great viz in aquamarine waters with white sand bottom to accentuate your photos!
The great hammerhead is the largest of nine identified hammerhead species and individuals can reach 20 feet (6 meters) in length and weigh up to 1,000 pounds (450 kg). Now, that’s a serious shark!
As with other scuba diving locations in the Bahamas, you’re likely to be treated to more than one species of shark while you’re in the water. It’s common to see nurse sharks, Caribbean reef sharks and particularly bull sharks in this area … plus plenty of other marine life. Some trips may offer optional dolphin encounters.
This coral-based archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean, includes 700 islands, cays & islets encompassing 470,000 square kilometers (180,000 square miles). It lies north of Cuba, Haiti & the Dominican Republic - southeast of the U.S. state of Florida. It is believed that the first island visited by Christopher Columbus was in the Bahamas chain. The islands are largely low-lying and subject to flooding in hurricane season. The seas are extraordinarily rich in marine life.