The Bahamas boasts extensive protected waters and is renowned for its exceptional underwater visibility and rich shark population. As the third-largest barrier reef system globally, its thriving and diverse marine ecosystem offers sightings of multiple dolphin and whale species, including the endangered Nassau grouper. This national fish of the Bahamas, which can grow over a meter in length, is a must-see for visitors.
Tiger Beach is a 52 km² (20 square mile) area located around 30 nautical miles off the West End of Grand Bahama Island, where you can encounter tiger, Caribbean reef, and lemon sharks, as well as great hammerheads. This white sandy bottom area is perfect for photographers and videographers with an average visibility of 25 meters (80+ ft), offering great close-up shots.
You will encounter pregnant female tiger sharks during your trip to Tiger Beach, with some individuals, like Emma and Princess, being distinguishable. Female tiger sharks seek the protection of the shallow sandy plateau to fulfil their pregnancy after mating in the deep waters. Although where they give birth is yet to be discovered.
Feeding shark dives are available at various mooring/anchor points throughout the Tiger Beach area. Guests will be invited to dive in groups of 8, forming a ‘V’ formation kneeling in the sand, with one of our expert shark divers at the apex of the ‘V’. Soon after entering the water, the majestic tiger sharks will swim towards you from the outer limits of the formation to the apex where our feeder will be waiting with the bait box. An average dive can bring as many as 6 or more tiger sharks into the area. After feeding, the sharks will be redirected back down the middle of the ‘V’ allowing for some amazing close encounters and jaw-dropping photograph opportunities. Along with tiger sharks, there are good chances of seeing bull sharks, blacktip reef sharks, lemon sharks, and if you’re lucky, even a great hammerhead!
Get ready to experience the best diving sites in Grand Bahama Island and beyond with our exciting 10-night liveaboard diving itinerary.
Scuba Dive Adventures are pleased to offer the Bahamas Master, a 35m steel vessel built for divers. The Bahamas Master is laid out with eight with panoramic windows providing stunning views of the Bahamas’ crystal-clear waters. With accommodation for up to 16 divers, choose from our standard, premier, or master suite cabins to suit your needs.
Between dives, relax in the communal areas of both the upper and main decks or in the indoor lounge. The Bahamas are known for their picturesque views, and the fly bridge offers an incredible vantage point to take them all in. Upstairs you’ll find a spacious outdoor covered bar and dining area as well as a sundeck where you can unwind and soak up the sun after a day spent exploring underwater.
But what sets the Bahamas Master apart is the rear of the main deck, where you’ll find ample space to set up and store all dive equipment in a personal location, complete with under-bench storage for masks, fins, and anything else you need. Rinse tanks for cameras and computers are also provided, and underwater photographers can take advantage of the indoor camera station to showcase their best shots on the TV.
Book your diving adventure on the Bahamas Master today and experience the ultimate dive vacation in the stunning Bahamas.
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Prices are per person, based on double occupancy.
The package includes 10 nights full board accommodation on vessel, internal transfers, all diving, single 12lt cylinder, lead weights, tea, coffee and water.
Please note that international flights, non-specified activities, and tips/gratuities are not included. Marine Park & Ports fees will apply. Single supplement available at an additional cost.
Please be advised that all activities and launch times are subject to change due to local environmental conditions, and the order in which they are conducted may also change.
For more information or to book this fabulous Scuba Adventure, please contact the Scuba Dive Adventures team at 0113 4508606 or email@example.com
Bahamas, shark diving is a must-try. It’s the number one attraction in the islands, offering both baited and natural encounters with a variety of shark species, including some that provide powerful pelagic action all year round.
One of the most commonly spotted shark species in the Bahamas is the tiger shark. Despite being solitary and nomadic in nature, they are often seen in groups here. These massive predators can grow up to five meters in length and weigh over a tonne. With their distinctive striped pattern, they’re easy to identify.
Another commonly seen species is the Caribbean reef shark, known for patrolling the shallows and outer edges of the reefs. Though smaller than other shark species, they are still apex predators and often hunt cooperatively in groups. Meanwhile, the great hammerhead is the largest species of hammerhead shark, with a flat-fronted cephalofoil and towering dorsal fin. Baited dives off Bimini’s coast offer nearly guaranteed encounters with these impressive creatures.
Oceanic whitetip sharks, a vulnerable species decimated by unsustainable fishing practices, still thrive in the protected waters of the Bahamas. Drifting in deep water during baited shark encounters at Cat Island offers the chance to see these powerful pelagic predators up close. Finally, silky sharks patrol the open ocean around Andros and Cat Island, with the Lost Blue Hole in Nassau being the best spot to see them during June’s breeding season.
But it’s not just the “Big Five” species you’ll encounter – nurse sharks, lemon sharks, and bull sharks can also be found in the region. Nurse sharks are bottom feeders commonly found napping in caves and sand channels, while lemon sharks are social and often appear in groups at feeding events. Finally, bull sharks are attracted to feeding events and prefer brackish water and low visibility, making them a thrilling sight during the legendary “bull run” caged shark diving experience in the Bahamas.
Pig Beach, Big Major Cay
Forget swimming with dolphins, how about swimming with pigs? For one of the more unusual beaches in the Bahamas, you’ll need to fly 100mi (160km) south of Nassau, to the Exuma Cays. A short boat ride from Staniel Cay will bring you to Big Major Cay, with some of the cutest inhabitants around. It’s most likely the pigs arrived here because they were too smelly to reside with their owners on a nearby cay – but it certainly doesn’t keep tourists at bay.
Bita Bay Beach, Green Turtle Cay
This cay is located in the Abaco Islands in the northern Bahamas and is home to a number of fantastic beaches. Our favourite is Bita Bay, favoured by families because of its shallow, calm waters, protected from the northern and western winds. Beginner snorkelers can explore two small reefs, right off the shore. If you’re lucky, you might even spot a turtle.
Whiteland Beach, Rock Sound
Drive down a narrow sandy track and you’ll find one of the best beaches on Eleuthera – it’s a fairly remote stretch of white sand, but the beauty lies in its lack of crowds. On the way back, make sure you visit Ocean Hole, a circular water hole with 15ft (4.5m) cliffs to jump off – plus a handy ladder to get out again. The hole is teeming with angelfish, parrotfish and snapper – who will virtually eat out of your hands if you bring food.
Tahiti Beach, Elbow Cay
This delightful cay is full of some of the friendliest locals you’ll meet on your travels. The candy cane striped lighthouse and quaint Caribbean coloured houses of Hope Town alone are a reason to make the trip – which is somewhat off the regular Bahamian beaten path. And, of course, the beaches are world-class. Tahiti Beach is hidden away on the southwestern tip of the island and, for this reason, is never crowded. Wade out to Thirsty Cuda’s boat bar and the staff will come and find you on the beach to deliver your drink.
Pro tip: If you’re headed to Pink Sand Beach to snap a souvenir photo, do so right after the tide goes out. The pink of the sand is most vibrant when it’s wet.
Sandpiper Beach, Treasure Cay
Although you may not find the buried kind, the Bahamian island of Abaco is home to the precious beauty of Treasure Cay. With 3mi (4.8km) of white sand to lay your towel on, you’ll always find a spot to sunbathe – especially on Sandpiper Beach at the eastern end. It’s hard to believe you’re only 200mi (321km) from Florida as you relax into the Caribbean pace of life. Rent a golf cart or motorboat to go exploring – or just relax in the knowledge that as far as beaches go, you’re at one of the Bahamas’ gems.
Guana Cay Beach, Great Guana Cay
This small island is one of the least developed in the Bahamas, so if it’s peace and quiet you’re looking for, add Great Guana to your list. Stroll along miles of almost pink sand of Guana Cay Beach, best enjoyed just before sunset. Ready for a drink? Grab a Guana Grabber – the eponymous cocktail from Grabbers Bed, Bar and Grill, first mixed here in the 1960s. If you’re feeling more sociable, head to Nippers beach bar and you’ll be dancing on the tables in no time.
At the north end of this cay in the Abaco islands, you’ll find a unique little bay where you can feed the marine wildlife. For those brave enough to swim with stingrays and – mostly – harmless nurse sharks, you’ll have an experience to remember. This pretty, uninhabited cay is great for spearfishing lobster, too. We recommend you cook up lunch in the little picnic area near the beach – and wash it down with a cold beer or chilled rum punch, of course.
Cable Beach, Nassau
For some downtime in Nassau – the capital city of the Bahamas – head west in a jitney and jump off at Goodman’s Bay. From here, it’s a short walk to Cable Beach and the resorts here. Grab a plate of conch fritters and a beer from one of the bars and enjoy the soft sand and clear blue waters. Jet skiing is a popular pastime here and there’s a multitude of other watersports to enjoy, too – before trying your luck at the casino.
Gold Rock Beach, Grand Bahama
This beach is part of the Lucayan National Park on Grand Bahama Island and is by far its prettiest beach. Access the beach on a boardwalk crossing over a marshy area and you’ll be rewarded with beautiful sand and aquamarine water. After a sweltering trek through the jungle park, a dip in the water here is a welcome relief. It’s not the best place for snorkelling – but with racoons and coconuts for company, you won’t really mind.
Pink Sands Beach, Harbour Island
We’ve saved the best ‘til last, as this stunning beach on Harbour Island is possibly the most beautiful in the country. The incredible light pink hue of the sand is a result of microscopic organism, foraminifera’s crushed red shell, mixing with finely ground coral and shells – to create candy floss coloured sand as soft as talcum powder. The pink sand, turquoise ocean and blue skies triumvirate have to be seen to be truly believed. At sunset, the beach becomes a fiery strip beneath the last embers of the glowing day – don’t forget your camera, as you won’t need any filters.