When it comes to snorkeling and diving in the Caribbean, reefs don’t get more colorful – nor water more clear – than in the Bahamas. This chain of Caribbean islands is home to miles of pristine coral formations teeming with sea life. Coupled with the region’s mild water temperatures, the result is a veritable paradise for underwater exploration nearly all year round.
Relaxing on a beach is all well and good – and yes, the Bahamas has plenty of beautiful beaches to enjoy – but taking in the watery world below is the kind of vacation experience you’ll remember forever. If you’re looking for adventure in Nassau, Bahamas, snorkeling the abundant reefs or even diving with sharks are two great ways to get the adrenaline pumping.
Snorkeling Nassau’s Reefs
Nassau is rich with reefs to explore. Some of the most popular include Rose Island Reef, Exumas Cays Land and Sea Park, and Goulding Cay Reef. Each of these spots offers a unique underwater experience, so it’s best to leave time to explore as many reefs as possible during your trip.
Several Nassau snorkeling tours offer experiences on private white-sand beaches and many of Nassau’s reefs are located in shallow water, making for easy swims with great visibility. Sea creatures you’re likely to spot when snorkeling in Nassau include sea turtles, tropical fish of all shapes, sizes, and colors, barracudas, stingrays, and, yes, the occasional shark.
In addition, coral formations bursting with purple sea fans, brain coral, anemones, limestone, and more make for a spectacular visual display.
Diving with Sharks in the Bahamas
Love spending time in the sea, but need a little more excitement than the typical snorkel trip offers?
Certified divers can take part in a thrilling swim with Caribbean reef sharks, one of the top predators of the Bahamas, in Nassau’s best diving sites – the Arena, the Shark Wall, the Runway, and the Shark Wall North – and get a close-up look at the Caribbean reef shark, one of Grand Bahamas’ top predators.
Stuart Cove’s Dive Bahamas offers two-tank shark-diving trips during which thrill seekers will suit up, submerge, and then sink below the surface to mingle with sharks – a true once-in-a-lifetime experience. Shark dives typically take place on one of the underwater walls in Nassau. The first dive is a free swim with curious sharks and the second dive: dinner time. As divers kneel in a semicircle on the ocean floor, an experienced shark feeder will use a bait box and a spear to release food to the circling, hungry predators.
And when your thrilling underwater day is done, bed down in style at the British Colonial Hilton Nassau.