No matter whether you choose to explore it underwater or overland, Bimini is a treasure to behold. This island in the Bahamas is one of the most beautiful locations in the world for snorkeling, scuba diving, boating, or just soaking up hundreds of shades of blue. In fact, it’s so enchanting that some people claim that the natural rock formation lining Bimini Road is actually the ruined highway of the city of Atlantis – a lost utopia of the ancient world.
Between the abundant sea life, interactive dive spots, and thousands of years of geological history, it’s easy to see what makes Bimini so appealing to those who love to explore under the sea.
Sea Life in Bimini
With abundant sea creatures calling Bimini home, divers are practically guaranteed to surface with tales of exciting sightings and new discoveries. Some of the typical species you’ll likely encounter in Bimini include dolphins, hammerhead sharks, stingrays, reef sharks, and more.
Snorkelers can also enjoy the view from above. Top snorkeling spots in Bimini include Rainbow Reef, where swimmers can see staghorn and elkhorn corals, and Victory Reef, which teems with brightly colored coral reefs and fish.
Diving Bimini’s History
In addition to intrigue, Bimini’s history makes for some great dive sites. The Stone of Atlantis, a 300-foot rock formation estimated to be around 5,000–10,000 years old, is a popular destination for adventurous divers.
Other hot spots include the Bimini Wall, an underwater wall facing the Gulf Stream, and Tuna Alley, an underwater wall that reaches up to 100 feet in depth. Tuna Alley is home to a spectacular array of marine life, from coral and sponges to many varieties of tropical fish.
Bimini for Landlubbers
Not a fan of swimming with sea creatures? You can still have the time of your life in Bimini. Those who would prefer not to encounter the local sea-dwelling residents up close in the water can head to Bimini Big Game Club and Marina in historic Alice Town. There among the yachts, you’ll find boaters and fishermen cleaning their daily catches and feeding the scraps to the hungry sharks that are circling.
In addition, the Bimini Biological Field Station – locally known as the Bimini Sharklab – is a world-renowned research facility that has been studying the behavior of sharks for more than 25 years. The Sharklab offers daily tours of the facility, half-day shark excursions, and even a hands-on, multi-day educational research experience.
And, of course, there are also plenty of beautiful beaches to enjoy throughout Bimini if you’re partial to just relaxing on the sand.