Diving in the Bahamas is a must for anyone serious about scuba diving and an incredible treat for any new comers. With more then 700 islands making up the Bahamas and only about 30 being inhabited, there are literally acres of undersea life to explore and you will almost never encounter a crowd. There are a number of tours available for anyone hoping to learn diving in the Bahamas, as well as chartered boats and yachts available for travelers who want to plan their own Bahamas scuba diving trip.
One of the most popular spots for diving in the Bahamas is the water off the Coast of Andros Island. Andros Island boasts the third largest barrier reef in the world (after Australia and Mexico), and the area is chalk full of tropical fish and other fascinating aquatic life. Freeport, Abacos, the Berry Islands, and San Salvador are also excellent places for scuba diving in the Bahamas and frequently visited diving spots.
In addition to plenty of great locations, there are also a number of different types of Bahamas scuba diving options. One of the most exciting Bahamas scuba diving trips is the shark adventure. Tourists will have a chance to free swim with groups of sharks, monitored by the Bahamas diving company. Participants will also have the chance to help feed the sharks as well as take pictures with underwater cameras.
Various specialty Bahamas diving trips are also available. Bahamas diving trips can also include outer island trips, reef trips, and trips to visit particular types of marine life. Most of the companies specializing in scuba diving in the Bahamas offer free shuttle service for hotel and cruise ship guests. Cruise ship guests will simply need to let their diving company of choice know when their ship reaches the island and when they must get back on the boat.
Classes for scuba diving in the Bahamas are available through any company specializing in scuba diving. In order to become certified to scuba dive on your own, you will need to complete a series of dive classes that will last about five days. Classes for such certification are available through the Bahamas. For anyone who simply wants to dive for the day or afternoon, however, a simple class with instruction on the day of the dive will suffice. You will of course be accompanied by certified dive instructors.
If you are interested in combining your diving trip with any other outdoor activities, many hotels can include golf, snorkeling, and scuba diving in your accommodation package. You can also check with your travel agent when booking your initial vacation to try and take advantage of the best prices for scuba diving in the Bahamas.
Scuba diving is a fun and relatively safe activity that even families can enjoy. Children must be at least 10 years old to dive and accompanied by their parent. You will not need to bring any of your own equipment to dive. Scuba diving companies will provide guests with wet suits, goggles, and all necessary equipment for their dive.