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Bahamas Ministry Of Tourism & Aviation

Plantation,  FL 
United States
http://bahamasdivepavilion.com

The Islands of The Bahamas 

Breathtaking Above … Astonishing Below 

 

From outer space, the crystal-clear water of The Bahamas has been declared to be the prettiest on earth; equally astonishing is its exceptional visibility below.  Whether you desire reef, shark, wall or wreck diving, no other destination offers such varied dive experiences.  Stunning underwater caves, mesmerizing blue holes and award-winning big animal encounters are a plenty here, one thing you can be certain of, that when it comes to diving - it truly is Better in The Bahamas! 

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 Press Releases

  • THE ISLANDS OF THE BAHAMAS SOLIDIFIES ITS REPUTATION

     AS ONE OF THE WORLD’S LEADING DIVE DESTINATIONS

    The Bahamas Dive Offerings Attract Divers Of All Levels

    NASSAU – October 28, 2020 – The Islands of The Bahamas have long been a diver’s paradise with some of the world’s best dive sites just 50 miles off the Florida Coast. As The Bahamas reopens to international travelers, the Ministry of Tourism & Aviation is showcasing all that the country has to offer for divers of all levels. Along with The Bahamas’ recent recognition in Scuba Diving Magazine’s 2021 Readers Choice Awards, the country’s array of dive experiences will be highlighted at upcoming trade shows and through the Ministry’s new Diving Ambassador Program.  

    NEWS & EVENTS

    DEMA Show (November 17 - 20) - The Islands of The Bahamas will be participating in the virtual DEMA Show   November 17 – 20, 2020. The annual  trade show is the largest trade-only event for those in the scuba diving, ocean water sports and adventure/dive travel industries.

    New Diving Ambassador Program - The Ministry of Tourism & Aviation is hand selecting dive professionals to represent the country as official Diving Ambassadors. The ambassadors will work with the Ministry’s Communications and Dive Vertical team to further position the country as the ideal dive destination. The selected ambassadors will be fully trained on the destination and its offerings before representing The Bahamas at dive trade shows and FAM trips. They will promote the variety of dive experiences within the islands to fellow divers interested in discovering the country’s 25 different diving destinations with accessible drop-offs close to shore and visibility exceeding 200 ft. at some locations.

    Scuba Diving Magazine’s 2021 Readers Choice Awards - The Readers Choice Awards highlighted The Bahamas vast dive offerings across 700 islands and cays. The destination was voted number one for Best Big Animals, placed in the top five for Best Overall Destination, Best Cave Diving, Best Snorkeling and Best Value and in the top ten for Best Wreck Diving, Best Wall Diving, Best Advanced Diving, Best Photography, Best Shore Diving, Best Macro Life and Best Health of Marine Life.

    PROMOTIONS AND OFFERS 

    For a complete, up-to-date listing of deals and packages for The Bahamas, visit www.bahamas.com/deals-packages.    

    Out Island Air Credit - The Bahamas Out Islands Promotion Board is offering U.S. and Canadian residents a $250 air credit when booking a vacation package of four nights or more at a participating hotel or resort. Book by November 16, 2020 and travel by April 30, 2021. Blackout dates apply.

    The Bahamas has remained diligent in efforts to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and reopened its tourism sector October 15. Beginning November 1, The Bahamas will remove the mandatory “Vacation-in-Place” requirement for all visitors, returning citizens and residents, thereby enabling everyone to move about and explore the destination beyond the confines of their hotel or other accommodations. For further information, visit Bahamas.com/TravelUpdates.

    ABOUT THE BAHAMAS

    With over 700 islands and cays, and 16 unique island destinations, The Bahamas lies just 50 miles off the coast of Florida, offering an easy fly away escape that transports travelers away from their everyday. The Islands of The Bahamas have world-class fishing, diving, boating and thousands of miles of the earth’s most spectacular water and beaches waiting for families, couples and adventurers. Explore all the islands have to offer at www.bahamas.com or on Facebook, YouTube or Instagram to see why It’s Better in The Bahamas.

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    PRESS INQUIRIES

    Anita Johnson-Patty

    General Manager, Global Communications

    Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation

    ajohnson@bahamas.com

    Weber Shandwick

    Public Relations

    Bahamas@webershandwick.com


 Products

  • Dive Nassau
    If you’re looking for an amazing diving experience, you’ll find it here in the water surrounding Nassau & Paradise Island....

  • If you’re looking for an amazing diving experience, you’ll find it here in the water surrounding Nassau & Paradise Island. Warm, crystal-clear waters and drop-offs close to shore make our islands a diver's dream. Mysterious blue holes and caves, historical wrecks and vibrant living reefs, soaring wall dives and thrilling shark watches, all await learning and experienced divers. From packages that include instruction, lodging, and meals to solo launches for expert divers, Nassau/Paradise Island has dives for any certified bottom-dweller.

    For more information, please click here.

  • Dive San Salvador
    San Salvador’s fascinating underwater topography has led to its renown as a great diving destination....

  • San Salvador’s fascinating underwater topography has led to its renown as a great diving destination. It is one of the top five wall-diving destinations in the region and underwater visibility ranges between 100 and 150 feet. More than 50 sites are located on the island's lee side, reducing the chance of encountering rough seas. Most of the dive sites are walls, some named for island locales such as Cockburn Town Wall and Riding Rock Wall. Reefs and wrecks also provide rewarding diving. Some of the unusual ones include Devil's Claw and Vicky's Reef, home to stingrays and sharks; and French Bay, known for its elkhorn and staghorn coral. High Cay, Low Cay and Middle Cay are popular spots for both reef and wreck diving. You will find it quite an adventure diving in crevasses, caves and along a wall with black coral trees and sponges. Equipment, specialty dive courses and certification courses are available upon request. 

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  • Dive Bimini
    Bimini is the true “Island in the Stream,” perched at the edge of a sheer underwater cliff that falls thousands of feet into the blue abyss....

  • Bimini is the true “Island in the Stream,” perched at the edge of a sheer underwater cliff that falls thousands of feet into the blue abyss. There is an array of experiences for both novice and advanced divers, with the best dive sites in the south. The Bimini Road (Bimini Wall) plummets a heart-thumping 4,000 feet beneath the sea. Its perfectly cut underwater steps are believed to be remnants of the road to long-lost Atlantis. Wrecks include several sunken Spanish galleons, a WWI freighter wreck, and the battered concrete hull of The Sapona. Mysterious inland blue holes sink into the limestone; in sea caverns like Little Cavern's Reef, popcorn-shaped coral heads line the sandy bottom. You can also explore magnificent reefs ranging from 18-80 feet, teeming with every kind of marine life. And, you also have dolphins in the wild, loggerhead turtles and shark sightings to stimulate you under the water.

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  • DIVING IN THE BAHAMAS
    Bahamas Named Best Scuba Diving Destination for Big Animals

    #1 BEST BIG ANIMALS
    #2 BEST CAVE DIVING
    #3 BEST OVERALL DESTINATION
    #4 SNORKELING
    #5 BEST VALUE
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  • Bahamas Named Best Scuba Diving Destination for Big Animals

    #1 BEST BIG ANIMALS

    #2 BEST CAVE DIVING

    #3 BEST OVERALL DESTINATION

    #4 SNORKELING

    #5 BEST VALUE

    For the 24th consecutive year the Bahamas has been named the world’s best destination for diving with mammoth marine mammals, in Scuba Diving magazine’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards.

    The world’s most experienced dive travelers on the planet voted overwhelmingly for the destination that offered the most bite and the most unique experience for its big animal adventures category.

    Chosen for the up-close and personal experiences that divers have experienced with hammerheads sharks, dolphins and other marine life, the Bahamas beat out the Turks & Caicos, Belize, Cayman Islands and Mexico to once again win the Caribbean and Atlantic category.

    Readers fell wholeheartedly in love with the variety of curious species that call the Bahamas home, the ever-growing shark life in Nassau, and the rare sightings of wild Atlantic dolphins, which cruise between Bimini and the Little Bahama Bank.

    “When they come to dive, they see big animals so we say it’s bigger in the Bahamas.”

    The Bahamas was also voted second in the best cave diving in the Caribbean & Atlantic, third in world’s best Overall Destination and forth for best snorkeling in the Caribbean & Atlantic Ocean among many other categories. 

    Scuba Diving's annual Reader’s Choice Awards showcase the top destinations for cave diving, big animals, Overall Destination and many more.

    Click here, to go to our Bahamas.com/diving page. 

  • Dive Freeport
    Freeport's reputation as a diver's paradise has been growing since the filming of Sea Hunt here over 50 years ago....

  • You will have a truly authentic diving experience, whether you are looking to explore shallow reefs or deep caves with abundant marine life, the mystery of sunken ships, or dolphins and sharks. Exceptional dive facilities provide PADI- and SDI-trained instructors, offering certification programs and full scuba equipment for rental.

    For more information, please click here.

  • Dive The Abacos

    The Abacos are known as one of the world’s top boating and sailing destinations due to its calm sea surrounded by charming islands....

  • The Abacos are known as one of the world’s top boating and sailing destinations due to its calm sea surrounded by charming islands. However, those qualities also make The Abaco Islands a very popular dive spot, with several protected underwater areas such as Fowl Cay National Reserve and Pelican Cays Land and Sea Park, boasting massive reefs with swim-through caves that are seasonally filled wall-to-wall with silver baitfish. And at certain dive spots on the edge of the reef, you’re almost guaranteed to experience the thrill of seeing reef sharks up close.

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  • Dive Eleuthera & Harbour Island
    You can enjoy some of the finest blue hole, cave and reef diving here, and more natural wrecks than any other island of The Bahamas.


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  • You can enjoy some of the finest blue hole, cave and reef diving here, and more natural wrecks than any other island of The Bahamas. The Devil’s Backbone, a shallow and jagged reef, extends across the northern edge of the islands. Forests of Elkhorns, star and brain corals, are crowned by sea fans, lobsters peak from holes, and eels wind through the reef. You can also feed the fish, take a dip in the inland “Ocean Hole,” or swim through the drift dive called Current Cut. There are exceptional dive facilities, PADI-trained instructors, certification programs, and scuba equipment available for rental.

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  • Dive The Exumas
    These islands are one of the most spectacular places in The Bahamas to enjoy the undersea world.

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  • These islands are one of the most spectacular places in The Bahamas to enjoy the undersea world. Vast beds of undisturbed coral reef teem with brightly colored schools of fish. The Amberjack Reef, a patch reef, houses several types of sharks. You can explore Mystery Cave, a 400-foot-deep blue hole, dropping from 15 to 100 feet. There are also several excellent wall dives and the Austin Smith Wreck and "Thunderball Grotto" are a must-see. There is a PADI 5-Star Dive facility on Great Exuma and PADI professionals on Staniel Cay, offering the ultimate dive experience on small, personalized dive trips. Basic scuba diving and dive master courses are also available.

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  • Dive Cat Island
    Cat Island has a continental shelf in the north, with a wild, untamed shoreline that offers some of the best scuba diving anywhere in the world.

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  • Cat Island has a continental shelf in the north, with a wild, untamed shoreline that offers some of the best scuba diving anywhere in the world. There are walls with a 100-200-foot drop-off and features like giant sponges and black coral bushes. You can dive a blue hole descending 80-100 feet; “The Tunnels,” a coral garden with crevices, canyons and fissures at 30 feet; or Naked Point with numerous stone crabs and small corals. The reefs off its south shore are virtually unexplored, home to species like grouper, tarpon, trigger and trumpet fish, sponges, gorgonians, Elkhorn, lettuce and brain corals, plus expanses of sea fans. An old shipwreck lies half submerged and a Spanish battleship sunk in 1898 is at 20-30 feet. While veteran divers may know their way around the ocean floor, diving lessons and guides are available from a PADI dive center to help novices experience life under the sea.

    For more information, please click here.

  • Dive Andros
    The Andros dive experience ranges from shallow water, wreck and blue-hole dives to dramatic wall dives off the 6,000-feet-deep Tongue of the Ocean.

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  • The Andros dive experience ranges from shallow water, to wreck and blue-hole dives, and dramatic wall dives. You will have a breathtaking experience going through the Andros Barrier Reef, home to over 160 species of fish and coral. The 6,000-feet-deep Tongue of the Ocean attracts many diving enthusiasts to experience the unique phenomenon of diving along the face of the Great Wall, which requires good buoyancy. Three wrecks sunk in the 1970s can be found at moderate depths of 70-80 feet. Devotees of diving, such as the late Jacques Cousteau, call the caves and caverns within the blue holes here some of the most fascinating dive sites in the world. They reveal much about the island’s prehistoric geological past and you can peer into the lair of the Lucsa (a mythical blue-hole dwelling monster) or see the holes “breathe” as water flows in and out with the tides. Experienced guides will safely lead you to all of the sites. Diver certification courses and dive packages are also available.

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