Liveaboard Diving in Bahamas

Your Bahamas scuba diving adventure will plunge you into crystal clear waters teeming with large pelagics among magnificent coral gardens, hidden caves, historical wrecks and vertical walls.

There is no better way to see this picturesque archipelago of islands than on a Bahamas liveaboard, it's an easy, comfortable and enjoyable way to travel and explore the underwater world. It certainly contains all the elements for a possibly unforgettable experience. The Bahamas is an archipelago consisting of 700 islands located in the Atlantic Ocean. The Bahamas provides a mecca for paradise islands, crystal clear waters and thriving wildlife, in and out of the water.

With temperate weather, clear waters and a thriving marine environment, this is the place for some impressive diving in the Caribbean. The Exuma Cays area will provide divers and snorkelers with numerous flourishing coral reefs along with all their inhabitants in an area containing 365 islands. There is an abundant population of sharks in this area which indicates a healthy reef and aside from sharks there are also rays, groupers, lobsters and many more tropical fish.


The name Bahamas comes from the Spanish words 'baja mar' which means shallow water, with just about all areas accessible by divers. One of the main diving areas that will be visited is the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park. With their motto being 'Take only photographs, leave only footprints' their aim is to protect their precious environment while still letting anyone enjoy it. It is one of the National Park and Protected Areas managed by the Bahamas National Trust, so due to it being protected there is very minimal damage to the environment, which allows for 'peace of mind' exploration in pristine, essentially untouched waters. Dive sites you may visit in this area include The Washing Machine, Cathedral, Jeep Reef or the Austin Smith Wreck.

With the Bahamas having large numbers of sharks, the Tiger Beach dive site, one of the dive sites offered on liveaboard trips, offers the experience of diving with sharks in close proximity. Species which have been spotted there include Tiger Sharks, Lemon Sharks, Caribbean Reef sharks and more. As there is no chumming of the water or feeding of the sharks, it is considered the pinnacle of shark diving.

You will also have the opportunity to see the romantic pink beaches of the island Eleuthera, which are surrounded by ancient, prosperous reefs.

To get a taster of the diving world of the Bahamas, Nassau and its neighboring island of Paradise Island provide numerous opportunities. Some including ship wrecks, one dive site called Lost Blue Hole is exactly that, a large natural Blue Hole that can be explored by divers. You may also visit the humorously named 'Fish Hotel' dive site which has an abundance of large schools of fish. Their sites are of all different depths so any divers can go exploring there.

More About Liveaboards In The Bahamas

The liveaboards in the Bahamas generally run for a 8 days/7nights period with the price starting from $US300 a day, however please note this excludes gear rental, which if needed will be $US175 per 7 day trip, or Nitrox, which starts from $US100 per trip. Diving/Trip insurance is highly recommended for all passengers. There are approximately four liveaboard itineraries around the Bahamas per month. Each one will take no more than 14 passengers. Divers are required to have their Open Water certificates, but apart from that all levels are welcome. The dive staffs priority is your safety so they will do thorough briefings before all dives and make sure everything is on top form before jumping in.

Liveaboard trips in the Bahamas offer luxurious and comfortable accommodation onboard, with a professional and experienced crew. You will get the chance to do up to 5 dives a day (including night dives) and in between these you can relax onboard and have freshly prepared meals served throughout your trip.

Tips For Travellers

Diving in the Bahamas is possible all year round. Each season provides divers with a different kind of diving experience, all which have their own individual charm. The spring time (April and May) provide a high abundance of the Mahi Dolphin Fish, a very unique fish that is also not extremely common. In the winter time (November to March) there are high chances to see schools of Hammerhead sharks, an experience on its own.

When it comes to temperatures and diving conditions, they can vary but not to extremes that would prevent anyone from getting into the water. November commences the winter weather, bringing in cold fronts from time to time. Mostly these are mild, if stronger, then it can have an effect on the visibility, but not for more than a day or so. The waters around this time are around 25 - 26 degrees Celsius (77-80 degrees Fahrenheit) so even though it is winter, they are still pleasant temperatures to dive in. The summer months, which are June to September, have the best conditions with waters being around 30 degrees Celsius (85 degrees Fahrenheit). The riskiest months for storms is August, however, they are not at all frequent and would only affect the visibility for a day or two.

The official language is English, their currency is the Bahamian Dollar, however the US dollar is widely accepted. Most nationalities you can get a visa upon arrival for between 3 months and 8 months. Finally, there are no required vaccinations you must have to enter the country, nevertheless, it is always a good idea to be up to date with your vaccinations before travelling.

Departure Ports And How To Get There

Bahamas liveaboards primarily depart from the capital city Nassau. Nassau inhabits 70% of the entire Bahamas population. It has an international airport, Lynden Pindling International Airport, which will be your main port of entry into the Bahamas. It is easy to access Nassau, either through flying or ship/ferry. Flights land at the international airport from multiple cities in the United States, cities in the Caribbean and the United Kingdom. You can also get ferries or cruise ships to and from other islands which will dock at the Prince George Wharf.

Grand Bahama is also a departure point for some itineraries in the Bahamas. Guests will fly in and out of Grand Bahama International Airport, (airport code is FPO). Transfers are generally not included in the trip cost. It is a 30 - 45 minute taxi ride to Old Bahama Bay. Approximate cost is $US75.


Bahamas Diving Reviews

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • 29 Verified Reviews
  • 7.6 Good
  • thomas W
  • Denmark Denmark

Very good. I did not expect many sharks due to low season but pleasantly surprised. The reefs were diverse, colourful and healthy. Top that with lots of marine life and you have a nearly perfect live aboard trip. And for the cheap price- worth every dollar

Diving Bahamas in August on the Blackbeards Sea Explorer

  • 6.8 Review score
  • Michael O
  • Australia Australia

Warm clear water, the repetative diving at the same sights became boring!

Diving Bahamas in July on the Bahamas Aggressor

  • 8.0 Very good
  • Kimberly K
  • Canada Canada

I loved the dives, very diverse, clear waters, something for everyone and every level of certification.

Diving Bahamas in April on the Blackbeards Morning Star

  • 8.4 Very good
  • Peter O
  • Australia Australia

Very good, but expected too see more fish. Coral has obviously been severely damaged which was a shame.

Diving Bahamas in April on the Blackbeards Morning Star

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Hugo L
  • Canada Canada

Very nice experience with a great staff and a colourful coral reef

Diving Bahamas in April on the Bahamas Aggressor

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • ovid M
  • Canada Canada

Great sealife with lots of shark and turtle encounters.

Diving Bahamas in March on the Aqua Cat

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Marketa L
  • United States United States

Loads of fun. Loved the trip

Diving Bahamas in March on the Aqua Cat

  • 8.4 Very good
  • Pier-Luc D
  • Canada Canada

More than what I expected. corals very healthy, interesting variety of species from big stock to small.

Diving Bahamas in February on the Blackbeards Sea Explorer

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Fred C
  • United States United States

Excellent. The most diving I have ever done in so few days. Night dives were excellent and instruction (ADV Open Water) was top notch

Diving Bahamas in January on the Blackbeards Morning Star

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Angela W
  • China China

Overall we had very good visibility each time, though the water was a bit chilly in Dec. We saw many rays, lobsters, crabs, lion-fishes, sharks, etc. Night dives were even more fun.

Diving Bahamas in December on the Aqua Cat

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Ken S
  • United States United States

Excellent

Diving Bahamas in November on the Blackbeards Sea Explorer

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Daniel T
  • United States United States

Everything about the trip was amazing. Great crew, some nice amazing people that i met on it, water was warm and pretty clear, prolly could have been clearer but the hurricanes were there a week before and a week after. We were right in the middle of a break, couldn't have got luckier. I love it, ready to do it again!

Diving Bahamas in September on the Blackbeards Sea Explorer

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Susannah G
  • United States United States

The diving as good. The reefs are healthier in some areas than others. The captain did a nice job of taking us to the appropriate areas due to winds and weather. The shark dives are amazing. The night dives are really unique and lots of fish, turtles, crabs, lobsters and of course reef and nurse sharks!

Diving Bahamas in March on the Aqua Cat Liveaboard

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Xiaoge F
  • United States United States

A bit chilly in March, but otherwise wonderful!

Diving Bahamas in March on the Blackbeards Morning Star

  • 8.0 Very good
  • Eric H
  • United States United States

Great confidence builder for future dive trips.

Diving Bahamas in February on the Bahamas Aggressor

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Vinicius S
  • Brazil Brazil

Diving was a lot of fun, great marine life. Visibility in some sites was worse than the expected because of the bad weather we've faced, in spite of the outstanding effort the capitain made to keep us away from bad weather conditions at all times.

Diving Bahamas in February on the Aqua Cat

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Sarah R
  • United States United States

This was a great trip, and the diving was really nice. There are other locations I'd like to see before returning to dive the Bahamas again. However, the convenience and ease to get there was outstanding, which made it a great get-away trip without a huge travel itinerary.

Diving Bahamas in December on the Bahamas Aggressor

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Miriam S
  • Netherlands Netherlands

Although I expected to see healthier reefs, I really liked diving in the Bahamas because of the variety of dive sites offered (deep/shallow, coral vs. sponge dominated, seagrass beds)

Diving Bahamas in December on the Bahamas Aggressor

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • James H
  • United States United States

Good. Mainly because it is easy to get to.

Diving Bahamas in December on the Aqua Cat Liveaboard

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Guy C
  • Canada Canada

Great reef formations, animal life and variety.

Diving Bahamas in December on the Blackbeards Morning Star

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Vania C
  • Brazil Brazil

All dives met my expectations and more. I highly recommend this liveaboard.

Diving Bahamas in November on the Bahamas Aggressor

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Alannah D
  • Canada Canada

Really good, we did so many dives and I loved each and every one of them.

Diving Bahamas in August on the Blackbeards Morning Star

  • 7.6 Good
  • Anthony C
  • United States United States

I would consider another trip, but largely because of the boat staff.

Diving Bahamas in April on the Bahamas Aggressor

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Cathy H
  • United States United States

enjoyed the sharks the most

Diving Bahamas in March on the Bahamas Aggressor

  • 7.6 Good
  • Dana W
  • United States United States

Good. If we were to do it again, we would certainly avoid the winter months. The weather was not at all what we hoped for.

Diving Bahamas in January on the Carib Dancer

  • 8.4 Very good
  • Terry H. A
  • United States United States

Except for the Caribbean reef sharks it was disappointing, not as good as Cozumel and Belize, which surprised me.

Diving Bahamas in January on the Carib Dancer

  • 8.0 Very good
  • Linda M
  • United States United States

The reef shark action was fantastic. I'd dive the Bahamas again just to get the interaction with the sharks.

Diving Bahamas in November on the Carib Dancer

  • 8.0 Very good
  • Jennifer H
  • Canada Canada

Fabulous

Diving Bahamas in September on the Carib Dancer