Liveaboard Diving in Washing Machine

Bahamas Dive Site : Washing Machine

If you are looking for high levels of excitement during a dive then the Washing Machine dive site is for you. The name gives it away, there is a strong circular tide there which can roll you head over heels as though you are in a washing machine. The current only runs in a certain area, so it is easily possible to avoid it and watch the antics from the sidelines. The current will sweep you down to 12m (40ft) initially and then lift you right back up to 5m (15ft) onto a sea ledge. It's recommended that only more experienced divers delve into this. This dive site is located off the coast of Highbourne Cay, located in the north of the Exuma Cays, it has excellent visibility of approximately 30m (100ft) and its GPS coordinates are 23.564:75.8725.

What You Will See

After being tumbled through the washing machine effect of the waters, there are also a few gems for you to see once you have stopped. At the end of the washing machine the current will drop you on a lavish reef patch inhabited by schools of colourful tropical fish, schools of Batfish are also present here and small underwater jungles of soft and hard corals. This site will also give you the chance to see the so very graceful sea turtles and timid nurse sharks, which call this area their home.

The beaches which border on this site are known to be some of the most beautiful in the world, with tropical birds pairing and breeding here during the summer seasons. Beauty under and above the water.

How To Get There

The liveaboards that go around the Bahamas, in this case the Exuma Cays , depart from the Prince George Wharf on the island of Nassau. Nassau is the capital city of the Bahamas and also holds an international airport, Lynden Pindling International Airport which will be your point of entry. Flights arrive here from numerous destinations around the world including the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada and other Caribbean islands. Nassua lies just 55km (35mi) north of the start of the Exuma Cays, and as the Washing Machine lies in the North of the Exuma Cays it will likely be one of the first sites you will visit.


Washing Machine Diving Reviews

  • 8.9 Fabulous
  • 17 Verified Reviews
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Céline T
  • Canada Canada

It was good but I am not a fan of drift dives.

Diving Washing Machine in May on the Blackbeards Morning Star

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Cheryl T
  • United States United States

Personally... not for me.. prefer having control... don’t like being thrown around.... the reef afterward was awesome though!

Diving Washing Machine in May on the Blackbeards Morning Star

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Kevin M
  • United States United States

The washing machine is an experience of a lifetime

Diving Washing Machine in April on the Aqua Cat

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Rob R
  • United States United States

Exhilarating. The name says it all. You won’t get to explore much as you’re moving pretty fast, but it seemed like a once in a lifetime experience being at the mercy of mother natur.

Diving Washing Machine in May on the Aqua Cat

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • jeffery C
  • United States United States

I loved this drift dive it gives you a rush at the start then you get to travel steady along the coral head till you get to the sand beds.

Diving Washing Machine in March on the Aqua Cat

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Russell B
  • United States United States

Exciting and fun. Loved the rolling and twisting and just drifting without making any effort to kick

Diving Washing Machine in March on the Blackbeards Morning Star

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Brian J
  • United States United States

Sceptical at first but after just one trip through I was ready to experience it again!

Diving Washing Machine in February on the Blackbeards Morning Star

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Harvey C
  • United States United States

The Washing Machine is always fun.

Diving Washing Machine in January on the Aqua Cat

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

Excellent drift dive and diffenrent from others

Diving Washing Machine in February on the Blackbeards Sea Explorer

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Jerome P
  • Canada Canada

perfect, would have loved to do it twice

Diving Washing Machine in April on the Blackbeards Morning Star

  • 6.4 Review score
  • Jonathan P
  • Canada Canada

This was a fun dive, a bit short, but the current was nice to ride after 3 earlier dives that day. The reef was colorful, and had some bigger angelfish/parrot fish on it. Unfortunately it was our only drift dive of the week.

Diving Washing Machine in December on the Bahamas Aggressor

  • 8.4 Very good
  • Stephen Z
  • United States United States

Amazing ride and unbelievable current.

Diving Washing Machine in January on the Blackbeards Morning Star

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Alannah D
  • Canada Canada

So much fun, I'd never done a drift dove before so this was an extra special treat!

Diving Washing Machine in August on the Blackbeards Morning Star