The Bahamas are an archipelago of 700 islands situated where the Western Atlantic Ocean meets the Caribbean Sea. These amazingly clear waters feature more dive environments than you’re likely to see in one trip. The third largest barrier reef is found offshore. There’s also deep walls, fascinating wrecks, blue holes, tunnels, caverns and some of the best shark diving in the world. Plus, he subtropical climate provides approximately 340 sunny days each year and the dive conditions are impressive year-round.
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Bahamas Sea Life
The Bahamas not only hosts hundreds of colorful fish. Pelagic species also love this archipelago. In particular, scuba divers flock to the area for one-of-a-kind encounters with hammerhead sharks, bull sharks, oceanic whitetip sharks and silky sharks.
Other than sharks, graceful dolphins and whales travel around the islands. Also, keep an eye out for the Nassau Grouper, a goliath fish that can reach almost 20 pounds and is the national fish of the Bahamas. Often frantically swimming around the Nassau Grouper are their little friends, the wrasse, which cleans the grouper in exchange for protection.
Perhaps the most iconic aquatic creature is the Queen Conch, a massive mollusk that slowly make their way across the sandy bottoms. Prized for their colorful and extravagant shells, conchs are often harvested in great abundance.
Spiny lobsters are also common, and the “March of the Spiny Lobsters” takes place a couple times a year in shallow waters.
How to Get There
The Bahamas features three international airports, namely Freeport Grand Bahama International Airport, the George Town International Airport on Exuma and Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau. Flights arrive in a seemingly nonstop stream, and flying into the islands is a simple trek. Arriving by cruise ship, ferry or private boat is another popular option.
To travel between islands, you’ll need to use commuter planes, ferries or private transfers by speedboat.
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