The Bahamas is a country consisting of more than 3,000 islands, cays, and islets. Its land area is 13,939 km2, with a population of 353,658. The capital is Nassau. In term of gross domestic product per capita, The Bahamas is one of the richest countries in the Western Hemisphere.
The Bahamas has over 1,000 underwater sites which make it a good destination to dive. It offers something for every diver’s taste, from the Andros Barrier Reef and the famous blue holes to wrecks. You will find all types of diving: Blue holes and caves, historical wrecks and amazing reefs, soaring wall dives and thrilling shark diving.
The Bahamas is great for both the new or experienced diver. Moreover, Marine life is abundant and the waters are clear and warm most of the year. The Bahamas are truly a diver's paradise.
On Andros Island, you can find Alec’s Cavern, an incredible cavern dive featuring mature corals, cryptic sponges, squirrel fish and nurse sharks. UNEXSO Dolphin Dive provides a sure thing for everyone who is looking for that special dolphin experience. In Nassau, you can find James Bond Wrecks which were used to film Never Say Never Again and You Only Live Twice. Also used in two James Bond movies, Thunderball Grotto in Great Exuma is a must-see for divers and snorkelers.
The Bahamas were uninhabited by Europeans until the mid-17th century. However, recent research suggests that there may have been attempts to settle the islands by groups from Spain, France, and Britain. During the 18th century, The Bahamas became a haven for pirates. To suppress piracy, The Bahamas were made a British crown colony in 1718. The British made the islands internally self-governing in 1964. Based on the twin pillars of tourism and offshore finance, the Bahamian economy has prospered since the 1950s.
Bahamian culture is a hybrid of African, European, and other cultures. During the past thirty years the culture has become increasingly influenced by the Hip-Hop culture of United States. Moreover, Bahamian culture is related to other Creole cultures throughout the Caribbean Basin, but also to the Gullah culture in coastal South Carolina and Georgia in the United States. Many Gullah people were taken to the Bahamas after the American Revolutionary War.
The Bahamas is very easy to access. This is one reason for its long-standing popularity as a winter holiday destination. Only a few miles from the South Florida coast, in fact closer than Caribbean destinations, the islands can be reached quickly either by air or by sea.
The climate of The Bahamas is subtropical to tropical, and is moderated significantly by the waters of the Gulf Stream, particularly in winter. Conversely, this often proves very dangerous in the summer and autumn, when hurricanes pass near or through the islands.
Gold Rock Beach at Lucayan National Park is one of the most beautiful beaches in the Bahamas. If you like Marine Park, you will have to go to Marine Habitat at Atlantis Paradise Island. This is the world’s largest marine park with more than 50,000 sea animals. Dolphin close encounter is a must-do in New Providence Island. Hiking up 63 meters mount Alvernia to The Hermitage, a small abbey, is a breathtaking trip. You will have a panoramic view of Cat Island. Another beautiful place is the Versailles gardens located next to a 12th century Augustine monastery in Paradise Island.
There isn’t much that you can do on or in the water that you can’t do in The Bahamas: Snorkelling, sport fishing, windsurfing, sailing & boating. Once ashore, explore the natural beauty of these islands by plane or by bicycle. Or enjoy a round of golf, a set of tennis, or a visit to any of the island’s shopping arcades and casinos. You can also relax on a beautiful beach.
Set in a tropical scattering of islands, surrounded by the third largest coral reef and some of the clearest water in the world. Andros has a wide range of exciting and beautiful marine life making this an exciting scuba diving location. The...Go>
A quiet group of islands with excellent less known reefs, the Berry Islands are great for those who want a quiet holiday but still have access to excellent reefs and large pelagic species. The Bahamas means “Shallow Seas” and consists of a...Go>
Bimini lays 81km (53 miles) due east of Miami, just on the other side of the gulf stream. The close proximity to the United States made it the ideal spot for an offshore speakeasy during prohibition. One of the most popular shipwrecks...Go>
Home to the highest peak in the Bahamas, a huge 207 feet, Cat Island is a wonderful place to explore above and below the surface of the ocean. The Bahamas means “Shallow Seas” and consists of a group of 700 breathtaking islands...Go>
The pineapple capital of the Bahamas, Eleuthera has excellent diving on reefs and wrecks with the most natural wrecks of any other island. The Bahamas means “Shallow Seas” and consists of a group of 700 breathtaking islands at the top of the...Go>
Close up dolphin and shark encounters can be had in the waters around Grand Bahama, including dives at the famous Tiger Beach where you can get up close and personal with the amazing Tiger Shark! The Bahamas means “Shallow Seas” and consists...Go>
The most scenic island in the Bahamas, Long Island has amazing diving including the deepest Blue Hole in all the Bahamas. The Bahamas means “Shallow Seas” and consists of a group of 700 breathtaking islands at the top of the Caribbean above Cuba...Go>
Turquoise water, soft powdery white sand beaches, world-class casinos, duty free shopping, and succulent seafood draw hundreds of thousands to Nassau, Bahamas every year. The Bahamian capital and tourist hot spot is located on New Providence Island, 290km (156 miles) southeast of Miami,...Go>
World class wall diving, frequent visits by hammerheads and striking topography, San Salvador is a must for divers visiting the Bahamas. The Bahamas means “Shallow Seas” and consists of a group of 700 breathtaking islands at the top of the Caribbean above Cuba...Go>
The Bahamas means “Shallow Seas” and this is no more evident than in the Abacos islands. Arranged along the eastern side of the little Bahamas bank, the Abacos islands cover over 263 square hectares (650 square miles) in the northern portion of...Go>
Great Diving, easy reefs, blue holes and a peaceful scenic setting, the Exumas are a great location in the Bahamas to visit. The Bahamas means “Shallow Seas” and consists of a group of 700 breathtaking islands at the top of the Caribbean above...Go>