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Eleuthera, Bahamas

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Country: Bahamas  Area: Bahamas

Water Temp: 24 - 31°C (75 - 88°F)

Visibility: 20 - 50m (66 - 164 ft)

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The pineapple capital of the Bahamas, Eleuthera has excellent diving on reefs and wrecks with the most natural wrecks of any other island.

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The Bahamas means “Shallow Seas” and consists of a group of 700 breathtaking islands at the top of the Caribbean above Cuba and starting just 50 miles off the coast of Florida.  This tropical archipelago has 16 main islands from which you can base yourself on to explore the rest of the area.

Eleuthera is a long thin island 50miles east of Nassau. The island is 110miles long but as little as 1 mile across in certain places. The landscape is rugged and beautiful and is sparsely populated.

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Climate & Sea Conditions

The islands all have a warm agreeable climate which hardly varies all year round, but they are more susceptible to weather during the hurricane season which runs from June to November.  Even so this doesn’t necessarily mean you shouldn’t visit at this time as with fewer tourists you can get the dive sites all to yourself.

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The water is very warm and settled throughout the year, and ranges from 24C in the winter months of December to March to 31C in the summer months of June to August.  The dive season is year round and even in the rainy season the water is still very clear.  This amazing visibility is due to virtually no runoff from the land, nearly all the rain water is absorbed into the porous limestone of the islands.

 

 
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Diving

The Bahamas offers a huge array of different scuba diving experiences for all levels of diver, ranging from diving colourful coral reefs teeming with life, underwater caves, sunken ships, spectacular blue holes and exhilarating Shark Feeding Dives. 

The Devils backbone is a shallow, jagged reef that runs along the north edge of Eleuthera and has sunk more boats than any other reef in the Bahamas. This now provided divers with many fascinating wrecks to explore as well as the reefs full of marine life.

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Diving the Bahamas you are likely to see many different Shark species, Nurse, Black tip, Bull, Tiger, Great Hammerhead and Caribbean Reef sharks all inhibit the crystal blue waters.  They can best be found near the coasts near the “Tongue of the Ocean”.  Shark Feeds are a huge attraction as The Bahamas is one of the only places in the world to take part in this activity.  The opportunity to watch these fascinating creatures feeding at close range will be a thrilling underwater experience that any diver will remember for a long time.  Most areas will have Shark Feeding dives available and most liveaboards will do at least one in the week.

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A famous event of the Bahamas is “The March of the Spiny Lobster” which is a widespread Phenomenon occurring on the Great and Little Bahamas Banks near Abacos, Grand Bahama and Andros.  The lobsters are usually found solitary on the reef like the groupers but again gather in huge numbers for this event.  The march is usually triggered by the first autumnal storms that arrive from the north and west in late October or early November.  The lobsters agitated by the storms leave their ledges and overhangs and begin to march to deeper water.  Chains of lobsters can then be seen marching in single file, each lobsters vulnerable parts protected by the lobster behind.  This makes them become fearless and as a diver you can get very close and they will even march over you if you lie down in their way.

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How to Get there

There are three airports on the island so is relatively accessible by plane from Miami or Fort Lauderdale. It can also be easily reached by plane or ferry from most of the other islands in the Bahamas, with only a 30 min flight from Nassau.

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Mediterranean Barracuda Reef - Greece - Mykonos

Eleuthera1 May 2012 - 31 Oct 2012 with GoDive Mykonos Diving Resort

This reef is one of the most compulsive dive sites. It is common to meet large school of Mediterranean Barracuda (Sphyraena sphyraena), among a great diversity of marine life and hundreds of small fishes. Diver can see a plethora of amphorae, in various conditions, from little pieces, scattered everywhere, to larger items in better condition. Moreover, this site has a great morphology and rocky topography, combines a stunning underwater scenery, with large pinnacles rising from the bottom. The dive starts at about 5m, and the average maximum dive site depth is at about 20 meters making it perfect for less advanced divers, or for the second dive of the day.

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George Taylor

Looks great! Nice pics too.. the pebble sea floor looks fab.

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