Best Dive Sites - North Side, Nassau, Bahamas

Barracuda Shoals
This is a vibrant and colorful underwater community lies in only 25 feet of water and is one of New Providence’s most popular dive sites. Formed by several separate and distinct reefs, this triangular formation of shoals provides homes to a variety of marine life, including the barracuda that give the site its name. Underwater photographers love the colorful sponge colonies on the shoals. Barracuda Shoals is also the site of at least six shipwrecks lying in varying depths, from an easy 30 feet to a much more difficult 100 feet.

The Lost Blue Hole
About 10 miles east of Nassau, this is one of the most exciting blue holes in the islands. Seen from the air, the Lost Blue appears as a deep blue disc against the white sandy bottom. In reality, it’s a vast opening in the ocean floor, some 100 feet in diameter, with isolated coral heads clinging precariously to its rim. Below, the sea rapidly darkens as you swim toward the depths.
Each of the coral heads, much larger than they first appear, supports a marine colony all its own: sergeant majors, moray eels, Nassau groupers, and snappers. An assortment of colorful fish and animals play out their lives within the confines of their own particular coral head.

The Fish Hotel
Though somewhat disappointing as far as reef formations go, this is home to perhaps the greatest concentration of fish on a single reef anywhere around New Providence. The holes and cavities in the hard rock shelves team with colorful fish of all shapes and sizes: sergeant majors, snappers, trumpetfish, parrotfish, grunts and even the occasional moray eel.

The Graveyard
This is the location of three shipwrecks, three freighters that lie at a depth of around 85 feet. The vessels, all within close vicinity to each other, provide something of a surreal experience, lifeless and abandoned. When you approach the site however, it suddenly bursts into life as massive schools of silversides flash in front, maintaining formation like so many thousands of migrating birds, always wary of imminent pursuit from predators like the Barracuda, the African Pompano, or the Schoolmaster. The wrecks, and the marine life that lives within and around them, provide great photographic opportunities.

Thunderball Reef
This is where the spear-gun scene was filmed for the James Bond movie, Thunderball. The site, located to the northeast of Athol Island, is comprised of a long, narrow reef, where the maximum depth is only 25 feet. The coral rises to within 10 feet of the surface, making it easily accessible to both snorkelers and scuba divers. The 100-yard-long reef is home to all sorts of marine life, including sponges, shrimp, and lobsters.

 

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