Dive Operators, Nassau, Bahamas

Note: the rates quoted in the listings below were current at the time of writing. As always, though, they are subject to change and you should contact you operator of choice for up-to-date rates.


Bahama Divers
On East Bay Street in Nassau, they have been in business for 30 years. They operate mostly on the north side of New Providence, and conduct regularly scheduled dives in the morning, afternoon and at night. They have a staff of 17, nine of whom are fully qualified instructors. Bahama Divers, affiliated with PADI, operates three dive boats with carrying capacities for 10 to 30 divers. The large company store sells a wide range of gear and equipment, and carries 100 sets of rental gear. Dive packages can be arranged through any of the hotels on the island. Rates: one day, one tank, $45; two days, two tanks, $130; night dive, $50.  242-393-8234, 800-398-DIVE, or write to PO Box 21584, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33335.

Custom Aquatics
One of Nassau’s newer companies, in business for only four years. The great advantage of working with this company is that they don’t have regularly scheduled dives. This means that if a boat is available, you can charter it and go out diving at any time of day; you’ll have the boat and instructor all to yourself. They will also take you to any site, wreck or reef that you might specify. The small staff of two operates two boats, each with a carrying capacity of eight divers. 242-362-1492, or write Box CB12730, Nassau, Bahamas.

Dive Dive Dive
This is a very professional outfit, located in the Coral Harbour Hotel. In business for some 17 years, it works primarily on the south side with three boats that can carry from eight to 20 people. The company has a retail store where you can purchase and rent gear. The staff of 12 includes five fully qualified instructors. Agency affiliations include PADI, SSI, NAUI, NASDS, and ANDI. Dive Dive Dive specializes in shark dives and night videos. Packages can be arranged through the six villas on the property. Rates: two dives, $70; night dives, $70; starter courses, $99. 800-368-3483, or write to 1323 SE 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316.

Diver’s Haven
This is one of Nassau’s long-established operators, in business for more than 27 years. The staff of 17 includes five fully qualified guides and instructors. The four company boats have carrying capacities from 15 to 40 people. There’s an on-site training pool, where first-timers can learn to dive in safety. By arrangement, this company will take you to any and all of the remote wreck and reef sites. Packages can be arranged through a number of island hotels, including the Comfort Suites, Red Carpet Inn, and the Radisson Cable Beach Resort. 242-393-0869, or write to PO Box N1658, Nassau, Bahamas.

The Nassau Scuba Centre
This is another of Nassau’s newer companies, in business less than five years. The company schedules dives throughout the day and evening. The staff of 12 includes four instructors. Their three boats can carry from 12 to 22 passengers. Agency affiliations include PADI, SSI, NAUI, NASDS and BSAC. Specialties include shark dives, and packages can be arranged through Le Meridian Cable Beach, Orange Hill, and the Radisson Cable Beach Resort. Rates: two dives, $75; night dives, $55.  800-327-8150, or write to PO Box 21766, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33335.

Stuart Cove’s Dive South Ocean
One of Nassau’s premier dive operators specializing, as the name implies, in dive sites off the south side of the island. Stuart has first-hand knowledge of the Bond sites, having helped with their construction during the filming. The company, in business for more than 17 years, has a staff of 20 – 10 of whom are fully qualified instructors. They operate six boats with capacities ranging from six to 24 passengers. You can arrange custom dives, or join one of the scheduled dives in the morning, afternoon, and evening. There are daily shark dives. Packages can be arranged on the property through the South Ocean Golf and Beach Resort. Pick-up service is available at all Nassau hotels.  800-879-9832, or write to PO Box CB11697, Nassau, Bahamas.

Sunskiff Divers
In business for about 12 years, they have a staff of two (both instructors) and operate one boat with a capacity for six people. This company doesn’t have a regular schedule of dives and so can be very flexible. For years, they’ve specialized in blue hole, shark and night diving, and they will take you to any site, even the remote ones. They offer custom dive packages, including accommodation in a three-bedroom house on the canal. 800-331-5884, local 242-362-1979, or write PO Box N142, Nassau, Bahamas.

 

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