When arriving into the Bahamas, most scuba divers start in Nassau, flying into the Bahama's highest traffic airport, Nassau's Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS). There is also Grand Bahama International Airport (FPO) on the northern island of Grand Bahama. There are also domestic and private airstrips on most of the Bahamas western islands.
There is also the option of boating or sailing the Bahamas, the multiple shallow reefs and islets require an experienced captain to avoid becoming a future artificial reef dive site yourself. If you are hop flying around and want to get to Andros, book a flight from Nassau or Freeport to any of Andros four active airstrips including Andros Town Airport (ASD). The small Bimini islands have three active airports as well. Basically, all of the larger Bahama Islands have one or more airstrips, and even small cays have airstrips and hop flights can be booked last minute at reasonable prices.
In Nassau, there are many dive shops for scuba divers to choose from. Most dive shops offer great instruction, certification building classes and interesting day trips on their private boats to locations around Nassau and beyond. Check out the Nassau dive shop Bahama Divers or Stuart Cove's Dive Bahamas to book a scuba diving trip to explore the Bahamas around the Nassau vicinity.
Along the western shores of The Bahamas are the Bimini Islands. Famous for the Bimini road, possibly an underwater ancient road when the water was receded thousands of years ago or a natural structure. To dive Bimini is amazing, and there are several dive shops that service the island chain. Check out Neal Watson's Bimini Scuba Center, this all-in-one dive shop is in conjunction with Bimini Sands Resort & Marina. Together the resort and the dive shop offer scuba instruction and classes, day trips, and equipment rentals for beginners and advanced divers.
The largest island in the Bahamas is Andros and there you will find many resorts, restaurants, and dive shops to explore the many scuba diving sites along the big island. The dive shop known as Small Hope Bay Lodge is a scuba resort that offers accommodations and access to the dive sites around Andros. Another resort called Tiamo Resort on South Andros is a great romantic getaway location, private and designed to accommodate scuba divers, snorkelers and those who just want to eat well and relax on the beautiful white sand beaches.
Exuma Bahamas is a perfect scuba get-a-way! We loved it! Rented a wonderful beach house on bone fish flats. Huge deep blue hole just around the corner, got lobsters & shrimp and saw rays, tons of various fish,(great fishing) reefs all over snorkeled more than we scuba dove. The water is so clear, we stayed in from dawn till dusk, Gotta try the local coconut bread! Best vaca. EVER!