There is great scuba diving throughout the Bahama Islands and the surrounding shallow wonders of the Bahama Bank. The western Bahama Islands include the larger islands of Grand Bahama, Abaco, Andros and the small island of New Providence, where the capital of Nassau resides. These core islands of the country see the most tourism and boat and air traffic compared to the more remote and less travelled southern realm.
If you fly into Nassau, there are great scuba diving sites right off the island of New Providence. About 10 miles east of Nassau is Lost Ocean Blue Hole for starters. This bell shaped blue hole drops to about 300 feet, and is a great blue hole for beginner and advanced divers to explore. It is common to see French angelfish, large Nassau grouper, southern stingrays and blacktip reef sharks at the site.
There are so many established scuba diving sites off the western shore of New Providence island. Out off Lyford Cay off the island's northwestern shore there are the dives sites: Lampton Wall, Elkhorn Gardens and the wreck dive known as Abilin Wreck. These scuba diving sites not far from Nassau are fairly close to shore and are suitable for intermediate level divers.
Scuba diving in Bimini is a treat especially because it is so close to Miami, Florida and is a relatively short boat trip if adventuring from the mainland USA. The infamous Bimini Road is a great place to dive and explore the mystery and lore of the area. The shallows of Bimini provide a perfect habitat for reef fish, coral, and large marine life such as dolphins and many varieties of sharks such as nurse sharks and hammerheads. If you patiently wait in the shallows around coral and anemones, you will spot one of the most exciting dive sites in Bimini; drift diving along the Bimini Wall. The wall's edge is at 120 feet below the surface and the wall plunges to the darkness below. This wall dive is for advanced scuba divers only.
A unique and remote place to dive is the Cay Sal Bank, out in the far western territory- but still considered the Bahamas. This shallow oasis is cut by deep walls all around but the huge expanse of shallow bank extends for miles and miles with only a few islands barely jotting their rocky heads above the surface of the clear blue waters. There are blue holes interspersed with islands of reef and vast beds of white sand like underwater deserts that, as a diver, you can literally get lost in if you do not pop up for a look. Many liveaboards offer weeklong trips out to the Cay Sal Bank, and getting on board for a trip to the bank is well worth it. Some of the Cay Sal Banks dive sites include the blue holes and reef around Damas Cays in the eastern zone of the Cay Sal Bank.
The Cay Sal Bank Wall is one of the most magnificent places to drift dive that I have ever encountered, the depth is amazing and the swarming hammerheads seem to float in space far below you. The huge grouper and fans swaying in the swift current are amazing, as your eyes swish past your liveaboard, floating above with you. The Cay Sal Bank should not be missed!
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!