Looking to scuba dive off Exuma, Eleuthera or San Salvador? Even the small, less visited southeastern Bahama Islands have airstrips for quick hop flights. When arriving into the Bahamas, most scuba divers begin in Nassau, flying into the high traffic Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS). Another common starting point is to fly into Grand Bahama International Airport (FPO) on the northern island of Grand Bahama. From these two international destinations, there are many domestic flights that can be booked last minute at reasonable costs that will deliver south, away from the high tourist locations up north.
To get to the island chain of Exuma, fly into Exuma International Airport (GGT) then hop flight or boat to the smaller islands that offer amazing scuba diving, north of Exuma's main island. To get to the island of Eluethera, book a flight from Nassau to Rock Sound International Airport (RSD). There are many private airstrips on many of the Bahamas southeastern islands. Even the remote, southern island of Mayaguana has an airport by the same name. If you want to fly into where Columbus first landed after sailing the ocean blue in 1492, fly into San Salvador Airport.
On the long island chain of Exuma is the central area of the Bahamas, where there are resorts and dive shops that offer amazing day trips for scuba divers. On the main island of Grand Exuma, there is the town of Georgetown; check out the availability of the dive shop called Dive Exuma found at the Exuma Yacht Club. Dive Exuma offers snorkel trips and scuba trips to the many blue holes off the extensive Exuma cays. In Georgetown, there is also Exuma Dive Center, a great smaller dive shop that offers customized day trips for scuba divers looking to explore the Exuma cays.
A full service option for scuba divers is the resort and dive shop on beautiful Cat Island, Dive Cat Island dive shop. This scuba centric location is part of Hawk's Nest Resort. On the island of Eleuthera, stay at Ocean Fox Cotton Bay resort and have easy access to amazing dive locations and the services of the resort's dive shop in Eluethera's Davis Harbour. On the northern tip of Eluethera are Harbour Island and the scuba outfitter Valentine's Dive Center. This scuba center offers amazing day trips to great local dive sites along Eluethera's northern realm, and extensive scuba classes for beginners and advanced divers looking to expand their certification.
A great historic location to settle for a long relaxing week and get some amazing dives logged is San Salvador, the island where Columbus first set foot in the Americas. San Salvador's eastern shore makes up the Bahamas Atlantic Ocean boundary. Stay at Riding Rock Resort and Marina to explore the history and to arrange local scuba diving expeditions right from the comfort of your own resort.
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!