The Bahamas is a playground for those that enjoy outdoor recreation. With access to blue waters and rich marine life, Nassau is an incredible destination for diving. There are great spots where you can dive just off the coast, and Nassau is also a gateway to amazing dive destinations farther out.
Whether you're planning a trip to Nassau in The Bahamas or you're thinking about buying property in the area, you'll love the scuba diving options available. Check out these top 10 diving spots in Nassau and find out exactly what you can look forward to when you visit this Caribbean hot spot.
1. Shark Buoy
About 15 miles offshore from Nassau, the U.S. Navy has a sonar testing buoy. The buoy has created a unique underwater environment where plankton and algae are found on its rope tether. As a result, small fish and silky sharks gravitate toward the area.
If you want to see silky sharks in their natural habitat, this is one of the best spots in the world to do so. You can also expect to see grouper, snapper, reef sharks and stingrays congregated around the big yellow buoy out at sea.
2. Lost Blue Hole
The Lost Blue Hole is one of the most unusual and memorable diving spots on the planet. This natural submerged crater has a diameter of over 100 feet and a depth of over 200 feet.
The walls of the crater have become the home of underwater marine life such as sea turtles, manta rays, morays, snapper, amberjacks, and nurse sharks. Because you'll actually be diving within the crater, there are very few currents to worry about, and the water itself is amazingly clear.
3. Schoolhouse Reef
Although there are plenty of opportunities for deep-water diving in Nassau and throughout The Bahamas, shallow reef diving can be just as exciting. It can also be better for beginners who want to explore a vibrant underwater ecosystem just a few feet below the surface.
At Schoolhouse Reef, the water's depth is just 20 feet, making it suitable for beginners. Although it is shallow, this dive spot is packed with bright colors, beautiful coral and an array of reef fish.
4. Goulding Cay Wall
The diving destination known as Goulding Cay is a remarkable spot where you can see a variety of open-water fish known as pelagic, as well as beautiful black coral trees and plenty of barrel sponges. It is also home to a wall, hence the name, which creates an artificial reef alongside the natural one.
At Goulding Caye Wall, you can expect to see everything from turtles to sharks to stingrays, making it an exciting spot with varying depths for all kinds of divers.
5. Shark Arena
If you're craving adrenaline, then Nassau is the ideal place to get up close and personal with sharks. At Shark Arena, the diving depth is just 40 feet, so this is an adventure suited to both beginners and more experienced divers.
You can swim through the reef and spot lots of Caribbean reef sharks in their natural habitat for an experience you'll never forget. If you want to kick it up an extra notch, there is the opportunity to feed the reef sharks and get even closer to the action.
6. Sea Viking Wreck
The Sea Viking was a commercial fishing boat that sank just south of New Providence in 1997. It is considered an upright wreck because it hasn't tilted over to one side.
Since the Sea Viking is found about 60 feet below the surface of the ocean, it is relatively well preserved. This depth also means it is best suited to moderate or advanced divers. Today, the ship is covered in sponges, and swimming down to it is an incredible approach.
7. James Bond Wrecks
With breathtaking beauty and clear blue waters, it is probably not surprising to learn that multiple James Bond movies were filmed in and around Nassau in the Bahamas. In fact, two of the most famous diving destinations in the area were even featured in James Bond films starring Sean Connery.
Dive to explore the Vulcan Bomber, an underwater wreck that was a filming location for the Bond flick Thunderball in 1965. Or, swim up to the Tears of Allah Shipwreck, a diving site you might recognize from the 1985 movie Never Say Never Again.
8. Cessna Wreck
The diving spot known as the Cessna Wreck is popular in large part because of the great visibility in the water. The wreck is one of several located just off of Clifton Pier, making it easily accessible and ideal for shorter day or night dives.
The deepest spot here is about 35 feet, and you can get up close to the small Cessna plane at the bottom of the ocean. However, don't forget to look around and soak in views of the fish as well as the nearby wall packed with marine life located just a brief swim from the wrecked plane.
9. The Willaurie Wreck
In 1907, the Willaurie was built and set sail for the first time in Denmark. It sank in Potter's Caye but was moved and then sunk again at near Clifton Pier during a storm.
10. Trinity Caves
Trinity Caves is a series of caverns located next to an underwater wall. This creates an amazing environment for scuba diving, with each of the caverns boasting a new ecosystem worth exploring.
Most of the caverns have relatively small openings, with the largest opening just eight feet by four feet, so it is not for beginners. However, the caverns create a spectacular home for a colorful array of fish, and it's worth bringing a light so that you can peer into some of the smaller caverns and take a peek.
Nassau Delivers on Diving and So Much More
With so many spectacular diving spots in and around Nassau, it is easy to see why diving is such a popular pastime. As the capital city of The Bahamas, Nassau is the hub for all kinds of activities, both on water and land.
If you want to make diving a bigger part of your life or live in perpetual paradise, The Pointe deep-water Marina will make an amazing home base. Located at The Pointe in downtown Nassau, the Marina is easily accessible from the residences at One Particular Harbour by Margaritaville at The Pointe. Enjoy access to year-round diving, vibrant tropical life, and a relaxed, upscale environment packed with amenities.
Get more information about One Particular Harbour, the Marina, and The Pointe.