The Towers: Huge coral pinnacles 60 feet tall, pierced with tunnels and caverns
Grouper Alley: 40ft. Numerous tunnels beneath monstrous coral heads
Wayne’s World: 70ft. A tour of the outside of the barrier reef
The Cathedral: Huge cavern where shafts of sunlight dance on the floor
Tarpon Reef: High profile corals for a school of tarpon and a huge green moray
Coral Caverns: A series of winding caverns filled with clouds of shiny silversides
San Jacinto: 40ft. The wreck of a large steamship sunk in 1865
The Catacombs: A shallow, sun-splattered cavern with abundant tropical fish
These intriguing phenomena can be found both on land and out to sea. While on the surface they can be a summer's delightful swimming hole, dive a little deeper and you'll find a world of discovery—and danger. Unless you're a very experienced diver and are bringing backup, you're probably best off to sign on with a guide. Bahamas Underground is a highly recommended operation specializing in cave and technical diving. For those who choose not to dive, National Geographic Magazine’s article “Deep Dark Secrets” from August 2010 offers a spectacular look inside these mysterious treasures.
Today, sports enthusiasts of all ages are enjoying the simple joys of snorkeling and free diving. The Bahamas’ unmatched clarity combines with a striking spectrum of blues to create a spectacular underwater world waiting to be explored. Just off the east side of the Little Bahamas Bank, the primary reef structures are seldom deeper than 30 to 40 feet. There are open cavern systems and excellent shallow wrecks. Whether you’re a beginning snorkeler or an experienced spearfisherman, the waters surrounding Schooner Bay are among the finest in the world. Your adventure will be remembered for decades, and you’ll return to continue your discovery.
The average water temperature of the gin-clear water averages an amazing 80 degrees year-round. That makes it perfect for diving and every other water adventure. If you’re planning to dive, always dive with a buddy and make sure you drink plenty of fluids. Use sunscreen between dives and after your last dive you should avoid flying for at least 24 hours to avoid the bends. Always tie your vessel to a mooring to prevent anchoring onto or damaging marine reefs. The Bahamas Dive Association cautions against shark diving with any operator other than its members as they adhere to approved guidelines to maximize safe shark interaction. Lycra skin and/or 3 to 5 millimeter wets suits are recommended when diving; however, your thermal protection should be based on your personal comfort.
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