Bahamas Map

The Islands of the Bahamas

Airport:  (Airport Code FPO) Grand Bahama International Airport (GBIA) includes an additional 741 acres of land adjoining the Airport and Harbour into one operating entity, known as the Sea Air Business Center(SABC).

The Airport has an 11,000-ft. runway capable of handling the largest aircraft in service and is within easy reach of all major U.S. destinations. Major upgrading and expansion to the facility were completed by March 2004, enhancing the position as a world class airport. The airport operates a 24 hours service daily.
Currency:  The pound was replaced by the dollar in 1966, at a rate of 7 shillings = 1 dollar (1 pound = 2.86 dollars). This rate meant that the new Bahamas dollar was at a slight discount to the US dollar.
Climate:

 

Average Temperatures Water Temperature Air Temperature Wetsuit Recommendation
January-February 72-75f/22-24c 72-80f/22-27c Full Wetsuit 3mm or thicker
March 73-77f/23-25c 72-85f/22-29c Full Wetsuit 3mm or thicker
April 75-79f/24-26c 76-90f24-32c Shorty or Full Wetsuit
May 77-80f/25-27c 80-90f/27-32c Skin or Shorty
June 79-81f/26-27c 80-90f/27-32c None required
July-Sept 81-85f/27-29c 80-90f/27-32c None required
October 79-82f/26-28c 76-90f/24-32c Skin or Shorty
November 77-80f/25-27c 72-85f/22-29c Shorty or Full Wetsuit
December 75-78f/24-26c 72-85f/22-29c Full Wetsuit 3mm or thicker

 

Language:  Bahamian is an English-based creole language spoken by approximately 400,000 people in the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Dive Landscape:

The island has three reef lines; the first is shallow, 10-20ft,. it is a solid reef that runs the length of the islands south shore. (as do all the reefs here) It is a very colorful reef with lots of life but I would only recommend it on very nice days. If it is rough there is a strong surge and the bottom will be stirred up bringing the visibility down. The second reef is a med. depth, 40-60ft., it is made up of scattered coral heads on sand flats; again lots of reef life but you also have the sand to explore and lots of rocks to look under. The third reef line is deep 60-90ft. and like the shallow reef it is a solid reef mass. On some of the deep sites the surge channels have overgrown forming tunnels. The deep reef is also where you may see some of the larger fish. There are many sites along these reefs to pick from, most are very good.
The island also has several wrecks to dive. The best is Theo’s wreck. It is a 230ft. cement freighter sitting in 110ft. of water right on the edge of the ledge, a 2000ft. drop off, you should try to do this one. You can also do some special dives here like diving with dolphins and shark feeding dives.
Signature Dive Sites:

Ann’s Paradise – A 40′ to 50′ patch reef. This has vibrant corals and sponges.

Blair House – A huge tongue & grove reef that starts at 50′ and drops down to the sand in 90′.

Ethridge Wreck – A 125′ ferry sunk in 45′ of water. It is surrounded by patch coral.

Lucayan Caves – Grid line coral with 15′ profile starting at 50′ and dropping down to 90′. Numerous sharks and large schools of fish.

Sea Star – This 200′ freighter lies in 90′ of water. It is broken in the middle allowing fish easy access to its interior. There is always large grouper in or around the wreck. Schools of grunts & snapper hide in the wreck while schools of jacks swim above it.

Shark Junction – Caribbean reef sharks cruising over this reef. This site also has a number of large snapper and was the location of our first lionfish sighting.

Theo’s Wreck – A 230′ fully intact wreck lying with the rudder next to the wall. The top is at 65′ and the bottom is at 110′. There is a friendly large Green Moray that likes to be fed plus several Spotted Morays. A large colony of Orange Cup Corals is under the bow. See if you can find where Theo’s is burned into the wreck

 

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