Airport: There are two airports on Long Island – Deadman’s Cay Airport (LGI) and Stella Maris Airport (SML). Daily scheduled service is available to the island from Nassau and charter services can be arranged through any of the certified local and international carriers. Weekly sea service is provided by mailboat.
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.
|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|
|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: Home to one of the oldest dive operations in The Bahamas, Long Island has numerous shallow and deep dive sites, but is best known for Dean’s Blue Hole, the deepest recorded blue hole in The Bahamas (more than 600 feet). The western shoreline of the 80-mile long island has soft sandy beaches capped with rich green mangroves. With the Atlantic Ocean on the east, Long Island is a haven for fishing, sailing and yachting in The Bahamas Out Islands.
On Long Island, you can gaze in wonder at Dean’s Blue Hole, dipping some 663 feet (203 meters) into the ocean floor right off shore. It is said to be the world’s deepest blue hole, the second largest underwater chamber, and it is where the Freediving World Record was set in April 2007. You can also dive in varied reefs, visit a wreck sitting upright in 90 feet of water, and walls that begin at 40 feet and drop to 6,000 feet.
Signature Dive Sites:
Barracuda Heads: Favored for its rich populations of marine life such as schooling horse-eye jacks, groupers, grunts, and, of course, its namesake, barracuda.
Grouper Valley: A spur-and-groove coral formation noted for the probability of pelagic marine life and massive congregation of schooling Nassau groupers that come here to spawn in November.
Shark Reef: The dive that set the standard for shark encounters around the world. Here, along the leeward shore, just 30 minutes from the Stella Maris Marina, a shallow reef in 30 feet of water provides the backdrop for excellent, predictable shark action.
Southampton Reef: Shallow fields of elkhorn and staghorn corals decorate the remains of at least 150 wrecks.
Stella Maris Shark Reef: Stella Maris Shark Reef, often copied, never matched, affords guaranteed, unfailingly dramatic viewing, photo and filming opportunities. Under the easiest and safest of conditions, suitable even for the not-so-seasoned diver, in just 30′ of calm lee side water divers can witness first-hand the beauty and power of the apex predator of the Bahamian and Caribbean reef: Carcharhinus perezi. Some 1 to 2 dozen compete for prepared food in an underwater amphitheater setting. This not-to-be missed Bahamas diving experience has been presented up to 2-3 times weekly since the mid-70s with a 100% safety record, we might add!
Dean’s Blue Hole: Dean’s Blue Hole is the world’s deepest blue hole! Measuring 660′ deep, it is presumably two ice ages old! With two flips of your fins you go from a gorgeous beach to the descent of a lifetime. Protected from the open Atlantic by high cliffs, the inside shallows equally delight accompanying swimmers and snorkelers. Located within a one hour’s drive by road, this trip usually includes a pleasant Island Tour.
Conception Island Wall: The diving offered at Conception Island Wall is the kind of stuff legends are made of. This uninhabited Bahamas Nature Park, on land and underwater, provides pristine diving for our Bahamas beach resort vacationers! Vertical walls fringed with huge coral heads begin as shallow as 45′ and step down to indefinite ink-blue depths. Visibility usually ranges from 150 to 200′. All underwater life is at its best! The close-by infamous 9-mile South Hampton Reef, sporting continuous depth changes from 10 to 100′, has reportedly snagged some 150 wrecks.
Rum Cay: Rum Cay, named “Conception Island” by Columbus, is within close reach of our Bahamas beach resort vessels. It is known for its quaint scenery, quality diving, and for its historic wreck of the “Conqueror.” And on land, there is a ‘must see;’ the Hartford Cave, boasting hundreds of Indian originating wall stone carvings
Wrecks: The “Comberbach,” a 110′ steel freighter, sits upright on a 100′ deep coral reef/shelf with lots of coral, sponge and fish life. The wreck can be safely dived throughout! Right next to the “Comberbach” is a 40′ sailing vessel, the “Sunseeker.” Man-made wrecks are occasionally added to this “Ships’ Graveyard”, located just 1/2 mile from beautiful Cape Santa Maria Beach, on the lee side of Long Island.
A large steel freighter, its name unknown, sits at 25′ on Conception Island’s South Hampton Reef. Its ‘flattened’, but still interconnected hull presents great marine wreck photo opportunities. Residential fish life is good, and coral heads provide added background.
The “Conqueror,” the first ever steam engine equipped sailing war vessel of the British Navy, hit a coral head close to Rum Cay’s south shore in 1848 and without the loss of a single life sank there. A Skin-diver Magazine/Stella Maris dive team discovered it in 1969. In some 25’ of depth, one can inspect cannons, cannon balls, a huge shaft, a tiny engine, and all sorts of marine hardware, including petrified ships planking! Note: No collecting of anything here!
A large steel freighter sits in some 20′ of depth immediately east of Long Island’s “Guana Cay.” Its hull is partially torn apart and flattened; with lots of marine hardware and its petrified freight remnants strewn throughout the area. Typically visited by road (35 minutes), it features a small 5 minute inner bay snorkel crossing that can be dived or snorkeled over.