Bahamas Map

The Islands of the Bahamas

Airport:  There are two airports serving The Abaco Islands – Marsh Harbour International Airport (MHH) and Treasure Cay International Airport (TCB). Frequent domestic and international scheduled air service is available and charter services can be arranged through any of the certified local and international carriers. Sea service is provided by Bahamas Ferries and mail boats to a number of settlements/towns on a weekly (or more frequent) basis.

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.

Diving

Our waters will take your breath away. The diving is excellent throughout The Abaco Islands, with several protected underwater areas such as Fowl Cay National Reserve and Pelican Cays Land and Sea Park, with massive reefs with swim-through caves that are seasonally filled wall to wall with silver baitfish. At dive spots on the edge of the reef, you’re almost guaranteed to see reef sharks.

Reef Diving

Directly exposed to the Atlantic, the reefs of The Abacos take a different form from much of The Bahamas. Many sites are relatively shallow, 60 feet or less. Subjected to slightly cooler temperatures during the winter, they are just on the edge of what hard corals require to survive. The general form of the fringing reefs is an ornate, extinct coral base with a healthy top growth of star and elkhorn corals. The base reef has been etched out by tidal flow to form a maze of interconnecting tunnels and cathedral-like caverns.

Green Turtle Cay features shallow reefs as well as superb fish life, one of the earmarks of The Abacos. There is a huge selection of sites for snorkeling and diving at Marsh Harbour. Maxi-Caves is an historically great spot for comfortable cavern dives where you’ll find friendly groupers and barracuda. Treasure Divers has a full, PADI-certified dive operator located at Treasure Cay Marina.

Cave & Shark Diving

Walker’s Cay, the northernmost island, has been a diving tradition for decades. In addition to myriad mazes of shallow and complex caverns, an abundance of fish and some deeper sloping walls, Walker’s Cay features one of the most unique shark dives in The Bahamas. Groups of up to 150 sharks gather at the sound of the dive boat’s engines in a coral arena to feed on the bait, while divers mingle with them. Some refer to this as an underwater cocktail party.

Signature Dive Sites

THE ORIGINAL TARPON DIVE
Founded by Brendal. Dive with Tarpon at 50′ and hand feed Brendal’s pet “Grouper Junkanoo” all along a wall of coral.

CORAL CAVERNS
Explore caverns at 50′ and feed “Caypso Grouper” amid schools of silversides and breathtaking and abundant tropical fish.

CORAL CONDOS
Formation of coral heads and plate coral at 60′ with an abundance of micro life.

WRECK OF THE SAN JACINTO
Dive the 1st U.S. steamship made. The ship was built in 1847, and sank in 1865. Feed one large green moray eel, all at 40′.

THE CATACOMBS
Explore sun-filtered catacombs with the fish and turtles at 40′ – a photographer’s dream.

HORSE SHOE REEF
Sparkling sand channels at 40′ that lead to coral heads of every size.

ELKHORN CORAL REEF
Hand Feed String Rays! Lounge on the beach and FRESH Grilled Seafood or Lobster (when in Season) picnic lunch on a beautiful island beach.

VALLEY OF THE SPONGES
Dive to 90′ explore colorful Tube and Barrel sponges.

GROUPER ALLEY
Dive with schools of Large Grouper. All at 90′.

THE LEDGE
Large Grouper swimming amongst soft corals and sponges that dot the terrain at 100′.

HOLE IN THE WALL
A huge coral head that divers can swim through and sun-filtered caverns, all at 50′.

THE CRATERS
Dive to coral head formations at 60′ with caverns filled with sunlight!

CORAL CANYONS
Dive to an underwater canyon with crevasse terrain and fish of every size and description, all at 55′.

SEA GYPSY REEF
Soft and hard coral of every description at 40′ with interlinking sand channels filled with tropical fish.

THE CORAL GARDENS
A garden of fan corals, gorgonian coral and sponges all at 80′.

THE WRECK VIOLET MITCHELL
Dive to 45′ and explore a wreck that sank in the 1980s that is alive with schools of fish.

THE PILLARS
Spectacular pillar coral from 35′ to the surface. Tropicals of various types dot the terrain!

 

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