Discover the Best Bahamas Wreck Diving Sites
By Omar Isaacs
The Bahamas offers countless ship wrecks for all experience levels to dive. Bahamas diving instructors are able to train you in wreck diving so that you can dive safely and get the most out of the experience. Gliding through the ship wrecks and discovering the marine life inhabiting the underwater tombs is an experience you will never forget.
The Bahamas is an archipelago that boasts more than 700 different islands scattered like fairy dust on what can only be described as one of the most magical diving playgrounds on earth. An exciting aspect of a dive in Bahamas waters is the breathtaking range of wrecks that are awaiting you. There are different wrecks suitable for various levels of diving expertise and experience, so even if you are a beginner you can still enjoy exploring some of the historical wrecks that are scattered across the islands.
Why So Many Wrecks?
For centuries, The Bahamas and its varied coral reefs have played pinball with sea vessels and a good few of these ships have ended up making friends with the fish on the bottom of the Caribbean Sea. The hazardous trading route through The Bahamas has seen Spanish galleons, pirate ships, steam boats and many other vessels over the centuries sink to the ocean floor. You can turn the ill-fated luck of bygone seafarers and their vessels to your advantage by visiting some of these fascinating Bahamas wrecks.
Nassau is the capital of New Providence Island and it is an ideal place to base yourself while exploring the many wreck sites in the island's surrounding waters. A must see is the Willaurie, which sank after being damaged in a storm in 1989. It is a 130 foot vessel that came to rest in 55 feet of water and is now home to a great variety of marine life and coral - perfect for an open water dive. Bahamas wrecks have often featured in Hollywood movies and there are two off Nassau that were used in the James Bond movies Thunderball and Never Say Never Again.
Go Bananas at Bahama Mama and Ray of Hope
The Bahama Mama wreck was once a party cruise ship before it was sunk in 1995, and its decks now play host to more reef sharks than party animals. The Ray of Hope is located right behind the Bahama Mama and is a fun wreck to dive. Bahamas port authorities brought her to rest on the sea bottom in 2003, bringing the total number of wrecks you can explore in the south west of New Providence Island to 16. You can venture inside the 200 foot long ship and explore the gangways, cabins and the rest of the interior in its entirety. This area makes for a complete diving experience with two very different wrecks on offer as well as a wall dive and a shark dive close by which are offered as part of many diving day trips.
Visit a Local Legend
One of The Bahamas' most famous wrecks, Theo's Wreck, lies just of Grand Bahama Island. This giant 230 foot freighter was sunk a mile off the island and has become a must see for anyone wanting to try a deep sea dive. Bahamas waters offer a huge range of exciting wreck diving experiences for enthusiasts. If you have never done wreck diving before, you can do a PADI wreck diving certificate and take full advantage of the underground ship cemetery that the warm waters of The Bahamas have become.
Omar Isaacs is the Marketing Executive for The Bahamas Tourist Board, a tourist organisation that can help you discover the best holidays in The Bahamas. If you're looking for amazing sites for a < a href="http://www.bahamas.co.uk/things-to-do/diving/diving-in-the-bahamas"> dive, Bahamas holidays are the perfect choice. To select and book your ideal dive, Bahamas holidays are just a click away.
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