Diving & Snorkeling#3 in Best Things To Do in Bahamas
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Beneath the surface of the Bahamas' waters lies a plethora of reefs and underwater caves and sinkholes teeming with aquatic animals, such as stingrays, sea turtles, dolphins, sharks and Nassau grouper. It's hardly surprising, then, that visitors flock to the islands to snorkel or dive. Many local beaches, resorts and private islands offer shallow areas that are ideal for snorkeling, while islands like New Providence, Grand Bahama, Andros and The Abacos feature world-renowned dive sites, such as the 6,000-foot-deep Tongue of the Ocean (by Andros) and the James Bond Wrecks (near New Providence Island).
Many boat tours (such as ones offered by Island Time Charters and Exuma Water Sports) include snorkeling in their itineraries. For diving, past visitors suggest signing up for excursions with companies like Stuart Cove's Dive Bahamas (on New Providence Island) and Sunn Odyssey Divers (on Grand Bahama Island). Each company offers knowledgeable and friendly guides, according to previous divers.
Fees for two-tank morning or afternoon dives (which cover equipment rentals in their rates) vary by company, but most range between $100 and $150 per person. Full-day dives are also available for roughly $200 per person. Meanwhile, boat tours that include snorkeling excursions are generally $150 or more per person. To learn more about snorkeling and diving in the Bahamas, visit The Islands of the Bahamas' Snorkeling page and Diving page.
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#1 Bahamas Beaches
The Bahamas' year-round warm weather makes it a prime spot for a relaxing vacation in the sun, and some of the islands' best places to unwind can be found overlooking the country's clear blue waters. Available beaches on the Bahamas' 700 islands range from water sports-focused sands at mega-resorts like Atlantis, Paradise Island to quiet sanctuaries on private islands. Some are great locales for snorkeling or horseback riding, while others are best suited for lounging with a drink.
Gold Rock Beach in Lucayan National Park (which was featured in two "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies), Pink Sand Beach on Harbour Island (named for its stunning blush shoreline) and the beaches on The Exumas' Stocking Island (where you can swim and feed stingrays) are many travelers' favorite stretches of sand.
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