Bahamas are world famous for dolphin encounters.
the U.S. Eastern seaboard, 650 miles east of Cape Hateras, North
Carolina is the self-governing island colony of Bermuda. With more
than 200 square miles of pristine coral reefs, this archipelago
also features some of the best reef and wreck diving in the Western
Hemisphere. The feature attractions include the mix of tropicals
and a variety of historically significant shipwrecks in relatively
shallow depths that allow generous bottom times.
600-mile-long stretch of islands that comprise the Bahamas and the
Turks and Caicos are bathed by the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean
and begin only a hop, skip and a jump from southern Florida. Topside
ambiance ranges from casinos, bars and nightclubs to a serene step
back in time that offers isolation and complete relaxation. Divers
can choose from land-based accommodations and numerous live-aboards.
Bahamas consists of 25 major islands, or island clusters, that run
in a southeasterly direction from Walkers Cay in the northwest
to Great Inagua in the southeast. Destinations such as Bimini, Grand
Bahama, Eleuthera, New Providence, San Salvador and Rum Cay have
been part of the regions diving lore and allure for years.
Divers have it all from easy, shallow dives in colorful reef communities
to caves, blue holes, sheer drops and shipwrecks to awesome animal
encounters. The Bahamas is world renowned for shark diving, with
famous feeding dives at Grand Bahama, Walkers Cay and New Providence.
And dive operators offer interactions with both wild and tame dolphins.
into the time machine in your mind and hit the reverse button before
visiting the Turks and Caicos, where life moves at a pace often
associated with the kinder, gentler ways of out-of-the-way places.
Diving is easily accessible from shore-based operations in Providenciales,
West Caicos, South Caicos and Grand Turk, while a live-aboard experience
is readily available for those who prefer a more intense week of
diving. Spur and groove formations lead to walls where Spotted Eagle
Rays, schooling jacks and sharks cruise by on patrol. Undersea pinnacles
and swim-throughs are outlined by colorful sea fans and sponges.
farther to the south, but still in the Atlantic and worthy of a
mention, is Brazils Fernando de Noronha. Just off of South
Americas eastern tip, this archipelago offers adventure seekers
everything from deep tek wrecks to creature-filled tide pools. It
is also home to the worlds largest population of Spinner Dolphins.
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