Shark Arena, New Providence:
Caribbean reef sharks are hand-fed at this famed site. The Bahama Mama wreck nearby adds interest to the underwater sightseeing once the feeding frenzy has subsided.
Theo's Wreck, Grand Bahama:
Among the many shipwrecks dotting the isles, this is one of the few that happened deliberately – a freighter sunk to create an artificial reef. The wreck teems with sea turtles, moray eels, eagle rays, and horse-eyed jacks, among other creatures of the deep.
Edge of the Ledge, Grand Bahama:
Featuring a steep drop-off at the continental shelf, stretching to the sandy seafloor below, Edge of the Ledge is one of the places where you might spot a hammerhead shark, as well as eagle and manta rays cruising in the deep.
Tuna Alley, Bimini:
Arresting formations of coral heads create a wall that slopes down to a depth of 30 metres/100 feet, and provide divers with numerous caverns, crevices, and swim-throughs to explore. Named for the schools of large pelagic tuna passing through, Tuna Alley also offers sights of loggerhead turtles and Caribbean reef sharks
Tongue of the Ocean, Andros:
The barrier reef off the coast of this island plunges almost 1800 metres/6000 feet in this poetically named area, and features a myriad of famous "Blue Holes," or underwater sinkholes which now present as clear, deep pools in the underwater landscape, populated by pelagic and deepwater species. The holes themselves connect to an intricate underwater cave system that can be explored by the experienced diver.
Pelican Cays Land and Sea Park, Abacos:
Strict controls on fishing here ensure abundant marine life for divers to encounter. Green turtles, morays, porpoises, and sea horses, and corals are among the denizens of this underwater sanctuary. Undersea caves and historic shipwrecks add to the interest.
Current Cut, Eleuthera:
This experience may be billed as a drift dive, but involves more speed than the word "drift" typically implies. At the tide change, a swift river of seawater (running at about seven knots) moves through the narrow channel between Eleuthera and the neighboring island of Current, carrying divers and fish on a unique sightseeing joyride that lasts about ten minutes. Look for sharks, eagle rays, lobster, parrotfish, and large queen angels, and consider also visiting the many wrecks dotting the nearby Devil's Backbone.
Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park, Exumas:
This natural preserve bears the distinction of being the first of its kind to be established. The protected nature of the park allows not only for a wide variety of fish, but also unusually large sizes, since these fish are allowed to grow undisturbed. Look for groupers, parrotfish, lobsters, conch, and an array of colorful reef fish, as well as coral formations, black coral caves, blue holes, and shipwrecks.
Dean's Blue Hole, Long Island:
This underwater sinkhole is the world's deepest, plunging over 180 metres/600 feet into the ocean floor. There is plenty to see in this underwater cavern within the recreational dive limit. Don't forget your dive light to spy on the cave's marine life.
Devil's Claw, San Salvador:
This reef boasts one of the vertical walls for which San Salvador is renowned, carved with three cuts in a claw shape which give it its name. Pelagic marine life, including sharks, eagle rays, and large groupers, move among the elephant ear sponges, soft corals and hard coral formations.