Grand Bahamas Dive Sites
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Diving in Viva Bahamas

Grand Bahamas offers some of the best SCUBA diving. From great wrecks to excellent reef and wall dives, shore diving and diving from boats. With an assortment of marine life- Grand Bahamas has it all.


CAVES 1 and 2

DEPTH: 60'-80' LEVEL: Intermediate

CAVES1 N26 30-121 W78 36.929 CAVES2 N26 30.148 W78 36.908

Two very interesting sites, well worth the visit. Site is comprised of thick spur and groove coral formations, teeming with life. So many cracks, nooks, crannies and hiding places for fish that it is almost impossible to see everything! Both Moorings are set along a sloping drop-off. Starting at 60’ sloping to about 80-90’ at the bottom. In the deepest part of this site it is possible to see a sunken chamber. Groupers, Jacks, Remoras and sharks, from neighboring Shark alley, are frequent sightings. At both sides of this site, there are various swim-throughs to explore.

GALE'S GROTTO

DEPTH: 65'-80' LEVEL: Intermediate

N26 30.189 W78 36.849

Sharks and spotted rays are frequently seen here. There is a coral cavern that passes through the reef for about 100 feet. The cavern is inhabited by soldier and squirrel fish.

SEA STAR WRECK

DEPTH: 90' LEVEL: Intermediate - Advanced

(Formerly Emmanuelle) was sunk in April 2002. The ship is approximately 180 foot long and sits upright, in 2 sections in around 90 feet of water. As a freighter, she has a cavernous cargo hold which is open to exploration, where the diver can see evidence of how the ship was made ready for sinking, with cement ballast and holes in the side of the hull still visible. The wreck is now home to many varied species of fish and plant life, including some of the biggest arrow crabs in the area. Other interesting aspects of the dive include a small crane on the deck full of schooling snapper, and the chance for more experienced divers to explore the galley, crew quarters and wheelhouse

PLATE REEF

DEPTH: 60'-80' LEVEL: Intermediate
N26 30.951 W78 34.958

Many varieties of hard coral have formed here. Many plate coral overlap above the surge channels. The blue hole here is quite large and comes right out of the side of a high profile coral. Mahogany and yellowtail snappers, goatfish, and French grunts are usually seen. A staff favorite

THEO'S WRECK

DEPTH: 100' LEVEL: Advanced
N26 28.979 W78 40.223

Theo's Wreck dive site is located about 1.5 miles from the coast. The wreck is about 230 feet long and rest on the ocean floor on its port side, between the deep reef and the drop-off at a depth of about 101 feet. The bow points landward and the stern seaward, she rests on a flat, sandy floor, among a few isolated coral banks. Two permanent buoys, one at the bow and one at the stern, mark the ship's position. The waters around the wreck are subject to currents that vary according to the tides; use the buoys for safe resurfacing. Since she was sunk in 1982, the ship has become home to numerous fish and is now covered with rich vegetation. The bow anchor chain, in particular, has splendid gorgonian sea fans. The shaded part of the hull is completely smothered in orange false gorgonians.

PAPA DOC WRECK

DEPTH: 35'-45' LEVEL: Novice
N26 30.298 W78 36.812

A group of mercenaries headed to fight in the Haitian revolution to overthrow Francois "Papa Doc" Duvalier made it no further than this spot. Their 70-foot boat sunk in a storm in 1968. As recently as ten years ago, ammunition clips could still be found among the scattered coral heads. Two engine blocks and assorted sections of the old shrimper are still visible.

ANGELS' CAMP

DEPTH: 35'-45' LEVEL: Novice
N26 30.294 W78 36.866

At the mooring pin you find sections of coral running from east to west. Running parallel to this is a large sand channel – an extension of shark alley. Queen, Grey and French Angel fish are often encountered in the area. Great place to find lobsters, stingrays, spotted drums and even the odd Gray Caribbean reef shark. A nice relaxing second dive.

BENS BLUE HOLE

DEPTH: 40'-50' LEVEL: Novice
N26 31.062 W78 34.922

This classic site could be considered our ‘house reef’ as its right in front of the resort. Mooring is set at about 40-45ft in a coral head, directly south of the pin you can see a large sunken horseshoe shape in the sand, this is bens blue hole. The Blue hole is a funnel, or channel for freshwater to come out into the sea, the water mixing creates an interesting place for fish to hang out. Often you will find a large green moray eel or grouper hanging out under the ledge of the blue hole. We also see loggerhead turtles here regularly. This site is very good for photographers on a sunny day who like to coral head hop.

PYGMY CAVES

DEPTH: 60'-80' LEVEL: Intermediate
N26 30-986 W78 34.871

The high profile corals here form small caves. One would have to be the size of a pygmy to swim through them! Quite often Lobsters or spotted morays are hiding in these small crevices. Here you will also see lapping plates of hard coral. Frequently you will see schools of spadefish near the surface.

ANN’S PARADISE

DEPTH: 45'-55' LEVEL: Novice
N26 31.436 W78 33.765

Anne was a local school teacher and diving enthusiast. This site was Anne’s favorite. A very pretty site with plenty coral growth - rows of thick coral heads. Always plenty of flamingo tongues and lettuce leaf slugs on this reef. Hogfish and yellow tail snapper are frequently seen.

ROSE GARDEN

DEPTH: 45-55' LEVEL: Novice
N26 31.321 W78 34.922

This site features long lines of solid coral separated by surge channels. On the top of one particular coral head, right at the bottom of the mooring line, is a blue hole that shoots strait up. Schools of white grunts, Bermuda chub and black triggerfish inhabit the area around the hole

ETHERIDGE WRECK

DEPTH: 60'-70' LEVEL: Intermediate
N26 31.264 W78 34.245

Once an operating car ferry in the Carolinas, this vessel was also featured In the movie ‘Halloween’. Sunk in early 1992 in an area of scattered coral heads. This site can be quite surprising sometimes with Manta Ray and loggerhead turtle sightings. On the top of the wreck, soft corals create homes for flamingo tongues while scattered debris in the area offer hiding places for drum fish.

HYDRO LAB

DEPTH: 40’-45' LEVEL: Novice

The eastern side of shark alley. Connects with angels camp and Pretenders wreck. Comprised of scattered coral heads and sandy bottom, and lots of sharks! Called hydro Lab for the sunken Hyperbaric chamber holding down the mooring line.

PRETENDERS WRECK

DEPTH: 50' LEVEL: All levels
N26 30.138 W78 38.67

The Western side of shark alley. Connects with hydro Lab to the East and Caves Sites to the south. A very interesting dive with many options for a tour. Named ‘pretenders wreck’ for the 45’ upside down tugboat hull holding down the mooring line. Plenty of Grey Caribbean Reef Sharks circling the area, along with Hugh Groupers, Schooling Jacks and Spade fish, often a stingray or two. And you never know what else!

PICASSO GALLERY

DEPTH: 40’-65’ LEVEL: Novice
N26 30.635 WW78 35.879

Shape of this reef forms a rough ‘painters palette’. It is said the coral heads at this site are like masterpieces in an art gallery, you move from one piece to the next seeing what each one has to offer. Colors are fantastic – considered a photographers delight. Lots of small life, Arrow crabs, slugs, juveniles. You will often find a stingray or a stray reef shark.

REEF CARIBE

DEPTH: 35'-45'' LEVEL: Novice
N26 30.946 W78 35.379

This site features three lines of isolated coral heads running parallel to each other. Look carefully for Christmas tree worms and feather dusters. The tops of the heads are covered with assorted gorgonian and sea fans. Hog fish seem to frequent the area as well as stingrays with their ever – present jack escorts

LADY OF LUCAYA

Depth: 45’ LEVEL; Advanced
N26 31.099 W78 34.642

Next to the mooring is a large swim through which is sometimes filled with silversides, especially during the summer months. Just east of the mooring on the other side of the opening is a winged statue that guards the entrance of the swim-through.

OCTOPUSSY GARDEN

Depth: 56-76 ft’ LEVEL: Advanced
N26 30.392 W78 36.411

Here can be found a sunken tug boat around 55 ft. in length, lying in rocky and sandy sea bed, surrounded by coral heads. Very often you can see here big groupers reef sharks, snappers, stingrays.