Bahama's Liveaboards | Scuba Diving

Bahama's Liveaboards

The Bahamas are a marquee live-aboard destination, with a variety of boats and itineraries to choose from. Here are some of your options: Aqua Cat Cruises has weekly, eight-day, seven-night trips leaving on Saturdays from Nassau, New Providence to explore the Exumas region, consisting of 200 small islands, including the famed Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park. You can also do a variety of dives, featuring shark feedings, blue holes and fast drifts. On board the 102-foot luxury catamaran, billed as a floating resort, there’s also snorkeling, kayaking and land excursions available and if you’re bringing along a partner or friend who’s not a certified diver, but would like to become one, no worries. Aqua Cat offers certification courses. If you’re on a tighter budget and schedule, flexible about which dive sites you’ll visit and up for adventures in the Western Bahamas or the Exuma Cays, Blackbeard’s Cruiseshas a fleet of three vessels — the Morning Star, Sea Explorer and Pirate’s Lady — sailing from both Nassau and Freeport to Bimini, Andros, Cay Sal Banks and Berry Island. Walls, reefs and sharks are on the dive menu an there is no set itinerary — the captain heads for wherever the weather and sea conditions are most favorable. Both weekend and week-long cruises are offered. Also, Blackbeard’s has four special, scheduled nine-and-10-day trips to the remote Hogsty Reef in the Southern Bahamas, between Great Inagua and Crooked Island, which feature unspoiled dive sites and more than two dozen wrecks. Those cruises depart from Georgetown, on the island of Great Exuma. If living on and diving from a yacht is more your style, Cat Ppalu Cruises, offers seven-day, six-night voyages from Nassau to the Exumas, Eleuthera and Andros. For a more intimate live-aboard experience, try the Sea Dragon, which accommodates just eight divers and plies the waters of the Exumas and occasionally, remote Conception Island. The boat departs from Nassau. For information and pricing for trips this year and next, email or call 954-522-0161. Juliet Sailing & Diving runs four-seven-and-10-day dive cruises mid-March through the end of November from Miami to the Bimini islands chain, aboard its three-masted schooner. All departures are set for Saturdays, with 10-day trips returning to port on Mondays and seven-day trips disembarking on Fridays.