Juliet does Bahamas differently. They sail and dive where no one else goes. You won’t see another dive boat – or any boat some days!- for miles. The diving starts on the Bimini Chain and will routinely travel to its southernmost island of Orange Cay, stopping at dive sites such as Bull Run, Nodules Wall, and Victory Reef to name a few of the abundant choices. From Orange Cay they continue south along the edge of the Grand Bahama Bank deep into the Santaren Channel. These remote sites are some of our best kept secrets, dove exclusively by Juliet passengers, and host an abundance of life comparable to premier dive destinations around the world.
Best known for the endless visibility – thanks to the white sand and bright sun – the area of the Bahamas we will dive is located close to the nutrient-rich currents of the Gulf Stream, which helps to feed the coral and keep the reefs healthy. These reefs are some of the most resilient around – they recover from storms quickly, and can survive a larger range of conditions than most other corals. They provide beautiful, safe shelters for a huge diversity of fish. Bimini is the only area of the Bahamas that can claim the combination of mangroves providing a safe, shallow ecosystem for juveniles of every species to thrive in, and the Gulf Stream-fed reefs to give them a rich and healthy environment to live in as adults.
On the edge of the Gulf Stream are beautiful awe-inspiring walls, some starting at only 35′, some at 80′, offering dramatic drift dives when the current is running. Closer to shore are shallower patch reefs, some with heads 15′ tall and loaded with swim-throughs. There is no shortage of wrecks either (though the Bahamas can’t quite compete with the Florida Keys in this category). Some of our favorites are: the Sapona – half in, half out of the water and surrounded with fish; the Hesperus Wreck with thick schools of fish and huge Loggerhead Turtles that bed down here at night; and the Bimini Barge, where you never know what might swim in from the Gulf Stream; schools of Mahi-mahi, dolphins, once even a humpback whale was seen here!
Don’t forget about the sharks! The Bahamas – Bimini in particular – is famous for its sharks. Look in the Paul Humann fish ID book, almost all the pictures of sharks were taken right here in Bimini. Typically you’ll see Caribbean Reef Sharks and Nurse Sharks, but its not uncommon to see Great Hammerheads, Blacktips, and Bull Sharks. We’ve even spotted a Sawfish!
All Bahamas trips depart from downtown Miami.