Nassau (NAS) is around 9 hours direct flying time from London. Indirect services take longer. From Nassau you can connect with local flights to several islands.
The Bahamas is a scuba diving paradise, with breathtaking dive sites offering pristine reefs, multitudes of exciting wrecks, blue holes, spectacular walls and the chance to dive with dolphins and sharks. It's also got great life surface side, with pristine beaches, plenty of restaurants and bars and a fabulous place to while away the hours enjoying the Caribbean sunshine.
Covid Travel Information
The FCO now advise against all but essential travel to Bahamas, based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks. If you are returning to the UK from Bahamas on or after 7 August, you may need to self-isolate on your return.
To enter The Bahamas you will need to present a negative COVID-19 test certificate that is less than 5 days old, as well as a health visa application for international travel and a health card application for domestic travel.
Travellers are required before travel to complete an electronic Health Visa at travel.gov.bs.Applications may take up to 72 hrs to process.
After 1 November, travellers who are staying in The Bahamas more than four nights/five days will be required to take a rapid antigen test. More details are available at the Ministry of Tourism website. Please visit bahamas.com/tourism-reopening
You have to complete this form online before you arrive in the UK from any country:
Form to provide your journey and contact details before you travel to the UK
You have to self-isolate when you arrive in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, when you are travelling home.
Updated 4NOV 2020
Weather and Climate
The Bahamas enjoys fairly constant trade winds, and as such, it a fabulous year round holiday. The winter air temps are between 21-24C whilst the simmer months are warmer, 27-29C, with a greater chance of rain. Water temps go from around 23C (Feb) and 29C (Aug).
There are both direct and indirect flight options to the Bahamas (Nassau). BA operate the direct flight from London. Depending on the day of departure, you may need to route via the States, usually Miami, with American Airlines. You must have a valid ESTA before travel or transit through the USA.
We are able to book most major airlines. If you have a specific airline you prefer to fly with, simply let us know in your booking request. A supplement may apply for regional departures. Times and any applicable supplements will be confirmed by your travel consultant before you finalise your holiday.
If you wish to make your own flight arrangements to Nassau, let us know and we can remove the cost of the international flights from your quote. We are unfortunately not able to redeem airmiles on your behalf. Please do not confirm any flight arrangements yourself before your holiday is confirmed by us.
If you are routing through the USA, we are able to book a stop over en route. This is usually in Miami. You must have a valid ESTA before travel or transit through the USA.
Arrange before you go
UK passport holders are able to obtain a visa on entry to the Bahamas. You must have a valid ESTA before travel or transit through the USA. Do ensure your passport has 6 months validity from your return date. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid and you fulfil entry requirements. Regulations can change: please review current FCO advice: click here
Scuba Travel requires all of our customers to have diving insurance. Please make sure that you have appropriate cover for your diving activities.
We also strongly recommend you have travel insurance. It's worth taking out travel insurance once you have paid your deposit to ensure you are covered for unforeseen events and cancellation.
Find out more about our combined dive and travel policy click here
Please speak to your local GP or check out the latest NHS advice on travel immunisations: click here
Preparing to fly
You will be able to manage your booking online once you have been ticketed (after you have paid your holiday balance). Most airlines will now enable you to select your seating at this point. There may be a small charge for prebookable seating before online check in opens. Please speak to the airline for more information about charges.
As you are flying with a scheduled airline, you will be able to check in online with your airline. Please visit their website for more information about when online check in opens.
An airport lounge is a great way to start your holiday or to while away flight connections in comfort. Scuba Travel works with Lounge Pass to offer a huge range of affordable airport lounges around the world.
Prebook your airport parking to save money! If you have a long way to travel, why not also look at booking an airport hotel. These aren't as expensive as you might think.
What happens when I arrive?
On arrival for any of our Bahamas holidays, you will be met and taken to your hotel or liveaboard. Simply make your way to through baggage reclaim and immigrations. Your transfer will be waiting for you with a board with your name, resort or liveaboard.
If you have any issues at all locating your rep, please contact us. We have an emergency contact, manned by a member of the team here in the UK. Please call 0044 7747 488 002. We will be able to help your rep locate you in the airport.
If you are travelling onto Bimini you will need to catch a domestic flight. These can only be booked with a smaller baggage allowance than the international flights. Excess baggage is charged for locally. Domestic flights are on smaller planes, and the schedule can be affected by adverse winds. We will always try to allow time in your itinerary for any possible delays.
If you have made your own flight arrangements to land in Nassau, please confirm at the time of booking if airport transfers are included or available at an additional cost
You will be advised locally of your transfer times at the end of your holiday. The departure tax of BS$15.00 is collected from every person 6 years and older.
Dinner on the final night ashore is not included in your meal plan
The Bahamas currency is Bahamian dollars, which are equivalent to the U.S. dollar and are interchangeable. If you have US dollars, there is no need to exchange currency. You can charge your specialty classes, boutique purchases, and crew gratuity to your cabin account. Aqua Cat accepts VISA, MasterCard and Discover.
We do not offer connectivity on the Aqua Cat. Your smart device may be able to connect to the internet when we are within range of the two cell towers in the central Bahamas. Otherwise, you are disconnected. Breathe, itíll be okay! Be sure your cell provider has international service with the Bahamas before you go.
Plugs and electricity
All guest cabins, main salon and photo table on the dive deck have US outlets for 120 volts/ 15 amps. Passengers joining us from abroad should bring adaptors and/or converters depending on country of residence to transform power to 220 volts.
Kit hire is available for a local cost - please prebook and ask for a price list
PADI courses are available for a local cost - please prebook and ask for a price list
The boat has a small on board boutique
Recreational nitrox is $150 for the week
Deposits and Balances
A typical deposit for Aquacat will be £1000. This will be due once your holiday has been confirmed. Your balance will then be due 90 days before travel.
Ways to pay
We accept mastercard and visa debit or credit cards. Alternatively, you are welcome to pay via bank transfer. All non sterling card payments and UK business debit cards will be subject to the 2% surcharge. Overseas bank transfers must add £6 to the sterling total to cover international handling fees. We are not able to accept PayPal transactions.
If you have booked as part of a group, you can still call and pay directly without needing to go via your group leader. Please have your trip reference number to hand to help us locate your holiday as quickly as possible. You will receive a transaction receipt - your group leader will forward your ATOL certificate and booking confirmation
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You have 7 nights in an ocean view double (twin/double) - triple and quad cabin available for a reduced cost. Full board includes meals, snacks, all soft drinks and a selection of local beers, wine and rum drinks.
Up to 26 dives 12lt tanks, air fills and weights.
Inclusive of shore excursions during your cruise
Airport transfers are prebooked and included
This holiday excludes international flights to Nassau NAS. Ask your travel consultant for a competitive quote to add to your holiday.
To pay locally are nitrox $150, additional kit hire and any on board souvenirs and departure tax. There is currently a $215 government port fee 2019 ($225 2020)
A gratuity of 15% is customary, but many leave more when they feel the service was outstanding. If you are disappointed with the service, you should inform the Captain of your feelings right away so he may rectify the situation. Leave no more gratuity than you feel is right.