Holiday Reference: TRP 39141

Holiday information

  • Seasonal itineraries across the Bahamamas
  • Great photo friendly interactions at Tiger Beach or Bimini (hammerheads)
  • Classic Bahamas reef and wreck diving or dolphin focused encounters
  • Choice of cabin options for all budgets
  • Including airport transfer from your Bahamas island embarkation point, all nights on board in a standard sharing cabin.
  • Full board 3 meals and snacks, water, soft drinks, fruit juice, tea and coffee
  • Enjoy up to 4 guided dives a day (3 day and 1 night), 12 lt tanks, air fills and weights
  • To pay locally are park fees, kit hire, alcoholic drinks and nitrox.
  • Ask for a competitive quote to add international or domestic flights and any hotel stays to your booking
  • Crew gratuities are not included in the charter. We believe gratuities should be voluntary and based upon the quality of service the crew has provided. Please take cash for all on board tipping
  • 2 land excursions are scheduled for an additional charge on board (depending on itinerary)

Liveaboard Details

Building on our experience with hammerhead and tiger shark resort options, Scuba Travel are pleased to offer our divers a seasonal liveaboard operating in the big shark seasonal hotspots around the Bahamams. Join the 35m steel vessel Bahamas Master a ...

Building on our experience with hammerhead and tiger shark resort options, Scuba Travel are pleased to offer our divers a seasonal liveaboard operating in the big shark seasonal hotspots around the Bahamams. Join the 35m steel vessel Bahamas Master and pick from Tiger Beach, Bimini (hammerheads), mix up both species (10 nights) or why not combo tigers and dolphins. For the ultimate experience, journey from Cat Island (oceanics) to Tiger Beach and stop at Pig beach for the famous swimming piggies.

Bahamas Master is laid out with eight with panoramic windows that comfortably sleep 16 divers. We offer the standard cabins (twin with a shared bathroom with their neighbouring cabin), but why not ask about upgrades to their premier cabins or master suites potions. The 2 master cabins on the forward upper deck boast double beds as well as private en-suite bathrooms and two en-suite premier cabins (lower deck private ensuite) and four standard cabins (Lower deck) sharing two bathrooms between them.

Between dives, relax in the communal areas of both the upper and main decks or in the indoor lounge. The Bahamas are picture perfect Caribbean islands and the views from the fly bridge are worth checking out. Upstairs you'll find a spacious outdoor covered bar and dining area as well as a sundeck where you can relax and top up your tan after a day spent underwater. The rear of the main deck is where it all happens though. Here you'll find space to set up and store all dive equipment in a personal location with under bench storage for masks, fins and anything else you need. Rinse tanks for cameras and computers are also provided. Underwater photographers can take advantage of the indoor camera station where you can show your photos on the TV.

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Itinerary Details

The Ultimate Bahamas Experience

The Ultimate Bahamas Experience Description

The following is a sample itinerary of dive sites we may visit during your liveaboard safari on board Bahamas Master. We wish to show you the very best diving possible, however, a number of factors can determine which sites we visit. Our Cruise Director and Diving Director, along with the Captain will take weather, tides, currents and many other factors into consideration to determine which route the yacht takes and which sites are selected for diving. Whilst we attempt to ensure the number of dives we have scheduled is fulfilled, bad weather can hinder the yacht's ability to reach a specified dive site in good time. The safety of all on board is paramount and we always do our best in offering diving at alternate locations should we be unable to visit those sites listed below. This itinerary involves some long distance (overnight) travel.

The diving day on board Bahamas Master has a typical schedule as follows:

Light Breakfast followed by Dive 1
Full Breakfast, relaxation period, Dive 2
Lunch, relaxation period, Dive 3, then open pool
Dinner
When in Tiger Beach and Bimini area, dives 1-3 are scheduled baited/shark feeding dives during which divers are strategically positioned on the bottom facing the shark feeder. Extra weights help divers to maintain their position in the water as to fully enjoy the shark action
Much of our diving in the Bahamas is comparatively shallow, which allows for 'open pool diving' after the scheduled baited/feeding dives until sunset. For your final day aboard we schedule two morning dives to allow plenty of time for off-gassing before disembarkation and your flight home. Guests are responsible for their own dive profiles and for obtaining suitable dive insurance to cover all diving activities.
When visiting other islands, whilst we will always be on the look-out for the various species of shark calling the Bahamas home, these will be more traditional guided dives and, in some areas, after a thorough briefing, 'open pool' dives will also take place.
Depending on weather conditions and where we are, we will always try to offer a sunset, or night dive. Guests should bring along dive lamps, though of course we have rental lights for those that need them!
Dive sites we visit include but are not limited to:

Bimini Islands
The westernmost island group of the Bahamas, these are truly 'islands in the stream' as they are situated southwest of Grand Bahama Island on the edge of an underwater

cliff that drops hundreds of meters into the blue abyss. The most famous spot for great hammerheads and bull shark encounters; best season is January-March.

Bimini Road (Wall) plummets more than 1300 meters (4000ft) beneath the sea, alluringly claimed to be part of 'the lost city of Atlantis'. Whist most of the 'paving' stones are well hidden by powdery white sand being moved by the sometimes-strong currents, our guides will show you the areas and you can have a go at being an underwater Indiana Jones in uncovering these ancient stones.
Hawksbill Reef runs roughly from North to South and parallel to North Bimini's shoreline. This stunning shallow (max. 15 meters - 50ft.) reef is made up of vibrant coral heads scattered upon an impeccably white sandy bottom. The main stars here are usually the reef's namesake - The Hawksbill Turtles resting on the bottom, but also expect to see angelfish, Bermuda chubs, French grunts, Creole wrasses and moray eels.
Berry Islands
The Berry Islands are located just 19 miles east of Bimini and 30 miles from New Providence. This chain of about 30 small islands is inhabited by just over 500 people. Here we will dive amongst the tiny cays where we are likely to see Caribbean reef sharks, black tip reef sharks, and eagle rays year-round. The months of November to March also bring chances of seeing tiger sharks, sperm wales, whale sharks, humpback whales and great hammerheads. The area is also well known for its turtle populations, being home to loggerhead-, green- and Hawksbill- turtles.

It is from the Berry's that we first come into the 'Tongue of the Ocean' where depths drop to many thousands of feet. As well as taking in an array of marine life, we will also visit some stunning reef and awe-inspiring drop-offs into the abyss.

Andros Island
Andros - the largest, yet most sparsely developed island of the Bahamas - is king when it comes to exceptional natural surroundings. Here, you'll find the world's third­ largest fringing barrier reef, mesmerizing blue holes that some say are home to the mythical creature Lusca, the Tongue of the Ocean (a mile-deep abyss teeming with vibrant marine life) and numerous species of flora and fauna.

From Andros we will explore the reefs running adjacent to the abyssal drop-off, and for those that are feeling brave, and with the appropriate training, we'll show you what it feels like to stare into the unknown at depths of more than 40m/130ft, from where the ocean drops to more than 6,000ft! A visit to the Bahamas also wouldn't be complete without experiencing a dive in one of the beautiful blue holes around the island, a land excursion to one of the blue holes will be a real highlight!
Andros will also serve as our first real encounter with some impressive wrecks. We will visit a 200ft coral covered vessel in only 18m/60ft of water, allowing you to spend plenty of time on this special site.

Nassau
More shark action to enjoy at Shark Wall and Runway Wall, starring mainly Caribbean reef sharks but also stingrays, black and Nassau groupers and green-eyed moray eels. These sites can be dived shallow at around 35ft (10 meters). Nearby, the walls drop away, and you can see sharks swimming in the deep blue ocean.

We will visit, amongst other sites, the simply stunning Razorback reef offering a range of diving from shallow 10m/30ft routes, and again, for those wishing to enjoy the view of the coral encrusted drop-off, you can venture down to the 40m/130ft plus mark.

Whilst off the Southern tip of Nassau, we'll also visit numerous small wreck sites, including the famous 'James Bond' wrecks, as well as taking in the many conservation efforts around Nassau in the form of coral propagation.

Pig Beach, Big Major Cay, Exumas
Weather dependent, we will sail to Big Major Cay for a day of R&R, a chance to degas, and take in some of the beautiful Bahamian sunshine, as well as swimming with the all famous pigs!

Here you can swim and/or snorkel with the pigs that live on this uninhabited island. How the pigs got to the island remains a mystery to date. They are very friendly and used to humans, as they are fed by locals and tourists alike. They can drink from fresh water springs on the island. It is quite a unique and remarkable experience.

Cat Island
A bit further north of Orange Creek is one of the best locations in the world to see oceanic whitetip sharks. Get up close and personal with these inquisitive and impressive pelagic creatures. Most dives will be in the blue of the open sea but the sharks tend to stay close to the surface. Please note, Cat Island is a considerable detour from our largely circular route in the Bahamas, we will only visit Cat Island when weather conditions are perfect during the months of June, July and August when oceanic white tip encounters are most likely.

North Eleuthera
Scuba diving in Eleuthera and Harbour Island is world class. Devil's Backbone Reef is one of the greatest scuba sites in the world. In addition to the beautiful reef there are many shipwrecks not far off that are fantastic to explore. We'll typically explore the reef or shipwrecks, as well as Preacher's Cave or the famous current cut dive.

South Abaco
The southern tip of Abaco is largely untouched, though there are a range of beautiful diving sites along the shoreline offering a range of depths and topographical features from reefs and walls, to marine caves and caverns. We will visit South Abaco as one of the final stops on our circular route of the Bahamas.

Tiger Beach, Grand Bahama Island
As our final stop, Tiger Beach is located off the West End of Grand Bahama Island and the best-known point for tiger and lemon shark encounters at a shallow (10-15m/33- 50ft) white sand bottom. This is the ultimate site for photographers and videographers. High chances of spotting great hammerheads, lemon sharks, Caribbean reef sharks, bull sharks and the occasional nurse shark.
As well as being world famous for its crystal-clear waters and powdery, white sandy bottom, the Tiger Beach area is also home to a multitude of reef networks mini walls, and of course the continental shelf with drop offs to more than 2,000ft, though our average dives in these areas are no deeper than 30m/100ft.

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Your holiday details

Save £1300 The Ultimate Bahamas Experience covers the best of the West End of Grand Bahama Island as well as Cat Island and Pig Beach to the southeast, plus the great hammerheads of Bimini. On average there are 3-4 dives a day (including night dive), but when possible on chummed sites - and when the action is right - there will be an open deck policy and divers rotated for the best encounters. Your Master liveaboard package includes 14 nights on board in a standard cabin (2 sharing) on a full board basis, with soft drinks, tea and coffee. 12lt tanks, weights and air fills are included but may carry a local surcharge. There are typically 2 land excursions during your trip and are subject to a local surcharge. To pay on board are optional extras such as kit hire, larger tanks, nitrox USD 250, alcohol, 14 night trips port fee of USD 200 paid locally. Airport transfers in Freeport will be arranged for you. Please let us know if you would like to prebook any courses on board or have any dietary requirements.

This holiday does not include any international flights to either the Bahamas or Freeport (FPO). Please ask if you would like a competitive quote to add this to your holiday, along with any hotel extensions. If you are transiting through the States, you must have a valid ESTA prior to travel. There is typically a departure tax when leaving the Bahamas. Domestic flights may have reduced baggage allowance, and excess baggage is charged at check in

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