There are many brilliant dive destinations in the Bahamas, especially if you are into see sharks. Bimini is located off the northwest side of this chain of islands and while there are pretty coral reefs that can be explored, it is sharks, especially great hammerheads, that are the main attractions. Small groups of these impressive sharks are seen on the sand flats off Bimini each winter and encounters are unforgettable.
Grand Bahamas has numerous dive sites, but for those after close encounters with sharks there is only one place to dive - off the tip of West End. Off here are two incredible dive sites, Fish Tales and Tiger Beach, where divers can see lemon sharks, Caribbean reef sharks, nurse sharks and tiger sharks. At other dive sites around Grand Bahama are also pretty coral reefs and a good variety of reef fish and invertebrates.
Isla Mujeres is a small island off the coast of Cancun, but a world away from this busy holiday town. All around the island are coral reefs, and also a number of shipwrecks, most having been scuttled for divers to enjoy. Popular dive sites include Manchones Reef, Media Luna, Sleeping Sharks Cave and the MUSA sculpture museum. Schooling fish, sharks, turtles and rays are commonly seen, and over the summer months huge numbers of whale sharks gather north of the island.
Gran Canaria is one of the seven main islands known as the Canary Islands. Located 100km off the coast of north Africa, but part of Spain, these volcanic islands are home to an interesting variety of subtropical species. Right around Gran Canaria are rocky reefs and shipwrecks, but one of the best places to dive is the El Cabron Marine Reserve off Arinaga. Exploring this site divers will see schooling fish, rays, reef fishes, cuttlefish, octopus, moray eels and angel sharks.
Stage tuned for more images as Nigel Marsh Photography explores more of the dive sites of the Atlantic Ocean.