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Grand Bahama: Reef & Wrecks

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown

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As well as our exciting shark dives that you can read about in our previous two posts about Grand Bahama, there are plenty of colourful reef dives, as well as some great wrecks to explore.  We got to fit in three reef dives and two wreck dives on our underwater tour of the island. The reef systems here vary between patchy bommies, creating bursts of colour coming up from the sandy sea bed, and finger-shaped reef systems, with gullies between each finger. Plenty of hard and soft corals, anemones and sponges fill any space available and a variety of reef fish make this their home.

We dived Picasso’s Gallery, Reef Caribe, Theo’s Wreck and the Papa Doc wreck with Reef Oasis Dive Club, and also Plate Reef with UNEXSO.  The reefs were teaming with life, both big and small, and we were treated to tiny Flamingo Tongue Snails, as well as Hawksbill Turtles and Caribbean Reef Sharks.

Theo’s wreck is a signature dive on Grand Bahama, and in fact was one of the first dives we did when working on Grand Bahama some 15 years previously. It lies at 30m on a sandy bottom and is a large wreck that you can swim through and around quite easily on a dive. Alas, we had an unusual ripping current on our dive on this trip, making photography nearly impossible, and in the end, it forced us to finish the dive early and head back to the boat. Even on our disrupted dive, we managed to enjoy a brief glimpse of dozens of Horse-Eyed Jacks swimming alongside us as we ascended. Papa Doc wreck is a more relaxed dive on a much smaller wreck. Here, we had plenty of time to explore, enjoy some close encounters with a curious shark and visit the reef close by, all in a single dive.

There are plenty of great dives in Grand Bahama, and we were very lucky to include the reefs, wrecks and shark dives in our itinerary. Before we moved on from Grand Bahama, we had a dry day before flying to fill. Find out what we got up to in our next post.

For more information about diving Grand Bahama:

www.bahamas.com

www.reefoasisdiveclub.com

www.unexso.com


Images & Text by Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown: www.frogfishphotography.com

Nick and Caroline (Frogfish Photography) are a married couple of conservation driven underwater photo-journalists and authors. Both have honours degrees from Manchester University, in Environmental Biology and Biology respectively, with Nick being a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, a former high school science teacher with a DipEd in Teaching Studies. Caroline has an MSc in Animal Behaviour specializing in Caribbean Ecology. They are multiple award-winning photographers and along with 4 published books, feature regularly in the diving, wildlife and international press They are the Underwater Photography and Deputy Editors at Scubaverse and Dive Travel Adventures. Winners of the Caribbean Tourism Organization Photo-journalist of the Year for a feature on Shark Diving in The Bahamas, and they have been placed in every year they have entered. Nick and Caroline regularly use their free time to visit schools, both in the UK and on their travels, to discuss the important issues of marine conservation, sharks and plastic pollution. They are ambassadors for Sharks4Kids and founders of SeaStraw. They are Dive Ambassadors for The Islands of The Bahamas and they are supported by Mares, Paralenz, Nauticam and Olympus. To find out more visit www.frogfishphotography.com

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Curaçao Dive Site of the Month – Smokeys (Watch Video)

Bryan Horne

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New Video Release: Smokeys near Eastpoint Curaçao.

Learn about https://bit.ly/Smokeys-Dive-Site-Curacao – a Top 10 Dive Site in Curacao located near Eastpoint and arguably one of the best dive sites in the Caribbean. 

It rivals the finest dive sites in Belize, Bonaire and the Cayman Islands.

Video produced and edited for Dive Curacao, by NaturePicsFilms.

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Top 5 things to do above water on a diving trip to Barbados

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown

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Whilst you will want to spend as much time underwater as possible on any diving trip to Barbados, with its amazing wrecks, reefs and marine life… you will have to spend some time on dry land! So here are our top tips on what to do topside on this stunning Caribbean paradise.

1) Go Caving!

Babados offers the perfect instagram cave experiences. Two stand out from the crowd: Harrison’s Cave and Animal Flower Cave.

Harrison’s Cave offers a guided tours on a tram to allow you to safely explore these incredible underground caverns. Located in the central uplands of the island, this crystallized, limestone cave is characterized by flowing streams, deep pools of crystal clear water and towering columns.

Animal Flower Cave is named after the anemone’s that can be found in the rock pools that sit within the cavern. This is a perfect spot for a photo or two, with the wild coastline visible through the cavern windows that have been carved out by wave action.

Both these tours are great options for your non-diving day before you fly home.

2) Take in a show

I have to admit that we do not usually get excited about an evening show put on for tourists. But just a few minutes into the show at Harbour Lights and we were dancing along with locals and tourists alike. The show is great fun and is full of talented performers. The buffet dinner included with the event is perfect too, with something for everyone. They had to throw us out!

3) Head to the Beach

Barbados is packed with incredible beaches. Some are setup with entertainment, resturants and bars, others are completely deserted. So it is up to you to find your perfect one. Whether you love to surf, want to relax in the sun, or get into the party spirit – there is a beach for you waiting to be discovered.

4) Learn to cook Bajan Style

If you love your food, and are a whizz in the kitchen, then why not spend an evening with a local chef to show you how to cook some of your favourite Bajan dishes. Award winning Chef Creig Greenidge joined us in our hotel to pass on some of his secrets. An amazing evening saw us chatting about our love of Caribbean cuisine, he guided us through a three course meal, even stopping to help us work out what we could replace hard to find ingredients in the UK with. The food was incredible, but it was also a wonderful experience. Great food and wine too!

5) Rum and Food Pairing Dinner

Barbados is the home of rum. This was a perfect way to round off our trip. Set in the Rum Vault at the Colony Club Hotel, we were treated to a private 5 course meal, each course paired with a rum cocktail. Finished with some fine sipping rums and delicious chocolates. Heaven!

Of course there is so much more than these 5 we have picked. So here are a few more things you should try out: Horses on the beach on Sunday mornings; Friday night is party night at the Fish Fry; Eat out! There are too many amazing restaurants to name here. Have a Mango Chow cocktail. Do a rum distillery tour at Mount Gay or St Nicholas Abbey or try our a local craft beer. Most of all – get out and explore. Barbados has so much to offer.

Next up… we will be back underwater exploring one of our favourite diving areas – Carlisle Bay.

For more information about Barbados click here.

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