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Wrecks & Sharks – a fantastic finale to our time in The Bahamas

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown



Our final day of diving had arrived, and while we were sad about this, we knew we had an amazing set of dives ahead of us. We were heading out with Stuart Cove’s Dive Bahamas to dive the wreck of the Sea Trader and then to do a shark dive (also on a wreck). The diving around Nassau offers plenty on wrecks, but the Sea Trader is one of the most impressive. Then to finish off with the signature shark dive was to be a real treat.

The Sea Trader has moved over the years and the last hurricane has shoved it so that now the bow hangs over the edge of the wall. It makes her an impressive sight, as she is a big oil tanker that was deliberately sunk by the team from Stuart Cove’s to make an artificial reef, just 5 minutes boat ride from the dive centre. Marine life has now made this structure their home and we were greeted by a large school of batfish as soon as we swam onto the deck.

For those feeling adventurous, this wreck is perfect for penetration and you can visit the engine room safely and with ease. We stayed on the outside for this dive and there was certainly plenty to explore. You can start this dive, at the bow, at about 30m in depth and then slowly rise up to the wheelhouse and up to the very top of the structure for your safety stop, it is perfectly situated. Fingers crossed the next tropical storm does not push it over the edge of the wall!

Our second dive of the day was to be another wreck, the Ray of Hope. This wreck is famous for just one thing – sharks. Stuart Cove’s Dive Bahamas have been doing a shark feed dive here for many years and so a group of sharks can be found in the area, day or night, all year round. We had shark expert, Andrea, on board with us and along with Nacho, they were going to feed the sharks pieces of fish as we watched from the bow of the wreck.

We descended first and got ourselves into position, hanging on the bow of the wreck in a semi-circle, looking in on the wreck. Once we were all sorted, Andrea brought down the bait box. He looked like a sharky pied-piper, with around 20 sharks following behind him as he came towards us. It was very exciting. The sharks then swam in circles around the bow of the wreck, waiting for their chance to grab a piece of food from the feeder.

The sharks get very close and so the dive offers some great photo and video opportunities. Grab a spot in the middle and you will get more of the action, grab a spot at the end of the line, and you can get more shots with clean blue water behind the sharks, rather than lots of bubbles. It is up to you!

Watch our video of the shark dive, shot with a Paralenz Dive Camera below:

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All image, video & text by Frogfish Photography.

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


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

Bryan Horne



New Video Release: Smokeys near Eastpoint Curaçao.

Learn about – 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



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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