Stu­art Cove’s Dive Ba­hamas

This PADI Five Star scuba cen­ter packs a tri­fecta: shark, wreck and wall dives

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On the qui­eter side of Nas­sau, Stu­art Cove’s Dive Ba­hamas of­fers some of the big­gest thrills on New Prov­i­dence Is­land with daily af­ter­noon shark dives — but the shark dives are just the be­gin­ning.

Take the wrecks: This is­land is prac­ti­cally syn­ony­mous with sharks, but also boasts one of the Caribbean’s big­gest sunken fleets with 15 downed ves­sels, in­clud­ing a Cessna air­plane in 26 feet of wa­ter. Plus, wrecks such as the 200-foot Ray of Hope are the cruis­ing grounds of Caribbean reef sharks as well as go­liath groupers. This means that dur­ing one dive, vis­i­tors get to ex­plore a ship and en­counter big an­i­mals.

Sharks also serve as in­di­ca­tors of healthy reefs, and that holds true off Nas­sau.

These co­ral- cov­ered reefs are also home to oc­to­puses, stingrays and schools of tang, snap­per and jacks.

And if you want to ex­plore the clas­sics with a new twist, Stu­art Cove’s is now of­fer­ing an ad­ven­ture they call wall fly­ing. Book it, and you’ll ride a DPV along a wall, or a reef if you pre­fer. Stu­art Cove’s is the only dive cen­ter in North Amer­ica car­ry­ing Se­abobs, one of the fastest and longestrun­ning DPV mod­els avail­able — and they can be used by divers and snorkel­ers alike.

There’s also the Nas­sau Blue Hole, giv­ing the one- ofa-kind ex­pe­ri­ence of drop­ping in­side a nat­u­ral won­der. This ex­pe­ri­ence can be paired with a shark dive, mak­ing for a truly un­for­get­table day.

Only Here 1) Night and af­ter­noon shark dives are avail­able. 2) The Ba­hamas is known for calm con­di­tions, warm wa­ter and viz of 75-plus feet year-round. 3) SCDB is on the qui­eter side of Nas­sau, yet is close to all the nightlife and ac­tion the is­land is known for.

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