Bahamas liveaboard diving holiday in the Caribbean
Description of Bahamas liveaboard diving holiday in the Caribbean
There are few more desirable places in the world for a classic scuba diving holiday than the Bahamas, in particular the Exumas district, with a different island for every day of the year. This week-long, liveaboard trip is based around Highbourne Cay, chosen specially for its biodiversity and ample wind (sail power is used wherever possible).
You’ll sail as part of a small group limited to eight divers, aboard a comfortable, air-conditioned two-hulled yacht equipped with spacious twin cabins, each of which has its own en suite shower. Days are spent exploring this idyllic part of the West Indies, diving wrecks including a Bahamian Defence Force Cutter, blue holes and caves. These protected waters are home to an astonishing variety of marine life, including sergeant majors, angelfish, stingrays and several shark species such as Blacknose and Blacktip Wall Hammerheads.
A PADI Open Water qualification is required (this tour is not recommended for non-diving partners) but, depending on the availability of instructors, it may be possible to complete your qualification on the trip. Tanks and weights are included, while other equipment including BCDs, regulators, masks and fins can be hired. Your experienced crew will usually be drawn from the local area, so that they know these waters well.
When not diving you might be sunning yourself on deck, beachcombing on remote islands, or doing a little snorkeling. Your crew will prepare filling and tasty meals using as many local ingredients as possible, and vegetarian and vegan diets can be catered to.
Note that single travellers where possible will be accommodated with someone of the same sex. Private cabins require a surcharge.
PlanetBy operating with a sailing yacht and following scuba diving best practices, we are able to impact the environment in a significant and positive way.
As a sailing yacht, our vessel minimizes its impact on the environment, especially when compared to large motorized yachts. The yacht uses the natural power of its sails to navigate to its destination. Not only do this provide a genuine nautical experience for travelers, but it also minimizes the damage on Bahamian waters through the use of gasoline. Though we may use in some cases, it does so only when absolutely necessary, and still at a rate that’s significantly less than other sailing and diving providers in the region and abroad.
We are proud to be able to provide a sailing and/or diving holiday to its guests. The crew has a lot of experience diving around the world and emphasizes the importance of having a certification and following its best practices. One of this is to preserve the natural state of the marine life and environment encountered while exploring Bahamian's depths. We encourage not only our divers, but sailors and snorkelers to respect and observe Bahamian underwater ecosystems. Doing this not only preserves this experience for future travelers, but minimizes the environmental harm on marine life in the area.
Finally, we are proud to work with local partners in Nassau to provide environmentally efficient airport transfers to the marina. We work with our guests to carpool them to their destination at a cost-effective and environmentally friendly rate.
PeopleWe are proud to work with the government of Bahamas and the local Bahamian economy to support its operations. We work actively with the Bahamian government to set positive standards for nautical tourism in the region. Our captain meets with the government on a monthly basis to share learnings and discuss how we are fulfilling the government’s economic mandate.
Crew members are employed locally, which not only brings a wealth of experience and insight to one’s travelling experience, but also goes back to supporting the local communities of Nassau. Our divemaster and mariner, both of Bahamian origin, have a combined decades worth of experience diving and sailing in the region. This means we can its partners.
Materials, food, and equipment are locally sourced. All meals provided are made with ingredients sourced from local suppliers. We work actively with partners from around the world to import knowledge and materials to support Bahamian manufacturers and its operation. This means we provide original schematics to local manufacturers for boat repairs and upgrades. By working with local partners, we are able to provide authentic access to Bahamian culture and cuisine.