The Bahamas is an archipelago country which is made up of more than 700 islands and 2,500 cays, which are small shallow sandy islands that are formed by the build up of coral reefs over thousands of years. The entire string of islands stretches from the south eastern coast of Florida over 900 km (600 miles) to Turks and Caicos, which is located off the eastern coast of southern Cuba. The entire area is bathed in perfect turquoise waters and pristine picturesque white sand beaches. Deserted and uninhabited islands literally litter the area.
Liveaboard trips depart from the capital of Nassau and spend plenty of time exploring the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park, which consists of an array of more than 350 small islands and cays in the southern islands of the Bahamas. Here divers will see abundant marine life and multiple macro critters along the deep walls of the outer islands, and in the reefs and shallow slopes in the more protected areas between the islands and cays. From Nassau, boats set sail in the evenings and prepare for diving the next morning after finding a protected anchorages. Depending on the itinerary, guests will have the chance to dive at San Salvador, Rum Cay, Conception Island, Long Island, Samana Cay, Mayaguana and the Plana Cays.
The Gulf Stream which runs just off off the outer islands creates rifts and eddies that bring in plenty of nutrient rich waters that support a plethora of life in the reefs and marine ecosystems. The more shallow and protected reefs act as a perfect nursery for juvenile fish, while the large pelagic fish more prefer the deeper off-shore waters and it's richness as a supportive ecosystem. Some liveaboards do not spend their trips within the protected islands of the Bahamas, but prefer to go even further off-shore in search of mighty great hammerheads, tiger sharks, and dolphins in secret locations.