Scuba Diving and Snorkeling in New Providence and Paradise Islands
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All dive shops listed below are Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) facilities. Expect to pay about $65-$99 for a two-tank dive or beginner's course. Shark dives run $100-$125, and certification may cost $400 and up.
Bahama Divers Ltd.. The largest and most experienced dive operation in the country offers twice-a-day dive safaris as well as half-day snorkeling trips. PADI certification courses are available for $550 a person, and there's a full line of scuba equipment. Destinations are drop-off sites, wrecks, coral reefs and gardens, and an ocean blue hole. For Paradise Island guests, Bahama Divers has opened a small dive operation (which also carries snorkel equipment for rent) in the Paradise Island Harbour Resort. 242/393–1466, 800/398–3483, or 954/607–7731. www.bahamadivers.com.
Stuart Cove's Dive South Ocean. This shop, on the island's south shore, is considered by aficionados to be the island's leading dive shop. Although they're pros at teaching beginners (scuba instruction and guided snorkel tours are available), experienced thrill-seekers flock to Stuart Cove's for the famous shark dives. Also popular are his Out Island "Wilderness Safaris," and "Wall Flying Adventures," in which you ride an underwater scooter across the ocean wall. Check out the collection of celebrity photos. The shop runs dive trips to the south-shore reefs twice a day, weather permitting. The mini-sub adventure, which requires no experience, is $124; snorkeling expeditions cost $70 for adults and $45 for kids 12 and under. The shark dives are $155 for a three-hour dive. 242/362–4171 or 800/879–9832. www.stuartcove.com.
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