North Long Island: Cape Santa Maria to Gray's Travel Guide
Diving and Snorkeling
Conception Island Wall is an excellent wall dive, with hard and soft coral, plus interesting sponge formations. The M/V Comberbach, a 103-foot British freighter built in 1948, sank off Cape Santa Maria in 1984, and was scuttled by the Stella Maris Resort in 1986 to create an artificial reef and excellent dive site. Take a guided diving excursion to Shark's Reef and watch a scuba master safely feed dozens of sharks.
Cape Santa Maria Resort. This resort uses expert divers and guides for a myriad of diving and snorkeling trips to various reefs, walls, and wrecks around Long Island as well as trips to Conception Island; dive and snorkel equipment is available for rent. In addition, visitors can rent stand up paddle boards and Hobie Cat sail boats to explore the coast of Cape Santa Maria Beach and its surrounding bays. Cape Santa Maria Resort, Long Island. 242/338–5273 or 800/926–9704. www.capesantamaria.com.
Stella Maris Marina & Stella Maris Water Sports. Now under new ownership, Stella Maris Marina is the most southerly full-service marina in The Bahamas and home to the oldest dive shop, where shark dives originated. The owners (who live on-site) are reopening the original marina bar and restaurant with new handmade, painted tables, a rebuilt bar with authentic driftwood, and newly constructed walls adorned with 30 years of National Geographic magazines and original nautical art. As the only licensed full-dive shop on the island, they offer daily dive trips to reefs and wrecks, shark feeds, and certifications. They also offer fishing and snorkeling trips, and cater to all ages. Stella Maris, just south from Stella Maris Resort Club, Queen's Hwy., Long Island. 242/338–2055, 242/357–1130, or 242/338–2033. www.stellamarismarina.com.