Best Diving out islands?

Old Jan 22nd, 2004, 12:56 PM
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Best Diving out islands?

Reading this board I cannot seem to get a feel for the best Island for Scuba Diving. We are expierenced divers I have read reccomedations re renting our own boat. Cost? easy for divers to do or should we go with a dive operator? Also we enjoy good food. Any flight information is helpful too.
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Old Jan 22nd, 2004, 06:25 PM
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Hi; The only trouble with renting your own boat when scuba diving is that you may both be in the water and the boat is empty. The tides and currents are pretty treacherous in the Bahamas, which means "Shallow _____?" A great island is San Salvador, where Columbus first landed and "discovered America." The Riding Rock Inn is a great dive op and takes you to unbelievable dive sites. Robert
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Old Jan 22nd, 2004, 07:12 PM
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Valentine's on Harbour Island is another option. There are some amazing dive sites in that area and one of the best reefs in the carribean. There is a really interesting site of a civil war train, just off Eleuthera that 100 years later makes for a pretty amazing dive site.

Try some of the websites for the outislands like www.briland.com for Harbour Island, www.coconutelegraph.com (I think that's right) for Abaco.

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Old Jan 23rd, 2004, 07:59 AM
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Thanks Robert, I was a bit concerned about leaving a boat unattended but did not know if they had moorings that would be easy to tie up on.
wantsomesun, I had been looking at Abaco what are your thought Abaco VS Eleuthera?

Any Specific areas we should look at? We like to be able to walk to dinner, dive shop. All rec on lodging is helpful. We do not need much, we are pretty much your cheap divers, clean room, view, beach, everything else is optional, no need for pool "resort" type of thing.
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Cat Island is supposed to be fantastic for diving. We stayed at the Hawks Nest Resort & Marina, which has a dive shop on the premises. They also have a very good size marina. You might want to check them out. Cat Island is very quiet and lowkey, with no nightlife and few and far between restaurants, but if you are looking for a great diving experience, check it out.
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Coskier; I've been to Abaco and did reef surveys there. The cays lining Great Abaco Island's eastern shores are probably what you'd like. We stayed at the Guana Seaside Resort, and had nice, ocean-front rooms over-looking the Sea of Abaco for an inexpensive price. Very laid-back and non-touristry on Guana Cay and all the other cays off of Abaco. The Dolphin Beach Resort has a nice scuba operation and you dive around the Fowl Cay area. Travel is by golf cart on all of Abaco's cays. Robert
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If you are looking to be somewhere you can walk then Eleuthera is probably not a good choice for you. The island is 110 miles long and very spread out. There are only 10,000 residents on the entire island, so you have to drive long distances to get anywhere.

I would say Abaco or Harbour Island would be better choices for you.

Harbour Island has several options for accomodations from inexpensive hotel rooms to very expensive. There are also houses for rent so you can keep costs down pretty easily there.

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Old Feb 3rd, 2004, 02:54 PM
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thanks all looks like Abaco or Harbour Island. Have to put the planning on hold for know. Its been snowing like crazy still got some skiing to do
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