Trip InsuranceWe strongly recommend dive accident insurance as well as separate dive trip/travel insurance. These policies can be purchased from DAN, DiveAssure, and a number or other agencies. There are no refunds for lost days of diving due to weather cancellations, natural disaster, trip delays, injury or equipment issues. You should check with individual policies to ensure that you are covered in the event of unforeseen issues.
Planning your flightsPlanning your travel into the Bahamas can be a pretty easy task, but there are a few pointers worth mentioning. There are regularly scheduled flights from Nassau to both New Bight, Cat Island (Oceanic Expeditions) and Freeport, Grand Bahama (Tiger Expeditions). While there are also a number of routine flights to Grand Bahama from the US (mostly Florida), there are very few that offer service to Cat Island. Domestic Flights within the Bahamas are generally aboard small jets. No large commercial airliners land at either location. While you're able to carry on a small bag or backpack, expect that your typical carry-on roller will become check luggage for the short flight to the islands. The smaller airlines will usually not toggleept reservations more than one year in advance, so you may have to wait to book your travel. Keep in mind that these planes have around 20 seats and flights may fill up fast, especially during holiday weekends. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions related to your travel.
Documents/PaperworkMake sure to bring your passport along, as well as your diving Certification Card and proof of DAN or equivalent insurance. Each guest will have to fill out and sign our Epic-Diving-Waiver. You can download the waiver and complete it electronically using Adobe Acrobat Reader. You can email it back to us or print it out and bring it with you. Email us your dive certification and DAN insurance in advance and all documentation will be complete.
Rental Diver GearRental gear is limited and must be reserved in advance. Please let us know as soon as possible if you will be needing to rent gear so we can ensure that it's available for your trip. If not pre-arranged, it's not likely to be available for you on arrival.
InternetThere is internet available at each of the hotels and rental homes. However, the connection speed may be slower than you're used to and downtime/outages are common.
MealsOur expeditions include lunch on the boat during dive days. Please let us know if you have any special dietary needs or allergies. Breakfast and dinners are not included in the trip cost unless specified. At each resort, there is an onsite restaurant where you can dine.
ElectricityOutlets at the hotels, as well as the M/V Thresher, are standard 110 V found in the US. International guests should bring the appropriate converters you may need.
What the dives are likeThe dive conditions are incredible. We typicially enjoy warm, calm, crystal clear water. Although the temperature is between 76 - 80 degrees F (24.5 - 27.5 degrees C), we require guests to wear full length wetsuits, as well as tropical gloves. Short or tropical wetsuits result in a high contrast area where the suit and your fleshy limbs meet, which might spark unwanted investigation. For this same reason, we strongly recommend black equipment and prefer to avoid any bright/flashy colors. We provide tanks, which are Aluminum 80s with a few DIN valves availalbe, as well as weight belts and weights. There are a variety of different dive scenarios when we interact with the sharks. All Tiger Shark Expeditions are SCUBA only and guests will have up to 3 dives per day. Depth varies but is shallow in general, and bottom times are longer. For the most part, divers will be overweighted and kneeling on the bottom. It's easy diving, so you can focus all your attention on the sharks surrounding you. We will be in the water together as a group. For the Oceanic Whitetip Expeditions, guests will have the opportunity to freedive/snorkel with the sharks, as well as SCUBA dive. The pelagic species will stay at the surface once they arrive at the boat, so there is no need to go deep. We limit our dives to 30 feet, again, extending your bottom time. We will spend the first few hours of interaction on snorkel before our one-tank drift dive. Since our average chum time to raise the sharks has been around 30 minutes, we have plenty of dive time with the sharks throughout the day. Since we will be drifting, the dive is done as one group, and divers need to be proficient with their buoyancy.
Dive InsuranceWe strongly recommend DAN or equivalent dive accident insurance as well as separate dive trip/travel insurance. There are no refunds for lost days of diving due to weather cancellations, natural disaster, trip delays, injury or equipment issues. Take a look at our page that discusses some details about dive travel insurance. Contact us with questions.