Season: March - June
Location: Cat Island, Bahamas
Sharks: Oceanic Whitetip, Silky, Dusky, Reef
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daniel botelho oceanic whitetip shark cat island bahamas OCEANIC WHITETIPS CENTRAL BAHAMAS Location: Cat Island, Bahamas

Season: March - June

Sharks: Oceanic Whitetip, Dusky, Silky
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Oceanic Whitetip Shark Diving

Cat Island is the last stronghold for Oceanic Whitetip Shark encounters on the planet. We have been extremely successful locating and interacting with this hard to find species.

It is truly a pelagic expedition with reliable encounters in the open blue and plenty of opportunity to see other species. We take every opportunity to swim with the oceanics, both free diving and SCUBA. These are advanced dives as we will be drifting in the blue with large predatory sharks, without the protection of a cage.  Guests are able to spend hours in the water with the sharks on snorkel, as well as SCUBA since the dives are shallow. Even though we’ll typically be drifting over bottomless ocean, the sharks remain close to the surface.

The water around Cat Island offers some of the best conditions imaginable. Calm, crystal clear water with gentle current allow for countless photography opportunities.

Joining our shark diving expeditions?

Be sure to look over of FAQs and Know Before You Go pages.

Check out one of our blogs with loads of info on Cat Island

Dive Packages Include:

  • Hotel Accommodations
  • Shark Diving
  • Lunch, Snacks, Drinks
  • Tanks, Weights, Belts
  • All Related Taxes & Fees

Not Included:

  • Airfare/Airport Transfers
  • Meals (except Lunch on dive days)
  • Rental Gear
  • Gratuity
  • Dive or Travel Insurance

We 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, mechanical breakdown, air supply failure, travel delays, injury, equipment issues, etc..

Location:

Not far away from the hustle and bustle of Nassau, but far away from it all set amidst an atmosphere of tranquillity and style. Enjoy your open-air breakfast on the beachfront, explore the Bahamas the way they used to be. The resort is just a 20 minute ride to the boat and transfers are included in your dive package.

Room Features:

It is a sixteen-room resort, spectacularly located on 8 miles of pink sand Atlantic Ocean beach. Coral heads right off the beach, make bathing and snorkeling from the beach easy and convenient. The sixteen rooms are formed in a square around the garden and pool area. Most of the rooms have ocean view and are less than 150 feet away from the beach. All rooms have private bath, mosquito screens and small patio. The rooms are cooled by ocean breezes and ceiling fans or air conditioning providing sufficient cooling even in the summer months.

After diving, relax in a hammock on the beach and enjoy the breeze under swaying palm trees. Have your evening cocktail at the freshwater pool, and be prepared for a tasty surprise in the cozy dining-room after the sunset. Forget about the outside world!

The bar – based on an honor system – allows all guests to mix their own favorite cocktails and drinks. The terrace and bar are favorite meeting points for guests and friends.

For most people traveling to Cat Island, it is easiest to plan your trip through Nassau, Bahamas. There are flights available direct from the US but the schedules are unreliable and infrequent.

Sky Bahamas offers twice daily flights to and from New Bight Airport (TBI) on Cat Island. In order to make the morning flight, you must arrive the day before to Nassau and spend the night there. For this reason, guests usually arrive on the afternoon flight on the first day of the itinerary (Sunday). It departs Nassau at 3:45 but you first clear customs and check in by 2:45, 1 hour before departure. We will transport the group back to New Bight Airport at 8am on Saturday in order to check in for the 9:55 flight departing to Nassau. The roundtrip airfare is approximately $180 between Nassau (NAS) and Cat Island (TBI).

Travel FAQs

  • Trip Insurance

    We 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.

  • What are the airport codes?

    NAS – Nassau International Airpot


    TBI – New Bight Airport on Cat Island

    **note – we do not pick up from Arthur’s Town Airport (ATC) on Cat Island. It is over 1 hour away from most accommodations and you would have to arrange your own transportation to/from there.

  • What flights should I get to/from Cat Island?

    Sunday – Arrival Day: take Sky Bahamas 3:45pm flight from NAS to TBI, landing on Cat Island at 4:35pm


    Saturday – Departure Day: take Sky Bahamas 9:55 flight from TBI to NAS, landing in Nassau at 11:05am

  • Can I fly direct to Cat Island from the US

    Several airlines have offered these flights in the past, but they are infrequent and the schedules change often. Most guests will connect to Cat Island from Nassau.

  • Can I book my flights online?

    Yes, Sky Bahamas (skybahamas.net) has an online reservation system.

  • What is the weather like?

    While we’d love to be able to predict the weather, it’s a difficult task. Here are some helpful indicators.





  • Trip Insurance

    We 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.

  • What are the airport codes?

    NAS – Nassau International Airpot


    TBI – New Bight Airport on Cat Island

    **note – we do not pick up from Arthur’s Town Airport (ATC) on Cat Island. It is over 1 hour away from most accommodations and you would have to arrange your own transportation to/from there.

  • What flights should I get to/from Cat Island?

    Sunday – Arrival Day: take Sky Bahamas 3:45pm flight from NAS to TBI, landing on Cat Island at 4:35pm


    Saturday – Departure Day: take Sky Bahamas 9:55 flight from TBI to NAS, landing in Nassau at 11:05am

  • Can I fly direct to Cat Island from the US

    Several airlines have offered these flights in the past, but they are infrequent and the schedules change often. Most guests will connect to Cat Island from Nassau.

  • Can I book my flights online?

    Yes, Sky Bahamas (skybahamas.net) has an online reservation system.

  • What is the weather like?

    While we’d love to be able to predict the weather, it’s a difficult task. Here are some helpful indicators.





  • Trip Insurance

    We 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.

  • What is the season for Oceanic Whitetip Shark Encounters

    Oceanic Whitetip Sharks can be found off the coast of Cat Island from March through June. Although there are sharks here year-round, we schedule our dive calendar around the time with the greatest numbers of animals in order to ensure that guests have the experience they come looking for!

  • What payment methods do you accept?

    We accept Credit Card, Paypal, Check, Money Orders, and Bank Wire. We accept credit cards in the form of Mastercard, Visa, and American Express.

  • What is the water temperature

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    bahamas air water temperatures

  • What do I need to bring?

    We recommend guests bring their own toiletries, sea sickness medication, and insect repellent. Although the day time temperatures are pretty warm, we suggest a light jacket for cool nights or after long hours in the water.

  • Do you require DAN or equivalent insurance?

    Yes. Divers requiring emergency care will usually need evacuation as our diving is done in the more remote parts of the Bahamas. Evacuation insurance is required.

  • What level of dive certification do I need?

    All divers must be open water certified. Night dives or other specialty dives require advanced certification.

  • How do I secure my reservation?

    A nonrefundable, nontransferable deposit of $1,000 USD is required to secure your reservation. Once received, you will be provided with an invoice confirming your dates, deposit, and balance.

  • Are meals included?

    All dive packages include lunch on the boat, as well as drinks and snacks. Breakfast and dinner is not included unless otherwise specified.

  • Is there any paperwork I need to fill out?

    All guests are required to fill out a Epic Diving Liability Waiver, which can be found here. You’ll be able to download and fill out the waiver on your computer or tablet and email it back to us. Alternatively, you can print it out and bring it with you.

  • How can I contact you?

    You can reach us via phone or email.

    1 – 813 – 4 – SHARKS
    1 – 813 – 474 – 2757

    [email protected]

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