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Day Trips to Tiger Beach: Bahamas Shark Diving

We are often asked if we offer day trips to tiger beach. The answer is yes! In fact, all we offer are shark diving day trips. We do not operate a live aboard dive boat at all. In all three locations, we make day trips to various shark diving hotspots. On Grand Bahama island, we head out each morning for our Tiger Beach day trips. In Bimini, it’s a short boat ride between the dive site and the hotel/marina. On Cat Island, we transfer to the boat each morning before heading out for a day with the oceanic whitetip sharks.

When do you run Tiger Beach trips?

We are located on the West End of Grand Bahama Island for our day trips to tiger beach.  Peak season is between the fall and spring months. During that time frame, we enjoy some of the best shark diving this planet has to offer. In addition to our regulars, we also find the fan favorites like Emma and Hook!

What is the dive boat for Tiger Beach like?

A typical day trip to tiger beach involves an early start to grab a bite to eat before boarding the boat for the ride out to the shark grounds. MV Thresher is fully equipped for comfort and safety to enjoy the whole day out on the water. In addition to all the seating space on the dive deck and up on the flybridge, there’s also a fully enclosed cabin to get out of the elements on some of those not so inviting winter mornings. Both the flybridge and inside cabin have stereo systems with Bluetooth connectivity to enjoy your favorite playlist.

What are day trips to Tiger Beach like?

Once we get up to tiger beach, we’ll scan the area and pick our anchor spot. As the chum makes it’s way into the water, divers can get their gear setup finalized and prep cameras while we wait for the sharks to show up. Reef sharks are usually the first ones to the boat, with lemon sharks following closely behind. Once the tiger sharks show up, we’ll gear up and head into the water. Technically speaking, our dives are not difficult at all. Our average dive depth is between 20 – 30 feet (6 – 10 meters) so dive times are generally over 60 minutes. Divers also usually arranged in a line on the bottom and remain stationary throughout the dive. We’re heavily waited to make it easier to stay put on the bottom and hold your position in the variable surface surge and current that is well known at Tiger Beach.

After the last dive has ended, we’ll pull the chum and anchor and make our way back to the resort. Our host accommodations are fully appointed with all the comforts you could need. Take a shower, grab a bite to eat, enjoy the hot tub or pool, or jump online and post your favorite photos from the day diving with tiger sharks.

How many days should you dive Tiger Beach?

We recommend no less than three days planned to be at tiger beach. Unfortunately, the winter season is known for occasional squalls of heavy winds and high seas, preventing us from making it out for diving at tiger beach. It is located far offshore and completely unprotected from any significant winds. We offer standard packages with either 3 or 5 days of diving planned. We know it can be really disappointing to lose a day of diving and we strongly recommend travelers secure some form of travel insurance specific to diving, such as the kind offered by DAN or DiveAssure.

What can we expect to see at Tiger Beach?

Sharks, lots of sharks! We are fortunate to have had a 100% success rate finding the tiger sharks on our day trips to tiger beach. We also always see reef sharks and lemon sharks and occasionally nurse sharks. More recently, we’ve been encountering a lot more bull and great hammerhead sharks than usual. We’re hoping that carries forward during future tiger beach shark diving seasons. We also love spending some time at the reefs in the tiger beach area. They are really lush, beautiful, and loaded with sharks. The reefs are much deeper than the classic tiger beach spots, averaging around 50 feet or so.

How do I arrange a trip to Tiger Beach?

Having such a short season, we generally book up in advance, so it’s best to contact us early. Our calendar is set and boat reserved throughout the season so we don’t have space for your typical open bookings. Contact us for dates and availability.

Day Trips to Tiger Beach

day trips to tiger beach

Check out some of our other great posts about Tiger Beach:

Tiger Shark Diving in the Bahamas – 5 Common Mistakes

Tiger Beach Shark Diving: Negative Entry

Tiger Beach Diving in the Bahamas – 2019!

Dive with Tiger Sharks: Best of Bahamas

Great Hammerhead Sharks at Tiger Beach!

Tiger Beach Bahamas: When Currents Rip

Bahamas – 1st Place Pick for Big Animals 2018

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Tiger Beach Diving – Dive Training Magazine Cover

The most recent issue of Dive Training Magazine features an awesome cover shot by our friend, Michele Hall.  The image was taken during one of our Tiger Beach diving expeditions in the peak fall/winter season.

tiger beach diving shark cover

Dive Training has a very unique cover photo image style.  If you haven’t seen it before, it’s pretty neat.  Every one of their cover photos has a reverse image on the inside of the front cover.  Take a look at this issues:

tiger beach diving reverse cover

If you have thought about taking the plunge for some tiger beach diving, check out our Tiger Shark Diving Expedition page.

Take a look at another Epic Diving Magazine Cover.

southern stingray grand bahama island

Southern Stingray: Grand Bahama Island

Visiting the West End of Grand Bahama Island?  Check out this great little spot where you can find and interact with dozens of Southern Stingrays (Dasyatis americana).  Contact us for more info!


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Southern Stingray cruises the sea bed

More in videos: Tiger Beach Video: Prawno Apparel & Dive Photo Guide

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Sugar Wreck: Grand Bahama Island

The Sugar Wreck, off the West End of Grand Bahama Island, was an old sailing ship that sank while carrying sugar from the Caribbean.  It’s an all-time favorite of many divers because of its abundant fish life. Congregations of snappers, grunts, wrasse, gobies, angelfish and parrotfish are everywhere on the wreck. The remains of the ship that grounded many years ago, the Sugar Wreck is only 20 feet deep.

The wreck is in the vicinity of Tiger Beach and may be added on to our standard itinerary if divers are interested.  Because of it’s proximity to classic Tiger Beach, it’s possible to see reef, lemon, nurse, and tiger sharks lingering around the wreckage.

Contact us for details!

 

shipwreck sugar wreck grand bahama

tiger beach day trips

Tiger Beach Day Trips: Shark Diving in the Bahamas

We are often asked if we offer tiger beach day trips. The answer is yes. In fact, all we offer are shark diving day trips.  In Grand Bahama, we head out each morning for our tiger beach day trips and return to our host resort and marina each evening.

When do you run Tiger Beach day trips?
We are located on the West End of Grand Bahama Island for our tiger beach day trips between the fall and spring months. During that time frame, we enjoy some of the best shark diving this planet has to offer. In addition to some of the regular tiger sharks, we also find some of the fan favorite super stars like Emma and Hook!

What are Tiger Beach day trips like?
A typical day trip to tiger beach involves an early start to grab a bite to eat before boarding the boat for the ride out to the shark grounds. MV Thresher is fully equipped for comfort and safety to enjoy the whole day out on the water. In addition to all the seating space on the dive deck and up on the flybridge, there’s also a fully enclosed cabin to get out of the elements on some of those not so inviting winter mornings. Both the flybridge and inside cabin have stereo systems with bluetooth connectivity to enjoy your favorite playlist.

Once we get up to tiger beach, we’ll scan the area and pick our anchor spot. As the chum makes it’s way into the water, divers can get their gear setup finalized and prep cameras while we wait for the sharks to show up. Reef sharks are usually the first ones to the boat, with lemon sharks following closely behind. Once the tiger sharks show up, we’ll gear up and head into the water. Technically speaking, our dives are not difficult at all. Our average dive depth is between 20 – 30 feet (6 – 10 meters) so dive times are generally over 60 minutes.

Divers also usually arranged in a line on the bottom and remain stationary throughout the dive. We’re heavily waited to make it easier to stay put on the bottom and hold your position in the variable surface surge and current that is well known at Tiger Beach. After the last dive has ended, we’ll pull the chum and anchor and make our way back to the resort.

Our host accommodations are fully appointed with all the comforts you could need. Take a shower, grab a bite to eat, enjoy the hot tub or pool, or jump online and post your favorite photos from the day diving with tiger sharks.

How many days should you dive tiger beach?
We recommend no less than three days planned to be at tiger beach. Unfortunately, the winter season is known for occasional squalls of heavy winds and high sea, preventing us from making it out for diving at tiger beach. It is located far offshore and completely unprotected from any significant winds. We offer standard packages with either 3 or 5 days of diving planned. We know it can be really disappointing to lose a day of diving and we strongly recommend travels secure some form of travel insurance specific to diving, such as the kind offered by DAN or DiveAssure.

What can we expect to see in a day trip to tiger beach?
Sharks, lots of sharks! We are fortunate to have had a 100% success rate finding the tiger sharks on our day trips to tiger beach. We also always see reef sharks and lemon sharks and occasionally nurse sharks. More recently, we’ve been encountering a whole lot more bull sharks and great hammerhead sharks than usual. We’re hoping that carries forward during future tiger beach shark diving seasons. We also love spending some time at the reefs in the tiger beach area. They are really lush, beautiful, and loaded with sharks. The reefs are much deeper than the classic tiger beach spots, averaging around 50 feet or so.

How do I arrange day trips to tiger beach?
Having such a short season, we generally book up well in advance, so it’s best to contact us early. Our calendar is set and boat reserved throughout the season so we don’t have space for your typical open bookings. Contact us for dates and availability.

Tiger Beach Day Trips

tiger beach day trips

amanda cotton great hammerhead night dive

Sharks of the Dark – Behind the Mask

We spent an incredible week working with the folks at Behind the Mask and A Cotton Photo during our Great Hammerhead season in Bimini. Here’s an awesome video from our night dive during the trip.  Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

amanda cotton great hammerhead night dive

You can learn more about our dive expeditions with the great hammerhead sharks by clicking here.  See more from Behind the Mask.

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Bahamas considering $2.1 Billion deal with China

The government of The Bahamas has given the green light to its embassy in Beijing, China, to further pursue a possible agriculture and fisheries partnership with the Chinese

The deal reportedly with pump $2.1 billion into the Bahamian economy over a period of 10 years as an equal partnership between Bahamians and the People’s Republic of China. Here are some of the details of the proposal:

  • the incorporation of 100 Bahamian companies under the Companies Act of 1992, each of which would be owned 50-50 by both China and by Bahamians or Bahamian entities
  • China would contribute to the 100 companies $2.1 billion in cash for working capital, agricultural and farming equipment, as well as skilled expertise.
  • Bahamas government would lease to all 100 companies 10,000 acres of Crown land in Andros, with lease renewal options available.
  • each company could lease an additional 100 acres of land if certain benchmarks are achieved.
  • Bahamas government would also grant each of the companies fishing licenses within the current Bahamian laws.

While realization of a reasonable return on an investiment in agriculture is a relatively slow process, requiring substantial capitalization over many years, participating companies in the initiative will within months of commencement of operations realize positive cash flow from the sale of seafood.

The government has stated that no foreigner will be allowed to physically fish in Bahamian waters and therefore only Bahamians would be allow on the fishing vessels.

This sounds like a terrible idea and inevitable exploitation of the country’s national resources.  Please take a quick second and follow this link to the Petition site where you can help reach the goal of 10,000 signatures!

Care 2 Petitions

We the undersigned call upon Prime Minister Christie to cancel any and all negotiations on the proposed Chinese Fishing/Agriculture venture and to keep fishing 100% for Bahamians. Additionally we urge that crown lands be granted to Bahamians for farming and that the back log of applications for crown lands be assessed as a matter of priority.

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Source: China in $2 bil. deal proposal

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Shark Diving Capital of the World: The Bahamas

From the Bahamas National Trust and PEW

Sharks are in trouble globally, and there are few locations where healthy shark populations still exist. The Bahamas is one of these rare exceptions. Because of the ban on longline fishing gear in the 1990s, Bahamian shark populations remain relatively healthy with a great diversity of species. By establishing comprehensive protections for sharks, not only will sharks be permanently safeguarded against other threats, but the health of the marine environment and the economy of The Bahamas will be conserved for generations to come.

An Asset to The Bahamas

Tourism is the largest economic income generating sector in The Bahamas. Many tourists come to The Bahamas to participate in diving or recreational fishing. Television and film crews also frequent The Bahamas to make use of the clear water and available shark species, generating further public and media attention for the islands. As a result, the high diversity and abundance of sharks provide a valuable asset to the Bahamian economy.

The Bahamas is one of the top destinations to snorkel and/or dive with sharks, claiming the name “Shark Diving Capital of the World.” Sharks rank high on the majority of scuba divers’ must-see lists, and many divers would be willing to pay more to see a shark in the wild. With 92 percent of The Bahamas Dive Association members offering some form of shark dive activity, sharks have become the main attraction in The Bahamas. Over the past 20 years, shark related tourism has contributed more than US$800 million dollars to the Bahamian economy. A single reef shark is estimated to be worth US$250,000 over its lifetime for tourism if kept alive on the reef. If it is fished, the same shark generates a one-time value of US$50-60. Sharks are clearly worth more alive than dead, demonstrating the need to protect this valuable resource.

Sharks under Threat

Sharks have been swimming the world’s oceans for more than 400 million years. They have survived multiple mass extinctions, but they are not equipped to withstand the threats now posed by humans. Their life history characteristics, such as slow growth, late maturation and production of few offspring, make them vulnerable to overfishing and slow to recover from decline. As a result, shark populations are in trouble globally.

The demand for shark fins, meat, liver oil and other products has driven numerous shark populations to the brink of extinction. The growing demand for the Asian delicacy, shark fin soup, has led to the killing of up to 73 million sharks a year and is impacting shark populations worldwide, which could potentially affect The Bahamas. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species has assessed that 30 percent of shark and ray species around the world are threatened or near threatened with extinction. The loss of sharks could cause irreversible damage to the ocean—and to economic activities, such as dive tourism, that benefit from healthy marine habitats.

Permanent Protection for Sharks

Time is of the essence – giving sharks permanent protection in The Bahamas helps
grow our economy, creates jobs and helps secure the continued survival of these
incredible animals.

reef shark diving in the Bahamas

Reef Sharks – Bahamas Diving

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Bolt: Oceanic Whitetip Shark

Oceanic Whitetip Shark: Bolt

One of our favorite oceanic whitetip sharks was captured on film back in 2006 by a team from the BBC during the filming of this doumentary.  It’s amazing to still be able to spend the day shark diving with Bolt.

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Follow the Oceanic Whitetips | Pew

Follow the Oceanic Whitetips

In July 2011, The Bahamas declared a shark sanctuary in its Exclusive Economic Zone. Two months earlier, scientists had tagged 12 oceanic whiteips around The Bahamas and created an animation that tracked the movement of three of those sharks. The scientists found that although they are highly migratory, oceanic whitetips spent most of their time within the sanctuary. Sanctuaries are an important refuge for sharks.

Learn more: http://www.pewenvironment.org/sharks.

Follow the Oceanic Whitetips

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