Exumas Diving Holidays: An Overview

Whether you are planning a liveaboard trip or want the comforts of a luxury resort, the Exumas are incredibly beautiful both above and below the waves. The islands are home to endless white beaches and a great variety of diving as well as one of our favourite resorts in the Caribbean.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • Swimming pigs that will paddle up to your boat looking for snacks
  • Some of the best beaches on Earth
  • Sharks, blue holes and walls - there is a great variety of diving in the Exumas

Our Guide to Diving Holidays in the Exumas

Located just 35 miles south of Nassau is the start of a group of islands called the Exumas, arguably the most beautiful in the Bahamas. The chain of 365 islands and cays stretches to around 130 miles with endless possibility for diving, fishing and island hopping.

For the divers, beautiful walls where you have the chance of seeing hammerheads, thrilling shark dives, swim-throughs and blue holes can all be experienced and great options for snorkelling too. One of the best ways to experience diving the Exumas is by liveaboard and we think we have found the best: Aquacat.

When it comes to land-based accommodation, there is one particular 80-acre paradise stands out from all the rest: Fowl Cay. This is the perfect laidback luxury for couples and families and is a good all-round hotel in the Caribbean. Whether you snorkel or dive you are in for a treat. Snorkel in the beautiful cave where scenes from a James Bond movie were filmed or dive the untouched reefs. The more adventurous can join the local dive boat and snorkel above the divers on some of the fast shallow drifts over fields of brightly coloured corals and giant sponges home to turtles (including the increasingly rare Loggerhead), rays, nurse shark and endless tropical fish, or even better join the divers to get closer to the action.


Original Highlight

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Snorkel into the cave where they filmed the underwater scenes in Thunderball. You will never feel more like James Bond.

Louisa, Original Diver

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  • Average Temp. — 21°C / 69°F
  • Rainfall — 3cm / 1.5 inches
  • Water Temp. — 25°C / 77°F
Flight from London

8:00 hrs

Time Difference

GMT -4 hrs

Top picks for Exumas

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Fowl Cay Resort


Fowl Cay Resort, once a family's dreamy private retreat, is now a tiny luxury boutique hotel surrounded by incomparable aquamarine waters, and home to some of the best diving and snorkelling in the Caribbean - not always an easy thing to find.

Where to stay

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The best option when it comes to liveaboard diving in the Bahamas. The 102 ft catamaran, Aquacat, is a luxurious liveaboard from which you can explore the paradise that is the northern Exumas.

Where to stay

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