Bimini is the western most district of the Bahamas, and the closest of the Bahama islands to the United States. It is an island with a lot of history - the first inhabitants of the island were the Lucayans, before the Europeans colonised. The name ‘Bimini’ means ‘two islands’ in the Lucayans language. The Fountain of Youth was rumoured to have existed in South Bimini.
Because Bimini is so close to Miami Florida, many Americans visit by boat to enjoy the local nightlife, and to go fishing.
Bimini is also home to several endemic species. They are unique to Bimini, and some are protected by law. For example, the Smalltooth sawfish which is considered one of the rarest fish in the world.
The island also has the Bimini Biological Field Station, which is a world renowned shark lab. They have recorded data of 13 shark species in the shallow waters surrounding Bimini, however the actual number of sharks around the island is higher when also considering the deep waters off of Bimini’s western shore.
The Bahamas offers year round diving all thanks to its subtropical climate. However, June to October is hurricane season which can greatly interrupt with your diving - travelers insurance is greatly encouraged. Temperatures during this time range from 24-33℃, and water temperature tends to stay at approximately 31℃. If shark diving is your thing, it's best to visit from October to June.
November to May is known as the dry season; high temperatures, sunny days and slight humidity. Expect the temperatures to range from 18-25℃, and water temperatures to range from 24-27℃. The dry season is definitely the best time to go if you want to dive with sharks. Hammerheads and bulls are around from December to March.
There are two airports in Bimini - South Bimini Airport and North Bimini Seaplane Base. Both airports have regularly scheduled flights from Miami and Ft. Lauderdale. If coming from Europe, the most common way to travel is to Miami and then get a ferry from there. It is about a 9-10 hour flight from Europe to Miami, and currently there is only one ferry company that offers the route from Miami to Bimini. They operate up to 8 times a week, and it's about a two hour journey.
Bimini is perfect for diving - it offers a wide variety! There’s an abundance of once in a lifetime marine life, beautiful coral reefs, sheer walls, caverns and some wrecks just waiting to be explored. It offers a range of diving difficulties too - relaxed reef diving, drift dives, night dives and even some diving for those into tec diving. It is relatively unique as it has a different variety of ecosystems and marine habitats all in very close proximity to each other.
Diving in Bimini is renowned for its shark population - there’s a lot of species you are able to dive with. It is particularly famous for it's Hammerhead populations. If you need something a little less potentially daunting, Bimini has a lot of protected reefs that offer chilled, go at your own pace type diving. However, if you’d like something a little more fast paced, there is the Gulf stream. It can create more fast paced drift diving for more experienced divers.
Whilst it is possible to dive a few of the reefs from the shore, the majority of diving in Bimini is boat diving. Visibility is usually very good in Bimini also, regularly 24-30m.
Diving in Bimini you can expect: Reef sharks, bull sharks, dolphins, whale sharks, tiger sharks, seahorse, turtles, rays.
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