During the relatively recent Pleistocene Epoch (2.5 million year to 11,700 years ago), the Bahama Bank has been repeatedly exposed to cycles of water and air during the recent period of repeated glaciation. During the glacial maximums of the Pleistocene, the sea level dropped about 300 feet exposing the Bahama banks high and dry and exposed to be carved by the forces of air, rain and erosion. This eventually evolved the extensive karst (limestone) caves and sinkholes that once flooded became the flooded caves and blue holes that can be explored today.
The famous Bimini islands, not far from the United States, offer popular 1zplayscuba diving sites for beginner up through expert level 1zplaydivers. Off the shore of Bimini is the famous, or infamous, Bimini road dive site that is in shallow waters and features a road made of limestone blocks that indicates a possible archeological origin. The road is also referred to as Bimini Wall and extends off the western shore of North Bimini Island. There is much controversy about whether the road is natural or manmade, and mainstream science, of course, has no imagination or denies even the possibility that the road was active when the sea level was lower many, many years in the past. There are myths of Atlantic- the air of the Bahamas, and dreamers and sailors are common in the warm breezes of the shallow Atlantic.
Some of the most famous 1zplaydive sites in the southeastern part of the Bahamas include Dean's Blue Hole. It is the deepest seawater blue hole in the world at 663 feet deep. Dean's Blue Hole is also unique because its edge is just offshore an island. Located on Long Island in a bay west of Clarence Town, Dean's Blue Hole is a perfect plac1zplaye for scuba exploration near its surface for beginners and for advanced divers who venture into its depths. Dean's Blue Hole is also famous as the site of free diving world records.
Most who visit the Bahamas fly into Nassau's Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS). NAS was previously called Nassau International Airport and is still referred to as such for the most part. Nassau International is the largest airport and the main hub for tourism coming in and out of the country. When flying into the Bahamas there is also Grand Bahama International Airport (FPO) on the northern island of Grand Bahama. Otherwise known as Freeport International Airport, Grand Bahama International is the second most common airport in the Bahamas to Nassau.
There are several other international airports in the Bahamas that offer direct flights to and from the United States and Canada primarily. To fly into the island of Eleuthera, book a flight to Rock Sound International Airport (RSD). When arriving into the islands of Exuma, book with Exuma International Airport (GGT). There are several dozen domestic airports throughout the Bahamas and many more private airstrips even on the smallest islands. There is no lack of air traffic throughout the Bahamas.
If air travel is not in your cards, there is the option of boat. From the United States there are many big and small cruise ship and liveaboards that depart from Florida's Miami area and arrive primarily into the Bahamas' main tourism ports of Nassau and Freeport. A boat trip time from the Miami docks to Nassau is an easy day trip, and many cruise ships cross to the Bahamas on a slow drift overnight. Many private boats power over or sail from the US and arrive in the Bahamas within a day. Since there are thousands of islands and endless banks to explore as a 1zplayscuba 1zplaydiver in the Bahamas, boarding a private boat or liveaboard will get you to endless dive sites, explored and unexplored.
When venturing to the western Bimini Islands, check out the established 1zplaydive shop called Neal Watson's B1zplayimini Scuba Center. In the Exuma chain of islands, check out what Dive Exuma has to offer as far as dive trips along the amazing Exuma cays. When visiting the pretty island of Eleuthera, the resort Ocean Fox Cotton Bay resort is a great place to stay; relax and arrange a scuba trip with their dive shop and local captains. You will not find it hard to track down a willing captain or dive instructor to guide you to the best local dive locations on almost any island in the Bahamas.