10 nights / Approx. 29 dives
Sailing Catamaran Eco Adventure in Bahamas
You’ll be accompanied by a marine biologist
Project on the local reef. "Find out how to outplant pieces of coral to nurseries and how to use the diadema sea urchins to keep clean the reef from algae"
Aboard Cat Ppalu you will dive the most plentiful and color rich walls, reefs, and diverse ocean life in the Bahamas/Exumas.
There will be various species of sharks present and you might very likely encounter a Great Hammerhead, Reef, Tiger, Bull or Black Tip Shark.
Look into the abyss of a blue hole, hundreds of feet deep and discover the mysterious underwater secrets in the warm and pristine waters of the Exumas.
Certified divers can enjoy 3-4 dives per day.
Dive the reefs, wrecks, walls, drifts, blue holes and even a thrilling shark dive! These reefs can on be reached by scuba diving liveaboards.
The coral reefs and underwater visibility is phenomenal, with swim thru's, tongue and groove coral reefs, and prolific sea life. You'll see large fish and large schools of fish! Pelagic sightings are a daily occurrence.
Charters can be tailored to meet the needs of scuba diving groups.
Boarding begins at noon
Check in, safety briefing, lunch and dinner
Set sail at approximately 3 pm.
Sail to the Exuma from Nassau
DAY 2 - 9
Dive, eat, sleep and enjoy (itinerary subject to weather and season)
Divers will have the opportunity to do approx 26 dives on this trip
We shove off for the Exumas and/or Eleuthera very early
Once we leave port, you’ll escape the hustle and bustle of the city to the pristine Exumas
Enjoy incredible sunsets and breathtaking scenery
Many of our sites are frequented by Caribbean Reef Sharks and Nurse Sharks.
We sometimes see hammerheads too
We normally offer at least one shark feed on each trip
This is the perfect time to see sharks up close and in action
The Exuma Cays offers nice opportunities to go ashore and explore and enjoy the uninhabited beaches (weather dependent)
For these occasions, we highly recommend proper footwear for these eco adventures.
Flip flops are not suitable
In addition to the incredible scuba diving and snorkeling, you will have a great time exploring the 365 mostly uninhabited islands of the Exumas with their many beautiful beaches.
You can beach comb, kayak, explore the islands
Take advantage of all the great photo opportunities like feeding the iguanas on Allan’s Cay or the Swimming Pigs at Pig Island (weather dependent)
This is truly the best of the Bahamas- diving the Exuma Cays
Lost Blue Hole -The rim of this large blue hole lies in 40' of water surrounded by coral heads, sting rays and many schools of fish.
Periwinkle Reef -This is a shallow patch reef that is teaming with fish.
Amberjack Reef - A 50' patch reef that was the site of our Exumas shark feeding dive.
Austin Smith Wreck - A 90' Bahamian Defense Force Cutter that sank in 1995 while being towed to San Salvador to be sunk there as a dive site. This wreck has many sharks swimming around it and a wall just to the east.
Barracuda Shoals - This bankside patch reef has huge schools of fish as well as many small critters on the reef and surrounding sand.
Cracked Coral Head - This massive coral head rises 40' off the bottom. Several large swim-thru's make it looked like it is cracked.
Dog Rocks - This reef starts at 35' and slopes off to 50' before dropping straight down into the Exuma Sound. This is one of the best dives in the Bahamas.
Many pelagics frequent this reef, especially eagle rays and sharks.
Jeep Reef - This is one of the prettiest reefs you will ever see. The strong current that sweeps through this cut keeps the reef 's corals very healthy.
Pillar Wall - One of many excellent wall dives.There are many caves and crevices. There is a large colony of yellowhead jawfish in the rubble inside the reef.
The Washing Machine - The strong incoming tide of up to 6 mph takes scuba divers thru a narrow cut where water drops off a ledge and then makes a sharp bend to the left. This causes the water to swirl like the water in a washing machine.
Wax Cut Drift - Divers and Snorkelers alike fly over this 30' reef at over 2 knots. You will see rays, sharks, eels and numerous fish as you drift with the current in the cut between the islands.
Whale Shark Wall - This wall is named for the whale sharks that have frequented this area for several winters. Like all of our walls, when you stare into the abyss, you never know what you might see.
Whale Tail Wall - A great wall just south of Wax Cut. Large parrotfish roam the sand inside the reef while sharks & eagle rays are frequently seen off the wall.
Cave Rock - The large variety of corals and fish will amaze you. We have frequently seen Hammerhead Sharks here.
Jake's Hole -The highlight of this dive is the vibrant corals surrounding the hole. Because it is very tidal, scuba divers aren't permitted to enter the hole.
Monolith - Large mounds of coral rise out of the sand at the edge of the wall. They start at 100' and rise to 55'. There is a colony of Garden Eels in the sand next to the mounds.
Snorkel or Dive 2-3 day dives depending upon our location in the Exumas
Eco-adventures depending on your groups’ desires
Return to Nassau approximately 4-5 pm
Dinner at the dock is served
Passengers may enjoy the evening ashore to sightsee in Nassau
Continental breakfast is served
All passengers disembark by 9 am