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The Cobia Cage (70-100ft+)

The Cobia Cage is an experiment in sustainable aquaculture.

Cobia Cage, Eleuthera, The Bahamas

This is a unique dive site that never ceases to thrill; not only does this dive site provide for a bizarre view of a gigantic underwater contraption that attracts animals far and wide, a super deep wall dive, but the story behind the contraption itself renders this dive site one not to miss.  As you descend into the blue, you will see a looming shadow which appears in the shape of a UFO.  This cage is, in fact, a scientific project that demonstrates sustainable aquaculture in the Bahamas by farming a fish called Cobia.  The SeaStation™ is 3000m2 and includes specialized shark resistant netting and is a collaborative project among the students at the environmental education facility called the Cape Eleuthera Institute in The Bahamas,  Dyneema, a global-sciences company creating products that create sustainable value, as well as Net Systems, which supplies trawl gear and services to the fishing communities of the world.   If you have the chance to do this dive site, prepare yourself for a deep dive and go for the plunge!

Split Coral Head (55-100ft+)

Experience the thrill of swim throughs!

Split Coral Head, Eleuthera, The Bahamas

I love this dive site for many different reasons…Imagine plunging into the blue and descending upon an underwater expanse of sand where sting rays laze about rummaging the sand over their gills feeding contently.  Moving towards that haze in the distance you will discover a single, solitary pinnacle rising from 55ft to 20ft.  Now this isn’t just a typical coral mountain; this one is somehow reminiscent of the above the waterline sandstone pillars found in the Badlands of North America or those of limestone along the Great Ocean Road in Australia…Emerging out of nothing, tapered on the bottom with awesome overhangs giving shelter to touring Jacks.  However, this underwater pillar is even more unique in that it has a perfect split right down the middle of it, which is perfect for swimming through and observing the marine life zipping in and out of the rocks.  You can spend your entire dive circling and exploring this coral head right up to the top OR you can also venture westward to reach the wall leading to the depths of the Exuma sound.  Caribbean Reef Sharks zig zag across the sand and over the edge of the wall adding to the allure of this awesome dive site.

Cut Through City (60-130ft+) 

Experience the thrill of swim throughs!

Cut Through City, Eleuthera, The Bahamas

Do you like swim throughs?  Do you enjoy the thrill of swimming through a tunnel made by nature with a beautiful blue window guiding you to your exit or perhaps illuminated with beams of light streaming from crevices above?  If so, then this is the site for you.  This dive site runs north and south with the wall to the west.  Near the edge of the wall, there is an entrance sometimes guarded by a lingering grouper that leads you into this dark and spooky tunnel lit up by beams of light with a fantastic exit to the great blue at 90ft.  This is not for beginner divers!  Following the wall back amongst striking sea whips, crevices full of indigo creole wrasses travelling in delightful schools along the ledge, you will return to the main coral head to explore more.  Watch the giant lobsters run along the ledges jumping and crawling into crevices and enjoy this playground of a dive site for divers!

 

 

 

Cave Rock (15-50ft) 

Cave Rock (15-50ft)  You won’t be surprised as you descend upon this dive site to find a cave within a big rock!  This dive site is not famous for beautiful corals, but rather some intriguing natural underwater structures.  The main rock of this dive site hosts a large and wide swim through that thrills beginner divers as well as experienced ones who may swim through shimmering silver sides at the entrance and witness dodging black jacks upon exit.  I like to swim back and forth through the swim through as it gives a different perspective every time.  You can circumnavigate the entire rock finishing with your safety stop on top or before the end of your dive, take a compass heading north-east and swim to discover another “cave rock”.  This other rock contains a variety of swim throughs that are not for beginners as they are quite narrow.  They are beautiful to swim through because of light shining through the cracks right into the centre where three swim throughs converge.  Which path will you choose?  Any of them will lead you to the exit.  Keep your eyes in the sand for southern sting rays and under ledges for moray eels!  This is also a really great dive site for night dives.  I’ve discovered a giant nurse shark sleeping under one of the many ledges here and enjoyed a sip from a bottle of champagne on new year’s 2012-2013!

Cave Rock, Eleuthera, The Bahamas

You won’t be surprised as you descend upon this dive site to find a cave within a big rock!  This dive site is not famous for beautiful corals, but rather some intriguing natural underwater structures.  The main rock of this dive site hosts a large and wide swim through that thrills beginner divers as well as experienced ones who may swim through shimmering silver sides at the entrance and witness dodging black jacks upon exit.  I like to swim back and forth through the swim through as it gives a different perspective every time.  You can circumnavigate the entire rock finishing with your safety stop on top or before the end of your dive, take a compass heading north-east and swim to discover another “cave rock”.  This other rock contains a variety of swim throughs that are not for beginners as they are quite narrow.  They are beautiful to swim through because of light shining through the cracks right into the centre where three swim throughs converge.  Which path will you choose?  Any of them will lead you to the exit.  Keep your eyes in the sand for southern sting rays and under ledges for moray eels!  This is also a really great dive site for night dives.  I’ve discovered a giant nurse shark sleeping under one of the many ledges here and enjoyed a sip from a bottle of champagne on new year’s 2012-2013!

 

 

Jake’s Hole (15-50ft)

Jake's Hole is the best place to find the Lettuce Sea Slugs

Jake's Hole, Eleuthera, The Bahamas

This amazing dive site has something so unique to witness!  Not only does it have fresh and healthy coral heads with different shapes and lovely sandy alley ways to cruise through, but right at the centre of it all is a giant, 30ft in diameter, underwater tidal hole.  When the tide is ebbing, the hole will be “sucking”.  You can see the corals around the rim being pulled down into the hole and when the tide is flowing, the hole will be “blowing”.  Oftentimes you can see – and feel – the cool water shimmering in front of you as it exits the hole and mixes with the surrounding warm water otherwise known as a thermocline.  It is very important that divers never descend into the hole regardless of which way the tide is flowing.  On this dive, I have discovered hawksbill turtles snacking in the eel grass; I, myself, have been discovered by a curious spotted eagle ray; and this is definitely the dive site where you can spot many beautiful lettuce sea slugs!  If you are in to macro photography, this is your dive site!

 

 

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