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Blackbeard’s Cruises offers liveaboard scuba diving vacations to the Bahamas Out Islands. We offer the Caribbean’s largest variety of diving including shark dives, walls, high-speed drift dives including the Washing Machine, night dives, blue holes and the beautiful coral reefs of the Exumas Land & Sea Park. Blackbeard’s Cruises 65' sailboats depart Nassau, Bahamas every Saturday for a week of liveaboard diving in the Exumas, SW Eleuthera & Little San Sal in the Central Bahamas. The camaraderie and adventure on our liveaboard dive trips keep divers coming back year after year. Our motto is “Twice the Fun for Half the Price”….you won’t get a better bang out of your diving dollar anywhere else in the Caribbean! Blackbeard’s is only $995 for a one week all inclusive liveaboard dive vacation.
Dive the Caribbean’s largest underwater park, the Exumas Land & Sea Park. Divers can experience deep sea diving on the many beautiful walls. Sharks are a big draw for divers! See Caribbean reef sharks, nurse sharks, even tiger sharks on the sandy banks! Colorful reefs teeming with marine life sit in depths of 15- 80 feet so divers of all levels enjoy the scuba diving we offer on our Bahamas scuba diving vacations! These dive sites are only reached by scuba diving liveaboards.
The central Bahamas were once the hideout of pirates and privateers… now, these islands offer spectacular diving in warm, crystal clear waters with deserted beaches as backdrop each week during our adventure travel vacations. Visit Allen’s Cay to feed the iguanas.
There is no set itinerary- we go where conditions and weather are the best to offer our divers an adventure of a lifetime! Scuba liveaboards offer the best variety of diving available- dive with sharks at Amberjack Reef, watch eagle rays gracefully glide by the walls, get tumbled around on our high speed drift dive, the Washing Machine or shoot photos of all the great macro and micro shots you’ll see in the gin clear water of the Bahamas.
Blackbeard’s Cruises is recognized by divers as one of the best liveaboard experiences available year after year!
Scuba diving travel with us is a breeze! Our all-inclusive scuba diving liveaboard vacations are popular with outgoing individuals from all over the world! We supply everything but your personal gear and towels.
Blackbeard’s Cruises offers top of the line high-quality rental gear for those who require it. Our sailboats, the Sea Explorer & Morning Star carry up to 22 passengers in dormitory style bunks. While there isn’t a lot of privacy, the fun, adventure camaraderie and more than makes up for it.
*Does not include fees and tip for crew
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4 Singles or 2 Couples in each cabin. (Single or Double space)Each cabin features air conditioning.
Route Description - Best of Bahamas / 6 Nights
6 nights / Approx. 19 dives
The trip begins in Nassau Harbour club and ends in Nassau Harbour club
The closest airport is Nassau Paradise Island Airport (PID)
Transfer from the airport can be arranged
You will receive exact meeting point instructions closer to the trip date directly from the Liveaboard
You can check in on the boat as of 12:00
The boat departs Nassau Harbour club at around 15:00 on the same day
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 - 5
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.
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.