On our trips to the Bahamas you will discover a placid, turquoise paradise stretching as far as the eye can see with unimaginable graduations of color. Dive into diverse marine life around reef systems that are kept healthy by the continuous enrichment provided by the Gulf Stream. Topside you’ll find many uninhabited low islands with beautiful beaches on which to play, explore, and relax. On Saturday afternoon, sail from Miami to the Bimini Chain of islands where we clear Customs into the Bahamas. On your first morning aboard Juliet let the diving begin!
Unlike other trips to the Bahamas
Our Bahamas are different. We sail and dive where no one else goes, you won’t see another dive boat – or any boat some days!- for miles. We start out diving the Bimini Chain and will routinely travel to its southernmost island of Orange Cay, along the way stopping at dive sites such as Bull Run, the Nodules Wall, and Rainbow Valley at Victory Reef, to name a few of the abundant choices. From Orange Cay we continue south along the edge of the Grand Bahama Bank deep into Santaren Channel. You can visit dive sites such as Freedom Reef, Lost Pidgeon Reef, Longbow, Lost Medallion, Mad Cow Reef and Do It Again, where you’ll find pristine coral reefs and thousands of fish! These remote sites are dove exclusively by Juliet passengers, and host an abundance of life comparable to premier dive destinations around the world.
Sail from Miami, Florida to the Bahamas
Juliet leaves from downtown Miami so you don’t have to worry about international flights, lost luggage on connections, or airport customs hassles. Board Juliet in Miami and you’ll be whisked away to the islands of the Bahamas, and won’t have to see a customs line the entire trip.
Diving in the Bahamas
Types of Dives
The Bahamas has a great variety of dives to offer. Best known for the endless visibility – thanks to the white sand and bright sun – the area of the Bahamas we dive is located close to the nutrient-rich currents of the Gulf Stream, which not only provide us with some spectacular drift dives, but helps to feed the coral and keep the reefs healthy. These reefs are some of the most resilient around – they grow quickly, recover from storms quickly, and can survive a larger range of conditions than most other corals. They provide beautiful, safe shelters for a huge diversity of fish – the abundance of life on the reefs is astounding! Bimini is the only area of the Bahamas that can claim the combination of mangroves providing a safe, shallow ecosystem for juveniles of every species to thrive in, and the Gulf Stream-fed reefs to give them a rich and healthy environment to live in as adults.
On the edge of the Gulf Stream are beautiful awe-inspiring walls, some starting at only 35′ (11m), some at 80′ (24m), offering dramatic drift dives when the current is running. Closer to shore are shallower patch reefs, some with heads 15′ (5m) tall and loaded with swim-throughs. There is no shortage of wrecks either (though the Bahamas can’t quite compete with the Florida Keys in this category!). Some of our favorites are: the Sapona - half in, half out of the water and surrounded with fish; the Hesperus Wreck where you can barely see the wreck through all the schools of fish, where huge Loggerhead Turtles bed down at night; and the Bimini Barge, where you never know what might swim in from the Gulf Stream! Schools of Mahi-mahi, dolphins, once even a humpback whale was seen here! There’s almost always a giant school of permit, a hawksbill turtle, and a resident Goliath Grouper has been known to call this wreck home.
Don’t forget about the sharks! The Bahamas – Bimini in particular – is famous for its sharks. Look in the Paul Humann fish ID book, almost all the pictures of sharks were taken right here in Bimini. Typically you’ll see Caribbean Reef Sharks and Nurse Sharks, but its not uncommon to see Great Hammerheads, Blacktips, and the occasional Tiger!
Well-known for its resident populations of Atlantic Spotted Dolphins, on your trip to the Bahamas you may find yourself snorkeling with pods of these curious dolphins that often approach Juliet looking for someone to play with. They may swim right up to the boat and ride in our bow wake if we are traveling through their areas between dive sites. If you’re lucky, you’ll get a chance to swim with these beautiful creatures as they dance around you, so close you could almost touch them! (But please don’t, these are wild animals and we don’t want to disturb them). Its an experience you won’t soon forget!
Water temperatures in the Bahamas fluctuate quite a bit during the year, so be sure to pack the appropriate wetsuits!
|Jan-Mar||72-76F (22-25C)||3-5mm depending on your sensitivity|
|Apr-Jun||77-80F (24-27C)||3mm Full suit or shorty|
|Jul-Sep||80-86F (27-30C)||Skin or no suit|
|Sept-Dec||77-80F (24-27C)||3mm Full suit or shorty|
See our Travel Planning page for information on how to begin preparing for your trip on board.