BAHAMAS© Walt StearnsTiger BeachThe Bahamas has something for everyone. There are wrecks, reefs, blue holes, all filled with a vast array of marine life. But it’s very difficult to think of anywhere that is more iconic than Tiger Beach when you are thinking about the best dive site in the Bahamas. Technically, Tiger Beach is not really a single site that you can cover in one or two dives. If you leave the West End of Grand Bahama, then cruise for around an hour, you will find yourself in an area of some 50 square km that is known as a whole as Tiger Beach. And what is Tiger Beach known for? Well, the clue is in the name… tiger sharks.

Nobody knows quite why, but this area is where pregnant tiger sharks congregate to chill, while preparing to release their babies into the wild. To add to the mystery, nobody knows where this release happens. But regardless, this means a stunning experience awaits.

The site itself is a relatively shallow sandy area, seemingly quite innocuous. But once you are in the water, things change. There are large numbers of lemon sharks and Caribbean reef sharks, in themselves, impressive enough.

But pregnant tiger sharks really make things impressive. Also, as individuals tend to stay in these shallow waters for several months on end, dive crews can get really familiar with these ladies, often almost considering them as friends. During a trip to Tiger Beach, you will generally get to know, and discern, specific individuals yourself.

And there is a cherry on this toothy cake too. If you head to Tiger Beach at the right time of year, you can also see giant hammerheads in the same place, cruising with the tigers. An experience that you really can’t get anywhere else in the world.

You would think that this would be enough, but variety is the spice of life. And it’s not all about the sharks. Tiger Beach is also home to a multitude of very healthy reef networks, mini walls, and of course, the continental shelf, where the drop off plunges down to more than 600m.

Did you know?Tiger sharks have broad diets... They eat everything from albatrosses, venomous sea snakes and other sharks to manmade objects like paint cans, leather jackets, rubber tyres, and even vehicle licence plates!Essential informationLocation: Grand Bahama, the Bahamas
Depth: 6m
Diver level: Beginner to advanced

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