Although September is a time for keeping a watchful eye on the tropics, it remains an excellent month to experience the underwater wonders of Abaco. The crowds have gone home and the laid back days of summer have arrived. Seas are calm; water temperature is 85-to-86F; visibility is no less than 100 feet; there is still no evidence of algae bloom; and current is generally non-existent along the barrier reef, which is teeming with tropical fish, from the tiny but exquisite juvenile drum to our large pet black grouper Gertie. In addition, we are seeing many live shells, moray eels, arrow crabs, Caribbean reef sharks and our small pet Nassau grouper Gidget, seems to enjoy leading guests on underwater tours. The tunnels and swim-throughs remain filled with silversides and copper (glassy) sweepers.
The Full “Harvest” Moon occurs on 12 September. Diving under the glow of the moon is truly an “enlightening” experience.
Crawfish season is in full swing. If diving without a dive operator and planning to take crawfish, make certain that you are not within the boundaries of the protected preserve areas. Popular protected preserves include Fowl Cay Undersea Preserve and the Sandy Cay Land and Sea Park. For more information, call the Department of Marine Resources at (242) 367-3482.