Abaco Scuba Diving Conditions and Forecast: July 2016

Abaco’s healthy living reef is perfect to enjoy during the summer months. PHOTO CREDIT: DIVE ABACO!
Abaco’s healthy living reef is perfect to enjoy during the summer months. PHOTO CREDIT: DIVE ABACO!

July is a great month to dive Abaco.  We could not ask for better weather or diving conditions.  Air temperature is ranging from 75°F at night to 87°F during the day.  The prevailing light southeasterly breeze brings some relief to summer’s heat and humidity.  Scattered afternoon showers are typical, but are usually over almost as soon as they begin.

Calm, crystal clear warm water provides ideal conditions perfect for all experience levels to get in the water and great for underwater photography.  Average water temperature is 85°F.  Shorty wetsuits are being worn more for sun protection rather than thermal.  Ocean current is virtually non-existent and visibility is around 100 feet.  With Abaco’s diverse reef system and mountainous coral formations nearly reaching the surface, SCUBA divers and snorkelers can stay together, share the same vessel and enjoy the same sites.

The coral heads are alive with underwater activity and brimming with marine life.  An assorted array of fish ranging from small, brightly colored tropicals to colorful parrotfish, shy butterfly fish, elusive trumpetfish, inquisitive barracuda, skittish snappers and friendly groupers share the reef with nurse and Caribbean reef sharks. Large schools of blue tang congregate above the reef, while the swim-throughs are filled with summer’s always spectacular surprise – silversides.  We’re also seeing turtles – loggerhead, hawksbill and green, which is always a thrill, and crawfish (lobsters) sightings are becoming more frequent.  Abaco is both fortunate and grateful to have protected marine sanctuaries and national underwater parks, areas designated by the government of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.

The full moon occurs on Tuesday, July 19, 6:56 p.m.

Whether you fly in or boat over, we look forward to sharing the perfect water and conditions July is sure to provide.