Bimini Scuba Diving Conditions and Forecast: August 2015

A rare encounter with a Caribbean whiptail ray (Himantura schmardae) spotted on a leisurely boat ride around Bimini. PHOTO CREDIT: Grant Johnson / 60 Pound Bullet Photography.
A rare encounter with a Caribbean whiptail ray (Himantura schmardae) spotted on a leisurely boat ride around Bimini. PHOTO CREDIT: Grant Johnson / 60 Pound Bullet Photography.

[dropcap]A[/dropcap]ugust is a stunning month for diving in Bimini. The water temperatures are up to 84 degrees Fahrenheit. The summer southeast mild winds are here. It’s beautiful. Hot calm days as far as the forecast can reach into the future. The only hindering weather this month are the (much needed) afternoon thundershowers.

With the water warming, lots of grouper and bigger fish have been heading a little deeper. Either over the wall or near it. The schooling eagle rays have been swarming Bimini, and you will always see five to ten in the channel between North and South Bimini.

Of course the most exciting thing about August is lobster season opening on August 1st. It’s important to remember that even though season is open, it is still not legal to harvest ANY lobster on scuba tanks, any lobster under 3.5-inches from the head to the carapace, or any lobster still with eggs.

Good luck with you bug hunting, and be sure to enjoy your summer months in Bimini.

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