Grand Bahama SCUBA Diving Conditions and Forecast: February 2016

Ben's Cavern, Grand Bahama. PHOTO CREDIT: Sunn Odyssey Divers.
Ben’s Cavern, Grand Bahama. PHOTO CREDIT: Sunn Odyssey Divers.

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he New Year has come and gone and we find ourselves in full 3mm wetsuits! Grand Bahama skated through the last few winter months with temperatures in the 80s and barely wearing a shortie. Well it seems as though the warm water is behind us!

The diving here on the island of Grand Bahama has such varied diving that I was hard pressed to decide what to talk about today. But, then it occurred to me. Hey, I wonder how many divers really know that our waters and land are riddled with magnificent blue holes?

Your question may be, what is a blue hole? Well, to make it simple, a blue hole is a large marine cavern or sinkhole, which is open to the surface and has developed in a bank or island composed of a carbonate bedrock (limestone or coral reef). Blue holes typically contain tidally-influenced water of fresh, marine, or mixed chemistry. Well-known examples can be found in the Bahamas. Don’t get them mixed up with the cenotes in Mexico, which are inland voids usually containing fresh groundwater, rather than seawater.

We have many here on Grand Bahama and if you would like to experience a few, give us a call. Ask about Ben’s Cavern, which is an inland blue hole. See you underwater!