South Eleuthera Scuba Diving Conditions and Forecast: July 2016

Caribbean reef sharks are at the shark site year-round and at a couple of adjacent sites, great photo opportunities, whether you are doing the shark feeding dive or just the shark interaction – behavior dive. PHOTO CREDIT: Ocean Fox Cotton Bay.
Caribbean reef sharks are at the shark site year-round and at a couple of adjacent sites, great photo opportunities, whether you are doing the shark feeding dive or just the shark interaction – behavior dive. PHOTO CREDIT: Ocean Fox Cotton Bay.

When July arrives, away goes the 3mm wetsuits; water temperatures are in the 82-to-84°F range. If you are diving one of the large boiling holes and the water is “boiling up”, water being pushed up from under the island by the incoming tide, the temperature of the boiling up water is 8-to-10° cooler than the surrounding water, creating interesting facial expressions on divers. Weather is typically calm, winds light with scattered afternoon thunderstorms, which are a blessing to lower the temperature when the winds are light and you are out of the water. Visibility is typically 100-plus feet, which is great for taking photographs while diving in your bikinis and board shorts in and around the beautiful coral formations and abundant marine life. The lobsters are back on the reefs and out in the open, as the season does not open until August 1st and they seem to know that. Caribbean reef sharks are at the shark site year-round and at a couple of adjacent sites, great photo opportunities, whether you are doing the shark feeding dive or just the shark interaction – behavior dive. The “kids”, what we call the sharks, just love to come and interact with the divers.

Safety tip for July:  There is no hospital or emergency (after hours) medical facility or hyperbaric chamber on Eleuthera, so get trip insurance with medical evacuation just in case you have a problem in the water or on land. Divers Alert Network (DAN) is an excellent choice, very affordable and can be accessed through our website.

Fun tip for July:  Don’t forget your underwater camera, the photography opportunities are limitless.

Diver tip for July: Cream based sun screen tends to fog up your mask, bring an alcohol based sunscreen, like Bullfrog, which does not fog your mask and lasts all day. Endless visibility awaits the adventuresome divers, who treasure uncrowded diving, deserted beaches and endless dive sites on South Eleuthera.

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