Papa Doc Wreck
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A diving trip from Freeport, on Grand Bahama Island, in the Bahamas archipelago, allows you to explore the wreck of Papa Doc. This 21 m long shrimp boat was used to transport mercenaries and firearms during the revolution in Haiti against the dictator Papa Doc Duvalier. The Papa Doc boat sank in a shallow depth, during a violent storm, near a reef. The wreck is therefore well decayed due to the various hurricanes that have passed. Ammunition can still be seen among the corals. To see engine blocks and machinery.
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Unexso Diving Center
- Port Lucaya Marina
The Underwater Explorers Society (UNEXSO) dive center was established in 1965. Open every day of the year from 8 am to 5 pm. On-site, a 2-story shop, Sun and Sea Outfitters, is stocked with diving equipment and holiday clothing. After a great day of diving, relax by the pool at the Dive In Marina Bar & Restaurant and sit down to a Bahamian meal or... a cheeseburger! Step back in time with a visit to the Dive Museum, featuring diving artifacts from UNEXSO's inception in 1965. Board one of the 7 Unexso boats for half or full-day trips with equipment rental and nitrox filling.
Whether you are an experienced diver or a beginner, a family or a honeymooner, you will find a team of professional diving instructors on-site! You don't have to dive or snorkel to see the spotted or long nose dolphins in their environment. Even non-divers have the chance to interact with these incredible animals by swimming alongside them. Because swimming with dolphins is a Bahamian island-specific activity! Meet them in the waters of Orange Cay, or in the freshwater river that divides Andros Island.
When you go out to meet wild dolphins, there is no guarantee that they will cooperate. With the Dolphin Swim, divers swim with dolphins in the protected waters of Sanctuary Bay. With the Dolphin Close Encounter program, you can sit on a partially submerged platform and spend time with the dolphins. UNEXSO also offers a half-day dolphin assistant training course (minimum age 16) to learn more about dolphin care. You then buy your photo! Also explore the popular wrecks Theo, Sea Star, and Rose that Unexso helped sink in the waters of Gran Bahamas. Explore some of the best sites in the Bahamas with Unexso such as Shark Junction, Theo's Wreck, Dolphin Dive, and Deep reefs.
- Dolphin watching
- fast boat
- Sharks watching
Reef Oasis Dive Club Grand Bahama
The Reef Oasis Dive Club is located within the Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach Hotel in Freeport, Grand Bahama. The center is open year-round from 8 am to 5 pm. Special offers are available for your double room full board diving holiday at Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach and diving. The best dives in the Bahamas are for lemon, nurse, and tiger sharks. Plan your Bahamas diving holiday from November 15 to May 15 for great encounters with Caribbean reef sharks at Shark Alley on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, every week.
Equipped with specially designed shark wetsuits, board one of the Reef Oasis boats for Tiger Beach. Here you can enjoy the memorable photo and video opportunities with the tiger sharks. However, insurance is required for this trip and a check dive is mandatory the day before diving with the sharks. Groups are welcomed onboard a catamaran approved for 20 divers. Wreck, early morning, and night dives are also available. The Reef Oasis Dive Club training center offers PADI courses from Discover Scuba Diving to Divemaster. Specialties with deep and wreck dives are taught by the PADI instructor team.
PADI Shark Expert and Shark Awareness courses will excite those who want to improve their knowledge of sharks. Snorkelers will enjoy the Caribbean wildlife in the warm turquoise waters of the Atlantic Ocean, either around the Lucaya Gold Reef fish farm or at Peterson Cay. A special rate is available for children under 12 years old. Equipment rental is available on site. Non-divers can enjoy the beach at Viva Wyndham Fortuna. Reef Oasis Dive Club is involved in environmental protection with coral reef conservation. Please remember to respect the 24 hour waiting period before flying out after the last dive. [+]
- Accomodations and diving
- Functional boat
- Sharks watching
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