When you plan a scuba diving vacation make sure you schedule it for a dive destination you’ll be proud to tell your grandkids about.
One of my largely treasured diving memories is a 10-day sailing journey I made with six buddies to the Bahamas. Four divers, and two non-divers, leased a 43-foot Benateau sailboat in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. And we sailed to a touring, fishing, and diving experience.
That journey was in September of 1995, and the yacht’s given name was “The Spice Of Life.”
The six of us met at the port by late afternoon, slept on board the Spice Of Life, and set sail immediately past breakfast the next day. We motored down the Inner Coastal Waterway to wide open sea, and raised the canvas as soon as we cleared the shore.
Cruising under sail all through the sunlight hours we arrived at the north extremity of Grand Bahamas Island immediately past dark, and lowered the anchor until morning.
Early the next day we registered with Bahamian Customs, and went looking for a coral reef.
We selected Indian Cay for our initial scuba submersion, and the opening of a fine experience that incorporated 15 scuba outings over nine days.
The coldest water we felt all through the journey was 81-degrees. Visibility was 40-feet during one submersion to more than 100-feet for nearly all descents.
The visibility was that way the whole trip with the exclusion of a single scuba site. There, waves smashing over the breakwater agitated the bottom with every arriving swell. (This is a shallow scuba and it produced a surging situation of clouding and clearing of the water from virtually zip to a capability to see for what seemed endless distances.
Following a day of scuba diving the north end of Grand Bahamas Island we cruised to Port Lacaya where we spent two days scuba diving that area. We moored at the port two nights there, and visited the attractions every evening.
Leaving Port Lacaya we cruised to Isaac’s Island where we dropped anchor overnight. Following a couple hours of exploring around the waters off Isaac’s the next day looking for an underwater wreck we never located, we headed on the way to Bimini.
One memorable experience in particular came about some four miles out of Bimini. We detected a Pod of Dolphin bow surfing our yacht.
Deciding to pause and get into the water with the Dolphin for a while, we put on our snorkel gear, grabbed our scuba cameras, and leapt in.
I counted 10 Dolphin in the pod. They swam around us, checking us out and posing for photos, until we climbed back on board the yacht to resume our travels.
Bimini was perhaps my favorite port of the journey. The island is tranquil and quiet, and so little that we strolled the entire distance end to end in a pair of hours, including visiting the attractions and window-shopping in town.
We spent the next five days fishing and scuba diving around the Bimini area.
One sunset we cooked our catch for our meal to give us a pleasant change from the food items we hauled with us from stateside.
Of the scuba diving adventures I’ve enjoyed, this experience to the Bahamas on board Spice Of Life tops my catalog of tales. It’s one I recount to my grandkids when I tell them about the adventures I enjoyed in my time.