Scuba Diving Near Eleuthera

Photo credit: © Dimitri Sokolenko

There are numerous reefs around Eleuthera that divers frequent, including the Devil's Backbone, a collection of manmade wreck reefs; the Plateau, which was featured in national Geographic; and the Current Cut, a drift dive.  Experienced divers won't be able to get enough of these underwater systems, and those who are not yet certified, can become so by signing up for courses on the island. 

You'll find a couple of dive operators, some dive shops, and at least 8 different dive sites in the area.

Dive Operators and Shops

Valentines Dive Center

The dive shops worth looking into are summarized in the table below.

Dive Shops Near Eleuthera
Name Phone Location Island
Clearwater Dive Shop (242) 332-2146 Governors Harbour, Southern part of Eleuthera Eleuthera
Valentines Dive Center (242) 333-2080 1.8 mi. East of Central Mano Creek Harbour Island
Valentines Diving

If you're looking forward to diving, you can check with Ocean Fox Cotton Bay Diving. Ocean Fox Cotton Bay offers a variety of dives including wall dives, pinnacle reef dives, a shark dive, drift dives, and more. They run an exciting week long intensive shark interaction behavior training course with Dr. Erich Ritter, aptly named 'SharkSchool'. They are found within Waterford, in southern Eleuthera.

A second option is Valentines Diving. As the leading PADI dive resort in the Harbour Island area, expect to experience some of the best diving in the Bahamas when embarking on an underwater adventure with Valentine's Dive Center. They can be reached at (242) 333-2080.

Some information concerning the area's dive operators can be seen in the following table.

Dive Operators Near Eleuthera
Name Phone Location Island
Ocean Fox Cotton Bay Diving (281) 201-6198 2.5 mi. South-Southwest of Central Green Castle Eleuthera
Valentines Diving (242) 333-2080 0.3 mi. South-Southwest of Central Dunmore Town Harbour Island

Dive Services

The following chart lists the approximate cost of dive services in this area.

Dive Services
Offering Type Low Rate High Rate
Discover Scuba $ 150.0 $ 200.0
Double Tank Dive $ 119.0 $ 170.0
Night Dive $ 110.0 $ 130.0
Open Water Certification $ 530.0 $ 650.0
Single Tank Dive $ 90.0 $ 130.0

Dive Sites

A few key facts regarding some of the area's better-known dive sites are provided right below.

Dive Sites Near Eleuthera
Name Quality Experience Max Depth Latitude Longitude
Current Cut -- -- -- 25.4033314969 -76.792585373
Current Cut Good Advanced Open Water / CMAS ** 65.6 25.4035666667 -76.79225
Devil's Backbone -- -- -- 25.5606181338 -76.6973562241
Devil's Backbone Good -- 36.1 25.5770333333 -76.6869
Glass Window Bridge Good Open Water / CMAS * 62.3 25.4381666667 -76.6036
Highborn Key Wall Very Good -- 196.9 24.7250833333 -76.8025833333
Off Cape Eleuthera Good Advanced Open Water / CMAS ** 164.0 24.8172333333 -76.3499166667
Off The Wall Excellent Open Water / CMAS * 91.9 24.8446166667 -76.3736833333

To learn more about diving, including tips and suggestions for both "old pros" and beginners, check out this comprehensive guide to scuba diving in the Caribbean.


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