In April 2021, my boyfriend (the one responsible for these beautiful photos) and I caught a nonstop flight from Miami to Nassau. For those who have never been, Nassau is located on the island of New Providence in The Bahamas. If you fly from Miami, prepare for a long-haul… you’ll be in the air for a grand total of 35 minutes.
We went with one goal in mind– to dive with SHARKS, and Nassau did not disappoint. We booked 4 dives for a Friday, two in the morning and two in the afternoon. In the morning, we dived to around 60 feet on colorful and stunning sea walls with some of the most beautiful coral in the Caribbean. Then that afternoon, we rested up and prepared for the sharks!
For anyone looking to book a dive in the Nassau area, I cannot recommend Stuart’s Cove enough. They’ve been in the dive business since 1977, and their main man, the Stuart of “Stuart’s Cove”, has been part of thousands of dives (including being a diver in “For Your Eyes Only”, for my Bond nerds out there). I’ll throw down their link below for anyone interested in booking a dive, but let me break down why this dive is a must-do for any shark enthusiasts out there.
Our final dive of the day was the infamous feeding dive. At about 40 feet down, we were surrounded by beautiful reef sharks and nurse sharks as they gathered to get the goods from the feeding box (if you look below, you can see the pink box and the dedicated dive master in the middle of the frenzy. Legend does not even began to describe the divers of Stuart’s). The water was a gorgeous mix of turquoise and blue, and our 3mm wetsuits kept us pretty comfortable. But the main attraction was sitting on the ocean floor as we came face-to-face (closer at times) with these often misunderstood creatures.
Strip club rules apply— only they can touch you. And they will. A lot. But you’re not the food here, you’re just the tourist watching the show. We got to sit back and relax (as much as you can in that situation) as sharks bumped up against our shoulders, faces, legs, and pretty much everywhere else. I even had a little nurse chilling on the back of my fin for awhile, and my heart might’ve melted just a bit for these beautiful animals. During different times of the year, you can also catch sight of some hammerheads or tigers (the shark not Tigger), so you can count on us heading back soon!
All in all, it was an amazing day that can only be truly described in the pictures and the lasting traces of adrenaline still racing in my system. Check out the photos below for some trip-spiration and feel free to pop over to the Photo section of the site to see even more.
Dive operators: https://stuartcove.com
Photographer: Nicholas Larghi https://www.instagram.com/nlarghi/