The crystal clear waters of Bimini are home to wild dolphin, an abundance of fish, rays, wrecks and sharks; including the great hammerhead.
This group of islands lie just 80 kilometres east of Miami, North and South Bimini being the largest and most visited. The islands are located on the northwest edge of the Great Bahamas Bank, a warm, shallow body of water over a sandy sea floor. The islands feature an intricate mangrove system which is an important nursery ground for juvenile marine species.
In stark contrast, immediately to the west of the island chain is the Gulf Stream, a deep ocean trench with fast flowing, nutrient rich waters and an abundance of pelagic species who choose whether or not they decide to visit the area, allowing for exciting underwater encounters.
The special charm of the islands extends to the crowd free beaches, where resorts are few and far between. Underwater highlights include the Sapona wreck, the ‘Road to Atlantis’ and the ‘Bull Run’ with its guaranteed shark sightings. The season is short, but shark enthusiasts will enjoy the unique great hammerhead encounters offered from here.
South Bimini is home to the world famous Bimini Biological Field Station which primarily focuses on research but also encourages conservation and protection of the local natural ecosystem. Known locally as ‘Sharklab’ the organisation works hard on educating the public on the vital role of sharks, in particular the lemon, but also works with spotted eagle rays and southern stingrays. The waters around Bimini are home to nurse, tiger, black-tip, Caribbean reef, bull, great hammerhead, blacknose and Atlantic sharks.
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