Legends and oddities abound in and around the tiny Bahamas out-island of Bimini, but none so strange as the inexplicable Bimini Vortex, a patch of ocean just 35 miles offshore.
Like a pond in the middle of the Gulf Stream, the mysterious vortex has perplexed mariners with sudden failure of electronics, compasses spinning wildly and spotted dolphins getting just a little too frisky with divers. Some say it is the work of a giant underwater power crystal from the long lost Atlantis.
Is the vortex part of the legendary Bermuda Triangle? This undefined region, which roughly covers 500,000 square miles, in the west part of the North Atlantic reputedly, has claimed dozens of ships, planes and people - all disappearing without an explanation. The most famous story being the disappearance of Flight 19, five Navy Avengers that vanished during training mission in 1945.
Nature's oddities are not unfamiliar occurrences in and around Bimini. Followers of new age psychic Edgar Cayce, for example, swear that Bimini's uniquely formed underwater stone formations - the much-debated Bimini Road - are a path leading to the lost Atlantis.
Joining with the mysterious Bimini Road is The Vortex, a section of energy northeast of the island that has stymied visiting mariners, fishermen and divers.
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Bimini has no shortage of great dive sites closer to the U.S mainland then any other Bahamian Island: Reefs, Wrecks, Walls, Drift Dives, Wildlife Encounters - you name it. Our daily dive operations center around two major geographical areas: Bimini and Cat Cay, which lies about 11 miles south of Bimini. We offer a veritable underwater playground.
The Bimini dive sites are generally all close to the shore and are just minutes from our docks. We also offer caged Bull Shark (Carcharhinus leucas) diving at our docks at Bimini Bull Run (hotlink).
Our Cat Cay sites features more of barrier reef type of formations, often have strong currents and tend to be offered as drift dives. Most Bimini wall diving is done in the Cat Cay area as the drop offs are a little shallower than Bimini, where the vertical wall drop offs exceed accepted safe recreational diving depth restrictions.
All of the fantastic diving in Bimini is evolving as new species and sites are discovered, planned and offered to our divers. In 2012 Great Hammerheads were discovered for commercial shark diving 20 minutes from our docks. We are in the process of working with regional researchers to define the season and safe diving protocols for 2013, so stay tuned. Devito our PADI dive instructor for Bimini Big Game Club Dive Bimini Center has 15 diving experience in the waters of the Bahamas.
Join us, we're looking forward to introducing to our world underwater.
Bimini Bull Run
Experience the wild Bull Sharks of Bimini in our specially built Shark Cage at the Bimini Big Game Club Marina Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina is part of the “Shark Free Marina Initiative”. We do not allow any Sharks to be caught or brought into our Marina. Shark Fishing is in fact illegal in the Bahamas. Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina wants to ensure our Guests be safe while in the Marina and discourage swimming of any type in the Marina for many obvious reasons. Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina has partnered with Shark experts and Conservationists to provide a safe and enjoyable experience in viewing the incredible creatures in their own environment. Guests do not have to be certified Scuba to do the experience. Air is provided by a “Hooka” system so all you need is your mask, put the regulator in your mouth and dip down into the Cage for a lifetime experience! A percentage of proceeds go to Shark Conservation along with an Annual Banquet/Fundraiser to assist Conservation, Education and Research even more! This turns into a win/win for the Sharks AND Tourists in this experience!
The Sapona, launched in 1911, is a ferro-cement vessel known as a Liberty ship. Grounded on the banks behind a reef called Turtle Rocks by a 1926 hurricane, she sits half exposed in only 18 feet of water. During the following years she served as a staging ground for rum smuggling, late night parties and was a target for U.S. bombing and strafing runs. Later hurricanes have taken their toll on the ship but she still stands strong. Underwater, she is encrusted with invertebrate life and is a haven for schools of Grunts, Blackbar Soldierfish and numerous other fish. Check under the hull at the stern for resting Nurse Sharks. It is an ideal site for snorkelers, divers and U/W photographers.
The Bimini Barge
The Bimini Barge, one of the premier wreck dives off the island of Bimini, sits upright in less than 100 feet of water on the extreme northwestern edge of the Great Bahama Bank, only a couple of football fields from the edge of the wall and the rush of the Gulf Stream. Due to the mixed environment, expect varying degrees of currents and an unusual mix of both reef fish and swiftly passing pelagic fish as well as local bottom dwellers such as Southern Stingrays and Nurse Sharks. At over 200 feet in length with a relief of about 40 feet at the bow, she is a beauty of a shipwreck, absolutely worth the effort!
The Road to Atlantis, referred to by various names, is an enigma. Is it a remnant of the Lost Continent of Atlantis or is it a geological structure, simply eroded beachrock? The jury is out. In 1936, noted psychic Edgar Cayce predicted the discovery of Atlantis in 1968 off the island of Bimini. That year, 52 years after the prediction, a pilot sighted an unusual formation of two nearly parallel lines formed of large, square blocks looking very much like a manmade seawall or harbor. Whatever may be, this shallow site is a hugely popular diving and snorkeling location. The truth about Atlantis? Take a close look, feel the vibration and make your own decision after your visit.
Tuna Alley, Victory Reef & The Nodules
Tuna Alley, Victory Reef and the Nodules comprise multiple dive sites stretching from Cat Cay south down a series of small cays generically referred to as the Bimini Cays.. This strip of wall stretches well over seven south of Bimini on the western edge of the Great Bahama Bank. Multiple moorings allow a broad variety of both dive profiles and experiences. Tuna Alley was originally named for the annual northerly migration of giant Bluefin Tuna in the spring.
While the underwater terrain varies considerably, it generally begins with a sloping wall slanting from 50 feet to an average of 120 feet, rising up to a second ridge at around 70 feet and descends from there, bouncing down over a series of reef lines and then dropping steeply away into the depths of the Straits of Florida. All ridges are remnants of ancient shorelines, each defining the rise and fall of the sea levels through time. Most dives are done at depths of 60 to 100 feet and feature highly variegated walls with overhangs, caverns and swim-throughs, all featuring lush coral and sponge growth. Keep an eye open to the blue water of the Gulf Stream. This is the land of big thrills; you never know what may flash up out of the deep.
The Strip is a classic Bimini site. A long, thin reef line surrounded by an expanse of sand, it stretches nearly 100 yards. It is barely 5 yards wide rising to a maximum relief of 10 feet and rests in depths of no more than 35 to 40 feet. The compact nature of this isolated reef line concentrates the marine life. It is a beehive of activity. Perfect for either day or night dives, you can expect Reef Octopus, Spotted Moray Eels, large Reef Crabs, Spiny Lobster, an abundance of smaller invertebrates, reef fish and the occasional Nurse Shark, Southern Stingray or Peacock Flounder lazing in the sand off the reef.
Turtle Rocks, a line of tiny rock outcroppings off the western side of Bimini, presents multiple faces - North, Middle and South Turtle Rock. While all are very close in proximity, each rocky islet is distinctly different. Shallower to the north and deeper to the south, depths begin at the surface. While there is much to explore near the surface, the actual reef begins around 10 feet and you will not exceed 30 to 35 feet. No, the tiny islets are not named for resident turtles, though you may see a few occasionally. The name comes the large Brain and Star Corals and their resemblance to the backs of turtles when exposed at low tide. You may expect hordes of grunts, strolling Angelfish and Parrotfish, Filefish and other schooling reef inhabitants along with Spotted Eagle Rays and Nurse Sharks. All three rocky islets are fine sites for both divers and snorkelers alike.
Little Caverns is an expansive reef zone pebbled with popcorn kernel-shaped coral heads, each inviting exploration. The reef is named for the multiple tiny openings in the coral heads. Each and every one is populated by a vast variety of marine inhabitants. Depths range from 50 to 80 feet so bottom time is a bit limited. While they are certainly inviting, don't be distracted by the large schools of fish, the joy may be found in the smaller inhabitants. Take your time, move slowly and look closely. In this spot, your patience will be rewarded.
Rainbow Reef is aptly named, a kaleidoscopic vision of the underwater world. Shallow and rich, Rainbow Reef is populated with isolated Sergeant Majors protecting their egg clusters, schools of Smallmouth and French Grunts, Nurse Sharks and innumerable reef fish. This is a protected marine sanctuary, thus the abundance of marine life. Depths of 15 to 25 feet and a rich environment make it perfect for both the inexperienced and experienced alike. It has been a long time favorite of pro photographers as it allows for an abundance of willing volunteer marine models and plenty of time to spare.
Appropriately named, Moray Alley has historically had an abundance of Green Morays interacting with divers. Beyond this, there are resident populations of Yellowtail Snapper, Nassau Grouper, Trumpetfish and schooling grunts (both French and Striped) along with schools of Black Durgeon in the mid-water and Blue Tangs swarming the reef. The visiting diver will not be disappointed. Depths range from 50 to 75 feet, moderate and acceptable for nearly any level of diver.
|The Continental Shelf drift dive is the signature deep dive off the western side of Bimini and the Great Bahama Bank, a chance to take a peek into the very core of the pulsating heart of the Gulf Stream. Depths begin at 140 feet along the edge of the wall, dropping from there down well past a couple thousand feet into the deep blue. The strong currents sweeping north along the vertical cut of the underwater cliff, the depth and the unpredictable pelagic marine life combine to make it an experience suitable only for the advanced diver. The rewards? They lie in the opportunity to experience the|